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      05-22-2020 08:23 PM #26
      I really enjoyed the detour from 5 in OR that gmaps took me on to avoid the construction a couple years ago. I think it was the volcanic historical route. Driving by Odell lake was awesome as I played the game at school

      And it was super pretty and crazy to see a lake that full, since I am used to California. When I went, the water line was all the way to the tree line.

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      05-22-2020 08:41 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by KrisA View Post
      You should stop and wander around for a bit in Ashland if you haven't been there before. It's a super cute little city with a very pretty downtown and a really nice park right there.
      As an Ashland resident.....no, you shouldn't....try medford.... It's like zombie town without the tourists....

      But yeah, a bunch of the restaurants opened up for dine in seating, although it's pretty much been all locals lately....
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      05-22-2020 08:49 PM #28
      No pics yet. I guess there is no 4G coverage in Oregon.

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      05-22-2020 09:38 PM #29
      Make sure to take pictures of those dudes throwing fish to each other at the Pikes Market. Also get the best Mac N Cheese in the world at Beecher's Handmade cheese shop.

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      05-22-2020 09:44 PM #30
      I wonder how much traffic you'll encounter.
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      05-22-2020 10:26 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by Vladimir VR6 View Post
      Make sure to take pictures of those dudes throwing fish to each other at the Pikes Market. Also get the best Mac N Cheese in the world at Beecher's Handmade cheese shop.
      Market is still closed I think, Beecher's has limited hours and is take-out only.
      call it potatography

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      05-22-2020 11:58 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by mellbergVWfan View Post
      I've done this same drive twice now. First time was trading my Viggen for my friends Cobra. 2nd time was on Top Gear style multi $1000 car road trip with friends (took us literally 24 hours from Bay area to Kirkland, semi nightmare haha).

      If you feel like seeing some car content the Seattle Ferrari dealer is pretty cool and there is unique downstairs vault but not sure how open to visitors they are.
      Wait, you weren’t one of the guys who did this with the Firebird and the lifted 9-5 wagon, are you?

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      05-22-2020 11:59 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by KrisA View Post
      You should stop and wander around for a bit in Ashland if you haven't been there before. It's a super cute little city with a very pretty downtown and a really nice park right there.
      Good call. Ashland is neat.

      Glad you guys are doing the 101 route around the Olympic Rainforest. LMK if you need more info.

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      05-23-2020 12:45 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by Numbersix View Post
      Wait, you weren’t one of the guys who did this with the Firebird and the lifted 9-5 wagon, are you?
      Si that was us haha. Trying to plan a larger 2nd trip but recent events have pushed it back again. I don't remember if i ever made a thread on here. I really should have.
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    11. 05-23-2020 12:55 AM #35
      Stopped for night. Might swap a route into Oregon.



      Even better I’m running Colorado plates on a rental.

      No way do I have time to do the coastal route if I go around the peninsula. Unless I can find some good stuff to keep me up and alert during the drive.


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      05-23-2020 01:03 AM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by turbo_nine View Post
      Market is still closed I think, Beecher's has limited hours and is take-out only.
      Sad. Well, mac and cheese to go from that place is still worth it in my book.

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      05-23-2020 02:27 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by Nourdmrolnmt View Post
      Stopped for night. Might swap a route into Oregon.
      Will suck a bit less, I suppose.

      Even better I’m running Colorado plates on a rental.
      Bingo. Was thinking/hoping you might get a non-CA-plated rental.

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      05-23-2020 12:39 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Nourdmrolnmt View Post
      Stopped for night. Might swap a route into Oregon.



      Even better I’m running Colorado plates on a rental.

      No way do I have time to do the coastal route if I go around the peninsula. Unless I can find some good stuff to keep me up and alert during the drive.


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      That is actually a beautiful drive. From Lassen it passes through Lava Tubes national monument just before the Oregon border. I'm actually heading out the door from Ashland and head to Lassen, and take that route back to the oregon border to hop on 66 back to Ashland. Just remember to gas up.......Not much out there.

      Have fun!
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    15. 05-24-2020 02:40 AM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by funnee84bunny View Post
      That is actually a beautiful drive. From Lassen it passes through Lava Tubes national monument just before the Oregon border. I'm actually heading out the door from Ashland and head to Lassen, and take that route back to the oregon border to hop on 66 back to Ashland. Just remember to gas up.......Not much out there.

      Have fun!
      It absolutely was.

      And to those of you who think it’s possible to drive the coast back... it was 13 hours on the road today the fastest way... it’s 17ish hours just driving back if I do the peninsula or parts of it.

      The coast would be 22/24 hours of driving in two days. Y’all insane.


