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2024 Road Trip Plans

Started by Hunty2022, December 26, 2023, 11:29:49 PM

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pderocco

#125
Quote from: jmacswimmer on May 15, 2024, 01:40:37 PM
Quote from: 1995hoo on February 27, 2024, 10:29:50 AMThe main thing I found interesting about I-17 is how the terrain and countryside changed as we descended from Flagstaff to Phoenix. The northern part of the road felt a lot like driving on I-87 in Upstate New York in terms of the types of trees and the overall look of the area, but as we descended southbound it turned to desert. "Desert," in turn, didn't look anything like my mental image of what a desert was, which I think came mostly from TV and movies where you see this endless expanse of sand.

Looping back to this now that we just returned from this trip: Totally agreed (and then some!) with your assessment of I-17. We did it opposite of you ascending northbound, but it really was impressive how the scenery was constantly changing every 10-20 miles. Tons of cacti at first, which abruptly stopped around 3000' or so, and then suddenly dense pine trees along with a distant view of snow-capped Humphreys Peak around 6000' or so. Really nice touch by ADOT to place the elevation signs every 1000' of altitude as well.

I recall spending the night at the Grand Canyon about 30 years ago, waking up in a snowstorm, and driving to Flagstaff and then down I-17 at about 20mph, seeing dozens of cars that had slid off the road. Finally, after a few hours, we came down off the plateau, out from under the worst of the weather, stopped at a rest area and exchanged war stories with the other drivers, then drove at full speed under beautiful dramatic clouds down to Phoenix and beyond.

As to those signs every 1000', they do that in lots of states. Not Florida, though, for some reason...


webny99

Quote from: pderocco on May 17, 2024, 03:07:28 AMAs to those signs every 1000', they do that in lots of states. Not Florida, though, for some reason...

Climbing Florida's highest point would at least get you 1/3 of the way to 1000 feet... LOL.

D-Dey65

Well, my Plant City-Polk County excursion is history. I didn't get too much from Polk County besides getting rained on, which also happened in Lake County. So, I cancelled my Ocala National Forest extension of the trip, and started heading home in Tavares.

I did capture some fairly interesting stuff on I-75 and I-275 in Pasco and Northern Hillsborough Counties though.


Looks like the trip to ONF is going to have to wait until after the excursion to Williston on my next trip.


pderocco

Quote from: webny99 on May 17, 2024, 10:00:07 AM
Quote from: pderocco on May 17, 2024, 03:07:28 AMAs to those signs every 1000', they do that in lots of states. Not Florida, though, for some reason...

Climbing Florida's highest point would at least get you 1/3 of the way to 1000 feet... LOL.
Yeah, their highest point is probably some Miami hi-rise penthouse.

Hunty2022

I've got a trip planned to Greensboro, NC on the 25th. Chances of me going are about 80%.
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Hunty Roads - VA (under construction):
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Hunty Roads - NC (currently just I-140/NC-700):
https://huntyroadsnc.blogspot.com

D-Dey65

Quote from: pderocco on May 17, 2024, 10:52:52 PM
Quote from: webny99 on May 17, 2024, 10:00:07 AM
Quote from: pderocco on May 17, 2024, 03:07:28 AMAs to those signs every 1000', they do that in lots of states. Not Florida, though, for some reason...

Climbing Florida's highest point would at least get you 1/3 of the way to 1000 feet... LOL.
Yeah, their highest point is probably some Miami hi-rise penthouse.
Well, they have high point signs on some roads in Florida. They may not be 1000 feet, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.

Hunty2022

I'm also planning a possibly multi-day trip to York, PA and/or near it for the middle of July. This trip would be my first time in Pennsylvania, and I'd get plenty of new counties in VA/MD.
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Hunty Roads - VA (under construction):
https://huntyroadsva.blogspot.com

Hunty Roads - NC (currently just I-140/NC-700):
https://huntyroadsnc.blogspot.com

Quillz

#132
Just did a rather extensive 1k circular route around CA and NV! First day was a really long drive through the Transverse Ranges, the "old school" Central Valley, and then the Sierra Nevada. Got to Sherman Pass late at night, had a beautiful night sky. Overnighted in Bishop.

Next day, took US-6 to CA-120 to visit Panama Crater and Mono Lake. Always like this area and the weather wasn't bad. Still a good amount of snow on the Sierra peaks, but everything around the 4-7k elevation had melted. Lee Vining Creek is flowing really well, probably a lot of snowmelt.

