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Old 03-01-2012, 09:16 AM   #29
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Norm and Ginny and everyone else. I do have a manual and will downshift on those downgrades.

We are planning to take the trip in the middle of May over a 6 week period. We are in no hurry, courteus to other drivers, and stop a lot to see the sights. I am glad there are plenty of turn offs to let traffic pass. We are going to head down 101 from Seattle area to Coos Bay on the way to Monterey. We camped there on our way to San Francisco on our honeymoon in 1973.

Rod,

We'll be out that way during that time period as well. We're going to the July Oregon Rally and will be camping in WA in May.

Wishing you safe travels. You should do just fine. We think there's an advantage to a manual transmission in that you have full control and that in general, manual transmissions are more reliable. (PS ..I'm no mechanic but it seems to be the case for us..we've had plenty of automatics fail but not one standard.)
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:13 AM   #30
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Well, we figured our our entire trip and it is about 5500 miles. With the price of gas on the west coast exceeding $4 a gallon and forecast to continue to go higher in May, we are thinking about delaying the trip a year. Looks like we will be heading up to northern MN more this year.

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Old 03-07-2012, 10:44 AM   #31
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Even if prices dip to $3 a gallon next year, assuming you get 21 mpg, the difference in price between $3 and $4 a gallon is about $200 over your entire trip. If prices went to $5 the difference between $3 and 5 is around $400 over the entire trip.

Obviously this is your decision, but I've seen all too often a choice delayed is an opportunity lost. I suspect the value of the trip to your present expectations and the memories you will create far exceeds the worse case I can imagine of a $400 difference at $5.
Norm, I heartily agree with this part of your post. (The first part, not so much. It's always prudent to verify your primary news source's facts before posting.) The memories of travels with my family of origin (with my mother and cousin to Europe when I was 15) and then my own family of three sons (car trips out west to visit grandparents, not to mention camping trips throughout Minnesota), are great because we shared them together. It's a lifelong bond. Rod, if you can afford the difference, I'd go for it.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:45 AM   #32
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Rod,

In general the only thing we delay trips for is a family emergency.

There is no guarantee that gas prices will go lower.

Even if prices dip to $3 a gallon next year, assuming you get 21 mpg, the difference in price between $3 and $4 a gallon is about $200 over your entire trip. If prices went to $5 the difference between $3 and 5 is around $400 over the entire trip.

Obviously this is your decision, but I've seen all too often a choice delayed is an opportunity lost. I suspect the value of the trip to your present expectations and the memories you will create far exceeds the worse case I can imagine of a $400 difference at $5.

Three years ago, per Gas Buddy, in Jan. 2009 gas averaged $1.61 a gallon today it's $3.71. Certainly I don't like it but compared to the value to us of the travel, it's not significant. Only heaven knows how long we have, but we're old enough to know that life can be over any day. Life is truely short. The shared memories we have created over our 11 years continually bring us joy.

I hope this post isn't too intrusive. It's purpose is to provide an old guy's perspective. Always hoping the best for you.
Maybe we will still go after your comments. We raised our 3 boys to have lots of fun and guess we should follow our teachings. Thanks for the uplifting comments.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:24 PM   #33
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Ron P, we are considering a similar trip only from the other end, we live in Wi, then to St. Louis, Texas, Az, Nv and a reverse route of yours. Wife s thinking about taking a job at the local state park which could curtail our plans but nothing is certain yet. We have a 2001 Ranger to pull our new Scamp 13, good luck, if all things come together maybe we could meet up and compare notes.
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:30 PM   #34
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We spend a lot of time up on the south shore of Lake Superior, more specifically in Herbster's Clover campground and also in Washburn's Memorial Park campground. It would be fun to link up. We plan to drive up from Stillwater several times this year.

My wife is really twisting my arm to make our big trip to the west coast! Ouch!!!!
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life is short....we all know that. personally, we do not delay or cancel trips for the cost of gas. like norm and ginny, only a family crisis will stop us. not a trip goes by that we are not thankful that we own a small fiberglass trailer....a big rig WOULD keep us home because the $$ to haul it would be ginormous.
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