By on August 8, 2013

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Different cars serve different purposes. Of course, you already know this. You know, for example, that people buy compact cars for fuel economy. People buy minivans to haul other people. And people buy Acuras because they’re confused.

So why do people buy station wagons? For practicality, of course. People buy wagons so they can pack up all their belongings, load them inside the cargo area, and hand the keys to a car transporter who makes constant runs between Greenwich, Connecticut, and Palm Beach.

Of course, here I am thinking of the Mercedes E-Class wagon, a vehicle that’s owned by many esteemed wealthy people, all of whom are still mad at Bernie Madoff. But this behavior isn’t true of all wagons. Some people, after all, purchase their wagons to drive. And I happen to be one of those people.

And that’s why I’m leaving tomorrow morning to go on a cross-country, 5,500-mile roadtrip through 17 states with my station wagon. I’ve decided to devote the remainder of this post to a Q&A session that covers what I can only assume are the questions that you, dear reader, might ask. Here goes:

Q: Are you nuts?

A: Yeah.

Q: Why the hell are you doing this?

A: Because it’s fun! Remember when people used to take roadtrips? It’s a lost art, sort of like those people who churn their own butter. I’m not much of a churner, so I decided to do this instead.

There are two other big reasons. One is that I want to go to this year’s Monterey Car Week and the various Pebble Beach automotive events. And two, my East Coast-born girlfriend wants to see the West. What better way to kill two birds with one stone than by driving to Pebble Beach through the West in the single least-efficient automobile I have ever owned?

Q: Fine, but I want to see pictures. Can I see pictures?

A: I don’t know, can you? (Don’t you hate when people say this? Whenever someone says this to me, I want to condemn them to a life of churning butter.)

The real answer is: yes, you can see pictures. The easiest way will be to follow me on Twitter, where I will be posting constant updates from the road.

Q: Twitter? What am I, a nine-year-old girl?

A: Yeah, I know. Telling people to “follow me on Twitter” is the single most embarrassing thing I have ever done, so if you don’t do it, I won’t be offended in the slightest. With that said, Triple-A follows me on Twitter, though this is probably because, as a Land Rover owner, I am their biggest client.

If you don’t want to go on Twitter, I will also be photo-dumping as often as possible on my website, PlaysWithCars.com. And I’ll try to post the occasional update here, though you might have to hold out until I get back. After all, what was supposed to be a romantic summer roadtrip has quickly turned into a large-scale automotive event. Like usual.

Q: Are you going to do burnouts in all 17 states?

A: Probably.

Q: What are you bringing with you?

A: Funny you should ask! We will be bringing luggage, more luggage, and (since my girlfriend is coming) even more luggage. We also have extra tires, largely because I don’t want to get stuck calling a tow truck in rural Nevada, where the preferred method of towing involves a lifted Chevy pickup and a fraying rope.

Q: How much is Cadillac paying you for all this free publicity?

A: I know, right? Cadillac, if you’re reading this, can you send me an unsold 2009 DTS? We all know you have them sitting around somewhere.

Q: Will you be stopping anywhere?

A: Yes.

Q: Uh, where?

A: Well, for one thing, we’ll be stopping every 45 minutes or so for fuel. After all, the car can’t even break 18 miles per gallon on the highway, and its fuel tank is roughly the size of a regulation softball. So if you live in any county along the route, be on the lookout for a Cadillac station wagon filled with tires, luggage, and two people who are thinking: Maybe we didn’t need to see the West so badly after all.

We’ll also be stopping at all the major sights. Big Sur. Yosemite. Death Valley. The Grand Canyon. The Gateway Arch. The place in Aspen where John Denver was arrested for driving under the influence after he wrecked his Porsche. The place in Aspen where John Denver was arrested again for driving under the influence, but because driving under the influence is so widely accepted in Aspen, his punishment was that he had to play a concert.

So, basically, we’re seeing all the important sights.

Q: Well, this sounds like fun.

A: Doesn’t it? Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go prepare for the trip. In other words: I have to get gas.

