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Bit of drama on the way to Indy.

2,500 Miles for Christmas

By     |    Dec 14, 2012
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Well, we just got back from an early Christmas visit in Wisconsin. Took us 2,500 miles! I can’t believe it. Of course, there were some sidetracks and loop-dee-loops. First we drove to Lake Geneva, then Indianapolis, then La Crosse, then back to Trumansburg. When’s Google going to start selling those self-driving cars? We’ll be first in line. Read more about Ben Madeka’s art here and here.

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Hasta la vista, Penske.

The Ride Across (Driving from Chicago to Ithaca in a Penske Truck)

By     |    Oct 19, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Chicago, Drives, Ithaca     |    1 Comment

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know that Lisa does something like 98% of the driving. She’s a pro. And she gets carsick when I (reluctantly, of course) volunteer to drive the winding, fun roads. We’ve put 35,000 miles on our van in the last year. Of that, I’ve maybe driven, let’s say, 20 hours, max. Let’s also assume 60 MPH, so 1,200 miles. That revises my […]

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Ship looming on the horizon.

Road Crazies in Kansas

By     |    Sep 5, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Drives, Kansas     |    2 Comments

I saw the ship on the horizon and pointed it out to Lisa. Then the shooting started. Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! I ducked under the dashboard. Lisa swerved. Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! Goddamn. They were firing at us. Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! “Speed up, Lisa, speed up!” I yelled. “Put the hammer down!” Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! “What about that island? Let’s hide on the island.” she said. She pointed to the island on the horizon to the right. Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! “We’ll be sitting ducks there. […]

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Yummy, yummy Coors. I mean MillerCoors. Perfect for my Milwaukee roots.

Colorado Mountain Towns

By     |    Aug 31, 2012
Posted in: Books, Colorado, Drives, Food     |    No Comments

I was really looking forward to returning to Colorado and exploring a few more mountain towns. Here’s where we stopped and what we liked: View Larger Map Grand Junction Grand Junction, even though it’s right next to Colorado National Monument, doesn’t feel like a Colorado town to me. It’s too big and sprawling, too dried out and desert-y. Colorado National Monument feels like Utah. North of the town, there’s a […]

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All downhill from here ...

Independence Pass, Colorado

By     |    Aug 30, 2012
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As if Aspen couldn’t get any better, we drove out of town over one of the coolest passes of the trip — Independence Pass. Why is it awesome? Well, the US Pro Cycling Challenge just biked over it (full route). The road from Aspen narrows and widens oddly and inconsistently all the way up the slope. There’s an old ghost town near the top. It’s too difficult to maintain in winter, […]

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Bald Mountain.

Whenever possible, take the scenic route

By     |    Aug 24, 2012
Posted in: Drives, Utah     |    No Comments

If you’ve got the time, take the scenic route. Better yet, plan to have the time to take the scenic route. When planning your trip, we’d advise avoiding all major highways: the 5s, 80s, 90s, 94s, 15s, 70s of the country. Sure, you can get there faster on the main route, but if you’re only interested in getting somewhere quickly, take a plane. Even if you must stick to the […]

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A huge, flat valley.

Driving the Loneliest Road in America: Hwy 50 across Nevada

By     |    Aug 22, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Drives, Nevada     |    No Comments

The Loneliest Road in America: Highway 50, east from Reno straight across Nevada. At least, as straight across Nevada as is possible. You very quickly get into a rhythm on Highway 50. Cross broad, flat valley, climb mountain range, descend mountain range, cross broad, flat valley. The rhythm lulls you into a kind of peaceful, meditation-y state. The few diversions stand out like welcome mirages. The road is a smooth […]

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Fog rolling up over the hills along Tomales Bay.

Highway 101/ Route 1 Live Up To the Hype

By     |    Aug 13, 2012
Posted in: California, Drives     |    No Comments

It’s true: driving Highway 101/Route 1 is as awesome as everyone says it is. You could make an entire vacation out of driving the 101 from Seattle to San Francisco (just veer off the 101 on the 1 in northern California). Wait, you should make an entire vacation out of driving this road. View Larger Map The road follows the coast closely, sometimes too closely for comfort, except where some […]

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This is one of the 'good' roads.

The Lost Coast of California

By     |    Aug 9, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, California, Drives     |    4 Comments

Between Ferndale (to the north) and Rockport (to the south) along California’s Pacific coast there’s basically nothing. No real towns, no housing developments, no reality TV stars, hardly any roads even. Sure, there are things marked as roads on the map, but they’re just paved strips of pavement in reality. They’ve been washed out and earthquaked and patched too many times to be anywhere close to smooth. We’ve been on […]

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Google Map of our route to Rainier.

Grand Coulee Dam and a Damn Good Drive

By     |    Jul 18, 2012
Posted in: Drives, Washington     |    No Comments

Well, we got so excited writing about Mt. Rainier that we skipped writing about the drive there. It was a great drive. We drove through amber waves of grain, Utah-like canyons, and it all started on a ferry. You can street-view it here: Grand Coulee Dam route. It took two days — we stopped in Wenatchee for the night. We’ll probably never go back there … Driving in eastern Washington […]

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