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Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk [18 Dec 2007|02:14pm]

On our way home from Kansas to Michigan my friend and I went 2hrs out of our way to see the "Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk" in Riverside Iowa. What we ended up seeing was this amazing scale model in the local park.
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What Shall I Do? I'm almost broke... [24 Aug 2006|12:40am]

Hello All,
I am getting out of the Navy in the next week and I have to drive my car all the way from the 23511 (Newport News, VA) to the 95691 (West Sacramento, CA)
It's going to be a long trip:
NOB to west sacramento, ca

Starting from: Norfolk, VA 23511
Arriving at: West Sacramento, CA 95691-3101
Distance:2969.7 miles
Approximate Travel Time:42 hours 45 mins

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Winter driving questions [05 Nov 2005|07:36pm]

So, I'm going to Seattle in February, from Louisville. I would much prefer to drive, but obviously, it'll be February. I worked out a route through Salt Lake City so I can avoid Montana (I'm familiar with the terrain and snow there and am NOT doing that), but how big of a risk would I still be taking? I know nothing about the seasonal road conditions in Colorado or Utah.
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Gas prices [01 Sep 2005|09:53pm]

I'll soon be traveling from Louisville, Ky to Florida (hopefully). Can anyone tell me what gas prices are like in Georgia right now?
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[25 Jul 2005|01:40am]

Driving late at night on Lakeside Drive in Richmond, VA I came across this little domestic scene:

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[17 Jan 2005|08:17pm]

The last time I went on a roadtrip, I was dismayed at the lack of souvenir View-Master reels. It seems like there used to be tons and tons of View-Masters for every park and cavern, but now it's just the big ones (and any place in South Dakota). My favorite recent View-Master find was at Rock City at the TN/GA border. That place is awesome.

Dooes anyone here know of other destinations that still offer them?
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[04 Jan 2005|11:57pm]



Aimee and Kevin (that's us), a couple of friendly, talented and adventurous Canadians, had a fleeting thought one rainy afternoon that, boy, wouldn't it be cool to just drop everything, hop into Mel the Jeep and careen all over the United States, visiting, experiencing and generally poking fun at all things American?

It certainly was. 48 states, 5 provinces, 200 days and $2000 in gas later, we'd gone from Eastport, Maine to Key West, North Dakota to Southern California. Not surprisingly, every single day we found something new to giggle about.
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arizona [07 Oct 2004|03:36pm]

i think i have to many places on my list of "places i want to go." so this week we're thinking about arizona. not sure when i will do this trip, but it can't hurt to think about it. (well maybe it can, cause then i'll get really excited and it'll be all that i think i about for the next few months)

anyways, i've been through arizona a couple times but have never been to the grand canyon! so i want to go there and down 17 through the red rock, sedona area. just seems like there is a lot out there. has anyone ever done a road trip through arizona hitting up all these places?

can you offer any suggestions for a route? know of any good websites to help me plan my trip? oh and what time of the year is best? (i'm guess right now is since the heat is gone and it's not snowing yet) but how is the spring?

i'd be coming from california. and would most likely enter arizona from 40. thanks for your help.
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Who loves Wisconsin? [27 Sep 2004|01:22pm]

Who wants to hear about my trip to Wisconsin? You do! Of course you do!

First stop: Monona, WI for tasty noodles! Yum yum!

Then we drove to Waupun to see the sculptures. Pay special attention to The Citadel. Hahahahaha!

Next stop, Ripon, one the many birthplaces of the Republican Party. Ripon is alson noted for being Cookie Town USA, but I didn't know that until I got home.

We tried to visit Gloria Hills Sculpture Garden in Green Lake, but what used to be free is now $50 for the first 15 people, schedule a week in advance. I hate them.

We drove to Montello to see Wisconsin's largest tree, which was not nearly as big as we had expected.

Next we drove to Marshfield to see Jurustic Park, but they had closed 30 minutes earlier. This was way too important to miss so we came back the next day.

We really wanted to sleep in the woods so we drove all the way to Minocqua to eat at the Paul Bunyon Cook Shanty. The food was exactly what you'd expect.

There was nowhere to stay though, except a sleazy whirlpool suite at the Super 8 in Tomahawk, so we drove back south again and slept in an AmericInn in Merrill that was decidedly not in the woods. That area is super-duper pretty. I want to go back.

Day Two:

Drove back to Jurustic Park. Clyde gave us the guided tour. I love love loved it. This is one of the coolest places I have ever been. It ranks right up there with the Forevertron, also in Wisconsin.

Next stop was Chatty Bell, the (supposed) World's Largest Talking Cow! If you agree with me that a bull is still a cow, then Albert the Bull (who also talks - if through ventriloquism) would kick Chatty Bell's sorry ass.

We tried to visit the Thunderbird Museum in Hatfield which claimed to have an original copy of the Declaration of Independence (if you can find it amongst all the other crap) but either we weren't looking in the right place or it had closed.

Then we drove to Black River Falls to see the crazy fiberglass animals at the Oasis. This is where I forgot my purse.

Next stop, sans purse, was the Rock in the House. Surely I meant the House on the Rock? Oh no. The Rock in the House.

We drove up to the Prairie Moon Sculpture Gardens in Cochrain, but (Kohler Foundation be damned) I'm pretty tired of the objects embedded in cement form of art so I sat on a bench and pouted.

After that we headed to Sparta to see the Fiberglass Animals Shapes and Trademarks graveyard. This was freaking awesome. In one shot I got my picture taken with Santa, Darth Vader and a giant pig. I <3 FAST!

