Archive for the ‘Road Trips’ Category
What do you get when you add a canal and wakeboard together with a California cool and a classic Jeep Wrangler? The perfect equation for awesomeness. Check out the video to see what these kids call ghetto wakeboarding, Cali style.
Do we need to say it? Yes. Don’t try this at home! Found via autoblog.com.
Amazing story about a family and a car.
Into road trips and vintage cars? Up for the excitement and fear of not knowing when a hose will blow or air will give out? Crave the risk of a cross-country road trip in a sketchily repaired car? If so, this article written by Davey Johnson is for you.
“So, it looks like the Lagonda isn’t the newest four-door in my collection anymore.” The message came from Houston oncologist Dr. Sanjay Mehta, a man who owns a McManse almost wholly devoid of furniture. His six-car garage, however, is packed to the rafters with what has to be a million bucks’ worth of high-performance machinery, including a turbocharged Lamborghini Gallardo. He has at least a dozen other cars stashed elsewhere. Three weeks prior, he’d purchased one of the William Towns–designed Aston Martin Lagondas, a car most notable for its extreme folded-paper design language and an ahead-of-its-time digital dash that proved to be as fragile as it was futuristic. I clicked the link Mehta included in his message. A 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 popped up. A brown 450SEL 6.9. It was so physically and metaphorically brown that there is a strong argument to be made for its being the brownest car in history. Mehta had purchased this W116 on eBay for the meager sum of $6006. On a whim. In case there were any doubt, Mehta is single.
The car was in Los Angeles. I was asked to deliver it to Houston. But nobody knew if the car would survive the trip. We had it sent over to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, where factory-trained technicians presented Mehta with a $17,000 quote to bring the Benz up to snuff. He politely declined the offer, seeing as how decent 6.9-liter 450SELs usually sell for about $15,000. Instead, the car went to Westwood Mercedes, an independent shop in West L.A. Technicians there got the turn signals working, replaced a gear-stripped flywheel, and generally made sure the car was mechanically sound. A day before I was scheduled to depart, they informed us that they hadn’t really test-driven the car, as it had arrived sans plates. A mad shuffle ensued, and Mehta was able to procure temporary Texas proof of registration and have it overnighted to L.A. Despite six grand in repairs, I was headed off on a 2000-mile journey in a car whose roadworthiness was still in question.
And so begins a four day trip from Los Angeles to Houston. Enjoy reading the saga of four days in a golden brown Mercendes 450.
In case you needed any creative ideas for a weekend project to work on with your music loving teenager, this group of Russian teenagers has an idea that will result in a lot of laughs, serious injury, or an arrest. All it needs is one motorcycle, an altered drumset, and a seat for the guitarist.
It’s obvious from my post yesterday that I’m itching to plan a road trip. I plan our trips out well in advance, and one of the first things I do when planning a road trip that will require more than a tank of gas is to estimate the cost through this calculator from RoadTripAmerica.com. It’s pretty cool because it works internationally as well. I’ll calculate the milage through Mapquest (you can add multiple destinations), and then add another 10% on the cost to allow for fluctuating gas prices in other states and car use while in town.
Click here to use the Fuel Cost Calculator.
Summer plans include a road trip? It may seem easier than air travel, but a lot of planning goes into a great road trip. Here are a few great tips to planning a great road trip from RoadTripAmerica.com
- Identify the purpose of the trip
- Know your style
- Get ideas and information from lots of sources
- Put your trip together
- Prepare your vehicle
- Create the right ambiance in your vehicle
- Plan to keep a journal
- Hang Loose
Our list of must haves for a road trip? Water, Instant Starbucks coffee (for those times when you are so far from civilization the only coffee available is that nasty black water from gas stations), Coke Zeros, podcasts from This American Life, iPhones (with chargers and stereo adapter), and plenty of time.
Click here to read more of “How to Plan Great Road Trips” from RoadTripAmerica.com
I hope you enjoyed the past week of great pictures from some of our amazing National Park! Here’s a list of all of the posts from the great states:
Have fun on your summer travels, and don’t forget to buckle up. Beep beep!
Nevada feels like the moon to me. There you are, driving for hours through a hot, dusty desert before you get to the space city of Las Vegas. But there’s a lot to see outside of Vegas: lakes (man-made and naturally created), frontier trails, rock formations, caves, mountains, valleys and craters.
Hope you enjoyed!
To see more of Nevada’s National Parks, visit the NPS website.
Pull out your fleece, grab your gourmet coffee and pack your car. Today we’re heading to Washington, home of Starbucks and the amazing Cascade Range. Washington National Parks are full of great hiking trails, lakes carved by glaciers and the greenest foliage you’ll see anywhere in the world. Enjoy!
For a full list of National Parks located in Washington, click here.