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Postby D-Day » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:10 am

I don't think we've ever had a thread on this and this discussion kind of popped up on the Vacation Plans thread

The prodigal D-Day (who is not so prodigal these days as he seems to be making an attempt to get his schitt together) and I will be flying out to California in a week and a half, where I am buying a car from my cousin and we will be road tripping it back for three days from SF to Cinci

Talk about any past present, or future road trips
Where the hell am I going? And what the hell am I doing in this handbasket?
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Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:37 am

Best:

Summer after high school graduation, three weeks with a buddy and a mosterous bag of weed, driving to San Fran, then to Tijuana, across to Vegas, then St. Louis and back. All in a prototype turbo diesel Mercury Topaz that was slow as molasses off the line but cruised at 100 MPH at some ridiculously low RPM.

Epic.

Strippers in a hotel room at Circu Circus for my 19th birthday, 24 hours of black out in Tijuana, being asked to leave a pizzaria in Salt Lake City simply because we looked like hippie / pagans / trouble.

No Mr. Trooper, I was not doing 105 MPH. This is a Topaz, they don't go that fast, there must be something wrong with your radar.

Worst:

Oakland CA to Boulder to Detroit to Totonto. In a U-haul limited to 58 MPH. With a leaky window that sounded like a tea kettle. With my brother in law. Who had just gotten back from three years in Isreal where he went from being a dope smoking barely even Reform Jew to being a straight edge Conservative boderline Fundamentalist Jew. I had to eat kosher even if we were doing drive throughs. We were picking up furniture at his parent's place in CA, my sisters storage unit in Boulder and stuff at my Moms so they could set up house in Toronto.

100 miles in we stopped at a car sterro shop and had a tape deck and four speakers jerry rigged in. It took us that short of a time period to realize we were going to kill each other if we couldn't crank the tunes to drown each other out. At least we agreed on Zeppelin and Hendrix. Amazing what you can find at truck stops. Each gas up we ran in to raid the tape racks.
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Postby The Beav » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:40 am

Ansel Rakestraw wrote:Amazing what you can find at truck stops.


And now you hang out at one every weekend.
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Postby frank - up in grand blanc » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:46 am

The day after our wedding we climbed into a rented Dodge and started driving with only a vague idea of where we wanted to go. Spent time in Ottawa, Montreal, and all over New England, especially along the near-deserted off-season Maine coast. Two weeks. This beat the pants (literally and figuratively) off solitary backpacking jaunts through the UP.

Wow. Realizing all over again why I love my wife.
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Postby pdtpuck » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:59 am

Ansel Rakestraw wrote:Best:

Summer after high school graduation, three weeks with a buddy and a mosterous bag of weed, driving to San Fran, then to Tijuana, across to Vegas, then St. Louis and back. All in a prototype turbo diesel Mercury Topaz that was slow as molasses off the line but cruised at 100 MPH at some ridiculously low RPM.

Epic.

Strippers in a hotel room at Circu Circus for my 19th birthday, 24 hours of black out in Tijuana, being asked to leave a pizzaria in Salt Lake City simply because we looked like hippie / pagans / trouble.

No Mr. Trooper, I was not doing 105 MPH. This is a Topaz, they don't go that fast, there must be something wrong with your radar.

Worst:

Oakland CA to Boulder to Detroit to Totonto. In a U-haul limited to 58 MPH. With a leaky window that sounded like a tea kettle. With my brother in law. Who had just gotten back from three years in Isreal where he went from being a dope smoking barely even Reform Jew to being a straight edge Conservative boderline Fundamentalist Jew. I had to eat kosher even if we were doing drive throughs. We were picking up furniture at his parent's place in CA, my sisters storage unit in Boulder and stuff at my Moms so they could set up house in Toronto.

100 miles in we stopped at a car sterro shop and had a tape deck and four speakers jerry rigged in. It took us that short of a time period to realize we were going to kill each other if we couldn't crank the tunes to drown each other out. At least we agreed on Zeppelin and Hendrix. Amazing what you can find at truck stops. Each gas up we ran in to raid the tape racks.


