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Old November 30th, 2009, 04:56 AM
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Need a little help from my friends...

Long story and TMI for boards, but I moved to Vegas. I left my car in Orlando until after the cruise because we'd need it to get around pre and post cruise. I looked into shipping it out here, but cheaper to drive it, not to mention the chance to see much of the country (OK, so mainly Texas, but I do go through many other states).

Anyway, I will be driving back to Vegas on no particular timeline and just wondering if anyone has any ideas of things that I should stop and see along the route.

Don't want to spend big $$, but don't want to miss out on some must sees. So if you live along I-10 and can think of something, I'd love to hear about it.

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Old November 30th, 2009, 07:39 AM
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Well Uconn there is a sight just a few miles off of the Papago Freeway (I-10) in a beautiful picturesque place full of resorts, and boutiques called Scottsdale.

It is a desert dwelling moose that is enjoying his winter migration to the warm climate. It looks like this:
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You are about to do something I have always wanted to do. I sure hope you will write a review of your trip. I do know that if your trip takes you anywhere near El Paso, you need to go around it. Buy gas either before or afterwards. Not a safe place for a traveler.

How do you like Vegas?

Have a great time.

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Jodi,

I reccomend San Antonio. It is a beautiful city and there are many great places to see and visit. The Riverwalk area is a wonderful place just to hang around.

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We recently moved from Las Vegas. A couple of years ago we drove my boss's car from MS to LV along I-10 and enjoyed every minute of it. Definitely plan to spend time in San Antonio/Riverwalk. When you get to Las Cruces, NM, take a little time and go into the old town of Las Cruces. You might want to eat dinner at "La Posta" or something like that. It is a historic place.
What ever you do...don't stop after the NM/AZ border to see "The Thing" !!
Take your time and have a GREAT time!!!!
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Hey girl hey!
Whatever you do, DON'T speed along I-10 in Baker County, FL.....just ask my son.....
And if you don't feel like driving I'm sure you could talk Vita (the lovely Mrs. Jones) and I into driving for you!
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Jodi,

I reccomend San Antonio. It is a beautiful city and there are many great places to see and visit. The Riverwalk area is a wonderful place just to hang around.

Take care,
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I've been to SA many times an love it. I'm hoping it works out that we can spend a night or two there.8)

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We recently moved from Las Vegas. A couple of years ago we drove my boss's car from MS to LV along I-10 and enjoyed every minute of it. Definitely plan to spend time in San Antonio/Riverwalk. When you get to Las Cruces, NM, take a little time and go into the old town of Las Cruces. You might want to eat dinner at "La Posta" or something like that. It is a historic place.
What ever you do...don't stop after the NM/AZ border to see "The Thing" !!
Take your time and have a GREAT time!!!!
You do know that by telling me not to stop and see "The Thing" that I'm going to! Just to see why I'm not supposed to! Thanks for the tip on Las Cruces, I'm going to mark it down as a possible stop.

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Hey girl hey!
Whatever you do, DON'T speed along I-10 in Baker County, FL.....just ask my son.....
And if you don't feel like driving I'm sure you could talk Vita (the lovely Mrs. Jones) and I into driving for you!
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Too funny Angela! I'm sure that you and Vita would love to join me, but the car is going to be croweded - as I'm taking a bunch of stuff back with me and my dear friend Carl is flying in from OKC to drive with me (Thank goodness!) And if I remember correctly, at my going away dinner, you mentioned that it would cost me $650 to have you two drive the car for me..
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Too funny Angela! I'm sure that you and Vita would love to join me, but the car is going to be croweded - as I'm taking a bunch of stuff back with me and my dear friend Carl is flying in from OKC to drive with me (Thank goodness!) And if I remember correctly, at my going away dinner, you mentioned that it would cost me $650 to have you two drive the car for me.. [/QUOTE]

I think we got the $650 figure from you...in real life it would probably cost you much more than that!
Sounds like a fun trip though! Enjoy!
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That photo has put me off solid food for at least 48 hours.
(just like a mixture of egg-nog and ketchup would.)

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I think we got the $650 figure from you...in real life it would probably cost you much more than that!
Sounds like a fun trip though! Enjoy!
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You did. My research indicted it would cost me about $650 to have A car shipped from FL to NV, however, when I started following up, I found out that for MY car it would be more....I think the carriers believe that I would be willing to pay $300-400 more just because it's a luxury car. I'm thinking they treat each and every car the same way, so why would mine be more?

So, I did the calculations, including mileage, wear and tear, etc. and figured it is cheaper to drive it out there...plus I get to see the "Thing", whatever that is!
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Actually I think the trip across I-10 has the potential to be as much fun as the cruise....I guess the towel animals will be set on the dashboard each night?
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Vita has been packing for the trip, as I told her you had decided to drive, and I was sure you'd change your mind before you actually left. WOW, I guess she'll just have to unpack again if you're not going to let her and Angela "pedal to the metal" you're car to Vegas. Oh well,,,,life goes on.
Seriously, have a GREAT trip, and be careful. We'll be seeing you again on a ship, or in Orlando.

