With springs arrival it is now time to leave the heat of Texas and drive back to the North East. The original plan was to store my 1973 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super here in the Austin area for use next winter and drive my Toyota pickup home. I came to realize I would miss the Super too much. Additionally any excuse for a long scenic drive in an Alfa is worth pursuing. So the Toyota will travel via transporter while the Giulia takes the roads less traveled.
The Super is no stranger to long road trips - it’s driven across the USA 3 times: NY to California via The Lincoln Highway, then a return Eastward with my buddies from Holland in the summer of 2011. Then in the summer of 2013 - NY to California via Route 66
This journey will begin near the end of April 2015 and cover approximately 2200 miles over 7 days.
A picturesque route has been mapped - one that would not deviate too far off a North Eastern course, avoiding the interstates where possible. Some compromises were made towards keeping each days actual driving time no longer then 6 hours. This will afford plenty of time for stops. The highlights of the trip are the following routes:
Natchez Trace Parkway - Natchez Trace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tail of the Dragon - http://tailofthedragon.com/
Blue Ridge Parkway - Blue Ridge Parkway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Skyline Drive - Skyline Drive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Old Mine Road - Old Mine Road - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Included as possible stops are; craft beer breweries, coffee shops, eccentric roadside oddities and points of historic importance.
Overnight stays will be at vintage motor inns and motels where available. These are harder to find in this world of large chain hotels but several have been reserved along the route.
If anyone has some suggestions for points of interest not too far off the route, please let me know.
Here is a google map of the route: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z3eYo9GQK024.kSAnH_ctqlFM