Travel: Tell Us About Your Greatest Road Trip

Tell Us About Your Greatest Road Trip

Avatar By Yoav Gilad
March 7, 2014
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Photography by David Marvier for Petrolicious

My family took me on my first road trip, at about two years old, when we drove the 1750 miles (about 2800km) from Washington DC to Central Florida and back to see a mouse named Mickey and his empire. I don’t remember the trip but I suspect the sustained motion became so deeply ingrained that it’s part of the reason I have a passion for long tours today.

After getting my license, I hit the road myself taking trips to closer spots at first, cities like Philadelphia, New York and Norfolk often with friends and without parental consent. I always had the music cranked and was usually in a brown-leather flat cap and sunglasses. I got so good at making the run from DC to NY that I could be through the Baltimore harbor tunnel and in Manhattan in two hours flat.

But my favorite road trip has to be cruising Spain from Madrid down to Sevilla via Gibraltar. I was in a crappy rental car but that didn’t matter as I had my beautiful then-girlfriend, now fiancé, with me and we were flying down Spain’s nearly deserted highways. We’d cruise stretches of up to ten miles without encountering another car. Needless to say, we discovered the car’s top speed easily. Slicing through the hot summer countryside, we’d exit when hungry, needed fuel, or to skip through a particularly picturesque village.

In one town, nuns famous for their baked goods managed to upsell us some day-old communion wafers. We paid, found a park, sat down and opened the bag. After taking a single bite, we started laughing uncontrollably. I had been expecting some sort of yummy Spanish snack. It was immediately apparent why the bag was so, so large and so incredibly cheap. The pigeons had no complaints however.

I don’t think we turned the radio on the whole trip, in contrast to my usual driving modus operandi. The scenery entertained us: clear Mediterranean skies above sharp cliffs and deep ravines hundreds of feet below. It was all new to us and we were drunk off of the novelty, beauty, and thrill. The highway was fresh, fast, and sunny. Plus the other drivers we did encounter knew to stay right. My fiancé was busy trying to snap photos of Spain’s bull billboards as the needle topped 180 km/h. In the future, we need a longer lens, as the photos were all blurry.

I’ll never forget coming around a corner and seeing Toledo’s walls high atop the Tajo River. The entire trip is wonderfully, permanently etched into my memory.

We’d love to hear about our Petrolisti’s best road trips so please share yours… Was there a new vista, romance or a combination of amazing roads and car? 

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Tim B
Tim B

I have a more comprehensive, pictorial review of my road trip here on Bimmerforums: http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?2086225-Just-bought-a-Touring! It’s a work in progress but here are the highlights: 7,000 miles in a 2001 BMW 525i (yes it’s a manual!). I bought the car sight-unseen thanks to an exhaustive PPI from the Werk Shop in Chicago. Mom and Dad picked the car up from Chicago and drove it to Nashville. I left Columbus Georgia and drove the car back the next day, the wife was in the other car. Less than one week later we shipped the e30, sold the Nissan and Honda we… Read more »

Marco Siena

My greatest road trip is the Mille Miglia. Let’s be understood, I am not rich enough to own a car allowed to take part to the race. But I live in the town where the Mille Miglia starts and ends, Brescia, and most of the roads where the race is run are opened to the everyday traffic. Therefore from 2009 onwards I take my Alfa Duetto or my Lancia Fulvia Coupè and follow the race through Italy, to Rome and back, with some friends or alone. I’ ll do it again, next May and believe me, it’s quite special.

Luc Bonachera
Luc Bonachera

Interesting road trips, here! I’ve done a couple myself. My very first was in 1994, from Strasbourg, France, to Portimao, south Portugal in a then-only-a-couple-of-years old 1991 Renault Clio 1.1. For those who don’t know what it is, it’s a small hatchback and that one had a 1.1, 49 BHP 4 cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. I was 19, had always been crazy about cars and loved this trip, which happened to be the first as many more followed: In 2000, New Orlans – SF in a rentals (00 Oldsmobile Alero and 00 Chevy Malibu. In 2000… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch

I got drunk one night and wound up buying a 1979 Fiat X1/9 on Ebay. It was in Tacoma Washington. I live in Iowa. OOPS! The next week Suzie and I flew to Sea-Tac where the (former) owner picked us up and took us to the car, dropped us off and drove away. We loaded our gear in the car and headed out. Drove it back to Iowa. Over 1600 miles in a unknown car over 4 days. Brave or stupid? Yes. Both at once. But it wound up being brave. The car didn’t miss a beat. What a good… Read more »