@DougDeMuro is the author of Plays With Cars and the operator of PlaysWithCars.com. He’s owned an E63 AMG wagon, road-tripped across the US in a Lotus without air conditioning, and posted a six-minute lap time on the Circuit de Monaco in a rented Ford Fiesta. One year after becoming Porsche Cars North America’s youngest manager, he quit to become a writer. His parents are very disappointed.

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84 Comments on “The Cross-Country CTS-V Wagon Roadtrip Starts Tomorrow...”


  • avatar
    thornmark

    Big Sur is not a place to visit in August. Fog. You’ll find out.

    Death Valley. Heat. Tioga Pass usually closed due to fires.

    Grand Canyon, South Rim crowded. North Rim, s’ok. You can drive to Tuweep and park at the rim, no charge.

    Thank you, Stephen Mather.

  • avatar
    ATLOffroad

    A fun road trip game is to stay off the interstate. I also live in Atlanta and my brother decided to go to college in Montana. We made six trips between Georgia and Montana and planned out a different route every time. The last two trips we completely stayed off the interstate and had a blast driving through all these small towns. You see so much more of the country when you’re taking it easy at 60mph instead of rushing through at 80.

    • 0 avatar

      We’ll do our best. The majority of the driving is done the first and last days. The days in between will largely be spent off the interstate.

    • 0 avatar
      Rick T.

      Loved “Blue Highways” back in the day:

      First published in 1982, William Least Heat-Moon’s account of his journey along the back roads of the United States (marked with the color blue on old highway maps) has become something of a classic. When he loses his job and his wife on the same cold February day, he is struck by inspiration: “A man who couldn’t make things go right could at least go. He could quit trying to get out of the way of life. Chuck routine. Live the real jeopardy of circumstance. It was a question of dignity.”

    • 0 avatar
      ckb

      Agreed (for the most part). Since this story was clearly written to get internet’s input on how you were supposed to have planned your route, I’ll continue typing…

      After Yosemite, you should drive back northwest to hit Reno which is half the fun of Vegas for a quarter of the price. That will allow you to take 50, the crown jewel of desert states, into Utah. SLC will be just as out of the way as before but you’d be hard pressed to find a more desolate, well maintained road. Believe it or not, a 30 mile straightaway is way more awesome than it sounds.

      You will however desperately need the interstates for Kansas and the last 4-5 hours of driving.

      One more tip: make a time lapse video of the trip!

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    What is it with women and luggage? I did a five day roadtrip to DC with my best female traveling companion last year. Museums and the Carlisle Import Show on the way home. I had my regular airline carryon bag, which was 3/4 full. She had a gigantic suitcase, a carryone bag, a COOLER, a shopping bag of food and wine, and a purse that could hold the entire makeup counter at Macy’s. It didn’t even all fit in the cargo hold of my BMW wagon. Note that when I bought the thing, everything needed for THREE men for 2-3 weeks fit back there with the roller blind closed.

    Still, a lovely time was had by all. I need to come up with a Baruthian nickname for my BFF. She is Italian/Irish, voluptuous, and very sporty. Dolce McRunner?

    Have a good trip Doug, can’t wait for the updates!

  • avatar
    quiksilver180

    Awesome trip idea. I’ve been planning one myself in the next few years but attempting to visit all of the states and see some big sights.

    Stop in San Jose, California and I’ll buy you a beer.

  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    Now you have me waxing nostalgic about the years I lived out west. Enjoy your trip, I’ll make sure to follow you on Twitter. With all that money you are spending on gas, you could buy half of the Detroit area. My home equity line of credit is four Laffy Taffy.

  • avatar

    Well I am envious. I’ve crossed about 14 times by surface if you count the round trip train trip when I was one and a half, and don’t remember (I remember the rest of the trips, including the one when I was 4). But the last trip was in 1975 (by bicycle) and I’m dying to spend six weeks traveling around the country by car.

    On what was likely my father’s first drive across the country, he tried to go from Denver to Seattle in a day, so he’d be there when my mother and older brother flew in. This would have been in ’52, in the old Studebaker. He got as far as the Washington State border, 1000 miles, according to mapquest using modern routes, around 8 in the evening. Stopped, asked how the roads were to Seattle from there. “Like what you’ve been on, windy, twisty, potholes.” He started shaking like a leaf and got himself a room for the night.

