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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #125 on: August 29, 2019, 08:07:54 »
Dave you are running out of reasons to get the Pagoda of your back on the roads of Australia!!
You are right Jonny!
Another reason is that my local Mercedes-trained mechanic 'Heinz' is 70+ and must be thinking about retiring.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #126 on: August 30, 2019, 23:12:48 »
After spending over a week in Canada, we crossed back into the USA via the Thousand Island Border crossing with out too much hustle.  Asked some questions on registration and on when we would leave the USA,  Sounded like he was in a hurry to get rid of us. 
Either way we did not have to get out of the car and then proceeded to travel along the southern side of the St Lawrence along H’way 11 up to the NY/VT border and then tracked south on Hway 2 then on to Hway 7 to stop for the night near Rutland VT. 


Tomorrow We will pick up the Botton of State Route 100 and head back up on 100, top down through the VT Green Mountain range and north staying on 100 to the border before heading east into Maine and I have a book with me that says that Route 100 is considered in the top ten drives in North America. Will take a few days to do this part.


Milage now 8,800 and counting.


View out of the Motel door this evening in Vermont.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #127 on: August 31, 2019, 04:37:37 »
Yesterday Niagara.  Nice dinner in spire. Today in Belleville Ontario after order drive.  Some minor adjustments today as idling a bit fast after service adjustments.


total miles covered so far is 8300 miles and counting. Tomorrow through the Thousand Islands and cross back into US  if they let me.


Noticed on a “toll road” today it said if i am not a resident of Ontario they will send notice to collect. There were no toll booths.  Now that will be interesting when they read the plates!!! :D

Ah yes, the 407 - Canada's only toll road that's owned by a Spanish company. Tolls are collected electronically. You might get a pass on this one but I can tell you they're very aggressive when it comes to collecting. The two reasons you can't get your stickers renewed in Ontario are 1) unpaid parking fines 2) unpaid toll road bills.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #128 on: August 31, 2019, 22:06:10 »
A couple of shots from VT H’way 100.  We got about half way up today to Kilington VT.  Beautiful top down all day.
Truth of the matter is, we were lost when we encountered the covered bridge.


Milage 9050 miles and counting.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #129 on: August 31, 2019, 22:19:33 »
If you get a chance, stop in at Bennington, VT.  Hemmings have their head office there and they have a working antique gas pump as well as a small car museum.  There are a lot of wooden covered bridges in that area.  They have maps locally to show you where they are.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #130 on: August 31, 2019, 23:04:01 »
Marcus, will do.  I am finding the covered bridges as we get lost!!!!!!  Second one today.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #131 on: September 01, 2019, 00:16:03 »
on route 100, after you cross interstate 89, going north, the Ben and Jerry ice cream factory is worth a stop. They even give tours.

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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #132 on: September 01, 2019, 23:24:48 »
Stopped off for an ice cream,  Called into Montpelier the VT Capitol for lunch.  Great looking town and then have moved on to Island point where we have a house for a couple of days.  Have some Canadian dollars left so on Tuesday we will swing back over the border up to Quebec for a couple of days and spend the change.  After that who knows.


Montpelier Parliament Building and our digs on the lake
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #133 on: September 03, 2019, 19:30:34 »
We have now re entered into Canada.  They let us in for the second time, with lots more questions this time.....
Have an apartment in the inner Old Quebec City where we plan to spend a few days before heading off again.


Now at 9100 miles and counting off to the 10k mark.
 
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #134 on: September 06, 2019, 12:34:54 »
Up to an early sunny morning in Eastern Quebec and tracking toward the mouth of the St Lawrence before turning south some time today down into New Brunswick.


Car just loves the cooler weather.


9300 miles and counting down to 10k.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #135 on: September 06, 2019, 16:22:59 »
Ah yes, the 407 - Canada's only toll road that's owned by a Spanish company.

What is it with Spanish companies and North American roads and tolls? We have the 407 controlled by Ferrovial, and the toll section of I77 in the Charlotte NC area built and controlled by Cintra, the latter with variable tolls depending on time and congestion. Add to the mix Dragados which has done the Autoroute 30 in Montreal and the I595 corridor in Miami. Then, the Enovis division of Abertis does the tolls on the Blue Water Bridge (Ontario-Michigan), as well as others in Canada and the Newport RI bridge too. The only reason Abertis doesn't have more is that they've lost bids to the others!

The Spaniards must have figured out something that nobody else has...so where are the US and Canadian companies?
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #136 on: September 07, 2019, 17:11:49 »
Wet and miserable day today. Rained all day. First time the car has been in so much rain since I have owned it.


