Road trip update

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We’ve changed the route a couple of times and I think we’ve settled on this one.


Click the image for the big map and exact route description.

Iain couldn’t get the software to understand that we would be stopping overnight at each point,
so it thinks the whole trip will take just over 2 days!
It’s Microsoft Streets and Trips, so if anyone has any pointers, feel free to leave a comment.

entertainment, friends, Reid.

About rae

I'm a long-time Mac and iOS developer. I'm also a big fan of Ruby on Rails and relational databases. I tend to work remotely, in my basement with occasional trips to the office. I'm also a big videophile, both TV and film, and can't wait for a good, inexpensive home 4k solution.

11 comments on “Road trip update

  1. Jeff K

    Under route planner you enter stop duration times or some such, and change the
    driving start and stop times under options.

  2. Peter Cook

    Okay, here’s where I’m confused. Luisa told me the other day that you aren’t a big fan of the heat, that you like your air conditioning. Yet you are voluntarily planning a drive through Death Valley. In summer. In a convertible.

    Please enlighten me.

  3. rae Post author

    Peter: Indeed, as Iain says, it’s dry. Humidity has always been the killer for me, and I have certain expectations that Death Valley should be dry. πŸ™‚

    One thing Iain and I are concerned about is whether the car can handle having its air conditioning running while in Death Valley. Apparently there are signs saying it’s not a good idea because the car overheats.

  4. Jeff K

    The signs in Death Valley about air-conditioning are on the long climb out of the valley. I had the Topaz floored on that climb for a good 10 minutes with the air-conditioning on. I watched the temp-guage and it was okay. This was 1992. I think they just got tired of towing ignorant tourists out of Death Valley 40 years ago.

  5. Heikki

    I am not sure if you have seen the big trees before, or if you were planning on seeing them now, but for me they are the high point of Yosemite or Sequoia NP visit, so I’d definitely recommend you reserve some time for them. Best place in Yosemite would be the Mariposa Grove, which is to your right immediately as you enter the park from the south entrance.

    Another thing I would recommend in Yosemite is the Glacier Point. I’ve always missed it (and the road is cloased in winter), but when I saw these (, I lost a link with even more awesome photos of the hikes going on the edge of a looong vertical drop) pictures I just knew I need to go back again.

    Mono Lake can be a nice short stop, depending on your interests. Mammoth Lakes area is beautiful, but after Yosemite everything else feels kinda small and insignificant πŸ˜‰

  6. Iain

    It won’t get super hot until we drop into the valley. Baker is only 86F and Lone Pine is 82F. We are going to get some rad fluid in San Jose just to be safe (and tons of water). If the engine starts to run hot I will open the top and crank up the heater.

  7. Leslie

    Hey, you’re going on the Tioga Pass Road! Ask Beaton about it and watch him turn sheet-white πŸ™‚

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