Traveling Minimalist
Traveling Minimalist

Me and my girlfriend (and our dog Mr. Bernard) recently started a long-time trip to nowhere. We lived in Czech Republic our whole childhood. Then we both started our freelance careers and 6 months ago we just decided to move to London. We sold everything we owned apart from computers, clothes and other small things we needed. And headed to London just like that! 🙂 Well, what can I say… London began to be pretty depressing with all its rain and fog all the time. So we hit the road again! And for the last few weeks we are traveling… Read more »

Jos van Diermen
Jos van Diermen

My most epic roadtrip was 4 years ago with my 11 year old son in my 11 year old Alfa Spider 916. After a visit at the Nordschleife the clutch broke down. As the Spider wasn’t registered properly, the roadside-assistance wouldn’t bother to help us. But our dealer 600km further away would. I managed to jumpstart the Alfa in second gear and without clutch wrestle it in fifth gear. Without aid of satnav or knowlegde of the German language, my son navigated us with an old map through the Eiffel mountains, traffic jams near Koln, naming road numbers and cities… Read more »

Fredrik Assarsson
Fredrik Assarsson

Here’s a little story for you. Two summers ago. Two friends and a stupid idea. A mere 600kms or 7 hours from the northern polar circle lies a city called Östersund in Sweden. 24/7 daylight in the summer and 24/7 darkness in the winter (almost) means you have to stay productive. So me and my room mate kept us productive by having a little bit of nice wine and discussing ideas about a road trip. Long story short: two friends in the northern part of sweden, one 1968 Volvo Amazon 2dr with a souped up 2.0L engine with weber carb… Read more »

Matt C
Matt C

I was 18 and just graduated High School. My childhood friend and I decided to drive to Florida from Baltimore Maryland. I had purchased a new 1988 1/2 Ford Escort LX and proceded to go to Orlando, then due west to Tampa, south to Fort Myers. From Ft. Myers, we crossed through alligator alley to Miami. Finally, leaving Miami to go to the keys. All the while, fishing any chance we could. While the car wasn’t the greatest(in hindsight) it averaged close to 40mpg and the experience of two childhood friends sharing good times before life and responsibilities beckon. I… Read more »

Fin Kerssies
Fin Kerssies

Here is my blog post of a trip to Croatia together with a friend.
Hope you enjoy reading it!
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Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

Pacific West Coast, 2012 Well, ther car might not be the greatest ride (Nissan Altima 2.5), but it sure was roomy. After we got married in my hometown, Alcobaça, a small city in the center of Portugal, me and my wife went to San Francisco to have the trip of our lifes (until 2015, we hope). We drove from San Francisco to Yosemite, then Sacramento, then up the coast trough the Redwoods to Eureka and Crescent City. After that we took the I5 to Portland (remembering the infamous I5 killer), then again to the coast. We were the first europeans… Read more »

John Austin
John Austin

Purchased an older Intermeccanica in San Diego and drove up the coast towards Canada. My best buddy for life was copilot. Californians are car nutz. They gathered around us at every stop. The car made many friends. The twisties the scenery the people all helped. YOLO bro!

Joseph Chimbolo
Joseph Chimbolo

Back in my mid 20’s, my Great Aunt gave me her 1966 Ford Anglia Super. A 36,000 mile original car. My friend, Ward Borden, and I flew from Connecticut to Daytona Beach to pick up the car. We kicked back a few days at the beach, did a little maintenance on the car and prepared to head north. However, on the beach was a bar, Kokomo’s. The beer was cold and the waitresses weren’t. We hit the road after last call. It was not long before I knew there was a problem. The car kept losing power to the point… Read more »

Daniel Bühl
Daniel Bühl

Last year my fiance and I drove through the alpes to Brescia with my 69 MGB GT, visiting the Mille Migila. It was a really nice trip. This year we will do several swiss and italian passes in june.

