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Greetings Fellow Travelers!

Last June, Kathy and I drove a newly-acquired Alfetta GTV from Seattle back home to Connecticut. The experience was documented in a BB thread alfetta trans-continental recovery.

The itch to set out on a transcontinental road trip has once again taken hold on us, and the result is a trip from Connecticut out to the AROC Convention in Portland. The planning was recently discussed in this post: Portland Convention Trip

If all goes well with weather, mechanics and luck, we will be posting this new road trip in this thread. For starters, here is a look at our S4 Spider all gussied up with new shoes and ready to trot, along with a map of the intended route. We are off at first light tomorrow morning!

- Michael
 

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Interesting route...do you know someone in the Twin Cities or North Dakota?

Not that I would ever trash my state, but I'm surprised you wouldn't go across South Dakota just to drive the Black Hills (some wonderful roads--and sites--if you want to spend a half-day exploring.

Both I-94 and I-80 will be straight, flat and boooring. Medora and Teddy Roosevelt park is interesting in the western part of ND, but I'd probably give the nod to the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower along the I-80 route.

You could probably push to Sioux Falls on the third night, then Rapid City the fourth and up into Montana and your planned route.

Regardless, I'm not much of a wrench on Alfas, but let me know if you need anything (my apologies, but I didn't follow your first thread all the way to the end...)
 

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Interesting route...do you know someone in the Twin Cities or North Dakota?... but I'd probably give the nod to the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower along the I-80 route.

You could probably push to Sioux Falls on the third night, then Rapid City the fourth and up into Montana and your planned route.

Regardless, I'm not much of a wrench on Alfas, but let me know if you need anything (my apologies, but I didn't follow your first thread all the way to the end...)
Greetings rgrimm: The wife wants to experience North Dakota and Fargo... and we did Rushmore and the black hills last June... which :) you'd remember if you actually had read the earlier travelogue to the end... :)

We have no reservations until Yellowstone, and plan to push as hard as practical up till that point, 'cause as you say, its all flat and boring till then...

So where are you exactly?

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You will like the route from Kamloops to Cache Creek to Lillooet and then to Whistler Mountain and Vancouver.:D

Have a good one and if possible--keep us posted.

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Hm, I thought that the distance was longer. Just checked. We still beat you from Sicily to Cape North and back in a Duetto. :)

Veloce and Wille R.
In many ways than simple milage! You folks are awesome!!! One of these years we will drag the '67 duetto over for that North Cape run. BTW, Highwood rocks!

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Be sure and stop for a day or two at Roosevelt National Park in the western part of the Dakota Territory. Drive up to the north unit too. Take some hiking shoes. You'll love it. Also, absolutely don't miss the big show in Medora ("Medora Musical") one night. It's a great show. Not the politically correct, foul mouth pap that passes for Hollywood entertainment nowadays. Just a great traditional American show. They have a beautiful outdoor amphitheater with gorgeous views. If you want to stay in Medora itself just outside the park, be sure to reserve a room ahead of time. Otherwise, it less expensive to stay in Dickinson, but it's a bit of a drive. Also, if you know what day you'll be there, reserve some tickets to the Musical ahead of time too.

If you haven't been to the Custer Little Bighorn Battlefield, that well worth a short side trip down towards the Wyoming border. If it works stop at the visitor and catch one of the lectures on the battle, especially if you can get it by one of the Native American park rangers who can give you an account from the Indian perspective.
 

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Roadtrip: with a handle like that, you must be offering great advice. We have reached our lunch stope at Belefonte PA, and are making great time. No plans in ND yet, so the Musical may do the trick. Thanks.

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Roadtrip: with a handle like that, you must be offering great advice. We have reached our lunch stope at Belefonte PA, and are making great time. No plans in ND yet, so the Musical may do the trick. Thanks.

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Whoosh! 730 miles down

Greetings: Weather and traffic cooperated today, and we made it all the way to South Bend, IN. It took us about 14 hours to do ~750 miles, with a number of breaks and two full meal stops.

The spider is running strong, and giving us well over 30MPG, with one segment at 37.

Photo here is from historic downtown Bellefonte, PA.

- Michael
 

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Hi Mike and Kathy

Well glad you and Kathy are posting your trip.
Your making good time. It's , rain , rain , rain , here in Connecticut.
How is the A/C?
My plans changed and I'm flying out.

