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Driving from Seattle to Victoria, BC, Canada

I will be taking a week vacation at the end of October. I'll fly into SEA (Seattle international airport), rent a car and drive to Victoria BC (Canada). I'd like to get some help from those who have taken this trip before.

Google map shows me 3 ferry routes:
from Port Angeles, WA
from Anacortes, WA
and from Tsawwassen, BC

Driving from NYC to Dallas the end of August. Any Advice? Best Route?

I've got a big move to make and the last week of August I'm driving my car from NYC to Dallas, Texas & I'm looking for the best route. I'd be leaving at dawn's early light Aug 30 or 31.

At present I plan on making just one overnight stop after 12 or 13 hours in Tennessee, but that could change based on conditions.

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Re-CAL-culating... "Some people will believe anything they read on the internet" - Abraham Lincoln

More bum steers - in Washington DC

I spent 2 days in DC this week for a family event. I crossed town 3 times during the day. I use a TomTom 1435 and a laptop with Streets & Trips 2013. The TomTom just had its map updated for the trip.

Bum steer by TomTom - almost lost in the woods

Last week I was exploring the area in NW lower Michigan near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. I was cutting across Benzie County heading towards the shoreline & told my Tom Tom to simply direct me. The device told me to turn west from CR 669 to Fowler Rd., which was a switch from a paved road to a good gravel one.

Almost threw Garmin out the window

Last weekend I drove from eastern Maryland to western Kentucky. Have made the trip many times, but use my GPS for times and distances, as well as traffic reroutes. This last trip started out OK for the first 50 miles, until I took I97 toward Baltimore. The GPS wanted me to stay on US50.

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Tuckahoe Mike - Nuvi 3490LMT, Nuvi 260W, iPhone5

Hawaii beaches

I'm off to Maui in July. Second trip. My Magellan GPS came in very useful on my last visit in 2011. I didn't have a list of beaches on my GPS, so finding the recommended beach locations from my guide book was difficult.

What are your favourite beaches in Maui (or any Hawaiian island)? I'll begin by saying Makena and Black Rock were two that I enjoyed very much.

Motorcycle trip 4/23 California to PA

Planning to travel starting 4/23 from the Sacramento Area to Pittsburgh on the FJR 1300 motorcycle. Current weather seems to dictate a southern route, so the plan is to head South on US395, pick up CA 120 east for some roller action, then south to Bishop and Death Valley.

BOLO in the Atlanta I-75 areas particularly Cobb and Cherrokee Counties

BOLO in the Atlanta I-75 areas particularly Cobb and Cherokee Counties.

They have doubled up and run in packs andthe amount of unmarked is amazing. The county asked and paid for extra help and are getting it.

North of Wade Green Rd & I-75 they setup at the no-ramp overpass of Hickory Grove. Just to name one.

There are other ATL GA areas that have stepped it up also.

Florida law says non-residents must carry extra driver's permit (not enforced and being repealed)

MODERATOR NOTE 3/15/2013:

Tourism is important to Florida, and state agencies want people to know that Florida’s doors and roadways are open as usual to all visitors.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicates that the permit requirement is not being enforced:

http://flhsmv.gov/FLVisitorsFAQs.htm

Have you ever seen the Google Streetview car?

... as seen by another Google Streetview car. On the salt flats, west of Salt Lake City, UT:

40.74037,-113.94575

[ Oops, gone! Looks like Google replaced this section with imagery from March, 2012. I guess the "streets" didn't change much, but they got rid of an interesting view of the other car. crying ]

Trip from Orlando to Huntsville Alabama

Gps worked fine. We have driven the same route for 37 years. The big intersections are always changing signs and lanes. This helps. Using a Garmin nuvi 255, about 5 years old. Could never plan the pit stops (rest areas). So just to have a change I bought a garmin 2595 lifetime maps. Then I found you people. No more asking where is the next bathroom?

Out of State Handicap Placard usage in CA

This is a FYI..

Hi we were parked in a H/C spot at the IHOP mentioned below. A Deputy from the Sheriff's department came over told us that out of state (FL) Handicap placards were not recognized in CA.

IHOP
23810 Aliso Creek Road
Laguna Niguel
(949) 360-0910

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Thank You Happy & Safe Travels PJGMIG Nuvi 465T

Interesting & Funny GPS moments

Once my GPS took me to what I thought was a dead end street. When I reached the end, it said "Board Ferry", which I did. I wouldnt call it a ferry, more like a barge. But I could see there was a bridge there (huge bridge thats been there for years).

255W went bonkers

I knew where I was going but had it on and telling me the route. Stopped for gas. When I shut off the car the screen asking to turn off GPS was locked up. I unplugged power adapter. Powered it up and off. Reconnected the car adapter and it finally booted up normally but it insisted I turn right on Route 22 and the voice said turn right and GO OFF ROAD.

Lobster rolls, fishermans platter, new england clam chowder

Fishermen's Grill
(207) 699-5657
Portland
849 Forest Ave.
Portland, ME 04103

Hands down one of the best places in maine for Lobster rolls, fishermans platter and new england clam chowder.

Earlier in the day we went to the famous "lobster shack " there roll were good but driving back to the hotel we passes fishermans grill.

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A GPS can take you where You want to go but never where you WANT to be.

Tomtom vs. Garmin

Have an older Tomtom, and was in Mackinaw City at the northern tip of Lower Michigan, ready to go back to my home in Northern Wisconsin. Just a quick dash across the Mackinac Bridge, and a drive through the Michigan Upper Peninsula, right? No, my Tomtom gave me the route back to Traverse City and down through Chicago and then up through most of Wisconsin!!!

No message

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If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

Federal Agencies Trade Motorist Data to Insurance Companies

Federal agencies are giving away data on the movements of innocent motorists in return for software and equipment provided by the insurance industry. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) on Tuesday released documents revealing in greater detail how federal agencies are using the data collected by automated license plate recognition systems (ALPR or ANPR in Europe).

15% grade

Our GPS took us on Route 342 that has a 15% grade and very sharp turns while going to Virginia City from Carson City, NV. The route was 50 to 341 anyone with an RV should stay on Route 341 (NOT 342) going to Virginia City, NV.

NASCAR Fans. Coming to Bristol?

One of the thundering hoard to see the

Non-
Athletic
Sport
Centered
Around
Rednecks.

This is the week that we locals either leave the area or hunker down.

During that time, we do not go to restaurants or grocery stores. On Friday some of us do not go to work. We do not look forward to this, but we love your money, so you are welcome.

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN
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