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my trip to school and back

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by rab89, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Dec 23, 2009 at 10:51 PM
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    So, I start school on april 5th, so I'll be driving down to Texas end of march/early april, here is the link to my trip there, I'll be coming with a buddy.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=kelowna+b.c&daddr=college+station+tx&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=45.149289,93.076172&ie=UTF8&ll=40.747257,-106.787109&spn=21.671674,46.538086&z=5

    (If anyone wants to lend a couple couches for a night somewhere along the way that would be extremely cool)


    And here is my trip back with my gf, if you have any ideas of cool places to stop, let me know, I've never been to the USA like this before so I'm up for anything.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=kelowna+b.c&daddr=Olympic+Hwy%2FUS-12+E+to:Kingston+Ferry+Rd+to:W+Marine+Dr+to:park+Dr+to:Oregon+Coast+Hwy%2FUS-101+N+to:OR-6+W%2FWilson+River+Hwy+to:US-101+S+to:E+Olive+St+to:Evans+Blvd+to:I-80+W+to:I-15+N+to:32.287133,-106.831055+to:college+station+tx&geocode=FToq-QIdiKzg-ClVtN7Foox9UzH3xLTaPeX4Tg%3BFYjVzAIddKif-A%3BFUCBwwIdyM2e-A%3BFRjFwAIdSime-A%3BFSInvgIdSkOd-A%3BFcSduQIdsFqd-A%3BFWChtQIdRJ2e-A%3BFax8rAIdeE6b-A%3BFYIYqQId2jKb-A%3BFSiQlQIdWrCY-A%3BFcpcQAIdmDi0-A%3BFTJvJQIdJn0i-Q%3B%3BFYlY0wEduQ1C-imjPEYZhoRGhjHJar-2TcdpyQ&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=12&sz=5&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12&sll=35.46067,-113.466797&sspn=23.256995,46.538086&ie=UTF8&ll=37.300275,-102.700195&spn=22.727556,46.538086&z=5

    So far on the way back, we'd like to go to vegas, drive up the oregon coast and find somewhere to surf, maybe santa cruz?
    we wanna find some sweet roller coasters to ride, I wanna go to a gun range and shoot some pistols and machine guns, and anything else cool! I'm gona make this the trip of a lifetime, so money isn't a huge issue for me,

    so, suggestions?
     
  2. Dec 23, 2009 at 11:25 PM
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    Out of all the sates your going to I've only been to Arizona Colorado and Wyoming. My favorite place in wyoming was the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, and in Colorado it was Rocky Mountain National Park. The places were beautiful and I had never seen so much snow or wildlife, but being from canada you probably wouldn't be as excited. As far as Arizona If you havent been to the Grand Canyon definitely check it out. The town of Sedona in the red rocks is really cool make a stop through there. Looks like you are going to be close to Tombstone and the OK corral, it is an old West Ghost Town with a lot of touristy stuff, and hIstory. Check out Karchner Caverns near Benson, it is a bunch of huge cool caves. If you are into the nightlife, Scottsdale is a good place to hang out. The weather should be warming up and if you like to hike check out the superstition mountains just East of phoenix.
     
  3. Dec 23, 2009 at 11:31 PM
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    Thank you! that all sounds great! i'm gona have to write all of these places down! very excited to see the grand canyon and the ghost town!
     
  4. Mar 19, 2010 at 2:18 AM
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    Looking for easy access camp sites near these locations:
    -Bozeman MT, looking into the sunrise campground
    -Near Fort Collins CO willing to stop anywhere within 50 ish miles of fort collins, as close as possible to the I-25 S
    -Near Blackwell Oklahoma, again willing to be within 50ish miles.

    and that will be it! then I reach my destination!
    I'm leaving in 9 days, excited and nervous. So if anyone has any ideas as to where I should camp for the night that would be great, or if you have some room for me to park on your property that would be awesome.

    Thanks guys!
     
  5. Mar 19, 2010 at 2:30 AM
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    Hit up Motel 6. There's many of them around and they're only like $42 a night. And they'll leave the lights on for you. Lol.
     
