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Old 06-04-2012, 01:50 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Originally Posted by Blm1990 View Post
... splitting up the drive between 3 days but then i really wanna knock it out but just not over work my car. ya know ?
There are many sights to see and activites between LV and SEA. Just depends on your time / desires. I really enjoyed Crater Lake, Lassen & Great Basin NP last time I took that drive. Portland, OR will be prime for Roses. There are 2 parks (test Gardens) to see.
This one is about 2 minutes off I-5
Peninsula Park - North Portland - Portland, OR

This about 8 minutes off I-405 (but worth the stop, often a free concert in the evening)
Portland Parks & Recreation :: International Rose Test Garden - Washington Park

DO NOT DRIVE when you are tired. If you get sleepy, stick one arm out the window and that should keep you going till a rest-stop.

(RE: better for car) ...If you have a good battery and alternator (belt too). I prefer to drive hot and boring stretches at night. I usually pull off and nap between 4AM and 6AM, That it is statistically a dangerous time to meet up with a sleepy driver.

AAA is a towing and travel service provider. (membership / insurance / travel hints)

It is not cheap, but less than cost of a tow. You can also add towing to your auto policy for ~ $5 for 6 months.

I have had both, and rest more assuredly with AAA, tho I have NEVER been towed (in ~ 2+ million miles of driving beaters... my daily drivers have 300,000k+ and I bought most for under $100. They travel the USA and Canada on a moments notice, but I do maintain them... belts / hoses and NICE $5tires from wrecking yard (Matching tires of course). )
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Blm1990 View Post
is AAA a towing company?
Its more a roadside assistance company that contracts garages to tow cars in need of assistance, fix flat tires give gas if you run out.. think i pay $35 a year also Gives out maps and hotel discounts to members.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:52 AM
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If you don't already have AAA, it will cost about $80 for the first year, because you need to pay an initial membership fee, in addition to the yearly rate. It is much much much cheaper to get the road service rider attached to your current car insurance, which will probably be about $10 for six months, and in most cases, you can call whomever you want for road service and get reimbursed from the receipt, instead of having to go through the hassle of prearranging your road service through AAA with an authorized provider while you're standing on the side of the road. And, the Road Atlas you can buy at WalMart is only about $5.95, and it's just as good as AAA maps.
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