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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-14-2018, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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For Kid's Sake Tour Results

Mary and I had a lot of fun this summer. We took our '95 Tbird on an 8,231 mile road trip. Our first leg was the run from Waynesboro, Virginia to Rocky Mountain National Park. I ran it straight through. 7PM to 8PM the next day. I'd slept all day to be prepared for the nights drive and that was fine. About 3 the next afternoon it hit me hard. A stop for coffee and a jog around the gas station and I was on my way.

Road tripping is a passion of mine. And this wasn't my first or longest jaunt but it was the most fun. I'm a 4 corner member but Mary had none. This trip was to get Her first corner and see most of the great national parks of the country. In all we saw 11 national parks, drove the continental divide highway, and visited 15 states. During this same period we were doing a fund raiser for St. Jude hospital. The car was all painted up with St. Jude advertising the "For Kid's Sake Tour" as Mary and I called it. We managed to raise $1000 for the kids.

In all this there was another vacation that I found in Colorado. Their called Dispensaries and Cheech and Chong could never have imagined anything like this. Now I am an old hippy. So I wasn't ignorant about the existence of these places. That said I had a real Rocky Mountain High adventure in Rocky Mountain NP. I had my pipe, gummies, brownies, and weed. I was a happy camper.

After the world came back into focus we headed up the Continental Divide Highway from Rocky Mtn. NP to Yellowstone. We crossed the divide 9 times in one day. The views there as so immense that you can see the curvature of the earth. After the parking lot that is Yellowstone (3 1/2 hour traffic jams the first day, 2 hours the next day) we headed for Cape Flattery Washington. An overnight stop in Spokane brought another surprise. They have them funny little stores too and better prices than Colorado.... I was not the guy running around the hotel pool naked. That's my story and I'm stickin' with it. LOL

Next day, world in focus again. Off to Cape Flattery. Wonderful place. Makaw Indian reservation. Permit for the 1 mile walk is $10 and well worth it. After that the weather of Washington turned normal and it rained and fogged us out. From there we visited Mt. St. Helen and then to Crater Lake NP. We had the good fortune of hitting that at sunset. Breath taking.

From there it was to Redwood National Park. Man those things look like natural sky scrapers. Crazy big. From there we hit Lassen Volcanic NP. The one walk I wanted to take there was closed due to some huge helicopter rescue underway. So we saw some brightly colored steam vents and saw some beautiful scenery.

We had lots of time but decided to forgo the Yosemite NP for this trip and headed down Las Vegas via the ET Highway. Stayed at the LINQ on the strip. Spent a little time at the craps table and saw the Counting Cars and Pawn Stars shops. From there it was up to Clinton Utah about 35 miles north of Salt Lake City. Mary's brother lives there and we spent a few days there touring the ski resorts and Antelope Island. It's very tightly controlled but I actually had a chance to do some artifact hunting there. They were installing a new sprinkler system and the ditches were dug. I found quite a few Indian artifacts in the dirt they had dug out. They put them on display at the farm there.

After the issues we had in Yellowstone with all the traffic Mary and I decided to go back to Yellowstone to see if a couple of weeks had slowed the place down some. To our pleasant surprise it had. After that it was homeward bound. In all that driving the only issue with the car, a blinking overdrive light. That went away and didn't re appear. On the way back Mary and I planned our next tour. She wants a cabin near Bar Harbor Maine.

See you guys on the road in May.


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Wow! What fun. Thanks for taking the time to share your trip report. Do you have any pictures of the car on the road to share?

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That sounds like a blast! I've been to several places you mentioned, but my favorite is my Denver to Moab trip, then back, including 5 National Parks and 1 National Monument. I have taken that one twice.

But you are more hardcore as far as the driving part. I have always flown to a major Western city first, then drove 1500-1700 miles in 8 days to various parks. I would love to take a long trip in the T-Bird some day, but would need a revision to the stock seats which offer zero lumbar support.

Two questions: how many times did you change the oil, and what was you overall gas mileage?


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I'll see if I can get some posted tonight. None on my phone now

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The oil was changed just before we left. I use Royal Purple HPS 5w20 which has a 12,000 mile change interval. I usually change about 7,500 so we drove the whole trip one one oil change. I also use Lucas Top Cylinder lube in my fuel about 4.5 oz per 10 gallons gas. 87 octane for the trip.
As for the gas mileage. Our '95 4.6 loaded with camping gear and 2 people and clothes (my girlfriend doesn't pack light either)
26.8 MPG at 70+ mph. Taken from gas station/interstate/gas station check. Fuel bill for the trip, just shy of $1000

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