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Hey guys/gals. I have 2 purposes for this thread. The first is to let you all know my wife and I have arrived in the Tacoma WA area safely. If anyone local wants to meet up, PM me and we can arrange something as I am on leave till the 10th. The second is just to post up some pix of the journey, and the (I must admit) BADASS cross-country drive. I am SO glad we decided to trade in the Civic for the Ram. It just made traveling much more comfortable. I also managed to spend only about $500 in fuel if I count only the receipts from the main route (not the detours for sightseeing). My wife has never really left the state of NY, aside from my trips from there to DFW, TX. Which frankly got boring we made the trip so many times. So she hasnt seen alot of what America has to offer. This trip, I think I remedied that situation. This thread is going to be VERY picture heavy, because we took alot of pix. But I think you all can appreciate them. So here we go...Enjoy!


Fort Drum NY, on 10 January...truck loaded and ready to go^.
If you are wondering why the squat in the truck, here is why \/ ...

^what that says is the truck weighed 5,520lbs EMTPY (running on fumes and without me in it), and now with the gear we hauled here (we get compensated by weight for moving some of our own stuff...), the truck weighs 7,360 lbs (I cheated a little, the 26 gal fuel tank was full on the second ticket LOL. The lady at reimbursements told me to do it that way, so I did ). Basically, the difference of the 2 tickets is what we will get paid for. So it is 1,840 lbs of Household goods= a nice chunk of reimbursement cash.

Anywhoo, off we went. We drove South from Watertown NY, to Syracuse on I-81. Then we hopped on I-90, the highway that would bring us to our new home. We drove past Rochester NY, through Buffalo, Erie, PA, Columbus OH and then we arrived at our first stop… Indianapolis IN, to visit with my grandparents. It was quite the drive, about 13 hours. Went straight through and really was not tired on the drive at all. The truck was amazing to drive, didnt make me tired, or sore or anything. My bum hip didnt hurt at all after that drive. Something that could not be said for the Civic.
Indianapolis:

^Hey! I said "no salt!":egads: Next stop was a carwash.

Then it was off to downtown:







^the monument in the Center of Indianapolis. You can climb up it, its about 150 steps, but it was about 5 degrees outside, and its not heated, so I passed .


^post office downtown. Its huge.

To be continued....this could take a minute.
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thanks for the Pics, Looks like it went well.. Glad to hear youre there safe! Way to go!
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We made it a point to go to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but I am going to make another thread with all of those pix. Its ridiculous the amount of cars in there.

We spent 5 days in Indiana, on the 5th day we set off on the longest stretch of our journey. The 14 hour drive to Sioux Falls, SD. Let me tell you the only interesting part of this trip…was Chicago. We drove through downtown on I-90. We did not stop because it was 3:45 in the afternoon…and well…Duh. We wanted to miss rush hour. Also we had a hotel reservation in Sioux falls, so we could not. Would like to have met up with a few Z members.




^Check out that car on the right, I was doing 80mph, he passed me like I was stopped. Gotta wonder about people sometimes…LOL.


Once we cleared Chicago, it was Wisconsin and Minnesota…the land of almost nothing.


And of course, the obligatory “me” shot

We arrived in Sioux Falls and turned in for the night. Hotel was nice enough, it was a long drive so we didn’t really care at that point. The next morning, we took a short drive, across the state of South Dakota from Sioux Falls, to beautiful Rapid City. On the way though, we stopped at the Corn Palace (which was more of a tourist trap than anything else), and the Badlands National Park and encountered some REALLY nasty weather.
Corn Palace (the siding is all corn):




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I will only interrupt the pic posting to say, glad to hear you made it safely and had some fun along the way. Great pics so far, continue please!

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The Badlands National Park:





And the wifey:

And once we reached Rapid City, we went to see Mt. Rushmore:
Not much to it, so I guess someone was just trying to save face .

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From there, The Ram ran flawlessly across the rolling hills of Wyoming, and the mountains of Montana and Idaho. We crested the continental divide at like 10pm, so there were no pictures to take, LOL. We stopped again for an overnight stop in Missoula, MT. We woke up early the next morning and drove into Spokane WA, where we spent a few days with a friend of mine and his family.
But let me tell you, after a week and a half on the road…nothing looked more amazing than crossing the Columbia River, driving up a giant hill, through some fog and then having my truck burst out of the clouds and BAM, Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountain Range came into view. It was breathtaking. It reminded me a lot of Alaska.
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AND GET PAID TO DO IT! Great post, glad you had fun! Here is what you missed in Chicago.....


I was just there a few months ago for Instructor training....hope this helps!!!

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Congrats on safely making it out here! Great pics...reminds me of a road trip from here to Lake Superior and back!
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AND GET PAID TO DO IT! Great post, glad you had fun! Here is what you missed in Chicago.....

I was just there a few months ago for Instructor training....hope this helps!!!

Enjoy the new duty station!
LOL, ram did great, till I got here. Died on me last night in the middle of the road. All I did was hit the gas. Started right back up and hasnt done it since, so ...

But yes, got paid a MINT.
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