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As some of you know, I have this little gator ('07 TPC'd Cayman S) that's been begging to go "on a real drive" to visit some fellow brethren....
a perfect excuse to go on a little "Gator Tour"! :banana:

The drive will take me from the Pacific NW (coast of Oregon) deep down into and across the southwest, then across the swamps of Texas, Louisiana, along the gulf coast of Alabama, and then down the Florida panhandle all the way to our most SEasterly corner of the country - the Straights of Florida in the Carribean!

Since this translates to about 4000 miles, i've put in some fresh Redline 5W40, looked her over (all's looking great), fired up the engine, and am ready to go! The open road awaits!

Come join me (virtually) on this trip, i'll be posting pics along the way!
 

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Ok, here we are, taking in the view of the grand Pacific Ocean near Neskowin.

Lil' gator is rumbling, looking fwd to devour some miles!!!

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Today's agenda: we will start heading south - can we make it to Salt Lake? Hear there's some good steak to be had there....
 

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Awesome suggestion! Headed down I84 right now - and you just pulled my steering wheel to the right on to US-93S!

With a little luck we should get there tonight - 390 miles to go!

Hopefully there will be se overnight options in the area!!! ?
 

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Big sky and clouds east of Lake Owyhee earlier today. Very cool scenery and colors!

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Great! I feel the power...

There is casino right on the state border - West Wendover - should be cheap food and lodging, and some entertainment too!

And on the salt flats there can be some cool machinery to check out. You never know what commercial they might be filming there or records working on.

Awesome suggestion! Headed down I84 right now - and you just pulled my steering wheel to the right on to US-93S!

With a little luck we should get there tonight - 390 miles to go!

Hopefully there will be se overnight options in the area!!! ��
 

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Casino! Great - chance to win some gas money!

So far getting 20.5mpg with some fairly genteel driving....
 

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So did you check your top speed? That would be the best place in the world! :)

So what's the plan after SLC? South to Grand Canyon or East to Colorado? I'd be hard torn. Beautiful deserts and canyons one way, beautiful mountains the other way. South would win. Grand Canyon is really the most magnificent site on the planet Earth. If going through AZ - make sure to take smaller roads. If they are paved they all good, but smaller roads is more fun. Like instead getting on I40, head from GC to Canoyn de Chelli
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Grand+Canyon+National+Park/Canyon+de+Chelly+National+Monument,+Chinle,+AZ/@36.037393,-111.0197867,9z/data=!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x0:0x1f38a9bec9912029!2m2!1d-112.112997!2d36.106965!3m4!1m2!1d-110.3974997!2d36.6742921!3s0x8731263edc2f1807:0x75c2a6afc57a9243!1m5!1m1!1s0x873a90dcf0211a9d:0xaef3400a982d88df!2m2!1d-109.469444!2d36.133611!3e0

Hope you realize you having adventure of a life time... I did many bits and pieces of your route, probably 70-80% of it. But never ever had the time to do real proper cross country trip.
 

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So did you check your top speed? That would be the best place in the world! :)

So what's the plan after SLC? South to Grand Canyon or East to Colorado? I'd be hard torn. Beautiful deserts and canyons one way, beautiful mountains the other way. South would win. Grand Canyon is really the most magnificent site on the planet Earth. If going through AZ - make sure to take smaller roads. If they are paved they all good, but smaller roads is more fun. Like instead getting on I40, head from GC to Canoyn de Chelli
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Grand+Canyon+National+Park/Canyon+de+Chelly+National+Monument,+Chinle,+AZ/@36.037393,-111.0197867,9z/data=!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x0:0x1f38a9bec9912029!2m2!1d-112.112997!2d36.106965!3m4!1m2!1d-110.3974997!2d36.6742921!3s0x8731263edc2f1807:0x75c2a6afc57a9243!1m5!1m1!1s0x873a90dcf0211a9d:0xaef3400a982d88df!2m2!1d-109.469444!2d36.133611!3e0

Hope you realize you having adventure of a life time... I did many bits and pieces of your route, probably 70-80% of it. But never ever had the time to do real proper cross country trip.
1st 1000 miles done!

