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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-17-2010, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Starting in the morning, hope to do this in three days, maybe three and a half days. Charlotte to Fresno.

My back doesn't seem to mind the Elise. However my bucket seems just slightly too big for the bucket seat..... Perhaps I should avoid eating on the journey??

After I get to Calif I will relax by flying back to Hong Kong........
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That's a long haul in an elise. Hope you have nice roads all the way but if not you'll really know it.

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So far I made it about an hour west of Saint Louis for day one. Car is running fine. Found a nice foam cushion at a truck stop that has made the seat work well for long drives.
Big worry was the thought of hitting a deer. There were several on the side of the road (dead) in IL and finally came upon a fresh kill. Had to maneuver a bit to avoid the bigger parts...
Need to wash the car tomorrow morning (yuck) but no damage.
The roads..... Illinois and around ST Louis in MO. They are like developing nation bad. They remind me of the taxiways at the airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Another 2000 miles and I will be there...
Stopping in denver tomorrow to see a friend from College then on to CA next day.
This is only the first part. I may be taking the Elise to Anchorage later this year. Ferry from WA though, not the Alcan hiway :-0
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...This is only the first part. I may be taking the Elise to Anchorage later this year. Ferry from WA though, not the Alcan hiway :-0
I want a detailed description of the Alaska trip if it comes to pass. We want to do that with the M100.
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Been thinking about Alaska here too, but cross country first.

Most ever done is 800 miles in one day...

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Well I washed the Bambi guts off the car and hit the road this AM. I decided KS was really boring so it decided to rain so I wasn't bored. Hmmmm should have bought those new tyres. Pretty soon it is raining like a cow peein on a flat rock. I am hydroplaning so much I think I could get a seaplane rating. More exiting 'cus only the back end wants to float. Passing trucks is out of the question unless I get a periscope. On the bright side the Elise doesn't leak anywhere. Slowed to 60 in the rain but otherwise 77 mph all day. GPS says the speedo is about 5 mph fast. No problems at all. I wore my Bose ANR headset all day and listen to iPhone. Can't hear the radio. Stage 2 exhaust seems like a good idea for about 20 minutes or when I floor it to merge on fwy. Off to Auburn CA tomorrow. After today I am hoping it won't snow tomorrow...
Car is fine on cross country drive. Little short of bag space though and cruise control would be nice
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Slight change to plans today, decided I couldn't make Auburn in one day so took the short route back to Fresno, CA. Staying in Vegas tonight.
High point today was meeting up with 2 guys in a red Exige and "flying formation" for about 90 minutes at 90 mph. They were going to San Francisco from Colorado Springs.
Car is running fine and no problems. Short drive tomorrow and I am finished :-)
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I've driven from Philly to LA twice, trading off driving duties. That's about 48 hours of driving. How many hours are you putting in a day?

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I was very busy after I got to California. First chance to relax and post today. Overall it was 3 long days, probably around 12 hours each and then one 5 or 6 hour day. I went out of my way to stop by and see a friend in Denver. I think the total distance travelled was 2950 miles. Over nights were just west of Saint Louis, Denver and Las Vegas. Car was perfect and no problems. I woke up the day after I was done in California and wanted to go out and drive it again :-) so I took my Dad out to go to the market.
Had to leave that afternoon and go to LA so I could fly home to Hong Kong.
Most fun was running across Utah with the red Exige. It is more fun as a group.
Now I am back at work suffering Elise withdrawals...

A traveling companion would have been nice. Luggage that will go into the trunk a good idea. Rear tyres with tread nice to have in the rain. Cup holders and a seat with some padding maybe as well. Overall I would have no problem going for another big road trip.
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Loved the story

I absolutely loved the story!

Our family did a Toronto - Boston - Toronto trip last weekend and I was thinking how much more fun it would have been in my Elise.

We had 5 people packed in a Mazda 6.

In Boston I saw very few sporty cars. In Toronto you see more.
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I absolutely loved the story!

Our family did a Toronto - Boston - Toronto trip last weekend and I was thinking how much more fun it would have been in my Elise.

We had 5 people packed in a Mazda 6.

In Boston I saw very few sporty cars. In Toronto you see more.
To OP, glad you made it out there reasonably comfortably. I've only driven the Elise for 6 hours in a day and I thought it was pretty good.


David, maybe someone from Boston can comment, but I've heard that it is customary to park by feel there.

I just did Toronto-Philly-Baltimore-Toronto. I was glad I had the Saab in Baltimore's potholes (unreal bad), but I was longing for the Elise in the PA and NY mountains. OTOH, I'm sure I would have gotten a few tickets in the Elise without cruise control to hold me back. I just got a wagging finger as I went by a well-camoflaged cruiser at 9mph over (GPS speed). He got the guy behind me that was slowly closing... I guess 10 over was his cut-off.

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The comments about driving amongst other Lotus certainly rings true for me. It is rare to meet another Lotus by chance, at least here in SE Virginia. On a few occasions, usually at LOG, I have driven in packs of Lotus. It is an amazing experience.

Thanks for your posts.
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Back in California where the car has been stored at the beginning of November....
Got the urge for another road trip. May drive to Anchorage :-)
Well, drive to WA and take the ferry for a couple of days. Not quite ready for the Alcan hwy in NOV with the Lotus.
Will start a new thread if I go.

Been having Lotus withdrawals in Hong Kong. Hoping my buddy will sell me his 260 cup car. He is only 2 more tickets away from not having a drivers lic so shouldn't take much longer.
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