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Solidjake
11-23-2008, 08:07 PM
hey guys, i want to do something that i normally wouldnt do. go to bimmerfest 2009 and go there all the way from the opposite end, NYC. which route would be the best, for anyone that has done it. the furthest i've went was to PA, i took I78 all the way. thanks! :thumbup: i really look forward to go to you guys on the west coast and with open arms completing my journey!

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Ridgewood&1s=NY&1a=Forest+Ave+And+Myrtle+Ave&1z=11385&2c=Santa+Barbara&2s=CA

Missmodena310
11-23-2008, 08:11 PM
Yeaa :) woo bimmerfest 09 cali bound! You will have a blast with me n malibumafiav! Cali welcomes you with open arms!

BmW745On19's
11-23-2008, 08:21 PM
I think you need a few more trips under your belt before you even attempt to drive from New York to California if the farthest you've driven was to Pennsylvania.

edgar620
11-23-2008, 08:25 PM
I think you need a few more trips under your belt before you even attempt to drive from New York to California if the farthest you've driven was to Pennsylvania.

+1

Damn I wish I was going.

Solidjake
11-23-2008, 08:26 PM
I think you need a few more trips under your belt before you even attempt to drive from New York to California if the farthest you've driven was to Pennsylvania.

why, my friend is coming with me. we can split it. sleep a few hours at night and drive off

Dave 330i
11-23-2008, 08:32 PM
according to google...

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=new+york,+new+york&daddr=Earl+Warren+Showgrounds&hl=en&geocode=%3BFVAUDQIdEOjc-CGrWj174xJChw&mra=ls&sll=37.93703,-96.864085&sspn=34.903719,55.546875&ie=UTF8&z=4

It missed the showgrounds. Google went the wrong way. It's north and not south of 101 :rofl:

Missmodena310
11-23-2008, 08:32 PM
:) as long as you have someone goin with you your fine! It will be worth it when you get here!

jcatral14
11-23-2008, 08:50 PM
I think you need a few more trips under your belt before you even attempt to drive from New York to California if the farthest you've driven was to Pennsylvania.

:lmao:

I'm planning to go cross country next year too although during the summer with the family a la Griswolds :rofl:

Solidjake
11-27-2008, 08:58 PM
according to google...

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=new+york,+new+york&daddr=Earl+Warren+Showgrounds&hl=en&geocode=%3BFVAUDQIdEOjc-CGrWj174xJChw&mra=ls&sll=37.93703,-96.864085&sspn=34.903719,55.546875&ie=UTF8&z=4

It missed the showgrounds. Google went the wrong way. It's north and not south of 101 :rofl:

wouldn't taking the I78 to the I70 be easier? cuts a straighter line

btw, any good hotels by there for me to spend the night? B is closer (http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&q=hotels+by+santa+barbara&fb=1&sa=X&oi=local_group&resnum=1&ct=image)

Missmodena310
11-30-2008, 06:07 PM
wouldn't taking the I78 to the I70 be easier? cuts a straighter line

btw, any good hotels by there for me to spend the night? B is closer (http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&q=hotels+by+santa+barbara&fb=1&sa=X&oi=local_group&resnum=1&ct=image)

where in SB ? yea there are alot but id make reservations sooner than later

MalibuMafiaV
12-02-2008, 12:10 PM
Yeah you should make reservations at a near hotel now because they will be all booked soon, now that everyone knows when the fest is.

BlaZinMJ3
12-02-2008, 04:27 PM
fvck that. i'll fly to LAX and grab my uncles m6 and drive over their haha. thats wayyyyy too much driving. the front of my bumper would be SHOT if i drove all the way

Solidjake
12-03-2008, 06:56 AM
fvck that. i'll fly to LAX and grab my uncles m6 and drive over their haha. thats wayyyyy too much driving. the front of my bumper would be SHOT if i drove all the way

blue paint tape :dunno:

Kamdog
12-03-2008, 07:12 AM
Unless you plan to do some serious sight seeing, you shouldn't drive.

KrisL
12-05-2008, 09:25 PM
The farthest I had ever been from Cleveland was NYC (500mi) prior to my moving to San Jose with everything I owned in the back of my car at age 19 (2500 mi).

Go for it!

