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Old 09-07-2013, 12:03 AM   #21
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When I moved to California, I took I-80 pretty much the whole way. I got stranded just outside of Cheyenne thanks to a freak snow storm when they shut down the interstate using the barriers you describe. Not fun.

When I moved back east I took I-70 most of the way and much prefered that route (except for Kansas). A bonus of I-70 is that you can stop by FMs shop for a place to stretch your legs and lay your tent out in their parking lot to dry it from last nights soaking rain.
Interesting.

When I moved out to CA the most recent time, I took I-70. I got stuck in a freak blizzard around Vail Pass, and I thought I was going to die. I did, in fact, stop by FM to stretch my legs and test their (then-new) Westfield.





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If you're coming through central PA let me know.
Sadly, no. I'll be on 80 all the way through, and I do have a bit of a slight schedule to keep to.








Oh, and I just thought of a riddle:

What do Jerry Seinfeld, Maury Povich, Charlie Sheen, Kaley Cuoco, Craig Allen and Joe Perez all have in common?

The answer will tell you exactly where I am headed (within about a 5 mile radius.)
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Wait... so where are you going? Or did I miss where you said that? I'd love to do a drive through, or an extended trip through the mid-west, mostly up north into Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas. Drive safe.
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Wait... so where are you going?
The riddle you must solve.
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The riddle you must solve.
New York.
The opposite of California.
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New York.
The opposite of California.
Is it?

Or was Seinfeld filmed in Los Angeles, with only a few second-unit shots (eg: the diner exterior) actually coming from NYC?
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Chicago, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, DC, Baltimore?
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Oh, and I just thought of a riddle:

What do Jerry Seinfeld, Maury Povich, Charlie Sheen, Kaley Cuoco, Craig Allen and Joe Perez all have in common?

The answer will tell you exactly where I am headed (within about a 5 mile radius.)
Jerry, Kaley, and Craig all have currently running shows set in NYC. [Edit: No they don't; Big Bang Theory is set in CA.] I am not sure where Maury or Anger Management is filmed.

Also, based on previous posts and your rent figure, I have to think Manhattan.

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Sadly, no. I'll be on 80 all the way through, and I do have a bit of a slight schedule to keep to.
Ok, safe travels then!
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DAY 3:

Touchdown in Peru, Illinois.

And now, a word about corn.


Here is corn:




Here is some more corn.




And yet more corn:




And more corn still:








And now, I would like to speak seriously for a moment about GPS navigators.



My old GPS unit, purchased around 2004 or so, was not especially advanced. In fact, it was amazingly simplistic and limited. Its internal memory was only sufficient to hold the detail maps for a few states, and thus a cross-country drive required that I hook it up to my laptop every night and load new map data into it off of an actual CD-ROM for the next day's planned journey.

It did, however, have one redeeming feature.

To wit: when travelling upon the highway, it was intelligent enough to know that if I asked it to tell me the location of nearby gas stations or restaurants, I did not care one whit about places which I had passed 17 miles ago or which were significantly off the highwway, I was interested ONLY in locations which were AHEAD of me, and specifically, those which were located alongside my projected travel route.

This brand new Garmin Nuvi, while superior in nearly way to my ancient Magellen, lacks this one specific feature which, until now, I never even REALIZED was a feature- it was just the natural way that things worked... until I was deprived of it.

And it really pisses me off sometimes.






A word about rest areas:

In the state of Iowa, there are two types of rest areas. There are rest areas, and then there are modern rest areas:



Now, "Modern" is a highly subjective word. To some, it evokes an architectural movement characterized by bold and experimental designs, ranging from Brutalism to Googie to highly abstract neo-Modernist designs which resemble the Nissan Cube.

To others, "Modern" suggests a state of advanced technological evolution, which might span the spectrum from practical 21st century knick-knacks to the optimistic mid-20th century visions of flying cars and robot butlers.

In the state of Iowa, the word "Modern" is simply short for "has indoor plumbing."






And now, back to the corn:














Miles traveled: 626
Fuel consumed: 44.81
MPG: 13.97 (I was pushing it pretty hard today, and I spent quite a while moving at 2 MPH through a traffic jam.)
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Your route is nearing dangerously close to Detroit.