Toby Murray
Toby Murray

I’ve done a few road trips in my Porsche 944 but the most memorable was a 4,500 mile honeymoon drive through Europe from North of London. We took in the French Alps, Swiss Alps, Stelvio pass, Italy (Venice), Austria, Slovenia and ended up in Budapest. We didn’t have a plan or route just decided where we wanted to go over breakfast. For the entire trip the car was faultless only wanting for 1/2ltr of oil in Austria (now I’ve jinxed my next trip) and was so enjoyable on the mountain passes. One great memory was an early morning drive out… Read more »

Peter Nitecki
Peter Nitecki

My road trip was one of my best driving experience in my life – from UK to Stelvio Pass in Alps. Stayed there overnight and 6 am next morning I drove from Stelvio down to Croatia and Pag Island. I did not use ferry to get there – I drove all way down on best road you can imagine – E65 in Croatia fallowing coast line – 1300 miles one way. I spent week of my holiday in Croatia then I drove back to my home country – Poland – another 720 miles. Then from Poland back to UK –… Read more »

oddomatik
oddomatik

At 18 years of age, I found myself in the perfect life-situation for an adventure. I had $500, a moped, and few physical possessions. The bills were nill, so in January 2010 I rode 3500 miles from Asheville, NC to Northern California on a 50cc Puch Newport II. It took me 2 months (about 5 weeks of riding). Even though the max speed was about 25mph, the wind still chilled me to the bone with 5 layers on. I took a route as far southern as could be without dipping into Mexico. I rode through the swamps of Florida and… Read more »

oddomatik
oddomatik

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Stephen Fitzgerald
Stephen Fitzgerald

2012 – Drove and cycled the roads of Colorado with my wife and some good friends in a small two car caravan overloaded with gear and bikes. Great memories. Going to do it again this year I hope.

Stephen Fitzgerald
Stephen Fitzgerald

wrote it up in two parts on my blog:
http://monovich.com/blackpearl/?p=166

Stephen Fitzgerald
Stephen Fitzgerald

wrote it up in two parts on my blog:
http://monovich.com/blackpearl/?p=166

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

I’ve done plenty of road trips in my time but the one that stands out was to the Ferrari 50th anniversary in 1997. The previous year my Dad had acquired a Ferrari 250SWB (Chassis 3605GT for those that keep track of these things). The invite to bring the car to the 50th anniversary as one of 200 special Ferraris was received shortly after Dad brought the car, the trouble was it needed a complete restoration and the event was only nine months away.. The body was handled by Ferrari specialist Moto Technique while Dad’s Mechanic Vince handled the mechanical work.… Read more »

Antony Ingram
Antony Ingram

Unfortunately I’ve never embarked upon a bona fide road trip in a classic vehicle, unless you count the 200 miles I did in my old Beetle after picking it up. But I’ve certainly done a fair few amazing road trips. Top of the list was last September, on my second east-to-west trip across the U.S. Half the journey was just in a rental Hyundai, but the second half, including a visit to Yosemite and camping in California, was in a 1980s/early 90s Chevy Astro. Real hunk of junk but painted in psychedelic colours and had real character. Certainly one of… Read more »

Antony Ingram
Antony Ingram

The road trip van in question. Not sure it can count as “Drive Tastefully” given the colour scheme, but the will is there!

Sid
Sid

Z4 M Coupe. Lubbok TX to Bend OR. 1900 MIles. Two days. Average speed 99.8MPH. Glorious.

Benjamin Shahrabani
Benjamin Shahrabani

1800 miles in my recently purchased 1967 911S, from Kansas to Los Angeles in just about 24 hours. I saw parts of America I had never seen before.

Adam Holter
Adam Holter

My best road trip went down this past summer. 4400 miles (Jefferson, MD, to DuBoise, WY and back) in 9 days, including 2 days of visiting DuBois. So, 7 days on the road in my ’68 Dart…that was the trip of a lifetime. Sure, I broke down in North Dakota, and sure, I had to continue west in a rented Toyota pickup, but I won’t soon forget the ride.

http://365daysofdart.blogspot.com/2013/07/wob-beginning.html?q=WoB

Jake Williams
Jake Williams

The best road trip I ever took was also the most tragic… I guess? My family and I took a voyage to The Outer Banks from Northeast Ohio. Other than the boring 8 hour drive through the scenic roads of Pennsylvania, the highlight of our trip was in the D.C. circle. Most people who’ve been around the circle know it’s almost always a traffic jam. So, whilst stuck in said traffic jam, we took the slow lane and waded our way through… up until the rear end of the car shot up and forwards about 3 feet. Me, being the… Read more »