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OK, we made it. 40 hours of driving and 2546 miles. Left Monday at 1:30pm EST and arrived Vegas Thursday at 2:00pm PST.

Most of the driving was at night, so we didn't see much, but traffic was much lighter. It seemed however, that we did have a tendancy to hit every major city during the evening rush hour.

The 880 miles through TX was the longest drive EVER!!! It just seemed that you weren't making progress since you weren't hitting any state lines.

We stopped in NOLA for 2-3 hrs, but other than that, didn't stop other than to sleep. The most interesting sight was coming over the bridge in St. Charles, LA to the lights of the refineries. The most awesome sight was the trip over the Hoover Dam.

We spend three days at NYNY Casino before Carl had to fly home to OKC. We decided to get dressed to the nines on Thursday night and hit the strip. We went to The Bank Nightclub at the Bellagio. Long story short, Lady Gaga showed up there after her concert at the Palms and sang a short set for us. It was an amazing night that can be followed on my FB page as it was happening.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

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You don't say how you are getting from Vegas tothe 10 (which really goes more through Tucson and on to San Diego) but if you are coming through Phoenix via the 93 then DO go left at Bell Road and take the 101 east to the 51, take the 51 south to the 10. Otherwise you will be driving on city streets on Grand Avenue to reach the 10, and that is a horrible drive through city streets.

Just before you reach Tucson keep looking to the right. You will see the biggest repository of jet airplanes in the world, as big as 757s, 100s of them just parked in the desert. They are for sale (this is where the terorists bought their 'practice' jets).

I am not sure how far off the freeway Tombstone AZ may be - but it is a very interesting place to stop. It is also close to Kartchner caverns, rated one of the top 10 most beautiful caves in the world. and just recently discovered, so very unspoiled.

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You don't say how you are getting from Vegas tothe 10 (which really goes more through Tucson and on to San Diego) but if you are coming through Phoenix via the 93 then DO go left at Bell Road and take the 101 east to the 51, take the 51 south to the 10. Otherwise you will be driving on city streets on Grand Avenue to reach the 10, and that is a horrible drive through city streets.

Just before you reach Tucson keep looking to the right. You will see the biggest repository of jet airplanes in the world, as big as 757s, 100s of them just parked in the desert. They are for sale (this is where the terorists bought their 'practice' jets).
Oh I wish we'd had the info for 101 east prior to the trip...that Grand ave was a beotch.

We did see the planes! I made Carl slow down so I could get a better view.

Just read on the news about a dust storm causing a major pile up on 10. So glad we were not involved.
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Glad to hear you made it O.K. Vita is still going through withdrawal as she was just sure that she and Angela were going to take your ride to Vegas. Oh well, she'll get over it I guess.
So,,,how was "The Thing".

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Yes, that pretty much describes Grand Avenue. Arizona is one of the most "behind" states in terms of building highways in the states. Our 50-mile section of 1-10 just west of Phoenix was the last section of that entire highway built coast to coast. Done in the 1980s. We still don't have a divided highway between Phoenix and Las Vegas, it is projected to be done in 2050.

Those are two of the fastest growing cities in the US, and Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the U.S., and they are but 280 miles apart and you have to drive on two-way traffic single lane roads.

Infrastructure!!
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Glad to hear you made it O.K. Vita is still going through withdrawal as she was just sure that she and Angela were going to take your ride to Vegas. Oh well, she'll get over it I guess.
So,,,how was "The Thing".

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I was sure of it too Ken! Oh well....Vita and I will have to plan some other adventure!
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sooooooo....we all want to know.....did you stop to see "The Thing" ???

Glad you had a safe trip and too bad you didn't know about Grand Ave before you left.
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I think we did stop to see it when I was a kid, but it wasn't very memorable.
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We did not stop to see the "Thing", as it was around 11pm when we crossed the NM/AZ border. All we were focused on was making it to Tucson for the night.

We did make it to Tucson and stayed at a hotel that had a notice that they were right by RR tracks and trains ran 24/7/365. We got to the room, to notice that it was probably the closest room to the tracks...but what do you expect to get that late...Anyway, we heard a couple of trains as preparing for sleep, but then both of us were out and slept so hard that neither of us were bothered by or heard them the rest of the night....

Even though I think one of the coolest parts of the trip was across the Hoover Dam, I will be happy when they complete the bridge that takes you around/over it and probably will shorten the trip by 20-30 mins.

Can't remember if I mentioned getting stopped (not really) by Border Patrol. OK, well everyone got stopped. They had blocked off the Interstate and had all of us exiting through a truck weigh station (NOT a Border Control plaza) for some reason. Not being from that area, I do not know if that is common or not. Anyway, no biggie, we were waved through.

We also saw a short time after the Border Patrol issue a massive accident on I-10 that had Eastbound traffic backed up - I mean blocked, no open lanes - for about 6 miles. One of the worst accidents I've ever seen and not due to a dust storm - it was a clear night.

Now, I sure do wish I had Florida weather here....I"M FREEZING!!!!! I wondered today if I need to go get my car "winterized". Any suggestions?
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