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    Default Coast to Coast, an American adventure

    Now, I am unsure if this is something that you guys will be interested in but I figured I would put up a post, if people are interested I will update it along my route with everything we see and do.

    The original plan was 3 weeks to do an American adventure. That then extended and extended and then we figured sod it, lets leave our lives and do it over 3 months. This will more than likely be our only chance to leave our jobs and do a trip like this.

    We are going to start in California and end in New York, the Mrs really wants to see the Rockefeller tree which goes up at the end of November so the plan

    Land in Oakland (San Francisco) on 05th September.
    Fly home from New York 04 December.

    Here is the planned route, it may change slightly but I would love to hear your opinion and any suggested places to visit and more importantly if any of you are on the route lets meet up!! lets get a drink and some food and do some shit!

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    The original plan was to ship my e36 328i touring over to do the trip, but its just 2 years shy of your 25 year rule so that put a solid and sudden stop to that idea. Sucks.

    I am currently in the process of searching and buying a car in California which we will travel across America in and then hopefully (if it survives) ship it back to the UK and that will be the new project car for me. I am super pumped at what its potentially going to be, its nothing special really but I'm just excited.

    If you have any suggestions or recommendations or would like me to keep updating you guys with plans and updates on the trip please let me know.

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    I think it would be cool to see your adventure with pics along the way
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    I'm close to the 34-39 stage of your trip, if you need anything along the way in that area, feel free to reach out!

    If you'd like, PM me and I'll give you my cell #.

    EDIT: When in that area, you have the Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coke, The Biltmore House, and a few other places that area really neat to visit. My wife and I have season passes to a few places and we'd be happy to share with you guys if you decided to visit them!
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    I'd love to do a USA trip like this myself.

    Keep us updated, you're living the dream, man!

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    Please update!

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    Looks like its gonna be a rad trip. I'd suggest when you land in SFO, you head north first, the redwoods going up highway 101 are beautiful. And on a related note, we are selling an E36 sedan, manual trans, with a ton of work done recently. Located in Humboldt County. Would make a good car to drive then sell as a rust free car on the east coast. Just something to think about. Either way, if you head north on 101 and make it up here, I'll buy you a beer.

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    This is cool! Are you taking a Northern or Southern route across the US? I'm in North Carolina but would love to meet you and see what you chose to drove across the US. I've always wanted to do this. DEFINITELY keep the thread updated

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    unfortunately the car turned out to be a piece of shit and a ton of issues that was not disclosed to me before i got my friend to drive the 4 hour round trip to check out the car.

    So back to the drawing board with that.

    Basically, i really want an e30 to do trip in, as I've always wanted one and also the Mrs really likes them which is a plus.

    I shall keep this updated for you all then i am glad this has had some interest.



    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    I think it would be cool to see your adventure with pics along the way
    Will do man, wish i was heading up near you be good to see that 36 and grab a drink!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeyRa View Post
    I'm close to the 34-39 stage of your trip, if you need anything along the way in that area, feel free to reach out!

    If you'd like, PM me and I'll give you my cell #.

    EDIT: When in that area, you have the Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coke, The Biltmore House, and a few other places that area really neat to visit. My wife and I have season passes to a few places and we'd be happy to share with you guys if you decided to visit them!
    Yes man thats awesome!! i went to the aquarium when i came over last year for FDATL but do want to do it again with the wife and a few other places down there like what you mentioned, how about you use them passes and come down to ATL for a day, meet us and we go see some stuff!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.AK View Post
    I'd love to do a USA trip like this myself.

    Keep us updated, you're living the dream, man!
    Thanks man, it truly is a once in a life time trip and i am so excited for it, went out the other week and purchased all new camera, a new lense and a couple of GoPro's. i love your photography using film. honestly, keep it up as i really want to see more.

    Quote Originally Posted by z168 View Post
    Please update!
    Will do man, thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by srpowered240sx View Post
    Looks like its gonna be a rad trip. I'd suggest when you land in SFO, you head north first, the redwoods going up highway 101 are beautiful. And on a related note, we are selling an E36 sedan, manual trans, with a ton of work done recently. Located in Humboldt County. Would make a good car to drive then sell as a rust free car on the east coast. Just something to think about. Either way, if you head north on 101 and make it up here, I'll buy you a beer.
    We was going to go up north to see the avenue of the giants but we decided not to but we may still add it in!! i feel like this is a bit out of my budget but if you are on instagram can you shoot me over some details please to @benwalsh91.

