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Old 09-18-2003, 07:25 PM   #1
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Default Beach Driving

Our first roadtrip in the Baja. An 8-day adventure from our home in La Conner, WA, down HWY 101 to Newport, OR. The Baja handled great on the HWY 101 twists and turns. The highlight of the trip for me was driving from Surfside, WA to Long Beach, WA on the beach!!!, which is designated a State Highway (see photos). It was the day after Labor Day, and we had the beach to ourselves, except for dog-walkers and seagulls. It was sooo cool! It's 20 miles of beach driving bliss. My wife thought we would get stuck in the sand ( ). Not a chance. The speed limit is 25mph. Anyone in the Pacific Northwest with a Baja (or any Subie) should visit Long Beach. On the 1,400 mile trip, I averaged 28-30 mpg (with the air conditioner on about 60% of the time).

I would be interested in finding out about other drivable beaches in the continental U.S.

Here's a link to Long Beach, WA beach driving:
Driving on the Beach - Long Beach, WA Peninsula
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Old 09-18-2003, 07:31 PM   #2
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Default On the East Coast...

there's North Carolina's Outer Banks. Just turn on the Weather Channel and learn about that area as well as Hurricane Isabel, which just ravaged that area.

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Old 09-19-2003, 12:31 PM   #3
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I'd be really interested in knowing other locations for just general "off road" driving. I'm not an off road driver, but now I have this <i>car-truck</i> that has AWD and was designed for sport use and I'd love to at least try it out. If you know of any places, maybe we can start a list.

I'm in the North Texas area and don't know anything.

Ideas anyone?
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Old 09-20-2003, 12:09 AM   #4
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Pismo Beach. Calif. Close to San Luis Obispo. It's a state park, speed limit and about a 5 to 7 mile run with optional sand dunes if your brave. Outbacks do fine stock with no adjustments etc. Just keep the windows up and sun roof closed or you will be sorry. Wash you car everywhere after or again you will be sorry. Rust never sleeps.
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Old 09-20-2003, 10:57 AM   #5
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Default South Padre Island TX

From South of Corpus Christi you can run down South Padre island almost 70 miles.
Usually good hard sand, but go prepared, you can get stuck and may need to "camp out" until help comes.
Always take a lot of water and food for this trip. I've had friends resort to eating their raw fish and bait after being stuck for a few days.
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