I don't know...your worst one sounds kinda cool to me...but I guess it's all in your perspective.
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Postby Andy » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:59 am

Ansel Rakestraw wrote:All in a prototype turbo diesel Mercury Topaz


I remember them back then, the Escort had a diesel option too. There was a small badge on the front fender that would tip you off.

I wonder how many survived. I consider those the new rare classics simply because they didn't produce many. The Lincoln Mark VII briefly had a BMW turbo diesel option too.
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Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:08 pm

Andy wrote:
Ansel Rakestraw wrote:All in a prototype turbo diesel Mercury Topaz


I remember them back then, the Escort had a diesel option too. There was a small badge on the front fender that would tip you off.

I wonder how many survived. I consider those the new rare classics simply because they didn't produce many. The Lincoln Mark VII briefly had a BMW turbo diesel option too.


My oldest brother had one of the diesel Escorts. Was a complete pain in the ass as it would take up to 20 minutes for it to warm up enough to start in the winter. He was swapping in at least one new battery a winter, killing any of his mileage savings.

The Topaz / Tempo prototype never went in to production. Friend's dad was an engineer at Ford and was driving it as a daily test mule He figured three weeks on the road with two teenagers would expose any flaws pretty quickly.


I don't know...your worst one sounds kinda cool to me...but I guess it's all in your perspective.


In theory. 8 hours a day of conversation about Zionism and the fate of the Jews got very tedious. Bought a pack of Poptarts at one gas up and he blew a fit because they weren't kosher and it might contaminate what ever it was he had bought as a snack merely by being in close proximity in the cab. Not fun.

Thankfully he has backed waaay back from that ledge of craziness.
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Postby Andy » Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:13 pm

Ansel Rakestraw wrote:
The Topaz / Tempo prototype never went in to production. Friend's dad was an engineer at Ford and was driving it as a daily test mule He figured three weeks on the road with two teenagers would expose any flaws pretty quickly.


I remember seeing them on the road. They put the Mazda-sourced engine in there.


The second available engine was the 2.0L Diesel engine supplied by Mazda, available on all Tempo and Topaz trim levels. Unlike most all US-designed diesel engines, this engine was designed to be a diesel engine from the very beginning. This allowed engineers to overcome some of the problems inherent in diesel engines that were converted from gas engines. An advanced glow-plug system reduced wait-to-start time at 0 degrees F to 3 seconds. There was also an advanced fuel conditioning system using a fine filtration water separator and an easily accessibly water drain for do-it-yourselfers. A standard automatic fuel heater prevented cold weather fuel waxing. Power output of the 2.0L Diesel engine was rated at 52 HP @ 4000 rpm, and 82 lb-ft of torque @ 2400 rpm. This power output was significantly less than the HSC, but fuel economy was greatly increased. The Diesel engine was rated at 41 city / 56 highway on the EPA cycle. This compared favorably to the "Fuel Saver" HSC, which was rated at 29 city / 44 highway on the EPA cycle.


http://www.tempotopaz.com/main/index.ph ... =18&page=1
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Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:37 pm

Andy wrote:
Ansel Rakestraw wrote:
The Topaz / Tempo prototype never went in to production. Friend's dad was an engineer at Ford and was driving it as a daily test mule He figured three weeks on the road with two teenagers would expose any flaws pretty quickly.


I remember seeing them on the road. They put the Mazda-sourced engine in there.


