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TxTaz 03-31-2011 08:09 AM

My Road Trip 2011
I'm getting ready to take off on Saturday for a road trip. I will be heading up to PA via TN, NC, VA etc.
Has anyone driven I-40 in Arkansas lately?
I was through there a few years back and it was horrible.
I will post pics of the trip.

gregb 03-31-2011 10:31 AM

Have fun on your road trip! I drove I-40 with the family last Thanksgiving across most of the state of AR (Memphis to the I-540 exit and back to Memphis). I recall that it was still bad, but maybe not quite as bad as in years past as there has been a little construction completed on a couple of eastern sections. I do remember heavy holiday traffic and quite a few annoying "elephant races" by semi's which got in the way...

BadboyzTn 03-31-2011 11:02 AM

I'm in Memphis and my wife is from Little Rock, so we are on that stretch quite a bit. The stretch isn't bad... just a couple spots of construction. And there is construction in West Memphis. Enjoy your trip!!!

TxTaz 04-01-2011 05:40 AM

Thanks for the feedback.
I'll give I-40 a try since there are better places to stop along the way.

pablo645 04-01-2011 07:41 AM

Nice Taz, Enjoy the trip. I am looking forward to a long road trip myself this year as soon as the weather breaks here in the North East. Cant believe I am seeing snow showers this morning :mad:

amcrae 04-01-2011 01:19 PM

are u driving ur 6er if so should be a fun trip tell us if you used the navigation system and did is it working out well for u

TxTaz 04-01-2011 01:48 PM

Yeah pablo I packed some warm clothes. Feels weird, it's sunny and 85F out right now.

Definitely taking the 6 and will use the navigation if it's not too annoying. Otherwise, I have printouts for the entire trip.

suntan 04-01-2011 03:14 PM

Hey, Taz, have a wonderful time on the roadtrip! :)

petriej 04-01-2011 03:22 PM

If you're in the western parts of VA (NOT WVA), check out the Blue Ridge Parkway. It runs by where I used to live and is quite scenic. It's a 2-laner and plenty of slow drivers, so be warned!

TxTaz 04-02-2011 07:27 AM

On the road.... should be outside Dallas by noon. And I've got a co-pilot! Pics coming soon.....

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TxTaz 04-02-2011 04:04 PM

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Here is my co-pilot and some cow along for the ride.
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Leslierc 04-02-2011 04:22 PM

Have fun!

Yorgi 04-02-2011 04:51 PM

Have an awesome trip. Is that a good luck cow? :)

Keep the pics coming.

TxTaz 04-03-2011 11:05 AM


Originally Posted by Yorgi (Post 5966697)
Have an awesome trip. Is that a good luck cow? :)

Keep the pics coming.

I think it's Jenn's idea of keeping me inline while on the road. I should check it for a nanny cam. :rofl:

The trip has hit it's first delay. Heavy weather is expected along my route all day Monday so I'll stay another day and head out Tuesday. Driving the Tail of the Dragon in the rain is not my idea of fun.:thumbdwn:

TxTaz 04-05-2011 04:39 PM

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Well, I made it through Tennessee and found the Tail of the Dragon with some remote help (thanks Yorgi)
The Dragon was a BLAST :thumbup: I highly recommend it to anyone remotely close to take that drive. 318 curves in 11 miles and I bought the shirt. :rofl:
Today there were hardly any cars. One pulled over for me and the other got passed in a hurry. It was a moving truck no less. Go figure. I stopped about half way through to take some pics and I could smell the brakes and tires. I was working the car hard. Once into it, I got into a groove and the corners were easy to hit in this car. Talk about sweet. I will drive it again on my way home.
Here are some pics from today. I strapped the cow in for safety.
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six_four_five 04-05-2011 05:47 PM

Looks like your having fun! Hope you keep having fun and have a safe trip!

kgati 04-05-2011 06:11 PM

Have fun and thanks for the update and pics. Someone needs to post some videos.

petriej 04-05-2011 06:54 PM

I was wondering how this trip was! Glad to see you survived it and had a blast!

Damn I wish I knew about this place when I was working in Up-country SC!

Yorgi 04-05-2011 08:34 PM

Looking good. Glad to hear you liked it (and survived it!) :)

Learned something new today - cell reception in the area sucks.

gregb 04-06-2011 05:16 AM

great pics! glad to see you made it fine and missed all this crazy weather. I need to get up there before it gets too crowded over the summer. how was I-40 across AR?

TopDownInFL 04-06-2011 09:18 AM

Thank goodness you strapped the cow in!

TxTaz 04-07-2011 12:15 PM

I made it to Sunbury, PA. Unfortunately, I have to go to McDonald's to get internet access, so I will be online very sparce for the next week. I'll fill in more when I have time.
I-40 was great all the way across. Good road and little traffic. Most were truckers.

TxTaz 04-14-2011 04:35 AM

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After spending a week in PA, I headed up to Niagara Falls. Meeting Yorgi this morning for breakfast. I have a story here for any speed demons past or present. I will post it when I get home.
I had 1 cut tire at a cost of $570 and I was going to replace the rft's when I got home. Now I have a friggin new one and I had to drive to a major city (hour and a half) to get a tire. I'll say this for rft's, they hold up at 70mph and no air. I still don't see why they can't repair them. They look like a regular tire inside just thicker on the side walls.
I did have some good company at a hotel on the way up. Talk about a nice car.
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I'll post more whn I get home. So far 3200 miles and counting.

TxTaz 04-19-2011 09:20 AM

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Finally back home. It is nice to be home.
I averaged 70 MPH for the whole trip, 24MPG over 4986 miles. 86 hours in the seat. I don't think I want to drive for a while.

Here are some pics at Niagara Falls with Yorgi's car.
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BTW, The cow was too chicken to go over the falls.

petriej 04-19-2011 09:33 AM

Looking good gents!

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