    Quote Originally Posted by R2dmax View Post
    This is cool! Are you taking a Northern or Southern route across the US? I'm in North Carolina but would love to meet you and see what you chose to drove across the US. I've always wanted to do this. DEFINITELY keep the thread updated
    The route is in the first post. we are going more southern route, i do want to do a northern route but we may have to save that for another trip! there was so much that we wanted to do but we decided ultimately that we would do the southern side of things as this is where we have a lot of friends on this route that we want to go in and see.
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    You need to make sure you are in atlanta on a Caffeine and Octane Sunday. First sunday morning of every month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpower5266 View Post
    You need to make sure you are in atlanta on a Caffeine and Octane Sunday. First sunday morning of every month.
    Only if you agree that we go back to your place and show me around that amazing basement garage you built and we have BBQ on the new deck! been reading your garage journal thread. Seriously, amazing work!!
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    That might be a possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpower5266 View Post
    That might be a possibility.
    Don't think we will be in the area for the first Sunday of the month, it is looking like we will be in the Atlanta area on/around 14th - 21st.
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    keen for updates!

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    Hey, the wife and I are in to meet up with you guys in ATL, keep in touch!
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    You might not be too far from me passing through the lower part of pa on the map, nothing a drive for me cant fix
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    stop #25 looks to be San Antonio, I'm up for a meet if you're free then. Also, what's your budget for the car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeyRa View Post
    Hey, the wife and I are in to meet up with you guys in ATL, keep in touch!
    AWESOME!! I will do man.

    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    You might not be too far from me passing through the lower part of pa on the map, nothing a drive for me cant fix
    I am sure I will be able to head up for a day trip to see you man!!

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    stop #25 looks to be San Antonio, I'm up for a meet if you're free then. Also, what's your budget for the car?
    yeah we are indeed found quite a few nice things to do in San Antonio, it looks like such a beautiful place!!

    the budget for the car is around $3,500-$3,000. but, I would need it to be at the start of the journey around San Francisco.
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    CA Tuned is in Sacramento, just a few hours from SF. Might be a good idea to talk to Igor and see if he can find a nice e30 within your budget.

    When you get down to LA, go to Neptune's Net in Malibu. That's where they did the "more than you can afford, pal" scene in the first Fast & Furious. Hit Mulholland Drive from there. Also Hwy 2, aka Angel's Crest is a fantastic drive. Definitely go to the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA, and pay the little bit extra for the tour of the basement, its worth it. The original Cars & Coffee happens every Saturday morning in San Clemente from 9-11:30, it's a bit of a drive south of LA but very much worth going to if you have time. Looks like you'll be heading through Palm Springs on your way out of CA, try to swing through Joshua Tree and the Salton Sea if you can.

    It's a bit out of your way later on your drive, but I'd suggest going to Chattanooga and Nashville if at all possible. I miss both of those cities a lot.
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    thank you for the links!!

    I actually found quite a nice white e28 all original and very clean going to have that checked out potentially this weekend. I just really want a 30. but I am unsure if I will get anything decent or worthy of doing a cross country trip in my price range.

    Quote Originally Posted by theseeker411 View Post
    CA Tuned is in Sacramento, just a few hours from SF. Might be a good idea to talk to Igor and see if he can find a nice e30 within your budget.

    When you get down to LA, go to Neptune's Net in Malibu. That's where they did the "more than you can afford, pal" scene in the first Fast & Furious. Hit Mulholland Drive from there. Also Hwy 2, aka Angel's Crest is a fantastic drive. Definitely go to the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA, and pay the little bit extra for the tour of the basement, its worth it. The original Cars & Coffee happens every Saturday morning in San Clemente from 9-11:30, it's a bit of a drive south of LA but very much worth going to if you have time. Looks like you'll be heading through Palm Springs on your way out of CA, try to swing through Joshua Tree and the Salton Sea if you can.

    It's a bit out of your way later on your drive, but I'd suggest going to Chattanooga and Nashville if at all possible. I miss both of those cities a lot.
    thank you so much for the suggestions I ill certainly check all them out!!

    I have actually been speaking to Igor via emails about sourcing a car, or even if I find a car and send it up to him for them to do a health check and tune up on the vehicle for my trip so also glad others have recommended him.

    Chattanooga and Nashville is on our route I may have added them in since I posted that photo. last year when I went to "sowo" or whatever its called now I done a day trip out to do the dragon and Chattanooga and 100% got to go back there, not only are the roads amazing but its just such a gorgeous part of the country.
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    This is cool af! In for updates on your trip bud!

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    WE MAY HAVE A CAR!!!

    I find out later today, its a little rough around the edges aesthetically but its had a ton of recent maintenance work which is most important for the trip.

    I can get a few bits to tidy it up before I leave also maybe bring over some euro specific parts that wasn't offered on the USA version. Or keep my eyes on CL whilst I go across the country and if I see anything I want or like which will tidy up the car I can always collect it.

    Man, I am excited now.

    its mid 80s and its basically a shoebox on wheels.
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    Exciting stuff! I'll be close-ish to you at stop 41 and the end of your trip, would love to meet up.

    PM me if you're interested and I'll give ya my phone number!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyrin View Post
    Exciting stuff! I'll be close-ish to you at stop 41 and the end of your trip, would love to meet up.

    PM me if you're interested and I'll give ya my phone number!

    Yes definitely man!!!
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    Also, we have a car!! My friend picked it up for us today. Will update with pictures and information on it
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