Gut Rumbles

June 26, 2004

travel info

Recondo 32 and his lovely wife, Georgia are leaving for a cross-country car trip next weekend. They plan to drive all the way from Bluffton, South Carolina, to Seattle, Washington. They asked me to solicit anyone reading this blog for some advice. They'll be going the diagonal route, which will take them through places they've never been before.

They want to know:

*How much does a carton of Doral cigarettes cost where you live?

*How much is a gallon of gas?

*What's good to eat?

*What's the weather like?

*What are some of the good back-roads to drive?

*What unforgettable places should they be willing to drive out of the way to see on that trip?

All comments and emails will be sent to the concerned parties to help make their trip a safe and happy one.



Fresno, Ca. It's on the way to Yosemette, the national park,. you can get there from Highway 41. you can go on 41 west to the coast and see carmel and Big Sur and hearst castle. Or connect to 99 or 5 to continue to seattle. you'll pass san francisco (much cooler there) and see the golden gate bridge and Alcatraz. In fresno: a gallon of gas is about $2.10. the weather is hot in the 90's in the Central Valley but i'm sure it's cooler in the mountains and the coast.

Posted by: MissBell on June 26, 2004 12:56 PM

Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany

*How much does a carton of Doral cigarettes cost where you live?

*How much is a gallon of gas?

*What's good to eat?
Kaesspatzen, or Wienerschnitzel

*What's the weather like?
Highs about 70-75F, lows about 40F

*What are some of the good back-roads to drive?
Romantische-Strasse through Fuessen, or up to the Black Forest.

*What unforgettable places should they be willing to drive out of the way to see on that trip?
Italy, Luxembourg, or Switzerland. All within two-hours' drive.

A little out of the way, unless they're taking the long way 'round.

Posted by: Rube on June 26, 2004 01:48 PM

*How much is a gallon of gas?

128 ounces

*What's good to eat?

Anything non-poisonous

*What's the weather like?

Look outside


Posted by: Elephant Shuffle on June 26, 2004 01:56 PM

All kidding aside, I'd highly recommend a stop where Custer made his last stand. I dunno if it's become a commercialized area, I was there 25 or so years ago and it was astounding how remote and empty it was. Awe inspiring as well, that that buffoon Custer picked this wind swept hill to pit his two hundred against five thousand with predictable results.

Posted by: David D on June 26, 2004 05:18 PM

Tell them not to miss the Clinton Library in Little Rock. The gift shop has a tremendous variety of sex toys, most of which have never been used.

Posted by: Mike on June 26, 2004 08:08 PM

portland, oregon:

smokes: $5/pack
gas: $2.10 gallon
drive from boise along the columbia through oregon...beautiful trip. stop in portland, stay in one of the downtown hotels and enjoy one of the many great restaurants in the area, then head north and drive up the olympic peninsula, to squim, take the ferry to seattle...
liberal place, the northwest, but the weather from here until late october is the best in the country.

Posted by: ks on June 26, 2004 08:24 PM

You should drive through Canada instead because their gallons are 160 oz, AND they don't have our colored problem.
On the other hand, we don't have to endure their harsh winters.

Posted by: MildlyDisturbed on June 26, 2004 09:50 PM

Ah, the devil's in the details, KS. As I recall, Recondo32 just bought a gofaster Mustang with all the engine power options available. That would make him an unleaded supreme guzzler, which grade of gas is still around $2.30 in Portland.

The Dorals can be had by the carton for $38.

Seattle WA? I go there several time as year and while it is picturesque, it isn't much of a destination. Drop off the hardware at Mollbot's or here with me in PDX, and drive on through to Vancouver BC, a real destination place. Don't plan on living there, you can't posess handweapons anymore.

Posted by: Rivrdog on June 26, 2004 09:55 PM

Do Not cross the States and miss Yellowstone Park! Also this would put 32 in position to hit the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Posted by: wes jackson on June 26, 2004 11:46 PM

Yellowstone (petrified forest!!)/Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Devil's Tower, Wyoming, on the way to Custer Battlefield.

Posted by: tim on June 27, 2004 12:12 AM

Seattle area has much to do/see/consume not to mention the entertainment provided by looney leftists.

Weather is beautiful. It's been mid 80's (warmer than usual) and some of us who moved here to avoid heat are whining.

Deep twilight lasts until nearly 22:00. Any kind of food you want. Simple pleasures of riding the ferry across Puget sound and enjoying the sites.

Traffic sucks.

Posted by: kam on June 27, 2004 02:37 AM

Dorals in Seattle can be had for $35 if you get them on one of the reservations.

Gas in Seattle is as high as 2.40/gl and as low as $2.03, depends on what kind you want.

I would sugget visiting Deception Pass while you are here. Also, drive up to Ashford at the base of Mt. Rainier. Stop in and have a cold one at the T&B Tavern.

Seattle has any kind of food you can think of and most of it is good! The weather has been excellent.

Drive safely.

Posted by: langus on June 27, 2004 09:44 AM

I'm with rivrdog...skip Seattle...Vancouver has a beautiful downtown park...but don't miss Victoria...the old provincial capitol...pretty good food...GREAT beer!...not pasteurized.
The traffic in Seattle has to rank well near the top in the US for being the worst...check the maps and you'll see's all funneled between the sound and lakes to the east.

Posted by: ks on June 27, 2004 07:05 PM

Southern part of the Oregon Coast (COos County)-
Dorals: About $26 a carton
gas: $2.20 a gallon and dropping again
eat: Local fresh oysters, elk, local fresh clams, salmon, etc.
Weather- clear, warmish, and windy. could change at any second tho
roads: find one off the 101 and follow it.
out of the way places- not local, but i always loved the drive from Phoenix to Salt Lake City. You can work that in if you come up the 40, go north on the 17 at flagstaff, follow that into SLC, run by provo or so and grab the 84, take it north through idaho along the columbia gorge, then west into portland.

Posted by: pril on June 29, 2004 09:56 AM

If possible, take US-12 across Washington to I-5 (you can cut up US-97 to Yakima from I-84 to get the good parts). Route 12 over the Cascades is just beautiful.

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