that visit to the flats yesterday was super special, thanks for the encouragement! didn't check the speed ;-)
this is indeed shaping up to be a trip of a lifetime...!!!

now, after a good night's sleep in salt lake city (hotels in wendover were sold out!) we are contemplating next steps.

so what is the plan??
we think the southerly route is indeed the way to go. after all this is the "gator" tour, so we want to definitely go see some gators along the way :hilarious:

but, hitting the grand canyon would take us too far west - we got over 3000 miles left to go!

so we'll head south toward canyon lands and maybe we can make it to canyon de chelly! and hit some smaller roads, indeed!!

from there things will get murkier. i'm not too familiar with texas and new orleans is a "must" afaiac!

so we got some more figuring out to do!! suggestions continue to be welcome! that map has a *lot* of territory ahead!!



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De Chelly is my second most favorite. It's very different. Looking down there I feel like in one of those old Jules Vernes books where they find anohter world hidden in some crater or something.

Yes, New Orleans is a must! But Texas is uncharted territory to me - can't help you there.
 

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48 hours later....

and 900 miles more on the odometer... (pics below)

my son and i are enjoying the driving; the car is running perfect. we headed south from salt lake city after a good night's rest; toward the southern border of utah.

our escort 9500ci is also working great; it helped us pay our proper respect to *all* of utah's highway patrol (UHP). god knows they deserve it; we saw more them in one day in the stretch from SLC to Bluff (Utah) then we could count. we learned later from locals that this is especially common toward the end of the month - the UHP has "performance standard" to meet, apparently, and by the end of the month the hunt is on in full force trying to fish as many unsuspecting tourists out of the traffic as possible.

utah's scenery is truly magnificent. once we had another night's rest in a roadside cabin in bluff, we headed out early to cruise the countryside (valley of the gods; monument valley, and so on). at 7am there was no traffic, wide open, great roads, and the black gator loved it. i swear, the car was saying "it's about time we came here - this is what i am made for!"

i have to admit, before leaving on this journey, that i was worried a bit about how comfortable the driving would be over such a long journey. especially since the seats don't recline much, and also because i'm running TPC bars and stiffer than stock springs. now, with 1800 miles logged, i can say that the despite all that the car makes a great travelling vehicle. the suspension, while firm, deals well with all types of road surfaces. the faster, the better!

anyway, enough reflections. here some pics. next up: a day of rest in charming santa fe; then the gator and i will tackle texas. (will need to study roads to see what route is best into and thru texas).

more as we continue.
 

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You sure this is not Australia? Everything is upside down!

Other than that beautiful scenery. And the roads should be in good shape, so shouldn't be a problem for sport suspension.
48 hours later....

and 900 miles more on the odometer... (pics below)

my son and i are enjoying the driving; the car is running perfect. we headed south from salt lake city after a good night's rest; toward the southern border of utah.

our escort 9500ci is also working great; it helped us pay our proper respect to *all* of utah's highway patrol (UHP). god knows they deserve it; we saw more them in one day in the stretch from SLC to Bluff (Utah) then we could count. we learned later from locals that this is especially common toward the end of the month - the UHP has "performance standard" to meet, apparently, and by the end of the month the hunt is on in full force trying to fish as many unsuspecting tourists out of the traffic as possible.

utah's scenery is truly magnificent. once we had another night's rest in a roadside cabin in bluff, we headed out early to cruise the countryside (valley of the gods; monument valley, and so on). at 7am there was no traffic, wide open, great roads, and the black gator loved it. i swear, the car was saying "it's about time we came here - this is what i am made for!"

i have to admit, before leaving on this journey, that i was worried a bit about how comfortable the driving would be over such a long journey. especially since the seats don't recline much, and also because i'm running TPC bars and stiffer than stock springs. now, with 1800 miles logged, i can say that the despite all that the car makes a great travelling vehicle. the suspension, while firm, deals well with all types of road surfaces. the faster, the better!

anyway, enough reflections. here some pics. next up: a day of rest in charming santa fe; then the gator and i will tackle texas. (will need to study roads to see what route is best into and thru texas).

more as we continue.
 

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On the road again, after a bit of a break!

New Orleans - crazzzy place!

Less scenic now in terms of cool landscapes....

But:

Only 900miles left to go!
 
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