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      05-24-2020 03:28 AM #40
      You had me at road trip.

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      05-24-2020 04:08 AM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by chocofrappe55 View Post
      Time doesn't matter. The selected route is boring AF. It's just interstate.

      Coastal route is the most beautiful road in the US. I don't know what's there to think about.

      If time is of the essence, then just fly. Why bother driving stupid interstates.
      The coastal route will make everything much more of a pain in the ass. The hotels on the coast, which focus on currently non-existing tourism, will be closed as will restaurants. That's if they are open to you. Sonoma County, for example, has closed temporary rentals for non-essential reasons, and driving to pick up a car might not pass muster.
      The freeway will have more options.
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      05-24-2020 01:10 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by nm+ View Post
      The coastal route will make everything much more of a pain in the ass. The hotels on the coast, which focus on currently non-existing tourism, will be closed as will restaurants. That's if they are open to you. Sonoma County, for example, has closed temporary rentals for non-essential reasons, and driving to pick up a car might not pass muster.
      The freeway will have more options.
      Oregon beach towns allegedly reopened the weekend before last, FYI. So hotels should be available.

    19. 05-24-2020 03:04 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by Numbersix View Post
      Oregon beach towns allegedly reopened the weekend before last, FYI. So hotels should be available.
      It’s a county by county variant so yea.

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      Surface rust on rear hatch as is standard, but that’s the only spot. Interior is near perfect. He had already installed a BT adapter so makes road tripping great!


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      05-25-2020 12:06 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by Nourdmrolnmt View Post
      It absolutely was.

      And to those of you who think it’s possible to drive the coast back... it was 13 hours on the road today the fastest way... it’s 17ish hours just driving back if I do the peninsula or parts of it.

      The coast would be 22/24 hours of driving in two days. Y’all insane.


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      In 2010 my wife and I thought it would be cool to drive down the coast and go to Disneyland. We went westbound at Olympia, then across the Astoria bridge, and then all the way down to LA. I think we spent 1-2 night at four or five places along the way. It probably took 50 hours of driving to get down there, maybe more, it was borderline insane. I got home after the trip on the I-5 straight up in 21 hours.

    21. 05-25-2020 11:22 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Russells View Post
      In 2010 my wife and I thought it would be cool to drive down the coast and go to Disneyland. We went westbound at Olympia, then across the Astoria bridge, and then all the way down to LA. I think we spent 1-2 night at four or five places along the way. It probably took 50 hours of driving to get down there, maybe more, it was borderline insane. I got home after the trip on the I-5 straight up in 21 hours.
      We left Everett WA on the 11:55 ferry to Kingston.

      We then went around Olympia, stopped for maybe 45min at salt creek (or something like that) near Port Angeles and then kept driving. Everything was closed around the park.

      We got just north of Eugene at 11:48pm and slept at the rest stop.

      Woke up at 7:30 and hit the road with one stop at Lake Shasta for like 35 minutes.

      That was straight I-5 with NO traffic. But was doing speed limit as I had the POs plates.

      Food and gas of course. Was over 1,000 miles.

      Got home at 7:40 today.

      Photos will be coming. I’m exhausted.

      Found two issues with the car:
      Drivers side mirror motor doesn’t go up/down.
      AC Evaporator appears plugged and needs cleaned.

      Other than that, the car is a beast on the highway and so damn comfortable.
      - Im less tired after driving it than I was driving an Acadia Denali up to Everett.




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      05-25-2020 11:32 PM #46
      Small world, leaving the area I grew up in and passing by where I'm currently at. Unfortunately, WA drivers on the 5 are essentially CA expats; on the OlyPen, people understand zipper merges and turn signals for the most part relative to what I've seen from the seatac area.
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      05-26-2020 10:58 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by Numbersix View Post
      Oregon beach towns allegedly reopened the weekend before last, FYI. So hotels should be available.
      can confirm the area around tillamook/nehalem/manzanita is open
      and makes a good case for doing the off-i5 journey down in OR rather than WA where a lot of that stuff is going to be closed or more deserted.

      personally i think the OR coast is more scenic for a drive by viewing anyway.


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    25. 05-26-2020 11:43 AM #49
      GX470 or LX470... hmm

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      05-26-2020 12:21 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by Pnuu View Post
      Watch for speed traps around Salem, OR, and Chehalis, WA. Or just keep Maps/Waze/whatever running to alert you of speed traps.
      Watch out for Lacey, WA all the way to Lakewood, WA. That's one giant speed trap. Honk when you get to the big, tall bridge over I-5 in Olympia so I can hear ya go by
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