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Old 04-01-2010, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I'm switching my stuff over right away. I need to get those Florida Resident discount amusement park passes. MUAHAHAHAHA
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Old 04-01-2010, 01:30 PM
 
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Cars are a huge part of not just American society
Sadly, there is an era of history that has largely been lost- this being the understanding of American culture, and the American family, in the early part of the 20th century.

America is unique in its size and diversity. Driving from the east to west coast is not just visiting two endpoints, you're seeing everything along the way. Route 66 was the crown jewel example of this. Neither trains nor the commercial air flights that would come later permitted Americans to explore their own country the way the automobile did, and still does. People have been enthusiastic about automobiles over the years for different reasons- true, for some it is just a status symbol, but many find that there is a sheer enjoyment factor in driving. If you can't relate to this, it could be because your whole concept of a drive is sitting in traffic for 45 minutes while going to work, breathing in smog. And I agree, that does suck. For those folks, I might suggest a drive with the windows down in this beautiful weather, destination being the driver's choice: Best Scenic Drives in Florida

P.S. Roadside America - Guide to Uniquely Odd Tourist Attractions is a good site if you're the exploring type and have an interest in a drive that consists of something more than interstate rest stops and McDonalds.
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Old 04-01-2010, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I couldn't agree more. I love long distance road trips, they're a blast. The same message you just posted is one of the reasons why I love Disney Pixar's Cars, the convey the same message. Driving from East Coast to West coast is for wussies. This is the drive I am making this summer to get to Tampa. How about one side of the continent to the other baby?!

Driving Directions from Anchorage, Alaska to Tampa, Florida
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Old 04-01-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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I couldn't agree more. I love long distance road trips, they're a blast. The same message you just posted is one of the reasons why I love Disney Pixar's Cars, the convey the same message. Driving from East Coast to West coast is for wussies. This is the drive I am making this summer to get to Tampa. How about one side of the continent to the other baby?!

Driving Directions from Anchorage, Alaska to Tampa, Florida
You're going to have a blast you crazy bastard
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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I couldn't agree more. I love long distance road trips, they're a blast. The same message you just posted is one of the reasons why I love Disney Pixar's Cars, the convey the same message. Driving from East Coast to West coast is for wussies. This is the drive I am making this summer to get to Tampa. How about one side of the continent to the other baby?!
Cars is one of the best animated films ever made, IMHO. The producers did a lot of background research. For example, did you know that the Cozy Cone is modeled after a small chain of Wigwam motels from the Route 66 days? (3 are still remaining and in operation, I believe.)

That will be an awesome road trip! Don't you just love it when you find some off the wall place and it turns out great? I've found some great restaurants this way- everything from a BBQ joint in Alabama to excellent prime rib at some casino/restaurant in the middle of desert nowhere outside of Vegas.

Life is too short to eat at a Chilis or Applebees all the time! (I won't give up Carabbas though.)

P.S., when you get here you'll find that "old florida" isn't completely lost. Attractions like Sunken Gardens and live mermaid shows at Weekie Wachie springs are still around too.
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Where ever you're at, that's where you are!
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Cars is one of the best animated films ever made, IMHO. The producers did a lot of background research. For example, did you know that the Cozy Cone is modeled after a small chain of Wigwam motels from the Route 66 days? (3 are still remaining and in operation, I believe.)

That will be an awesome road trip! Don't you just love it when you find some off the wall place and it turns out great? I've found some great restaurants this way- everything from a BBQ joint in Alabama to excellent prime rib at some casino/restaurant in the middle of desert nowhere outside of Vegas.

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Every summer of my childhood just about was spent traveling from OKLA to CA. It was our 'family vacation' to go see the Grandparents. We never hurried or rushed through the drive. My parents were adventurous and liked to see things. We grew up stopping at every off the wall, off the beaten path, out of their mind tourist trap shop, attraction or national monument. My sisters and I had always wanted to stay at that Wigwam motel! And to this day I can't drive long distance without craving a pecan log roll! (Stuckys).

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Old 04-01-2010, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Where ever you're at, that's where you are!
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I couldn't agree more. I love long distance road trips, they're a blast. The same message you just posted is one of the reasons why I love Disney Pixar's Cars, the convey the same message. Driving from East Coast to West coast is for wussies. This is the drive I am making this summer to get to Tampa. How about one side of the continent to the other baby?!

Driving Directions from Anchorage, Alaska to Tampa, Florida
Just 81 hours and 33 minutes huh? You driving straight through? Hotels are for wussies! Hahaha!

I just did VA to OK in February straight through. Nearly killed me doing it!
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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See, it says more "Floridians" but that is not really accurate because most if not all these people are people who came here from other states......having a FL drivers license doesn't make someone a Floridian......




More Floridians left the state last year
Oh, well. More Florida for the people who truly love it, then.
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Just 81 hours and 33 minutes huh? You driving straight through? Hotels are for wussies! Hahaha!

I just did VA to OK in February straight through. Nearly killed me doing it!

Yep, straight through taking turns. We figure Redbull and NoDoz will keep us going. Hahah. Nah, I have broken the route up into 15 - 16 hour legs of driving. Might be able to go longer. When we were kids and drove out of Alaska we drove for 36 hours straight. It would be pretty awesome to make it from Anchorage to Edmonton straight through though.
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:23 AM
 
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I love living in the Tampa bay area, It sure beats the west and all its problems
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