On the way home we stopped in Fennimore to see Igor the Mouse! It's a giant mouse! Named Igor!

Last stop, just outside Dubuque, I realized my purse was gone. No point in trying to go back to get it. Luckily when I got home there was a message from the good people at Chippewa Valley Cheese telling me they'd put it in their safe and that I should call them in the morning. I'm having UPS ship it back to me.

Total Miles: Darn closed to 1000. Maybe more, maybe less.
I love Wisconsin!
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road side attractions [21 Sep 2004|09:50am]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

I thought all of you fine people out there would enjoy this article~



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Unusual Question [23 Aug 2004|11:36am]

This may seem like an odd question - I'm not sure how many of you folks have experienced it, but:

I'm moving to Seattle in 5 days, via airplane. From there, I will be road tripping along the west coast quite a bit. However, this is my first move away from home (Metro Detroit) and I'm having a bit of a hard time adjusting.
I am continuously overwhelmed with nervousness and nausea when thinking about the move. Most of my troubles will probably lie in the airport.
I also fear that I may end up consistently making myself sick when I want to travel. (And I really want to!)

My stomach has a tendency to turn over with the slightest nervousness or excitement.

Does anyone have any methods of dealing with this kind of anxiety? If so - any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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I'm planning way ahead, but... [22 Jun 2004|10:32am]

[ mood | excited ]

I'm going to be moving from DC to Seattle in April of next year. I've plotted my route, and I'd like some input on what's worth seeing/tasting/buying/smelling(!) along the way...

So with that in mind, I ask you, the road-trippers of LJ:

What can you recommend along my route?

- From VA on 95, to 495, to 270, to 70 (It's home, I doubt I'll stop much on that stretch)

- Through West VA and Maryland on 68 (past Hagerstown and Cumberland in MD and Morgantown in WV)

- Up 79 past Washington, PA to 70

- 70 through far western PA, Wheeling WV, Ohio (past Columbus), and into Indiana.

- 74 from Indianapolis through Illinois (past Bloomington, Peoria, Moline/Quad Cities)

- 80 from the Quad Cities, past Iowa City and Des Moines

- 29 up to Sioux City and Siox Falls

- 90 across South Dakota, past Mitchell (Corn Palace!), Rapid City and Sturgis; then up into the Northeast corner of Wyoming (Gillette and Sheridan)

- Staying on 90 through Montana (Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Missoula) and past Coeur d'Alene in ID; then through Washington from Spokane to Seattle.

I'm looking for cheap but safe motels, good diners and local eateries, little tourist traps I may not be aware of, stuff like that... Thanks in advance!!!

(cross-posted to my journal, iloveroadtrips, roadjunkie, seattle_ho, and x_country_drive - sorry!)

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Rock City [22 Jun 2004|02:39am]

I took the trip at the end of March. It wasn't my first "roadside attraction" and it definately won't be my last. I will however, confess that Neil Gaiman's "American God's" inspired my real roadtrip to Rock City. I have been lurking for a while. Now I thought I would share some of the beauty that is rock city.
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Icons [07 Jun 2004|07:16pm]

I took the old "Greetings From _____" stamps and made icons out of them.

All 50 States
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[07 May 2004|07:31pm]

between those of you that guessed, you got all but 17 and 19 right...but here they all are, as requested:

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[02 Apr 2004|11:43am]

[ mood | listless ]

Big Things a guide to oversized objects in the Great White North

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[31 Mar 2004|01:56am]

I was wondering if anyone in here knew of any good student tours for the summer (especially in Europe)? I really want to go on a trip but I'm having trouble finding someone to go with me so I figured a tour would be the solution.
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Route 66 icons [14 Mar 2004|11:24am]

I made some Route 66 icons (including some sights you see along the Mother Road). Want, take, have:

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Hiya [11 Mar 2004|12:34am]

[ mood | good ]

Hi, I'm new here. :::waves:::

My spring break is next week and I'm taking a trip from Vineland, NJ to Boston, Mass. Could any one suggest something interesting to see along the way? Thanks.

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[31 Jan 2004|05:21pm]

A little experiment that I think could be very interesting if there's plenty of people who get into it...


Simply enough I want to devise a roadtrip. From Boston To California. As a graduated college student that can't find employment I am getting bored with staying home. Me and a friend of mine were thinking about going on a road trip around the country, but have been trying to figure out how logical this is.

Money is scarce, and I'm looking for places to stay. I would like to get to go to as many states as possible, and stay on the road for quite some time. So, I got to thinking, who's the most giving people out there? Livejournalers!

I think it would be really interesting to get places to stay in each state and then travel around the country and spending a night at various peoples houses (being completely unobtrusive of course)... I know that this may sound a little weird, but I think it would be brilliant. This can include a bed, couch, room outside for a tent, the floor, etc. A shower would be nice too now and then... heh.

I was hoping to make this a journal that can bring people to see where we are, update people on the progress of it, chat with people that might be willing to shack us up for a night, and anyone else that has quirky side road places to go to or knows of things like The World's Largest Ball of Yarn... there are some great ones of these here in this community, I'm glad I found it!

I was also thinking to see if we could get livejournal to somehow sponsor this ride... As in, we'd take photos of where we went, make a video of our progress, putting a livejournal emblem on the car and drive around with it as a moving billboard, we could put stickers around different towns and have a contest to see if anyone can find the stickers, or the car for that matter. A new car would be nice too, haha.

So, with this said is there anyone out there that thinks that this is a good idea? Pimp this out... however that's done. Add me to your friends list too, cause I'm just that bored...

nothing flashy, just an idea... pass it along to anyone you think might enjoy it too.
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