I suggest taking I-80 all the way to San Francisco and then driving down to Santa Barbara with Keith's BayBimmerz caravan on Friday morning.

reidconti
12-08-2008, 06:09 PM
thats wayyyyy too much driving. the front of my bumper would be SHOT if i drove all the way

Cars... you're doing it wrong. :tsk:

Nurburger
12-08-2008, 08:04 PM
I say leave a few days early & plan your route to stop in interesting cities each evening so that you can have good time & leave in the morning with good memories of the night before. Don't go for the most direct route as it will be VERY boring.

This is a PERFECT time to do a cross country trip due to cheaper EVERYTHING!!! Oh - make sure you take out AAA membership also - it will save you a lot of money in hotels/restaurants etc.

reidconti
12-08-2008, 08:33 PM
I think you need a few more trips under your belt before you even attempt to drive from New York to California if the farthest you've driven was to Pennsylvania.

Nah, there's nothing difficult about it. It's like driving a short distance, except you keep going. We're not talking about running a mile versus running a marathon here.

+1 on the AAA membership. Make sure yours gets you some free towing!

SQ Bimmer
12-08-2008, 10:25 PM
Awesome. I second using the 80 and joining the bay area caravan. Also, there is NOTHING in Wyoming. Last time I went through Wyoming, I saw 1 cop the entire time. We pretty much had our Yukon XL riding the governor at 100 mph the entire time through that state, lol. Although, that was mostly on the 90 and 25, dunno how desolate the 80 is through WY.

reidconti
12-08-2008, 10:57 PM
Second Wyoming being boring. Christ. There's a reason their license plates have only 5 digits or something on them. NOBODY lives there. I'm not crapping on the state itself, just the lack of people. The scenery is simply tremendous, stunning even along the Interstate (I-80). But there are NO places to stop, period.

If you *do* make the drive, don't wash your car the entire time until after the 'fest. It would stand out more and draw attention to your NY plates and trip. No matter what you drive or how many hours you spend polishing it, there will always be something nicer and cleaner. If you just drove it across country you have no shot of winning that little battle anyway. Making a trip to spend time with cool people who just really dig cars, *that's* what's cool about bimmerfest, so that's what your bug-splattered ride would say about you.

It's the exact opposite of what trailered and sponsored show cars from thousands of miles say about why they're there... $$$ :)

Solidjake
12-10-2008, 05:27 PM
updated route, will meet a fellow fester SlimKlim from VA in Ohio and resume trip

stack
12-10-2008, 05:41 PM
me and jake are gonna break the record lol....we will do it in 30 hrs:p.....does anyone know the channels the cops use on the cb, that would be helpful. every state would even be much better:angel:

KrisL
12-10-2008, 05:48 PM
me and jake are gonna break the record lol....we will do it in 30 hrs:p.....does anyone know the channels the cops use on the cb, that would be helpful. every state would even be much better:angel:

CHP uses 42mhz radios... you'd need a digital scanner in some states... there's plenty of info on this elsewhere :).

howitzer
12-10-2008, 05:57 PM
CHP uses 42mhz radios... you'd need a digital scanner in some states... there's plenty of info on this elsewhere :).

+1 on the scanner. I have a Uniden 396 that I take with me everywhere. Go visit one of the scanner forums like radioreference.com for more info.

Solidjake
12-10-2008, 06:02 PM
CHP uses 42mhz radios... you'd need a digital scanner in some states... there's plenty of info on this elsewhere :).

+1 on the scanner. I have a Uniden 396 that I take with me everywhere. Go visit one of the scanner forums like radioreference.com for more info.

Yup, Kris told me about it on aim.

hey howitzer. do you have a scanner?

howitzer
12-10-2008, 06:08 PM
Yup, Kris told me about it on aim.

hey howitzer. do you have a scanner?

Ah, yup. Uniden BCD396T. Its a handheld. I'm in NYC and lots of action 24/7 on the PD and FD freq's.

Solidjake
12-10-2008, 07:53 PM
Ah, yup. Uniden BCD396T. Its a handheld. I'm in NYC and lots of action 24/7 on the PD and FD freq's.

May I ask for you to be every so kind and allow me to borrow it for that week in May. I can give you collateral for the time being. :D

KrisL
12-10-2008, 07:54 PM
May I ask for you to be every so kind and allow me to borrow it for that week in May. I can give you collateral for the time being. :D

It'll take you at least another week just to program it for a dozen different states.

