Travel stories

 

Aug. 21 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Anyone in the direct path or planning a trip for the rare total solar eclipse on Aug. 21? I am about 200 miles north of the path, so it certainly is within the realm of possibility for a day trip or overnight trip. I haven't made any plans yet but am thinking about it.

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Alan - Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Missing Hunter Found (Garmin Monterra)

One of my hobbies is riding ATVs. In fact, this past Sunday and Tuesday I rode in Nemadji State Forest in Minnesota. Towards the end of my trip on Tuesday, I saw a Pine County Sheriff's Office pickup trick, Kerrick Fire Ambulance, and a Bruno fire truck parked near the side of the Gandy Dancer Trail. I stopped and one of the first responders told me about the missing hunter.

2017 Two Wheel Travels

My wife and I just finished a 7500 mile trip from Florida to Colorado/South Dakota/Wisconsin/Indiana then back home. I ride a Yamaha Tenere while my wife rides a Kawasaki Ninja 1000. We were on the road for 48 days with extended stops in Colorado Springs, Lacrosse and Madison, IN.

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So Many Roads.....

Making a Long Trip More Efficient

Periodically we have to make a one-way trip of 600 miles (of course the return trip is also 600 miles). We have a Nuvi 650 and there is a propensity for it to use the interstate system even-though there are suitable more direct 55MPH routes available.

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Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

2010 West Trip

Our travels are on two wheels, the motorcycle kind.
My wife and I both ride our own bike. 20+ years ago when I decided to take up riding again, she said if you are going to ride I am too! So here we are today with several two wheel trips under our belt!

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So Many Roads.....

Where you won't be going....

Iconic 1,000-year-old Pioneer Cabin tree collapses as deadly storm blasts California.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/iconic-1-000-year...

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Nuvi 2595 LMT When you come to a fork in the road- take it. (Leo)

GPS problem?

http://www.emporianews.com/article/nj-missing-persons-discov...

This is a story of 2 people who got lost in VA. They has previously asked for help with their GPS is Ruther Glen, VA. Someone suspects they were directed off I-85 by a faulty GPS.

summer 2016

We made our second trip to Alaska. Missed every salmon run by 4 days +/-. Visited a lot of notable museums, including Anchorage, UA of the North in Fairbanks, the Pratt Museum in Homer, Dawson City, Beringia in Whitehorse, Kennicott, etc. Our nicest campground was again the Borough campground in Palmer.

Blame the GPS. Don't use common sense.

Found this while surfing the net.
Morons, including the media, placing the blame everywhere but where it belongs.
Check out the comments.

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/video/gps-leaves-family-stranded-o...

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Under no circumstances whatsoever, will logic and common sense be tolerated.

Carrying full coverage on a 10 year old vehicle

My neighbor struck a dear with her 2007 Nissan Mariano with 67000 miles. The car was still drive-able. Grill damaged, radiator pushed into fan and BOTH AIR BAGS deployed. This car was fully loaded with leather and navigation. But the cost of repairing the airbags alone was over $3500. The car was totaled.

West Virginia Mountains

Just returned from a delightful midweek trip in the West Virginia mountains. To our surprise, we found the roads in excellent condition and with little traffic. Most of the driving was on state roads. A few of the highways were WV 39, WV 150, WV 28, Public Road 112, and WV 90 (old road). Key sites included Highland Scenic Highway, Spruce Knob, Seneca Rocks, and Blackwater Falls.

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Tuckahoe Mike - Nuvi 3490LMT, Nuvi 260W, iPhone6s, Mazda MX-5 Nav

Ivy Knob (Lookout Tower)

Ivy Knob eleveation is 3,620 feet. WV Gazetteer for Guyandotte Mt. confirms it & the current survey control from USGS. It is entirely located in Raleigh County, WV. Confirmed by the 911 Raleigh County mapping department. It is the site where the very first fire tower to go up in the state of WV in 1916.

Lax airport offsite cell phone parking lot

Has anyone had any experience while trying to find or use the Lax airport cell phone parking lot?

Almost seems as if someone doesn't want motorists who're waiting to pick up arrivals, to know where it is located and what the terms of use are.

Over in Long Beach, also in CA, the cell phone waiting lot is really easy to locate and simple to use.

Illinois Toll Roads

When my family and I were traveling recently we feared we may have gone through a toll area without paying in Illinois. So, I made a telephone call a day or two later. I waited at least 10 minutes until talking to a real, live person. I explained my predicament, specifically that we weren't sure, but we may have passed an area without paying a toll.

Road Trip From Saint Paul MN Area To Asheville NC And Back

I am just wondering what people here do to make their road trips more enjoyable. My family, there are four of us, and I recently drove from the Saint Paul MN area to the Asheville NC area to drop my son off at college. I used to really enjoy road trips, BUT this is one of the longer ones I have done in several years.

Miami Nightmares

If you use East Coast Park and Fly in Miami, don't trust their web site with regard to hours of operation. They close at 10:00 PM on Friday nights, not 11:00 PM as advertised and as confirmed verbally when we dropped off our car.

Big surprise when we returned to Miami after 9 days touring in Cuba.

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Jere

Express I95 in Virginia

I posted this in The Chit Chat forum by mistake.

Just back in Brooklyn from a great week at North Myrtle Beach.

Anybody else confused with the new Virginia EZPass I95 Express reversible lanes with dynamic pricing? Saved us a lot of traffic headaches, coming and going. But when the express lanes end, be careful not to continue driving in the HOV lanes with less than 3 occupants.

I-77 Interests?

I've traveled from MI to FL every year along I-75 as I live right off it and it's a straight shot. That being said, it's also become boring for me.
This year I'm taking the I-77 route for a change of pace. Does anyone have some great POIs that I can use n this trip, or, offer any great stops along the way?
I'll be leaving here MI in a few weeks....
Thanks

Hows been your experience with tire snow chains and snow cables in the mammoth lakes area

Has anyone had a recent experience with having to use tire cables or chains in the sierras? Heard they had a foot and a half snow in Mammoth Lakes this last week. Would M+S tires suffice or would it likely require cables/chains?

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