We all are taking this trip vicariously with you.

See you out in Portland.
Frank
 

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you decided to keep the S4?
 

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Michael:

I'm in Fargo. Looks like you'll be driving through Monday?

The Roger Maris museum is in the West Acres Mall--just north of I-94 and west of I-29 on the 13th Ave South exit. It's in the east (Sears) end of the mall. Lots of restaurants in that area. I work in that area as well...

The downtown is making a comeback and would be interesting to drive through--go a little further north to Main Avenue, take it east and watch for Broadway and explore it to the north. Toward the north end of Broadway is the Fargo Theatre, a restores art deco theatre. And if you want to meander around the river, we "still" have flooding with recent heavy rains. We love to bicycle the trails along the river, and I think they were open for perhaps a week between the Spring snowmelt flood and subsequent rains--it's been a very, very strange Spring and early Summer...not much for convertible driving weather until recently.

Speaking of which Monday should be partly cloudy and 81, some chance of showers beginning later on Tuesday, so you might hit some light rain going west.
 

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Speaking of which Monday should be partly cloudy and 81, some chance of showers beginning later on Tuesday, so you might hit some light rain going west.
Greetings rgrimm: thanks for the helpful info on Fargo. We are currently planning on spending Sunday the night in the Fargo area.

As for the weather, our experience has been mostly rain, rain, rain so far. Just enough occasional sunshine to reward us for addressing the AC. Can't put the top up and down on I90 at 78 MPH....

Today's travels took us into Chicago, where we were greeted with the 29th annual "Taste of Chicago" street fair in Grant Park. We spent several hours there, partaking of the food offerings and the crowd-watching.

Our run was to take us just east of St. Paul, but between our time at the fair and the heavy traffic/downpours/construction traveling north, we re-set our destination to be Black River Falls, WI. What's there? Well, nothing actually. We drove about 15 miles to a recommended family restaurant in (what is called) Downtown Hatfield, WI. There is also a small (very small) indian-run casino - with a buffet and a snack bar, and an indian Pow-Wow grounds, where we watched a bit of the action.

The S4 spider (which is still for sale, lgbalfa) is running strong. We are averaging 32 MPG and have yet to use any oil at 1200 miles out. Photos below display how we pack 14 days worth of luggage ( the spider's trunk is much bigger than your Sky/Boxter/Miata/Vette 2-seater); Some shots from Chicago, including a closed street with signage to our destination; and a photo op at the Inwood restaurant, which probably serves a yearly volume of less than an hour's worth of the Chicago street event. Great food, and just what we are looking for "off the beaten track".

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Far Go

Greetings: We are in Moorehead, MN, just outside of Fargo. We ventured into Fargo for a Mexican Dinner at one of the heavy commercial beltway areas.

Today dawned bright and dry, so after running with the top up untill we reached the St. Paul outskirts, the top came down and we motored towards the St Paul, Minneapolis area. After crossing the mighty Mississippi River (first photo), we visited Minnehaha Falls park, where the next two pictures were taken. We then attempted to visit Como park, but there was a big arts festival being held there and all the parking was swamped. We then drove into Minneapolis and had lunch at the Old Spaghetti factory near the Twin's ballpark. Ironically, the firm opened their first restaurant in the 60's in Portland Oregon, the destination of our trip!

Tomorrow morning we will visit downtown Fargo as Rgrimm suggested, and then run to Mendora to partake of their "Musical" on RoadTrip's recommendation.

The Spider has been running fantastic, with the trip up from Minneapolis on 94 done in four hours at 70-80 mph. Top down, as the sky was bright blue with puffy cotton-ball clouds scattered about.. Still getting about 32MPG according to my "app".

Best wishes,
Mike & Kathy
 

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Michael -
I second the suggestion of the Little Big Horn Battlefield if it is not too far off your planned route. I visited there on my way to the KC convention in 1999 and was lucky enough to have a Native American park ranger who presented the different perspective than what I remember from high school US History.
Very interesting.
 

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Michael,

I'm really enjoying this thread - and I'm so jealous! Karyl and I will be flying out to Portland next week, and will be looking forward to other first hand accounts of this great journey...

Best regards,
 

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What a trip--I've raved about the most westerly route Michael has chosen in BC.

Some very good twisties and scenery.:D
 
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