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#246 of 346 Re: Road Trip Charleston [wilcox]
by steve_ HOST
Apr 20, 2012 (2:01 pm)
We came back through there on our recent trip south and camped at a nice county park for three nights (James Island). We got a "bulk" Heritage Pass and hit 3 or 4 old homes downtown and a couple of plantation tours. But the best part was just walking around downtown.
For morning coffee, try the Kudu, not far from the visitor's center. Had great fish and chips one day in an "English" pub downtown called The Griffon.
Parking is an issue and we were there in a "slow" time. So I'd find a parking garage (there's one run by the visitor's center that's next door to it) and take the free trolley around.
(And it's the "War of Northern Aggression" - remember where you're going. ).
#248 of 346 Re: done any of these? [steve_]
May 18, 2012 (6:33 pm)
I've actually done 2 or 3 of those (can't remember if I have taken that exact OR route), but I know I have done 99 in WA, and the Georgia one. 99 is interesting on the viaduct, but the rest of it can be pretty dreary.
#249 of 346 Re: done any of these? [fintail]
by steve_ HOST
May 18, 2012 (8:29 pm)
Been too long since we've visited my brother in law out in Seattle. Last I heard they were still voting on the viaduct; guess the tunnel really is a go. Lots of places put barriers like that between the city and their waterfront (funny that Portland had to put a lot of the bike path on piers in the river - lots of the St. Lawrence Seaway isn't easily accessible due to the industry.)
Overall, seems like some duller choices in the list.
#250 of 346 Re: done any of these? [steve_]
May 19, 2012 (11:30 am)
I have done Hwy 1 many times, hwy 26 out of Portland was my dad's favorite drive anytime of year. I was all over hwy 99 from Bakersfield to the Canadian border. On my only trip to NY we spent two weeks in the Rochester area, and hwy 28 in the fall was beautiful. I have 6 to go before I die.
#251 of 346 Re: done any of these? [steve_]
May 19, 2012 (1:34 pm)
I always enjoy the Pacific Northwest and from mid June to mid Sep seems the sunniest weather. My favorite Washington drive is probably 112 north end of the Olympic Peninsula running along the water to the northwestern most part of the US. I think I like some of the driving in Oregon more than Washingtron though including the beach areas (although you really can't go wrong in either state). 26 is a beautiful drive and try to tie 242 through the McKenzie Pass to/from Sisters if its open. 101 is nice. I prefer the northern half over the sand dunes area, but its a pretty and sometimes quaint drive regardless. Either state along the Columbia River Gorge is also nice (Oregon side if you're into waterfalls).
I used to fly into Rochester and Buffalo NY years back, and spend the night. Despite being called the "east", my impression was that like Cleveland, its really more Midwestern in character (OK, the hilly portions maybe southern IL or OH). Personally, I liked them but don't see it as a 10 best drive.
#252 of 346 Re: done any of these? [gagrice]
May 19, 2012 (1:41 pm)
I have 6 to go before I die.
Then you've got to get rolling - life's short! I believe you spend a lot of time in Hawaii? When in Honolulu I like to take a short drive on H-3 to the east coast of Oahu through the lush mountains and tunnels, then overlooking the sea. Amazing engineering story and some spectacular views all in a few short miles. If you've got the time, get some shaved ice out that ways at Keneke's (spelling?).
#253 of 346 Copper Harbor
by steve_ HOST
Jun 28, 2012 (8:45 pm)
It takes a while to get to the end of the road, even if you live in Michigan, since it's way the heck north on two lane blacktop roads, most of them curvy, and all of them are scenic. My brother and his wife were visiting from Tennessee so we hopped in our vans last weekend and headed North.
After you get to the one access point to the peninsula, the world's heaviest and widest double-decked vertical lift bridge between Houghton and Hancock Michigan, you wind up on the Keweenaw Peninsula, home of lots and lots of trees, old copper mines and endless views of Lake Superior.
We took a left across the lift bridge and poked our way along Passage Canal and then over to Calumet, home of historic architecture and galleries (with lots of textiles and rugs on display).
Then we took US 41 up the main spine to the end of the pavement to Copper Harbor and camped at Fort Wilkins, built in 1844 to monitor the copper rush. Nice beaches there, lots of hiking and biking and if you have a high clearance vehicle, you can take dirt roads way out to the end of the point. The last stand of uncut white pines is near here too.
We cut over to Eagle Harbor on our way home and stocked up at a monastery that makes jams and jellies. Then we crossed back over the peninsula to see Mount Bohemia, a crazy looking, mostly expert ski hill with a few glade runs and lots of tree riding/skiing. I think I'll pass.
From there we followed the eastern shore of Lake Superior to Gay (yes, there's a bar there...), through the blueberry country of Lake Linden and then back across Portage Canal. That lift bridge breaks every few years or so and if you are on the wrong side, your only way home is to swim, boat or fly.
Great camping country (the biting flies left the day before we got there ) and miles of beach to walk.
#254 of 346 fun trip
Jul 02, 2012 (10:25 am)
Took a 6000 mile round trip from OH to CA in our '07 Prius. It's a good-sized vehicle for our family of 4 and the hatch-back design can hold a lot of stuff. Even though we get close to 50mpg at home, driving 80mph (75mph speed limit in a lot of southwest states) dropped the average MPG to the mid-40s. I spent $450 in gas to drive those 6000 miles. If I lived in the southwest on a regular basis, I'd see about maybe buying a diesel because I think they can get better MPG at those higher highway speeds. It would have cost about $1500 to fly, plus probably another few hundred for a rental car, so it was well worth it to drive, plus we got to see a lot of stuff along the way going throug the "fly-over" states.
Jul 13, 2012 (11:42 am)
Am heading to CA next week from my home in Colorado. Should be around 2200 miles total. Hoping to get as far as I can on day 1 (12 hours? Vegas?) to make day 2 shorter.
Taking my '06 Saturn ION with 72K on it. I did a shorter trip a couple weeks ago and got over 32 MPG on one tank with AC running.
Looking forward to I-70 and I-15 in Utah where the posted limit is now 80 MPH.