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Old August 28th, 2016, 06:36 AM
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Car Camping - NYC to SFO

I'm running this year's Car Camping Collective annual crossing of the US. I'll be travelling from NYC to SFO 4th September to 18th.

It's more on a sprint than a tour but I don't have more vacation time. I'm going to stop in Denver ( Wholefoods ), Utah and Yosemite and some other stops along the way. Will be doing a mixture of Car Camping and the occasional hotel. Collecting my wife in Denver i'll be doing the first section solo.

We don't really have an agenda other than to make it to SFO in time for my wife's flight back to the UK.

Extensive vehicle preparations have been made by the support crew ( Jimmy ) who put on a new alternator and wiper blades.

I've bought a few ham bits to try and entertain myself and will have a 2m / 70cm / HF setup ... not sure how much it will get used but i'll be using APRS for sure.

If someone knows the whereabouts of flat Briggs i'd be happy to have co-pilot!
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Old August 28th, 2016, 07:09 AM
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Pick me up some bourbon while through Kentucky...... let me know if you need anything
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Old August 28th, 2016, 07:48 AM
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Pick me up some bourbon while through Kentucky...... let me know if you need anything
Thanks! i'll give you a call before i set off .. only thing i need is a new bottle jack and I'll order that this week!
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Old August 28th, 2016, 08:09 AM
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Old August 28th, 2016, 11:39 AM
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Only driving one way? Looks like you are taking 95 N in Nevada. You are so close I'd recommend taking Hwy 375 it skirts the eastern side of Area 51 and is called the Extraterrestial Hwy, stop at the Little A'l'inn in Rachel for the full experience. In Calif, the ghost town of Bodie is not far off Hwys 395/167 near Mono Lake on your way to Yosemite. If you hit Santa Cruz with time for a cold one get in touch.
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Old August 28th, 2016, 11:42 AM
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Sounds awesome. I see you are heading through Kansas City. If you need any vehicle help or a place to wrench or the best BBQ recommendations let me know. Good luck!
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Old August 28th, 2016, 12:37 PM
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Only driving one way? Looks like you are taking 95 N in Nevada. You are so close I'd recommend taking Hwy 375 it skirts the eastern side of Area 51 and is called the Extraterrestial Hwy, stop at the Little A'l'inn in Rachel for the full experience. In Calif, the ghost town of Bodie is not far off Hwys 395/167 near Mono Lake on your way to Yosemite. If you hit Santa Cruz with time for a cold one get in touch.
Carrie and I drove the Extraterrestrial Highway late at night, during a full moon in our ex-MoD 90. NOTHING is open at night. There are NO gas stations, be sure to fill up before you enter the ET Hiway.

BTW, we didn't see any UFOs or anything unusual. Expected, but disappointing.



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Old August 29th, 2016, 02:44 AM
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Thanks for the tips. We'll definitely add them to our plans. We just plotted a basic route and wanted to see how it goes!

Sadly I'm not landing in the US until Saturday so can't stock up on yucca fries or NYC Meetup. I will be there after the trip as I'll be back in NYC for a week.
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What is the return trip plan? Also do you need a decent cooler?

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Old August 29th, 2016, 06:25 AM
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What is the return trip plan? Also do you need a decent cooler?

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Return trip?

I have a basic cooler that will work for the trip ... as i'm not bringing the truck back just yet i don't want to leave something valuable in 'storage'.
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Old August 29th, 2016, 07:00 AM
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Surprised you didn't throw out a RURR! also the JSB2 is somewhere in your east coast hood...that's all bad. I have the other one guarding my ranch in NM.
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Old August 29th, 2016, 07:11 AM
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Surprised you didn't throw out a RURR! also the JSB2 is somewhere in your east coast hood...that's all bad. I have the other one guarding my ranch in NM.
I'll take small parts on RURR ... especially if they'd be useful spares! ;-)
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Sounds fun..... good luck.
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Old August 29th, 2016, 09:20 AM
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Sounds fun..... good luck.
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Only driving one way? Looks like you are taking 95 N in Nevada. You are so close I'd recommend taking Hwy 375 it skirts the eastern side of Area 51 and is called the Extraterrestial Hwy, stop at the Little A'l'inn in Rachel for the full experience. In Calif, the ghost town of Bodie is not far off Hwys 395/167 near Mono Lake on your way to Yosemite. If you hit Santa Cruz with time for a cold one get in touch.
Considering you might drive down a road that doesn't have street lamps, you might want to consider a few 60" light bars for the front of the vehicle.
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Old August 30th, 2016, 01:16 AM
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Considering you might drive down a road that doesn't have street lamps, you might want to consider a few 60" light bars for the front of the vehicle.
I had not considered auxiliary lightning. I should have them on the rear too?
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What's your call sign so we can follow you on one of the tracking sites. What rig do you have?
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Post lot's of pics! Especially of the flat parts of Kansas.
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Old September 1st, 2016, 02:07 AM
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What's your call sign so we can follow you on one of the tracking sites. What rig do you have?
I'll be using G1TFI with appropriate prefixes / suffixes as per CEPT agreements ( just so people know I'm legit )

I have a yaesu VX-8 with GPS that does APRS so you can track me. I also use this for repeaters / simplex.

I also have a FT-991 with an atas 120 screwdriver so I can try a little HF
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Post lot's of pics! Especially of the flat parts of Kansas.
I really need a drone for that ...
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