  • avatar
    Cirruslydakota

    From the looks of your map you’ll be taking 285 and 50 in Colorado to detour 70 for a bit. I met my soon to be wife in Gunnison Colorado and that drive is absolutely beautiful. I’m sure it will even be better in something more worthy than what ive driven it in (92 Mitsubishi Mirage 1.8 5 Speed, 2005 Ford Focus S Automatic, 2009 Chevrolet HHR LT Automatic). One day I hope to move to the Denver area so I can enjoy My Speed3 to all its potental but mostly to take my lifted WJ Grand Cherokee off the beaten path.

    Too bad you’re not coming up my way (Baltimore, MD) I’d love to meet another wagon aficionado.

    FYI, A HHR doesn’t do too bad off road if you dont mind some minor underbody damage. Thanks Enterprise!

  • avatar
    bunkie

    I suggest you check out the song “40 miles from Vegas” by Southern Culture on the Skids. It’s about an encounter with a “one-armed man in a yellow tow truck”.

    And, as I’ve mentioned before, another of their songs “Voodo Cadillac” has the wonderful chorus lyric:

    “I didn’t get this here baby
    just a choppin’ on wood
    I got eight slappin’ pistons
    right here under my hood

    Let’s ride!”

    Have a great time!

    And, yes, the CTS desperately needs a larger fuel tank. I get about 275-300 miles in mixed driving with the 3.0, I can’t imagine how bad it is with the LSA…

  • avatar
    AMDBMan

    I’ll be keeping an eye out for a loaded up CTS-V wagon when I get out to Monterey next week. Fuel consumption aside, that’s a great car to make that trip in.

    • 0 avatar
      tuffjuff

      No kidding. He’ll be buying over 300 gallons of gasoline. Good lord.

      • 0 avatar
        bunkie

        That’s about $1200-1400. For two people and a couple of bags that would have to be checked @25 bucks each per leg and an infinitely flexible schedule (think $150 change fees), the cost comparison to flying doesn’t look all that bad.

        And I’m not sure that car will do all that badly loafing along in 6th at, say, 65-70. I could see it getting 23-24mpg.

        This year I’ve burned about 400 gallons of aviation gas at an average price of about $6 per gallon. The CTS-V gets better mileage on cheaper fuel. Sometimes it’s not about the price, but the experience.

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          @bunkie, amen.

          Some people don’t get it. Born in Ohio, moved to New Mexico in 2002. I’ve been back to Ohio 4 times in the last 10 years. I’ve driven it EVERY single time in everything from a 1997 Escort wagon, 2005 Pontiac VIbe, 2004 F150 Heritage pulling a car on the way back. It isn’t always about the destination, sometimes its about the journey.

          My goal for the next trip is to do it in something big and “bad” like a full size V8 powered sedan. Road trip!

          • 0 avatar
            Sigivald

            Yup.

            Also, for all his complaints about range, with an 18 gallon tank (I’ll assume 16 usable) and 18 mpg as given, that’s 288 miles of real range, with some wiggle room on the end.

            I was getting less range than that, comfortably, out of my Toyota pickup, when I still had it. (Barely superior economy, smaller fuel tank.)

            Not “Diesel Jetta with a tailwind” range, nor even “13mpg but 35 gallons of fuel” range from my F250, but… it’s not THAT bad.

            Stop every 4 hours or so (3-3.5 if you’re someplace you can REALLY go).

            Get some fuel. Stretch your legs. Then back to it.

        • 0 avatar
          tuffjuff

          Oh, I don’t disagree. But 300 gallons? Painful.

        • 0 avatar

          You’re exactly right. The other huge thing is the car lets us see some amazing places – Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Death Valley Big Sur, Yosemite, Bonneville, Aspen, her family, my family. Can’t do that with a round-trip flight. Sure, you could rent a car – but then you’re out another $50 per day, plus a not-insignificant amount of fuel, AND the flights.

          I HAVE NO REGRETS! :)

        • 0 avatar
          mnm4ever

          haha, yea right. Doug is going to loaf along at 65-70 in a CTS-V with 550hp and a 5500 mile journey ahead… suuuuuuure…

          My bet is that thing only drops below 85 is when he is stuck behind semis and RVs, and then any fuel savings seen during those slow bouts behind rolling road blocks will be instantly obliterated by the requisite full throttle passing of said roadblocks at the first opportunity.