IIRC that highway that runs just south of the Michigan border is a toll road/highway. Just thought i'd pass along that info if you don't know. Sorry if you already knew this.
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that corn is your tax dollars at work. and even when there is no corn, you still pay for it.

******* corn.
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Detroit? He is dangerously close to the murder capital of the USA: Chiraq (aka South Chicago).
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That "feature" would be amazing Joe. Seems like any navigation system on a phone does it as well. During our honeymoon, my wife and I traveled from Portland, OR to Tahoe, to Sonoma, to San Fran, and back to Portland. We continually asked for gas and food (in and out of course). It hardly ever pointed out one in front of us.

Granted, 17 miles or 10 miles or even 5 miles really isn't much on a cross country trek. But when you're driving that much and know just how far you still have to go, any back tracking at all seems like an eternity.

You're not moving jobs to Garmin by any chance, are you?
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Detroit? He is dangerously close to the murder capital of the USA: Chiraq (aka South Chicago).
Nope. Per populous Chicago doesn't even rank.

Top two are in Michigan, with Detroit being #2.
America's 10 Deadliest Cities 2012

Number per populous = higher chances.
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I spit up my coffee when I read "corn, corn, dead people".
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Nope. Per populous Chicago doesn't even rank.

Top two are in Michigan, with Detroit being #2.
America's 10 Deadliest Cities 2012

Number per populous = higher chances.
Excellent point. Also, those cities do not all share something in common.
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Your route is nearing dangerously close to Detroit.
And also dangerously right through the southern Chicago suburbs. Shitty area.



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that corn is your tax dollars at work. and even when there is no corn, you still pay for it.
Yup.

We really do have a shitload of corn in this country.



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That "feature" would be amazing Joe.
That's just the thing- I never even realized this was a "feature", since it's just how my old unit worked. Same with the Hertz "Neverlost" GPS units, which I believe were also made by Magellan. You just hit the button that said "Tell me what services are available at all freeway exits which I am approaching," and it did. But it's not like this was a special thing- there was no button for "Tell me about services which are nowhere near the projected path which I am following, or which I passed 15 miles ago."

It'd be like if you booked a hotel room online, and when you got there and checked into your room, you found that there was no bed. You'd go back to the front desk and say "What the ****? There's no bed in my room!" And then they'd say "When you made your reservation, you did not select the 'bed in room' feature on the form." And he'd have you. Because you'd always just assumed that all hotel rooms come with beds, and you never even thought to check the registration form to see if the specific hotel room you were booking differed from your mental image of the way the world works.


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I spit up my coffee when I read "corn, corn, dead people".
Feel free to assign props. Braineack is catching up with me in the competition for "most heavily propped user on this whole forum."
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Apparently Garmin added the "feature" you desire to its 2013 models.

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You can search for POIs using a new "up ahead" feature that keeps the focus on destinations immediately ahead of you, rather than having some of them force you to get off of your route and turn around.
Garmin Launches GPS With Magnetic Mount, Amps Up In-Car Tech | News & Opinion | PCMag.com


EDIT: I can't confirm this as Garmin doesn't explicitly say which models have this feature, but my suspicion is that it's limited to the "Advanced" series of GPS units. If you purchased one from the "Essential" series, you may not have it.

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Greetings from Clarion, Pennsylvania.


What a tedious, boring drive.

Here is a hotel in Chicago. You can rent a room by the hour or by the week. It has air conditioning and TV:





Here is a guy who has a much cooler race-car trailer than any of us:





Here are some live fish:





On the plus side, the hotel is on Dolby Street. On the minus side, it's kind of a craphole. The entire place smells like a Vegas casino (a mixture of cigarette smoke and despair), and the room itself is a throwback to the 1980s.

Example. There is a microwave oven in the room. It has a mechanical **** that you turn, and a mechanical bell that goes "ding" when the **** winds down to 0.




Miles traveled: 550
Fuel consumed: 35.55
MPG: 15.47 (wow!)

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I would, but you refuse to drive 100+ miles out of your way to meet a nearly total stranger.


{pic of 1980's microwave}

I just donated that exact same model to my local makerspace for heating non-food items. It may be ugly and slow, but it has worked for more than 30 years. Not many products last like that anymore.
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