hey all, well, me and my girl are planning on packing up the car (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid), and this includes bringing our two siberian huskeys with us, and driving to Washington DC at the end of august. we're planning on heading straight to DC first, working on selling her condo, and then hopefully having time to swing by my home/family in northern michigan.
our route there is approx. just over 2400 miles, ( http://maps.yahoo.com/;_ylc=X3oDMTEx....232253&mag=14
) taking us up through denver, accorss to St. Louis, accross to columbus, ohio, and finally to DC (i realize the rocky's are going to be a pain and kinda suck the FE down, but we have never been through them and are looking forward to the sights).
Once we are finished in DC we are hoping to make it to see my family in norther michigan by taking this route - DC - Brimley, MI - ( http://maps.yahoo.com/;_ylc=X3oDMTEx....650122&mag=12
), - approx 851 miles, sped a few days seeing my family
and finally back to vegas via this route - http://maps.yahoo.com/;_ylc=X3oDMTEx....343825&mag=13
, approx. 2120 miles
Total milage for this trip should be about 5400 miles.
I've got nearly brand new Pirelli P3000's on the front and "still look new" Michellin X-Radial's on the back, plan on pumping them up to approx. 40psi, can't really save weight anywhere, since we will need to pack all our clothes, dogs, ect., i have thought about replacing the spark plugs, get some new, clean ones in there, but i'm not sure how much that will help, if at all, will also be replacing the air filter, washing the car and putting a couple coats of wax on it (cut down on drag as much as possiable), but if anyone has any other suggestions, i'm all ears, i'll be experimenting with different speeds, driving style, ect. as sthis will me our first really long trip in the car.
We have made a few trips from Las Vegas to L.A. and with the cruise set at 70 usually average approx 42mpg heading south to L.A. and have gotten a best of 49.9 on the way back home, but usually get about 46-47 mpg on the way north. my only guess on that is that we usually have a good head wind the whole way south and a good tail wind on the way home, btw, average milage from vegas to L.A. is approx 315 miles from us to where we stay
something i'm also wondering is if anyone has traveled these routes, or close to them before and knows of any "can't miss" places along the way, u know, any really great restraunts, sights, ect. we have a little time to spare on the drive out, but not a whole lot. anyway, if anyone has any suggestions, tips, comments, or just random thoughts, please feel free to post up.
thanks for reading, and i look forward to all your resposes, i'll keep you all posted as we make the trip...