      • 0 avatar
        Lorenzo

        Sheesh! I used 252 gallons to drive from Boston to San Diego in 1971, in a ’65 Impala that got 12 mpg highway. The gas cost me $78.60 total. Doug’s bill will be somewhat higher.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Sounds like fun ! .

    I still do this on a regular basis , last time in my old ’69 Chevy i^ powered non AC pickup , we (big brother and I) had a ball and stayed off the SuperSlab 98 % of the time .

    Big Sur is nice whenever you get there , fog or not .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    racer-esq.

    I hate to break it to you, but it’s better that you find out now. Wally World is closed.

  • avatar
    Silvy_nonsense

    Doug, On behalf of all the hard working men and women at ExxonMobil, Conoco-Phillips, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Chevron I’d like to say thank you for making this trip.

  • avatar
    cognoscenti

    Doug, take my advice and buy or borrow one of those portable stadium seat cushions like you see at ball games. Speaking from personal CTS-V Wagon experience, the seat bottom can start to feel awfully thin on a longer drive.

  • avatar
    mitchw

    Hi Doug, could you make sure to post a Twitter pic of yourself and your lovely from Albert’s in KC? You’re stopping there for BBQ, right? Calvin Trillin said it was the best restaurant. You know who that is, right? Oh that’s right, you’re still pretending to be young.

    Eyes up, pedal down, my good man.

    • 0 avatar

      :)

      Are you in KC?

      • 0 avatar
        mitchw

        Nope. But when I drove across some years ago I made sure to lunch at Arthur Bryant’s, which I meant to write: Not Albert’s. I always get this mixed up. Ignore me, but consider well, great food, not frills.

        • 0 avatar

          Unfortunately, we’ll be through KC at dinner, but that doesn’t rule it out. I’ll write it down.

          • 0 avatar
            SayHiToYourMom

            Don’t go to Arthur Bryant’s. Unfortunately the luster has long since worn off. Go to Oklahoma Joe’s. It’s in KC, KS and Anthony Bourdain says that it’s one of the best restaurants in the country. I agree! Liberal yuppies love Anthony Bourdain, The Wire, and Wagons – so you know you’re kind of compelled.

    • 0 avatar
      alfabert

      Um, this _is_ ALBERT in the ‘burbs of Kansas City, and, no you’re not stopping where I rest my head. But…

      I’d be glad to meet you at Oklahoma Joe’s in KCK, just across the street from the Johnson County suburbs. The one in Leawood is not the same; it’s like kidding yourself you’ve gone to France when you’ve just gone to Disney World. Arthur Bryant’s in town _never_ was worth the glass and/or body repair you or the Cadillac Division seem to be begging for. (The “Arthur Bryant’s” place by the Speedway, I dunno, but I very much doubt.) Richard French’s, OTOH, you could get at the sidewalk here, back in the day.

      If you insist on the inner city Arthur Bryant’s, fine, but call me first and pick me up, I’m not leaving any of my cars there.

  • avatar
    korvetkeith

    When are you coming through STL? I’ve got some sordid Baruth style plans for the west coast next weekend. I contemplated driving the XJR, but now I’ve got plane tickets. I feel so lame.

  • avatar
    DevilsRotary86

    “Q: Are you nuts?

    A: Yeah.”

    What’s so nuts about this? As you stated, it’s an old fashioned road trip. Plus you are doing this in a vehicle well suited to the task (large comfortable new car with lots of room and minimal risk of breaking down, perfect) minus the bad gas mileage, and I have seen worse mileage. Worse mileage such as road tripping with my parents as a teenager in their E-450-based motor home. Other than the fact that fewer people do this anymore, it’s really nothing more than a good old fashioned road trip.

    Now, wake me up when someone tries this on a couple of Kawasaki Versys bikes with tents and backpacks. Or a Morgan 3-wheeler. Or in something guaranteed to break down during the trip like an MG Midget or anything else 60′s, British, and equipped with Lucas Electrics.

