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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-07-2017, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Day 13 (Aug 31). In OR again. Olympic National Park. Hoh Rain Forest. Driving down the coast. Went to get gas at some unexpected town and they happened to have the supposedly world's largest spruce tree 🙄. Tillamook's Cheese and Ice Cream Factory.
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Day 14 (Sep 1). Back to CA. Almost home, just another 500 or so miles. Lighthouse. Two deers (adult and fawn) ran across a main city street. I have no idea where they came from..thank god the light just turned green and nobody sped fast enough. Beautiful coast and then we ran into dense smoke (wild fire in a nearby forest). Some random picture while I was driving. My wife noticed it and I didnt.
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Day 15 (Sep 2). Had a nice last day route planned, but like life, nothing is ever guaranteed. No pictures, just silver lining. Had some issues (non-lotus related), but my wife and I went home first (7.5hrs drive), then we drove our Mazda3 back north to help with the issue, but on our way the Mazda3 had a flat tire..in a no service phone area in an isolated section of the mountains around 9pm. Long story short, we are all ok, but that day and the day after were pretty long. Funny how my Lotus had far less problems then my Mazda. Now I'm thinking of replacing my Mazda with another car.

On another note, I read Randy Chase's fb post about one of our gglc members doing a 8000 mile road trip to cross off her bucket list..I believe she's 82. Damn, wish I could of gone with her on that trip, but after this trip..I'm beat. I've driven over 5000 on this trip with the detours and starting point...but 8000 is on another level.

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John - Thanks for sharing these photos. Now, it's time for a lunch to hear all the REAL stories!!!

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Here is the map for this drive:

http://goo.gl/AS7ULd (1715 miles)
https://goo.gl/cYpxyQ (495 miles)
https://goo.gl/U8Mmos (317 miles - had to use bicycle route, because google says that it could not calculate it by car)
https://goo.gl/nL88G3 (440 miles)
http://goo.gl/zcDai7 (269 miles)
https://goo.gl/sLzRn9 (962 miles)
http://goo.gl/tgK6n1 (1174 miles)
https://goo.gl/FomeHM (705 miles)

total miles: 6077 miles
On the way to Nevada from California on Day 1 - there were fires in the area, then heavy rainstorm/hail
On the way back to California from Oregon on the last day - there were also fires in the area and we had a small problem..not car related..but became car related later..or else we would of taken better roads home.

All in all, the trip was very nice and we encountered many animals and awesome roads. Our next road trip will probably be to Lake Louise in Quebec next year.

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