Today, finally did the Westgard Pass drive which I had wanted to do for a long time. It's a beautiful drive, especially when you ascend out of Deep Springs Valley and traverse the lesser known Gilbert Pass. The descent into the Fish Lake Valley and then Nevada is pretty fast and pretty. Drove through Nevada a little bit, went to Beatty and then finally came back home via CA-190 in Death Valley. It was already about 106 F when I got past Daylight Pass.

Rough map of where I was (although I forgot to highlight US-6 and CA-120):



  • CA-27 to CA-118
  • CA-118 to CA-126
  • CA-126 to US-101
  • US-101 to CA-33
  • CA-33 to CA-58
  • CA-58 to "old" CA-178 (Rosedale Highway)
  • CA-178 to CA-155
  • CA-155 to Sierra Way to Sherman Pass Road to Nine Mile Canyon Road to US-395
  • US-395 to US-6
  • US-6 to CA-120
  • US-395 to CA-168 (Westgard Pass)
  • CA-168 to CA-266 to NV-266
  • NV-266 to US-95
  • US-95 to NV-373 (Daylight Pass)
  • Daylight Pass to CA-190
  • CA-190 through Death Valley back to US-395
  • US-395 to CA-14 to I-5 to CA-118 to CA-27 and then home.

Hunty2022

Quote from: Hunty2022 on May 21, 2024, 03:57:02 PMI've got a trip planned to Greensboro, NC on the 25th. Chances of me going are about 80%.

I should've said this on Saturday, but this trip has been postponed to Saturday, June 15th, and the chances of me going are down to ~30%.


I do have a general idea of what my (major) trips for these summer months could look like:

Roanoke, VA (next week, day TBD)
Greensboro, NC (6/15)
Somewhere in WV (mid-June, most likely happening over NC)
Virginia Beach, VA (multiple day-trips during summer)
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg,TN (7/15-18)
York, PA (mid-July, only if TN gets relocated or cancelled)
100th Post: 11/10/22
250th Post: 12/3/22
500th Post: 3/12/23
1000th Post: 11/12/23

Hunty Roads - VA (under construction):
https://huntyroadsva.blogspot.com

Hunty Roads - NC (currently just I-140/NC-700):
https://huntyroadsnc.blogspot.com

Quillz

Have a tentative trip planned to the Lassen area followed by the redwood area. This is the same trip I did last year, but plan to modify it in a few ways.

Going to take CA-4 across the mountains. Last year I clinched all of CA-49. I asked some users here about the best Sierra crossings and quite a few said CA-4. This will also let me visit Tahoe, Carson City, and Reno along the way as I plan to do CA-4 to CA-89 to US-50 to US-395. Will be staying in Susanville again, want to return to Lava Beds National Monument (very underrated place, IMO), maybe a long day trip up to Crater Lake.

For the redwoods will be pretty similar to what I've done before. Was thinking about staying in Crescent City but it doesn't really offer a whole lot. The Eureka area has more going on. Plan to do some day trips to Crescent City in order to utilize the large beach and there are some interesting trails within the Jed Smith Redwoods State Park. Depending on the time might also day trip into Oregon and visit those caves. Have long wanted to clinch US-199, this might give me a chance to do it.

I'll probably do a similar drive last year which utilized CA-89 between Lassen and I-5, then view Mt. Shasta before driving on CA-96 to the coast. Offers some fantastic views of Shasta and it's a great alternative to I-5. As for CA-96, this is a really nice drive and follows the Klamath River for good portion of it. Might stop at the Bigfoot Museum in Willow Creek along the way.

I was actually planning to do another Alaska trip with someone, but that person is most likely not going to be able to attend so we'll move it into next year. This trip will save me quite a bit of money since there won't be planes and rental cars involved.

hobsini2

It is official. For my 2024 Summer Road Trip I will be driving down to Key West.
The goal day 1 is to be between Nashville and Dothan AL. Day 2 goal, depending on where we stop day 1, is Ft Myers to Key West. 2 weeks vacation. I figure 3 days each way to get there and back.
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Hunty2022

Quote from: Hunty2022 on May 30, 2024, 11:55:58 AM
Quote from: Hunty2022 on May 21, 2024, 03:57:02 PMI've got a trip planned to Greensboro, NC on the 25th. Chances of me going are about 80%.

I should've said this on Saturday, but this trip has been postponed to Saturday, June 15th, and the chances of me going are down to ~30%.


