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4,100 mile road trip

Postby noseoil » Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:56 am

We've returned from our July excursion & here are a few basics for the trip. Total miles were 4,100 as was stated above. Average fuel mileage with the Nissan was 20.26 mpg. Average driving was 178 miles a day, some days were longer, some no miles at all. We took too much stuff, didn't need it all!

The trip was from Tucson to Grand Teton, Yellowstone & then Glacier National Park, with a few stops in between. One memorable stop was to see Tony Latham in Idaho at Meadow Lake. Tony & my wife, Alice.

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Another was a visit with a high school buddy I hadn't seen in 45 years at Jackson Hole & his family. This is Randy & his brother David.

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We had a great trip, no problems with the truck or trailer. The air bags & new brakes both did their jobs well for the truck & the trailer held up well. Nice to know things work out if the planning is good & luck holds. The brakes were really solid on some of the bigger 6% grades, no fade or excessive heat, but I drive pretty carefully. Slotted & cross-drilled rotors with ceramic pads are worth the price if you don't have brakes on the trailer.

Here are a few random shots from the excursion.

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There's so much out there to see & do & a teardrop makes it really easy to set up & take down when it's time to leave. Just do it!
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Re: 4,100 mile road trip

Postby tony.latham » Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:06 pm

It was super meeting you and your wife.

You forgot to mention the bear that interrupted our lunch and Alice managed to befriend. "You catch more flies with honey."

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Re: 4,100 mile road trip

Postby KCStudly » Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:36 pm

You guys are having too much fun!!! (not... never too much fun.)

Nice pics, especially the wildlife. Lucky to see a big elk like that, buffalo and wild horses(?).

I'm interested to hear your impression of the salt flats. I forget if you had said you had been there before. Would love to go for speed week; that would be a bucket list item!
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Re: 4,100 mile road trip

Postby noseoil » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:18 am

Thanks KC & Tony. It was a great trip! We stopped by at Bonneville for our return trip. just to check on the salt.

The last 2 years were rained out & I'm hoping this year will be different. The salt looks very good this year so far. Since it's a "dry" lake bed during the summer, a rain can ruin racing and put things off another year. I've been 3 times now, but not for 5 years, so this year will be a special one for me. It's the first time I can spend all week at the salt without a schedule to worry about or time lines to deal with.

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If you can go, it's not like anything you will see in racing anywhere else. It's still about pure speed, no trophies or prizes, just a chance to get a name in the books as the fastest in the world in a given class. The pits are a mile long & 3 lanes wide with anything you can imagine in cars & bikes & stuff you can't imagine in your worst fantasies. The people-watching is great, cars are incredible & the rides driving around are from all over the country. I've met folks from China, France, New Zealand & Germany there, but all with one common interest, it's the speed!
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Re: 4,100 mile road trip

Postby KCStudly » Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:28 am

Awesome! Now I want to go ev en more. :thumbsup:
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Re: 4,100 mile road trip

Postby Gold5one » Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:36 pm

Great trip! I had to check out the online menu at the Hi-way cafe in Idaho, just to see what looked good!
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Re: 4,100 mile road trip

Postby noseoil » Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:48 pm

Chicken fried steak!
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Re: 4,100 mile road trip

Postby TheOtherSean » Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:29 am

Thanks for sharing the tale of your trip.

Where is that red rock and water photo? That place looks amazing.
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Re: 4,100 mile road trip

Postby noseoil » Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:16 am

It's outside Page, Az. at the Utah border. Canyons & sandstone deposits, early light. Beautiful country.
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Re: 4,100 mile road trip

Postby tony.latham » Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:16 pm

How many "tear tours" did you give?

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Re: 4,100 mile road trip

Postby noseoil » Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:24 am

Hi Tony, not really sure, but it's hard to get out of a gas station at times with people asking so many questions. There's a lot of interest in the build & people are surprised at the amount of room & degree of finish we have in a such a small build. It pretty much runs the gamut between "can you really sleep in that thing" and "it's just like a small house." All in all, I wouldn't change anything, except the stuff we brought with us for the trip, too much junk we didn't need!
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