After the tedious delays on Skyline Drive I decided to travel for miles rather then enjoyment and arrive at my Connecticut destination Continue reading “Austin to Connecticut via Giulia Super – Wrap up ; Day 7”
Day four: Cookeville, TN to Asheville NC via I40/Tail of the Dragon/Blue Ridge Parkway – 270 miles
Interstate I40 is an OK road if you have to travel the interstate although the abundance of police and overturned tractor-trailers do spoil the scenery Continue reading “Austin to Connecticut via Giulia Super – Day 4”
Floyd VA to Luray, VA vie BRP & Skyline Drive – 245 miles
Rain and cold greater me as I awoke in my private motel. Fortunately the diner next door was open and the smell of coffee was in the air. Continue reading “Austin to Connecticut via Giulia Super – Day 6”
Day five: Asheville NC to Floyd, VA via Blue Ridge Parkway – 224 miles (planed) 261actual miles
I hated to leave Asheville as its such a great city – so I stuck around for a couple of hours longer this morning then normal. Continue reading “Austin to Connecticut via Giulia Super – Day 5”
Houston, MS to Cookeville, TN via Natchez Trace Parkway & I40 / 305 mile
Heading north again on the Natchez Trace parkway for the second day I stopped in Tupelo MS for coffee. Another historic downtown with lots of vacant storefronts. Continue reading “Austin to Connecticut via Giulia Super – Day 3”
Day two: Alexandrea LA to Houston, MS via Natchez Trace Parkway / 311 miles
Dawn never seemed to occur since a huge storm rolled into Alexandria Louisiana just as I was about to set off. Continue reading “Austin to Connecticut via Giulia Super – Day 2”
East Texas is very different from where I spent much of my time driving the last few months; western Texas and the famed Hill Country. Continue reading “Austin to Connecticut via Giulia Super – Day one”
With springs arrival it is now time to leave the heat of Texas and drive back to the North East. Continue reading “Austin Texas to Connecticut via Giulia Super – The scenic route”
Today the temps dropped into the mid 30s. To add to the cool temps there was an endless British style grayness with drizzle. The roads were a bit greasy so I was forced to drive a little slower. Fortunately the uphill climbs were over as the landscape became flat. Arkansas is a very dull state as viewed from the interstate.
Total distance: 875.10 km (543.8 mi)
Moving time: 9:43:51
Average speed: 81.80 km/h (50.8 mi/h)
Max elevation: 275 m (903 ft)
Total distance: 739.89 km (459.7 mi)
Total time: 9:19:00
Average speed: 79.41 km/h (49.3 mi/h)
Max speed: 122.40 km/h (76.1 mi/h)
Max elevation: 754 m (2474 ft)
After yesterdays longer then expected drive I spent some time changing my destinations and hotel reservations. Rather then the 9 hour (that became 12) drives I’m now shooting for 7 hours per day (that become 9).
It was nice to awake to warmish temps in Roanoke. Interstate 81 heading southwest was the first leg of todays trip. This is a particularly scenic area that includes the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Shenandoah Valley. I’ve driven in this area in both my GTV and Abarth and know how much fun the small roads around here are. This time I was stuck on the interstate but the views were still great.
In Tennessee I turned true west on I40. This road was a long slog with both traffic and hidden police speed traps seeking “donations” on every downhill where I’m finally able to get close to the speed limit.
Signs that I was finally inching towards the “west” were apparent in the form of the road kill – Coyotes crumpled along the shoulders of the interstate. It’s not something I’m used to seeing in the North East. Also, local fashion is quite different. Hunting camouflage pajamas are all the rage at the rest stops and gas stations!
The Giulia super on the trailer behind me gets plenty of attention – cell phone photos from passers in the fast lane and questions at the filling stations. Today I was asked several times “what kind of car is that?” I repeated over and over “Alfa” to a confused look – then understanding “Oh austin healey?”