Solidjake
12-11-2008, 06:23 AM
So then may I have it for two weeks? lol you can go that long behaving on the road, right? ;)

Missmodena310
12-11-2008, 12:47 PM
updated route, will meet a fellow fester SlimKlim from VA in Ohio and resume trip

woo !! :thumbup:

rgr887
12-11-2008, 01:03 PM
If your driving take the classic route 66, Americana at it's finest. And you'll head through
the GREAT Southwest!

Solidjake
12-11-2008, 03:35 PM
If your driving take the classic route 66, Americana at it's finest. And you'll head through
the GREAT Southwest!

THIS (http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=New+York&1s=NY&1a=[1-23]+Canal+St&1z=10002&1y=US&1l=40.71425&1g=-73.9897&1v=STREET&2c=Cambridge&2s=OH#a/maps/l::[1-23]+Canal+St:New+York:NY:10002:US:40.71425:-73.9897:street::1/l:::Cambridge:OH::US:40.025002:-81.5867:city:Guernsey+County:1/l:::San+Jose:CA::US:37.339401:-121.893898:city:Santa+Clara+County:1/m:::::0:::::/io:1:::::f:EN:M:/e) is my route :)

Keith
12-11-2008, 04:48 PM
THIS (http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=New+York&1s=NY&1a=[1-23]+Canal+St&1z=10002&1y=US&1l=40.71425&1g=-73.9897&1v=STREET&2c=Cambridge&2s=OH#a/maps/l::[1-23]+Canal+St:New+York:NY:10002:US:40.71425:-73.9897:street::1/l:::Cambridge:OH::US:40.025002:-81.5867:city:Guernsey+County:1/l:::San+Jose:CA::US:37.339401:-121.893898:city:Santa+Clara+County:1/m:::::0:::::/io:1:::::f:EN:M:/e) is my route :)

:yikes: San Jose, it says you end in San Jose, why?

Hell, if that's the case you could join in on our 200 car caravan, just be here & ready at 8AM Friday morning, May 1st. :thumbup: for the final leg of your trip. :thumbup: not to mention ours. :D

KrisL
12-11-2008, 06:39 PM
:yikes: San Jose, it says you end in San Jose, why?

Hell, if that's the case you could join in on our 200 car caravan, just be here & ready at 8AM Friday morning, May 1st. :thumbup: for the final leg of your trip. :thumbup: not to mention ours. :D

Get with the program, Keith, that's his plan :).

Solidjake
12-11-2008, 07:20 PM
get with the program, keith, that's his plan :).

:d

Keith
12-11-2008, 09:04 PM
Get with the program, Keith, that's his plan :).

Ok Ok, I got it now, my bad. :doh:

reidconti
12-11-2008, 09:20 PM
Ok Ok, I got it now, my bad. :doh:

Geez Keith. Everyone knows the only reason anyone from the bay area goes to the 'fest is to be a part of the BayBimmerz caravan! :tsk:

Keith
12-11-2008, 09:23 PM
Geez Keith. Everyone knows the only reason anyone from the bay area goes to the 'fest is to be a part of the BayBimmerz caravan! :tsk:

Ok, enough sarcasm out of you Mister, now did you get your damn room yet??

Cliff
12-11-2008, 10:55 PM
Geez Keith. Everyone knows the only reason anyone from the bay area goes to the 'fest is to be a part of the BayBimmerz caravan! :tsk:

Reid, dude, the caravan AND the e-bar dinner.

Agent31
01-23-2009, 11:33 AM
I think you need a few more trips under your belt before you even attempt to drive from New York to California if the farthest you've driven was to Pennsylvania.

Have a little confidence in the guy.

Unless you plan to do some serious sight seeing, you shouldn't drive.

:thumbdwn: SolidJake, glad to hear you decided to make the drive. Wish you a safe journey.

Cars... you're doing it wrong. :tsk:

my thoughts exactly. The way I see it... Cars are like condoms. ...They're not all that fun to have unless you use them. :thumbup:

Kurt Martin
02-07-2009, 10:07 PM
Go Jake! We'll be looking for you on the caravan. Drive safe! :thumbup:

UtorVita
02-14-2009, 10:59 AM
Have fun with the trip, man! Me and a couple buddies crammed in my E28 and drove from Milwaukee last year - this year will be our second trip out. Driving is not that bad, all though we do stop in Vegas for much needed drunknezzz.

reidconti
02-14-2009, 11:09 AM
Have fun with the trip, man! Me and a couple buddies crammed in my E28 and drove from Milwaukee last year - this year will be our second trip out. Driving is not that bad, all though we do stop in Vegas for much needed drunknezzz.

