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27 Day Miata Trip - 7000 miles (actual 9628)

OK having owned my Miata for about a year now, made several modifications and raced a bit with the SCCA. I thought it was time for a road trip. I will be updating this thread as I go and as I find free WiFi. We will (as in Dad and I) leave this Thursday morning and will return on the 18th of July. Sleeping in a two man tent and avoiding highways when ever possible. I am posting the main spots were are trying to hit on this trip but I can't for the life of me find a trip optimizer for the route. Also, is there not anything worth seeing in the great plains area? Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska are dead to me. I'm just driving through them. So, if anyone has any cool road suggestions or places to stop please let me know. Here is the basic route and what the stops are.

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
Devils Tower, Wyoming
Custer State Park, SD
Needles Highway
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Yellowstone National Park.
Beartooth Highway
Grand Teton National Park
Going-To-The-Sun Rd, Mt
West Glacier, Montana
Mt St Helens, , Washington
Mt Rainier National Park, Ashford, WA
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Leggett, CA (Beginning of the Coast Road)
Yosemite National Park, Ca
Las Vegas, NV
Hoover Dam, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, NV
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Arches national park Utah
Canyonlands Utah
Moab, Utah
Albuquerque, NM, USA (Family and a much needed shower at this point)
Hoover Al (Again Family)

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Charleston SC

The general problem I have is finding decent campsites along my route. Also there is nothing on my trip in the middle of the country. On the return leg between Albuquerque and Hoover I got nothing which is exactly the same as the going out leg between Irvington Ky (starting point) and Mount Rushmore. I don't know the western part of the country that well, so if I'm driving right by something that is NOT to be missed or if you want to offer up your couch for a night please let me know.
Pictures to come...shortly of the trusty steed and prep work.
 

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Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
Devils Tower, Wyoming
Custer State Park, SD
Needles Highway
Crazy Horse monument is about 40 mins south from Mount Rushmore, you'll pass it on your way to Custer State Park.

if you come up though central Nebraska, you should take some time in the Bad Lands, it's amazing in the sunrise and sunset. Pactola Lake is on your way to Devils tower from Custer through Hill City, and i'd suggest taking Old 385 though most of the Black Hills. Also, Bear Butte is right outside Sturgis, about 2 miles north of the west of the Buffalo Chip. Deadwood and Lead can also be passed through on your way to Wyoming, both worth a quick visit, and the DC Booth fish hatchery is Spearfish isn't too much of a detour from the I-90.

there are more backwoods, local stuff, but i can't tell you as i only remember have to drive/hike there and never really knew map directions.
 

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There are campsites in Grand Canyon, South Rim, for sure. I assume you're going to visit the South Rim by your map. The North Rim is beautiful also but it's in Utah.

Petrified Forest National Park is definitely worth taking time to see, I am very fond of the Painted Desert, beautiful scenery. It's further east, like east of Winslow, AZ, off I-40, so might be a little out of your way if you're going directly from Grand Canyon north to Utah (looks like you're taking State Hwy 89 north?) This national park provides some very scenic driving, so you really don't even have to take time to park and hike out to enjoy the beauty.

http://www.nps.gov/pefo/index.htm#

This might be worth a visit, it's ... just a big hole from a big rock from outer space. It's fascinating to me.


http://www.meteorcrater.com/


The only fun driving roads I know of are more southern AZ, like State Hwy 89a, from Jerome down to Prescott. A blast to drive, beautiful scenery and fun corners. It's south of your route through AZ, but if you happen to go down south of Flagstaff that's a great highway to take a scenic run on. Jerome is a neat looking old town.
 

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Just looked at the Petrified forest. I have a choice in this. I can do the arches, canyonlands and moab. Or I can keep south and hit the Petrified forest and crater. Anyone have experience with both?
 

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Awesome! You may want to consider hitting The Great River Road up into northern Wisconsin, it's breathtaking and some of the roads are mind bogglingly great :D
 

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Ive done moab, ut and monument valley. Monument valley was really neat. Definitely do the Moki Dugway when you are in that area.

Also if you are going far enough north to hit moab go through Colorado on 70. It is probably one of the best stretches of highway in the US. If you cut across south the southern end of the rockies is kind of dull.

I from PA and went to school at ASU, I have driven across country 5 times. It is so awesome! Keep this thread updated.
 

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Miata Prep! MREs stowed behind the seats. Enough food for 7 days for 2 men. One more duffel bag will be loaded into the trunk. Its going to be a full load. Clothing enough for 5 days in the bag, a two man tent, and two sleeping bags.



 

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I have a feeling your backs not going to like those seats after a weeks or two, even if they are the "most comfortable" racing seat.

Oh and I'm in Nebraska, and not dead.v:suicide:
 

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I envy you, I wish I can find time to do something like that. Those seats looks mighty comfy for a long trip too. Subbing. Can't wait to see the updates.
 

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I envy you! I've always wanted to do something like this.
I have a question though, is 27 days how long you plan on taking, or is that exactly how long the trip is going to take?
BTW good luck and take plenty of pics!
 

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You're coming THAT far east, but not going through the tail of the dragon??? Sure i know there are plenty of great roads out west, probably even better. But for east of the Mississippi it's the best you can get.


Then again, you do live in Lexington. I guess it's not much of a big deal to make a weekend trip to go out there. :D
 

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damn good ****.one day one day. if you ever pass thru san francisco hit me up would love to help out.free oil change check up at the shop. oh lunch on me
 

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Safe travel, man! This is really cool.

Be aware the southern leg of your journey is going to be HOT.
Driving the back roads in the SW, in NV, UT and AZ you will see some triple digit temps that will start in the morning/early afternoon. Some of those roads aren't well-traveled and cellphone service os sketchy. Watch your coolant temps and stay hydrated.
 

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damn good ****.one day one day. if you ever pass thru san francisco hit me up would love to help out.free oil change check up at the shop. oh lunch on me
Were coming through SanFan to see the bridge and to drive Hwy 1. I might take you up on that oil change. I'll be about 5000 miles overdue by that point.
 

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You're coming THAT far east, but not going through the tail of the dragon??? Sure i know there are plenty of great roads out west, probably even better. But for east of the Mississippi it's the best you can get.


Then again, you do live in Lexington. I guess it's not much of a big deal to make a weekend trip to go out there. :D
Yep, I live in the east, the dragon I can run anytime. However Hwy 1, going to the sun, ect are once in a lifetime.
 
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