Now in a diner at St Stephen in New Brunswick staying a few days right near the US Canadian border crossing.


9500 miles and counting.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #137 on: September 07, 2019, 19:04:20 »
I think that might be the leading edge of the remnants of Hurricane Dorian. You may want to head inland.  Lots of rain coming your way.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #138 on: September 07, 2019, 20:11:27 »
Marcus,

I think he will be fine following I95 west then south. That should put him out off harms way and enjoy some more top down weather on his way to Maine the down to Virginia from where I believe his car will ship to California for the PagodaFest Event.

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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #139 on: September 07, 2019, 20:18:10 »
From here in St Stephens, we are going to Bangor for about five days then on to Portland and surrounds at the end of next week.  Still raining cats and dogs but view out the apartment windowin Aa across to the USA is stunning.  The tide drops 15 feet and there were rapids earlier in the middle of the river.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #140 on: September 07, 2019, 21:25:37 »
If the Halifax radar forecast map is any indication you have probably seen the worst of the rain already and it may clear up overnight. Check with local sources just to be sure as this has been a dangerous storm for over a week.  Stay safe!

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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #141 on: September 10, 2019, 01:52:16 »
Back on the move today.  Crossed back from Canada’s New Brunswick into fare north east Maine and followed Coastal Highway 1 to the furtherest point east in the USA, Lubec, ME.  Beautiful weather and a great spot for lunch on the water before moving on to a cottage we have rented for four days in Orpington on a lake near Bangor. Plan is to throughly explore the region before moving on south.


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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #142 on: September 10, 2019, 03:00:48 »
Nice! Do you realize the furthest South-West point in the Continental US will only be a 45 minute drive from PagodaFest! That would be really cool to get pictures at all 4 corners!

http://www.americanroadtripper.com/Extremes.html
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #143 on: September 10, 2019, 04:43:50 »
Nice! Do you realize the furthest South-West point in the Continental US will only be a 45 minute drive from PagodaFest! That would be really cool to get pictures at all 4 corners!

http://www.americanroadtripper.com/Extremes.html

I have a picture of that very spot when I was there in March of 2001.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #144 on: September 10, 2019, 04:47:10 »
What is it with Spanish companies and North American roads and tolls? We have the 407 controlled by Ferrovial, and the toll section of I77 in the Charlotte NC area built and controlled by Cintra, the latter with variable tolls depending on time and congestion. Add to the mix Dragados which has done the Autoroute 30 in Montreal and the I595 corridor in Miami. Then, the Enovis division of Abertis does the tolls on the Blue Water Bridge (Ontario-Michigan), as well as others in Canada and the Newport RI bridge too. The only reason Abertis doesn't have more is that they've lost bids to the others!

The Spaniards must have figured out something that nobody else has...so where are the US and Canadian companies?

Collecting the difference or their take. Those companies lease the highway but I believe they also cover all upgrades and costs. So it's not all milk and honey.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #145 on: September 14, 2019, 21:58:59 »
Passed the 10,000mile or 16,000km point this morning as we moved on to Bath just out side Portland Maine getting ready to take car to Gernold at sL Tech next week.


More lighthouses and the American answer to the French Viaduc de Millau.  Well maybe six or seven arches short and missing about eight lanes but a big similarity if you just pretend.
Oh and maybe 500 feet lower. 😀
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #146 on: September 16, 2019, 22:46:20 »
Garry, If you get a chance while your in town for Pagodafest, head up to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Cabrillo National Monument. Wonderful drive up there. Along the way is Fort Rosecrans.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #147 on: September 16, 2019, 23:46:14 »
Will make a point of doing that. There are so many lighthouses as we have skirted both the west coast and now going down the east coast that i could have called it the Pagoda light house tour.
Have often thought of doing just that in my VW camper around Australia one year About the same distance.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #148 on: September 17, 2019, 21:54:38 »
Today, i dropped into Gernold’s SL Tech business and had lunch with him and Tom Mrowka came up from south to join us.
My Pagoda is now with lots of other Pagodas and will start its journey west together with Tom S Pagoda to the Pagodafest..

Gernolds showed me through his workshop and stores.  Boy has he got a great setup and i can see why he is the soft top guru for our cars.  He had such a comprehensive parts area and workshop.

Mark (Iconic) from Chicago’s 280sl is also there having an engine bay tidy up and looking good.

Total distance driven to here since start of drive from Long Beach CA, 10,075miles. Car has not missed a beat.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #149 on: September 20, 2019, 02:09:11 »
Pagoda in good company with Tom’s Pagoda and an Enzo Ferarri.


Next stop for the vehicle, The Vault,  San Diego


We continued on south in a hire car to Boston today.
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