    Signed,
    The guy who drove from Dallas to South Bend, IN and back in a 3rd gen Mazda Miata; because adventure is taking inappropriate equipment to out of the way places. Not that the Miata was particularly adventurous mind you. Save for being a little snug on luggage it was otherwise comfortable and reliable.

    Edit: I don’t wish to throw too much water on your fun, it really is a good idea. Just pointing out that it’s nothing real special. Have fun on your trip.

    • 0 avatar
      KixStart

      “… adventure is taking inappropriate equipment to out of the way places…”

      To each his own but some of my friends and I take periodic week-long backpack trips in wilderness areas and “adventure” of that nature is something we strive to avoid.

      • 0 avatar
        DevilsRotary86

        OK, that was a bad bit of tongue in cheek. I admit, it’s hard to tell when I am serious and when I am not. It was a bad joke referring to this picture: (I hope that links are allowed).

        http://www.ratemymotivational.com/motivationals/13021-ADVENTURE-Is_taking_inappropriate_equipment_to_outoftheway_places.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      KixStart

      Wait… Dallas to South Bend? Just 1,029 miles? Sheesh… that’s barely past the corner store when you’re in the Dakotas.

    • 0 avatar
      -Nate

      ” because adventure is taking inappropriate equipment to out of the way places.”

      You mean like driving my unrestored 1959 Metropolitan Nash FHC across America on a regular basis ? .

      I agree , it’s fun and *very* rewarding to drive oldies to odd places , the very best way to discover America .

      -Nate

      • 0 avatar
        KixStart

        Sometimes, what is and isn’t “inappropriate equipment” might surprise you. It turns out that a Ford Aerostar (and, actually, considering the experiences of many family members. almost any Ford product which has an automatic transmission) is “inappropriate equipment.”

        • 0 avatar
          DevilsRotary86

          I suppose that it is a tribute to the quality of American highways that you have to intentionally drive a piece of junk to liven things up.

          You know, I am going to feel horrible for saying all this when karma kicks in and something DOES happen on his trip :(

    • 0 avatar
      Sigivald

      “Adventure is just bad planning.”

      - Roald Amundsen, the guy who didn’t die getting back from the South Pole.

      (So, yes, that IS adventure.)

    • 0 avatar

      I did San Fran to Atlanta in July 2011 in a Lotus Elise which didn’t have A/C. I will NEVER do a hardcore trip like that again!!! I totally agree with your point though. For guys like me and you, sitting in an air conditioned Cadillac is hardly a wild adventure. But for 99 percent of people (my parents, who would fly if the location was an hour away), 5,500 miles in 17 days is crazy!

  • avatar
    racer193

    I still have that alero if ya wanna trade for that red rr!! Ill even bring it to you. As the only person I will ever follow on twitter I cant wait for some great pics. Also I wanna know what it feels like when a cts-v speed limiter shows its self.

  • avatar
    KixStart

    18MPG? Seriously? Holy crap. That’s nearly $1200 in gas.

    We did something similar recently, from the Upper Midwest to the Northeastern US and then Eastern Canada. A couple of notes:

    On the way out, my wife had noticeably less baggage than I. For good reason. Her shoes are half the size of mine… In addition, I pack a PC, camera, binoculars and other stuff which she ends up using (and the charger for her phone) but it’s charged to my “baggage allowance.”

    Still, she packs three blouses in the same space taken up by one XLT golf shirt. As long as it fits in the car, what the heck. We were able to close the cargo cover on departure.

    Along the way, however, my wife acquired more baggage (she always does) and she was the “winner” when we returned. Glassware, prints, table linen, I don’t know what else, I don’t look, I rarely ask…

    It’s a Prius Liftback. Trip average was 52.2mpg. Even so, I shudder when I remember the total cost of fuel. On the other hand, the excess baggage charges on Delta would have bankrupted us.

    And we didn’t have a set itinerary, so we could make stuff up as we went along. Nominally, it was the annual obligatory visit to the relatives in the Northeast but, as long as we had the car, we went to Eastern Canada, more or less on a whim, and visited some other things along the way that she’d always wanted to see.

    When you don’t have a fixed itinerary, do have a little money and some time, a car trip is a great way to spend a vacation.