^^^^ THESE guys know how to do Bimmerfest!! Remember that when you see the poseurs from LA with their Louis Vuitton interiors :rofl:

aliaw528
02-25-2009, 03:51 PM
And a Valentine One if you don't already have it! They pay for themselves within months!

E39Freak
03-12-2009, 03:58 PM
hey guys, i want to do something that i normally wouldnt do. go to bimmerfest 2009 and go there all the way from the opposite end, NYC. which route would be the best, for anyone that has done it. the furthest i've went was to PA, i took I78 all the way. thanks! :thumbup: i really look forward to go to you guys on the west coast and with open arms completing my journey!

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Ridgewood&1s=NY&1a=Forest+Ave+And+Myrtle+Ave&1z=11385&2c=Santa+Barbara&2s=CA

DO IT MAN!!!! If you've got yourself a wing man the switch n sleep should work! Just don't push the limit. If you need a couple of hours more sleep, take it. Don't force yourselves to stay awake.

All you need now is CB radio and call yourself Bandit and play "East Bound and down" but sing along saying "West bound and Down" :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::rofl:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN8dP4CoFaw

MrAdam
03-20-2009, 10:42 AM
that's pretty sick! If I could I would truck my car to New York and drive back with you. sounds like fun. see you here dude! Bimmerfest or Bust FTW!!!
P.S. tape up your bumper

sik740il
03-22-2009, 02:00 PM
solid jake i'm a neibor from PA well old neibor now living in missouri but i'll be out there and be good to see you out there my friend

02 330Ci
03-22-2009, 02:17 PM
wow sounds like a good trip. couple of years ago me and my brother drove to Washington dc through Pittsburgh pa and then south to savanah ga then back it was a great trip.

sik740il
03-22-2009, 02:55 PM
so u heading there 330ci it would be a great trip we already reserved our hotel for 3 days

crewdog843
03-27-2009, 11:41 AM
I've circumnavigated the US from Baltimore to Cali and back a couple of times. The northern route is the most scenic, the southern route has more truck traffic. Indianapolis the first night, Des Moines the second, Cody (WY) the third, Auburn (CA) the fourth (but we stopped in Yellowstone for a few hours). If you've never been out west before, you'll be stunned....take the time to enjoy it.

Came back through Vegas, Santa Fe, Oklahoma City, Bristol (TN). Great way to see the USA. Drive safe, stay with/watch the truckers and you will be all right. See you in Carpinteria....

jake

6 Brit
03-27-2009, 12:16 PM
oh my gosh you are going to have so much fun!!!

Don't listen to those discouraging knuckleheads

if you cannot get reservations in a hotel ventura is like 20 min. south and have plenty of hotels from scary crappy cheap to really nice and I doubt they will be busy...SB is a cool town though

good luck on your journey

reidconti
03-27-2009, 12:18 PM
Don't listen to those discouraging knuckleheads


But a long roadtrip will strip some of the rubber RIGHT OFF THE TIRES! They'll NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN! :rofl:

3seriesbmw
04-04-2009, 07:36 PM
Umm...dont know if I trust the steptronic tranny to get to cali and back but it would be awsome to get with a caravan!

Kamdog
04-04-2009, 07:51 PM
If you are going to drive, add a few days and see Rocky Mountain National Park, right off 80, see Yellowstone and the Tetons. See Yosemite in Cali, on the way back, see the Grand Canyon, swing down and see New Orleans, come up the Smokies and see Nashville and Memphis.

If you're gonna go cross country, see the damn country. It is beautiful man.

jryguyi
04-04-2009, 07:56 PM
THIS (http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=New+York&1s=NY&1a=[1-23]+Canal+St&1z=10002&1y=US&1l=40.71425&1g=-73.9897&1v=STREET&2c=Cambridge&2s=OH#a/maps/l::[1-23]+Canal+St:New+York:NY:10002:US:40.71425:-73.9897:street::1/l:::Cambridge:OH::US:40.025002:-81.5867:city:Guernsey+County:1/l:::San+Jose:CA::US:37.339401:-121.893898:city:Santa+Clara+County:1/m:::::0:::::/io:1:::::f:EN:M:/e) is my route :)

6,000 miles there and back :wow:

If i was going, i would drive the 3,000 there, but i wouldnt be coming back :eeps: Bimmerfest 2011 anyone? By then i should be ready to move to CA.