I do have a general idea of what my (major) trips for these summer months could look like:

Roanoke, VA (next week, day TBD)
Greensboro, NC (6/15)
Somewhere in WV (mid-June, most likely happening over NC)
Virginia Beach, VA (multiple day-trips during summer)
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg,TN (7/15-18)
York, PA (mid-July, only if TN gets relocated or cancelled)


That Roanoke Trip is most likely happening either tomorrow or Wednesday. I might do I-64 and I-81 TO Roanoke, and US 460 and either US 29 or other routes back home.
100th Post: 11/10/22
250th Post: 12/3/22
500th Post: 3/12/23
1000th Post: 11/12/23

Hunty Roads - VA (under construction):
https://huntyroadsva.blogspot.com

Hunty Roads - NC (currently just I-140/NC-700):
https://huntyroadsnc.blogspot.com

MATraveler128

My trip to Colorado is next week. Looks like I'll be starting out by going to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Formerly BlueOutback7

Lowest untraveled number: 96

Hunty2022

Quote from: Hunty2022 on June 03, 2024, 08:51:21 PM
Quote from: Hunty2022 on May 30, 2024, 11:55:58 AM
Quote from: Hunty2022 on May 21, 2024, 03:57:02 PMI've got a trip planned to Greensboro, NC on the 25th. Chances of me going are about 80%.

I should've said this on Saturday, but this trip has been postponed to Saturday, June 15th, and the chances of me going are down to ~30%.


I do have a general idea of what my (major) trips for these summer months could look like:

Roanoke, VA (next week, day TBD)
Greensboro, NC (6/15)
Somewhere in WV (mid-June, most likely happening over NC)
Virginia Beach, VA (multiple day-trips during summer)
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg,TN (7/15-18)
York, PA (mid-July, only if TN gets relocated or cancelled)


That Roanoke Trip is most likely happening either tomorrow or Wednesday. I might do I-64 and I-81 TO Roanoke, and US 460 and either US 29 or other routes back home.

Unsurprisingly, the trip has been relocated to another date next week, possibly Friday (June 14th).

The Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip has been replaced with a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC later in July.
100th Post: 11/10/22
250th Post: 12/3/22
500th Post: 3/12/23
1000th Post: 11/12/23

Hunty Roads - VA (under construction):
https://huntyroadsva.blogspot.com

Hunty Roads - NC (currently just I-140/NC-700):
https://huntyroadsnc.blogspot.com

Hunty2022

Quote from: Hunty2022 on June 06, 2024, 05:07:48 PM
Quote from: Hunty2022 on June 03, 2024, 08:51:21 PM
Quote from: Hunty2022 on May 30, 2024, 11:55:58 AM
Quote from: Hunty2022 on May 21, 2024, 03:57:02 PMI've got a trip planned to Greensboro, NC on the 25th. Chances of me going are about 80%.

I should've said this on Saturday, but this trip has been postponed to Saturday, June 15th, and the chances of me going are down to ~30%.


I do have a general idea of what my (major) trips for these summer months could look like:

Roanoke, VA (next week, day TBD)
Greensboro, NC (6/15)
Somewhere in WV (mid-June, most likely happening over NC)
Virginia Beach, VA (multiple day-trips during summer)
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg,TN (7/15-18)
York, PA (mid-July, only if TN gets relocated or cancelled)


That Roanoke Trip is most likely happening either tomorrow or Wednesday. I might do I-64 and I-81 TO Roanoke, and US 460 and either US 29 or other routes back home.

Unsurprisingly, the trip has been relocated to another date next week, possibly Friday (June 14th).

The Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip has been replaced with a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC later in July.

I am currently in Hanover County, VA for the first time this year after a trip today.

I will most likely go to either Virginia Beach (day-trip), or Myrtle Beach (until Wednesday) once Monday comes.

If I do the latter, I will probably still go there in July, or I could relocate that trip to Hilton Head.
100th Post: 11/10/22
250th Post: 12/3/22
500th Post: 3/12/23
1000th Post: 11/12/23

Hunty Roads - VA (under construction):
https://huntyroadsva.blogspot.com

Hunty Roads - NC (currently just I-140/NC-700):
https://huntyroadsnc.blogspot.com

MATraveler128

I will be driving down to Florida from August 19 to the 27th with some college friends.
Formerly BlueOutback7

Lowest untraveled number: 96



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