    • 0 avatar

      “When you don’t have a fixed itinerary, do have a little money and some time, a car trip is a great way to spend a vacation.”

      Precisely. Your trip, by the way, is the one I actually wanted to take (New England and eastern Canada). Pebble was my girlfriend’s suggestion. I’m not complaining, but I do hope I get to see Maine/New Brunswick/Cape Cod before too long. I love that area.

      If you have some sort of online album with the photos, I wouldn’t mind taking a look.

  • avatar
    KixStart

    We’ve taken several long Western family driving trips and I’m surprised to see that the only destinations we seem to have in common are that section of I-whatever from Denver over the Rockies and the Grand Canyon.

    Now, that section of I-whatever should take you past Glenwood, CO. If you don’t have any other place to stay in mind, I’d suggest you consider stopping there. They have a natural hot spring that feeds a giant municipal pool. We got in to town too late to take advantage of it but it’s on my list of things to do the next time we’re out that way.

    • 0 avatar

      Sadly we won’t be stopping in Glenwood. I’m originally from Colorado so I’ve been to that pool many times – instead on that day we will be driving straight through to Aspen, where my car will look tremendously out of place in a sea of Range Rovers.

  • avatar
    Johnny Bouncewell

    While on the Navajo Nation, make a detour for IR 13…You’ll crap yourself on a beautiful mountain pass that has sustained sections of 14% grade. The road is paved and in good condition. Its far more enjoyable than US 160.

  • avatar
    glwillia

    Your sense of humor and writing style are what I think Dave Barry would sound like if he were an automotive journalist.

    The road trip is a fine fine thing, especially in North America. I plan on driving my W124 E-class from Phoenix to Vancouver in September, and enjoying every mile.

  • avatar
    Willyam

    Doug,
    I recently became nuts myself, and on my second business trip this year to the land of humidity (Florida) I chose to drive…wait for it…from Tulsa. However, to curb the car-nut need to be ultra-efficient in a Focus or some such thing, I used my friendship with the manager at the local rental agency and asked for an Impala with the 3.6-liter. Dude nailed it with a white LTZ with leather and XM radio.
    I picked Ft. Lauderdale on the GPS, which reflected on the idea for a while, then popped up a route as random as only a computer could come up with, and set off. I took a bunch of pictures, including at the completely deserted front gate sign at Talledega.
    I will reduce the tension now and admit I made it sans flats, breakdowns, or accidents, but with some good weird experiences. I’ve considered a quick journal of the trip several times from my notes, so I’ll put that together just for fun (although admittedly “nerd and snacks in rental Impala” does not compare to “journalist and companion in Springstein-worthy Cadillac factory-hot-rod”).

    Good luck, and have fun storming the castle!

  • avatar
    Steakandeggs43

    Cliff Dwellers Lodge Marble Canyon AZ. Best Ribs in the solar system. ever

  • avatar

    Your H stop looks suspiciously like my back yard. If you are flying through Benton CA do yourself a favor and take 120 from US 395 to Hwy 6 or vice versa. Great road, plenty of off camber crested turns, and if you are doing it from 395 to 6 a serious test of brake fade. I know, I commute it two days a week, and my Legacy is suffering for it. Be warned about the woop de doos, some of them are very aggressive.

  • avatar

    Depending on how much time you have in STL, check out the City Museum and the Venice Cafe. Both are worth your time.

  • avatar
    aerojammin

    On your return through Nashville, you should take a hour to stop by the Frist Center to see their Sensuous exhibit. Also there is lots of good eating in Nashville!

    http://fristcenter.org/calendar-exhibitions/detail/sensuous-steel

    • 0 avatar
      Rick T.

      Amazing what a designer could do in the days before CAFE, 5 mph bumpers, and air bags. Admittedly, a crash at most any speed would probably ruin your day.

      Combine that with the Cars tribute band a couple Fridays ago and it made for a great evening.

  • avatar
    Beerboy12

    With that range you could pretend you are in a Tesla Model S…
    Seriously though, enjoy. I look forward to the write up here on TTAC.

  • avatar
    Justice_Gustine

    And make with one more John Denver reference between F & G on that map by visiting the spot where he crashed his airplane and signed off with no encore…

  • avatar
    ajla

    I’ve always wanted to take a huge trip in something like a ’65 Catalina. Only mine would be up the eastern coast into Canada.

