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Old 05-07-2001, 09:11 AM   #1
LouRawlls
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Next week I am driving to Colorado from Pennsylvania. any suggestions for a good trip?
I have a 2000 rs with no mods
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Old 05-07-2001, 10:05 AM   #2
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What do you want to see? How much time you have?

One suggestion is to stay off the interstate if you have the time. Much more interesting and unexpected stuff you'll find on old US Highways.
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Old 05-07-2001, 10:46 AM   #3
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Yeah I don't really have the time to see the sites. I am Driving straight through so I can spend more time in colorado, But I'm not sure if I should worry about speed traps, or if I should use a higher octane gas ect...

I wish I could take my time but I only have a little more then a week...

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Old 05-07-2001, 11:00 AM   #4
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Ouch... that is a horrible drive! Nebraska and Iowa are by far the most boring areas in the WORLD!

BTW, it only took me 8-10 hours to drive from Chicago to Pennsylvania and it took us 22 hours to drive from Chicago to Denver (and we were going REAL slow with LOTS of stops).

Just make sure you take a lot of breaks and stretch, it'll help you stay awake.
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Old 05-07-2001, 11:13 AM   #5
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Ahhh, now here's something I know about. I've driven from Columbus to Colorado (and back) no less than six times. There are several routes available to you, none of which is particularly more interesting than the other. It also, of course, depends on where you're coming from.
[list=1][*]I70 all the way: Interstate 70 will take you all the way to Denver (and beyond). This route will take you through Columbus, Indianapolis, St. Louis, KC, and then on to Denver. It is incredibly unexciting, but as a bonus, the speed limit in Missouri is 70 m.p.h.[*]I70/I74/I80/I76: this route is equally unexciting, as it will take you through Columbus, Indianapolis, Quad Cities (Iowa), Des Moines, Omaha/Lincoln, and then on to Denver. Nebraska sucks; Iowa sucks; Illinois sucks (at least the part you drive through).[*]I80/I76: if this route is accessible to you, it will take you through Cleveland, Chicago, Quad Cities, Des Moines, Omaha/Lincoln and then on to Denver. Also boring, and the traffic can get backed up sometimes in the Chicago area.[*]US 36 all the way through: this is a slower route, as you're off the Interstate. It has some good possiblities, if you don't mind a slower pace. You'll go through several small towns in the midwest ... it's very nostalgic.[/list=a]
Good luck, Godspeed, and please, try not to fall asleep during the boring parts.


EDIT: timewise, it takes about 21 hours of straight driving to get from Columbus to Denver. YMMV.

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Old 05-07-2001, 11:17 AM   #6
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Just use regular gas. No reason to use premium at all. If you have a radar detector, use it, otherwise don't be the fastest car on the road. If you stay within 10mph over limit, you shouldn't get into trouble even without a detector.

Yeah, take some breaks. And if you're tired, pull off at a rest area and power-nap for as little as 15 minutes. You'll be surprised how refreshing that is. I usually listen to talk radio on AM on long trips. More variety than listening to the same songs over and over again. And you might even find those farm reports and prices interesting!

As for the car, you may use slightly higher air pressure. The interstate should be smooth, and you can increase gas mileage a tiny bit. Also check to make sure there's air in the spare; and of course all fluids.
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Old 05-07-2001, 11:26 AM   #7
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Hey i live in Eastern IA right off I80, and 8 is right not much to see just some rolling hills and cornfileds, then more corn fields, its starting to be very green here so if you like the look of a country/farm setting now is the time to do so, Nebraska on the other hand is flat and boring, you coming from PA will be shocked to see how flat some of the states are, since you only have a week, take the interstate, and enjoy Colorado, one of the most beautiful states IMO, btw i made it to vail co from muscatine, ia in about 12hrs

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Old 05-07-2001, 11:38 AM   #8
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Oh, you're going TO Colorado... I misread, but everything still applies.

I very much envy you... I love the scenery in Colorado and I'd probably be a hick with no job if I lived in scenery like that... I couldn't take my eyes off it. Only problem is that your car feels like it has a Geo Metro motor trying to drive a Ford Expedition up that high. If you've got a turbo, it's a definite plus.
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Old 05-07-2001, 11:44 AM   #9
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just watch out for the cops in IL. the interstates crawl there. MO isn't too bad if you come through it, and kansas is generally a walk in the park. not like the southwestern states where they've never even heard of a speed trap.
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Old 05-07-2001, 03:53 PM   #10
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Thanks people...

Sounds like I should have no problem (hope hope).

one other thing....does the subie act differently in higher alltitudes? should I reset my ecu to adjust once I get there? Is that a stupid question?

well I'll try and take some pics that I can post for you all.
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