  6. Mar 19, 2010 at 9:44 AM
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    really! holy crap, in canada you can barely get a campground for $42 haha
    Thanks
     
  7. Mar 19, 2010 at 11:11 AM
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    Awesome dude! After I graduated from HS I hit the road for 3 months camping in KOA's throughout the Southeast. I wrecked my car, ran out of money & had to get a job. I had the time of my life... Too bad you're not heading through Georgia I'd put you up. Of course GA doesn't have the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, or a great place to surf. Sounds like a great time. Live it up, you'll never forget it.
     
  8. Mar 19, 2010 at 6:34 PM
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    just checked out your route i drive from texas to denver couple times a year. may i suggest staying on I-25 thru denver all the way to raton new mexico the cut across to dumass tx then 287 to where your going. the drive thru new mexico is nice compared to westen kansas and oklahoma.
    and on your way out of texas stay away from the mexican border during night time, the drug lords are getting very bold down there in killing people
     
  9. Mar 19, 2010 at 6:42 PM
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    15 miles south of Dumas,Tx is the canadian river. a free OHV park. everything from sand/mud/rocks. easy to extreme. google canadian river mudbogs 2010 amarillo tx for pics. if you got that route i would be more than wheeling to meet you whenever and show you around a bit.
     
  10. Mar 19, 2010 at 7:10 PM
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    If you are still coming through Butte & Bozeman let me know there are lots of areas to camp - always happy to make suggestions if you're interested. Although camping here this time of year itsn't for the faint of heart...snowed last night. And will snow more tonight as well. Shoot me a PM if you want travel info for my neck of the woods.
     
  11. Mar 19, 2010 at 11:44 PM
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    thanks for all the info guys, I'll be contacting some of you shortly!
    and I do plan to stay as far from the mexican border as possible haha.
     
  12. Mar 25, 2010 at 11:50 AM
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    wow, I just punched that into my trip and not only do you say it's a nicer drive, it saves me about 200km!!!
     
  13. Mar 25, 2010 at 6:36 PM
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    You beat me to it. I will second this recommendation. Routing programs do not seem to recognize that US 287 is a more efficient route. TX rural highways run the same speeds as interstates, so running the "south" route will save you about half a day. I live near Decatur, TX., and have family in the Denver area. In a typical year, I drive that route at least twice.

    Depending on the time you're giving yourself, there are plenty of touristy things to do in Colorado Springs. An excellent place to eat is Guiseppes Old Depot resturaunt. Ask for a window seat in the place, and you can watch the trains go by while you eat. There is the Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds, and Pikes Peak if you have the time to stay an play a couple of days. Another diversion going through New Mexico is the Capulin Volcano. It has been on my "wannado" list for quite some time, but I've never quite had the time to stop and drive the road to the crater.

    My work schedule precludes me from opening up my home as a place to stay the night. However, if your timing runs you through Decatur at around lunchtime, I'm open to meet at Yesterdays for lunch. They serve good old fashioned "this is why Americans are so fat" type of food there. :D I would need enough notice to insure that my schedule is open.
     
  14. Mar 26, 2010 at 12:39 AM
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    Southern hospitality at it's finest!
    Not exactly sure what time I'll be headed through, but i'll let you know in advance if Ill be around.
    any other short cuts I should know about?
     
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    Not so much a shortcut, but do expect to put up with some very heavy traffic on I-35W headed south through Ft. Worth. This is a very heavily traveled stretch of road, and congestion somewhere along that stretch is virtually guaranteed.
     
  16. Mar 26, 2010 at 10:42 AM
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    well that's no fun, but I'll be close to College station by then so I'll be worry free!

    I just booked a spot in the royal 7 inn, in Bozeman MT for sunday!
    I'll probably stay at the motel 6's in fort collins CO and Amarillo TX, cause most of the campsites are still closed
     
  17. Mar 26, 2010 at 10:54 AM
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    I am in Ft. Worth. Agree that it may be best to go around this area, unless you come through late at night, or early in the morning. If you do come to the DFW area, and need a meal or a place to stay, let me know.
     
  18. Mar 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM
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    I live north of Ft. Worth in Denton, and I stay far away from Ft. Worth during rush hour. If you timed it right you should be good though.
     
  19. Mar 26, 2010 at 11:09 AM
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    I'm staying in amarillo the night before, so I'd be there mid day, any idea how the drive is if I go south at henrietta down the 281 to waco then over to college station?
     
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    That drive should be good. I have traveled that road many times, instead of taking I-35. That should take you around everything. Good idea.
     
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