    BUT SOME OF US HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES DEMURO!!!

    I mean these Family Guy DVDs aren’t going to watch themselves. And, how will the local Pizza Hut and Cheetos distributor stay in business with me gone? People depend on me.

    • 0 avatar

      Argh – another vote for Canada. That’s the trip I really wanted to take before my girlfriend suggested Pebble. Maybe next year…

      And ya know what, kudos to you for supporting the local Cheetos distributor and Pizza Hut. Just think of yourself as a human version of the CTS-V Wagon, or of your ’65 Catalina, and the food is your version of Chevron, Texaco, etc…

  • avatar
    05lgt

    Count me as jealous. I’m setting off on a much smaller road trip soon, but I have to leave the wagon behind and drive the CUV the ladies of my household prefer. It’s a worthwhile trade, as I still get to drive some sweet roads, but… you get to do it in Darth Vader’s own Hell Wagon! Have tons of fun and keep the rubber side down.

  • avatar
    Athos Nobile

    “Q: Are you nuts?

    A: F#$%^& Yeah.”

    If fixed it there for you.

    Where’s did you leave the salsa picante? Son, I am disappointed.

    Q: Are you driving over 100 mph for long periods of time?

    I would love to flog my V6 in the roads down here, not to mention the V8′s I’ve driven. But doing so mean I would instantly lose my license, $$$, virginity…

  • avatar
    jimbob457

    Your map suggests one very, very long day to Amarillo. The steak house (you will see the signs on the highway) there is about the only attraction if you are not too tired. On the way, you will pass by Texola, OK, the now almost abandoned town where my mother was born.

    I have some thoughts about your second day. You will be on my turf.
    a) the Four Corners National Monument closes at sundown.
    b) the Springs Inn in Pagosa Springs, Colorado is an excellent stop over for the weary traveler. You get to soak in about 10 different pools of warm water of various degrees in a delightful mountain setting. You may need reservations for the Springs Inn. The hot springs are city owned and open to anyone for about $10 apiece. I don’t know what time the springs close – check the web.

    Getting to Pagosa Springs involves going northeast to Raton, NM, then north over Raton Pass to Walsenburg, CO, then straight west thru Alamosa and over Wolf Creek Pass (which is, just like the song says, upon the great divide). This is an easy drive in summer and much more interesting than your planned route. It is slightly longer, and it involves some mountain driving, albeit on pretty good roads for the most part.

    If you leave Pagosa Springs before mid-day, then it is about 2-3 hours to the Four Corners, which is otherwise an undistinguished patch of desert. It lies in the heart of Navaho country which can make for an interesting pit stop when you need gas. After that, you are outta my territory. Have a good trip.

  • avatar
    mnm4ever

    I am trying to figure out where you are going to fit 4 tires AND luggage for a 1-2 week roadtrip with your girlfriend. I just put 4 17″ tires in my CRV and it basically fills it up, and my CRV has to have more cargo room than your CTS-V, and your CTS has 19″ tires doesn’t it?? And the last road trip I took with my wife included enough of her luggage to mostly fill the back too. It amazes me how much luggage some women need.

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    tjominy

    but you post once month on twitter so why are you asking people to follow you and promising to post pics there? Where will you really post things, your website, TTAC, Jalopnik, Better Homes & Gardens, Cat Fancy?

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    Dave M.

    Drive well, Doug! Just finished a 2200 mile road trip with my 12 year daughter – we had a blast! Once we synced our snack and bladder timers, it was a piece of cake.

    She learned how to read and navigate a map, road signs, etc.

    I hope she’ll remember it for the rest of her life, because I know I will.

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    My family and I do two major road trips per year.

    One three week 7000 mile monster and a shorter two week 3000 mile trip.

    The past summer trip was from Louisiana to Sacramento with stops in Amarillo; the Grand Canyon; San Luis Obisbo; Big Sur; Sacramento; Yellowstone; Cody, Wyoming; Colorado Springs; Norman, OK; and back to Louisiana.

    We also do several weekend road trips throughout the year.

    We like road trips and hate flying.


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