“I hope that all of you continue to take both joy and solace in the simple act of driving. There is nothing quite like firing up your own car and traveling on your own terms. We will miss it when it is gone. Let’s hope that day never comes.” ~ Jack Baruth – Avoidable Contact
In the post entitled, “Initial Planning” I described what I planned after completing the Eastern Loop like this: “I plan a night or two in Colorado Springs to rest, repair and do laundry. Then I will head South west with a short risky run over the Rockies and down into Arizona and California. The temps in the middle of May should still be bearable there, and then after another short risky run through Death Valley and across the Sierras, it should be smooth and comfortable sailing up the west coast to Washington. As the season warms and days get longer the trek across the high country of Idaho and Montana should be OK and the last run from South Dakota to home along the Continental Divide should be temperate as well.”
The first issue will be the run over the Rocky Mountains on the first day westbound: Risky Business! I’m afraid that it might be like sneaking Rebecca De Mornay in my dad’s Porsche past the nosy neighbors. Assuming that I will only start if I get a decent weather forecast, (spring storms can pop up with intensity at this time of year and take a day from pleasant to dangerous in an hour or two) I should be in pretty good shape at the end of that first day. I will traverse the desert southwest for the next three and a half days before reaching the greener part of California. This is the counter point to the winter weather fear over the Rockies; it may be quite hot and uncomfortable for both car and driver. After clearing Death Valley and the low point at Furnace Creek, once I reach the coast near Lompoc the rest of the trip should be milder, if wetter, all the way to Washington where weather will once again become a potential issue.
A number of Lotus folks live near the points on the western loop and I hope to connect with some of you along the way. The problem is that the most scenic route along the coast is not exactly where the largest number live. I am hopeful they might be willing to drive a half day or so to meet up with me rather than having me drive all about meeting up with them at their locations.
From California, I will pretty much hug the coast to Raymond, WA then up the Olympic Peninsula to the road west to Cape Flattery, the Northwestern most point. Retracing my path then to either Kingston or Port Townsend for a ferry ride across Puget Sound, I will begin the long traverse of Washington, Idaho and Montana. Nicking the corner of Wyoming, I get to Belle Fourche SD where the geographic center of the 50 states is located, then turn south through the high Country to Alma, CO, the high point, to Home!
The next three posts will cover the four legs of the roughly trapezoidal route shown here so hang in there with me…here we go!
Hi, I’m Ross and I’m a tripoholic. I love driving especially in my old cars and then writing about the adventure that always follows. I’m old enough to know better but that doesn’t stop me. If you like stories of the road, every word true no matter how far fetched it may seem, then grab a beer or a cup of coffee and join me!
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