The second available engine was the 2.0L Diesel engine supplied by Mazda, available on all Tempo and Topaz trim levels. Unlike most all US-designed diesel engines, this engine was designed to be a diesel engine from the very beginning. This allowed engineers to overcome some of the problems inherent in diesel engines that were converted from gas engines. An advanced glow-plug system reduced wait-to-start time at 0 degrees F to 3 seconds. There was also an advanced fuel conditioning system using a fine filtration water separator and an easily accessibly water drain for do-it-yourselfers. A standard automatic fuel heater prevented cold weather fuel waxing. Power output of the 2.0L Diesel engine was rated at 52 HP @ 4000 rpm, and 82 lb-ft of torque @ 2400 rpm. This power output was significantly less than the HSC, but fuel economy was greatly increased. The Diesel engine was rated at 41 city / 56 highway on the EPA cycle. This compared favorably to the "Fuel Saver" HSC, which was rated at 29 city / 44 highway on the EPA cycle.


http://www.tempotopaz.com/main/index.ph ... =18&page=1


Yes, you are correct - I should have been more explicit. The prototype we drove had a low rev turbo that was being evaluated to "boost" the diesel sales that were sluggish at best.
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Postby Ya Mar » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:10 pm

A solo trip from DC through Virginia, w. Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois to St. Loius - then back through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland back to DC on a 1992 750 Virago.

Had a tent on the back, and my Bar exam study guides and tapes in the saddlebags. I think I only had like $70 in my pocket and a credit card with $250 in available funds. Lasted over a week.
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Postby Raggedclaws » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:16 pm

Did a roadtrip as a high school junior with bestie and her mom to Hope College, Hillsdale College, Western, Central and MSU. Thought it would suck but it was actually quite cool - first time ever really treated like an adult. Loved Hope College but ultimately decided on CMU. Spent many nights drinking at the Blackstone wishing I was a Flying Dutch.
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Postby Amadeus » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:48 pm

My worst sounds awful similar to Ansel's. D-Day, take note...

Moving my sister from Atlanta to San Diego with her dog, cat and three turtles in a crap U-Haul with her Solstice trailered behind, and a Pontiac Montana. We had to be there on the third day by noon so she could her keys to her condo, and my flight from Detroit was 2 hours late because of the weather.

We ended up making it with an hour to spare.

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Postby ldodger » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:59 pm

Best:

A couple of months after getting married, we flew to Florida. We stayed a couple of days with my uncle and aunt in Naples. After that, we took the rental car and drove to the Key West. I had the best time!

Worst:

Driving to Buffalo (through Canada) during a winter storm the day after Christmas a few years ago. We were driving to betterhalf's hometown to attend his father's funeral. The weather was depressing (and scarey). There were lines for hours (this was shortly after 9/11) and it was just awful.

Contender for Worst:

Driving home from Boston just after 9/11. None of the rental agencies would rent a car to an out-of-stater. I had to find an auto drive-away service. Thankfully, this company had a vehicle that needed to be delivered just the other side of Ypsilanti. Bad thing was the vehicle was one of those vans used for transporting the disabled.
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Postby frank - up in grand blanc » Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:20 pm

Worst? Ha! Frankfurt am Main, by train, to Krakow, Poland while the reds still held the east. Got into it with the East German border control (confiscate papers, return papers, confiscate papers...), near miss with a Trabant during a layover in lovely war-damaged Liepzig. Two standoffs: one with a gang of students from Africa, and another with East German hoods which became me vs. East German rail police. Did not sleep for almost three days, unto the point that I was having auditory hallucinations.
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Postby The Suburban Avenger » Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:30 pm

Best:

Left Detroit after lunch on a Friday and got to Cleveland in time to see the Twins and Tribe. Got up the next day and headed to Pittsburgh, during which we had perhaps the greatest riff session in the history of filthy jokes. Saw the Reds and Pirates that night in a turn-back-the clock night.

Took three days to get to New Orleans a couple of years ago. Hit the Louisville Slugger Museum and Lincoln's birthplace before settling down for the night, then spent a day in and around Mammoth Cave. On the way back from New Orleans, spent a better-than-expected day in Birmingham before crashing at my sister's place. Nice trip to clear my head.

Worst:

Driving a rented Chevy Astro with five U of D classmates to Minneapolis in the dead of winter 1994. Between Madison and what seemed like the Minnesota state line, I pretty much was limited to about 200 feet visibility. Wherever that van is today, I'm all but certain my handprints still are pressed into the wheel.
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