California to NY 2011 – Day 1: San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

It was not easy to leave San Francisco but we have many miles to travel and a bunch of very twisty roads planed by the Dutchmen. I think it must be very difficult for Europeans to understand the vast distances between the east and west coast of the USA coming …

California to NY 2011 – Day 2: Oakhurst California to Fallon Nevada

After a long day of twisty, high altitude roads yesterday – we had much more to look forward today. We left the horrid Black Hawk Lodge in Coarsegold CA and drove north on route 41 towards Yosemite park. When we reached the center of the park we turned northeast on …

California to NY 2011 – Day 3: Fallon Nevada to Burley Idaho

The original route planned by Dinky for crossing Nevada was route 50, also called “America’s Loneliest Highway”. Named so because of the many miles of nothingness that it crosses, without a single town to pass through (save ghost towns). Fortunately he was able to be convinced that route was a …

California to NY 2011 – Day 4: Burley Idaho to Cody Wyoming

Idaho only seemed to look better in the AM because today we were going to see something besides potatoes and wheat fields. Just before we were able to say our goodbyes to Idaho we were subjected to some very steep roads with 10% grades. Giulia was not happy at this …

California to NY 2011 – Day 5: Cody Wyoming to Rapid City South Dakota

Total Distance: 650.57 km (404.2 mi) Total Time: 11:26:09 Moving Time: 9:06:21 Average Speed: 56.89 km/h (35.3 mi/h) Average Moving Speed: 71.44 km/h (44.4 mi/h) Max Speed: 137.77 km/h (85.6 mi/h) Min Elevation: 981 m (3217 ft) Max Elevation: 2727 m (8947 ft) Elevation Gain: 4269 m (14004 ft) Thorough-out  the …

California to NY 2011 – Day 6: – Rapid City South Dakota to Sioux Falls

We awoke early eager to depart Rapid City – this day we had a interesting place to see other then the endless tarmac of Interstate 90. Today we had plans to visit the Badlands  National Park. After only an hour of driving east we entered the park and the terrain …

California to NY 2011 – Day 7:- Sioux Falls SD to Madison WI

Tired from the previous days long hot drive we did not spend much of the past evening exploring Sioux Falls and the morning found us at our typical first stop – an independent coffee shop. In my efforts to show the Dutchies real America I have tried to locate independently …

California to NY 2011 – Day 8:- Madison WI to Holland MI

Driving on Interstate 90 in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana was quite horrible with endless miles of incomplete road construction, badly damaged tarmac and insane drivers who are oblivious to the lanes they are supposed to stay in and what the passing lane is for. Long gone were the twisty mountain …

California to NY 2011 – Day 9: Holland MI to London Ontario

After too many days of getting up early, offered a horrid motel “continental breakfast” and hitting the road, I thought it would fun to explore Holland MI for a few hours. If my Dutch companions were getting homesick perhaps this expiration of this Dutch settled town would give them a …

California to NY 2011 – Day 10: London Ontario to Livingston Manor NY

I suppose after a miserable journey through Canada we were due something of worth before we departed. This scenic gift was Niagara Falls. Although the falls are on US territory the best view is on the Canadian side. With $20 bucks parking fee paid we took a quick look and …