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X1 E84 (2011 - current)
The new to the US BMW X1 will arrive at BMW dealers in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year. Get your X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or get the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i dDrive.

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Old 07-07-2013, 09:36 PM
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Pics from my July 4th Road trip in my X1 over the Sierra Nevada moutians

So rather than spend the day trying to get a space among thousands to watch 20 minutes of fireworks, I grabbed a buddy of mine and we hit the road. Dinner at Lake Tahoe was the goal, and we decided to take the path less taken. We drove California Highway 4 from one end to the other. It begins near my house in Hercules California, and ends in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains at the junction of Highway 89, which runs up the western side of the Lake Tahoe. Here is the route we took in the X1. The photos mostly come from the area between Arnold and Lake Tahoe.


4th Road Trip Map by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Please note that the car started off fairly clean, but crossing the central valley through the delta, I picked up approximately 1 billion bugs. As we started climbing it seemed to get a bit less buggy. Soon the heat of the valley was replaced by cool mountain air after we started climbing out after Angels Camp (Where Mark Twain wrote about the frog jumping contest).


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This rode is not open in the winter, and you can see the snow marker poles here.


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The road narrows to less than two full lanes for a quite a distance. It's a fun road, but not one to go bonsai on as there is NO room for error.


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But what a view!

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Watch out for wandering milk cows!

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The sign used to say 7,080 FT.

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Got a little off road in at the location of a long gone mining boomtown from 1864. Used to be 3000 people here.

20130704-IMG_7996 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

You can see how dirty my poor baby is here!

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One last pit stop


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It was getting late when we hit Highway 89, so it was time to let the turbo do its work for a bit on the way to Tahoe.

20130704-AQ4E9137 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

The lake was packed with people celebrating the 4th. It was a bit slow going through the tourist areas, but we made it.

20130704-IMG_8086 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Ended up eating at Alpine Village, then it was a short blast to Truckee and the freeway home. We ended up seeing a lot of fireworks from the interstate as we went through the Sacramento area, and I was ready for bed when I got home. After all, Friday was another day, and I had another trip planned. This time toward the coast and Fort Bragg. I will have pics of that journey as well.

Hope you enjoyed the photos and hope everyone in the US had a nice 4th.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:16 PM
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Lovely pics!!! I was in the exact same place (North Lake + Reno) with the exact same car (X1 Mineral Grey)... just got back too hope you had a fun drive...
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:18 PM
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Very nice!
Sounds like a fun road trip.

Love the shot with the nav, and um..... the bug juice.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:01 PM
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Lovely pics!!! I was in the exact same place (North Lake + Reno) with the exact same car (X1 Mineral Grey)... just got back too hope you had a fun drive...
Very much so. I put over 1000 miles on the car this weekend

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Very nice!
Sounds like a fun road trip.

Love the shot with the nav, and um..... the bug juice.
You should have seen the bugs by the time I got home! I had to stop three times to clean the windshield.


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Old 07-10-2013, 10:40 AM
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Mind if I share your trip on the dealership's FB page?

Looks like a great trip!

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Old 07-10-2013, 11:15 AM
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Mind if I share your trip on the dealership's FB page?

Looks like a great trip!

It was indeed a great trip. Feel free to share!
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:45 PM
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Outstanding pix!!! The scenery is gorgeous. I need to take my X1 up there whenever it arrives. I am so glad I ordered the Mineral Grey!
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:13 PM
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Outstanding pix!!! The scenery is gorgeous. I need to take my X1 up there whenever it arrives. I am so glad I ordered the Mineral Grey!
Thanks! From your area, I would definitely recommend that you take 395 north along the eastern sierra, then cut west over one of the many cool roads, Hwy 4, 108, or 88, they are all really cool, and of course, Tioga Pass, Hwy 120 through Yosemite. So many roads, so little time. I have had the X1 for less than 3 months and have almost 4000 miles on it. I need to slow down


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Old 07-10-2013, 07:34 PM
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Re: Pics from my July 4th Road trip in my X1 over the Sierra Nevada moutians

Absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing.

I wish we had mountains in Florida

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I just have to say again, wow great pics!

Honestly, these pics sure "fit" the profile of an X1 owner.
One that loves to drive, but at the same time the car can easily go into
some forest areas and drive on non paved roads.
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Great shots! Thanks for sharing. Looks like a fun road trip.
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Absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing.

I wish we had mountains in Florida

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You just need to drive north!

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I just have to say again, wow great pics!

Honestly, these pics sure "fit" the profile of an X1 owner.
One that loves to drive, but at the same time the car can easily go into
some forest areas and drive on non paved roads.
Absolutely agree! The extra bit of ground clearance is perfect to take off on smaller by ways and dirt roads and go explore, while still being plenty of fun on a well paved twisty road.

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Great shots! Thanks for sharing. Looks like a fun road trip.
It indeed was a great beginning to a nice long weekend of exploring. I am working overtime this week, but hope to have some pics of the next day's adventure up soon. Went from the Napa Valley to the Mendocino coast. Grapes, redwoods and the beach!
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