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post Apr 10 2007, 02:57 PM
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Dude, it's 'cuz this thread is in 'North America'.... yes.gif laugh.gif


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post Apr 10 2007, 03:35 PM
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post Apr 10 2007, 09:29 PM
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post Apr 11 2007, 01:38 PM
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QUOTE(rbisset @ Apr 10 2007, 03:46 PM) *

Guess I'm lucky as I've driven the Great Ocean Road and part of the old Route 66 between Vegas and the Grand Canyon. I've also been through Yunnan, China and walked Tiger Leaping Gorge biggrin.gif Any more suggestions?



I have a North American suggestion.

In Wyooming between Devils Tower and Yellowstone National Park is a spectacular drive through Bighorn National Forest. If you ever have the chance this is one of the most beautiful drives you will ever make. There was a steep 3,600 foot drop off over a 13 mile stretch of the drive, and the scenary was filled with streams, mountains and wildlife along the way.


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post Apr 11 2007, 02:02 PM
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There's a drive that connects Badlands Nat'l Park and Wall, SD, home of Wall Drug. It's pretty breathtaking.

As for driving Route 66 -- prepare to be disappointed and impressed at the same time. I've done it twice now. For starters, connecting the disparate remaining pieces is hard (Tom Snyder's driving guide proved essential both times), as there is often no clearly marked designation, and Route 66 goes by hundreds of other numbers and names now. And a lot of it is no different than driving any road -- lots of strip malls. But these stretches of the mundane are worth enduring when you hit the cool stuff. Flea markets in Oklahoma that look like actual flea markets instead of discount junk aisles at a drug store (I got an Edison phonograph, twenty exotica records, a super 8 camera, a couple old 35mm cameras, and a stack of old spy novels for dirt cheap), old car dealerships, cool old motels, and long stretches of completely deserted road and ghost towns -- you can follow an old stretch of 66 crossing from Texas into New Mexico, and the drive goes through a deserted town and is, by and large, dirt and gravel. And the transformation as you go from Chicago to the southwest is wonderful. You just have to remember that part of learning is disillusionment, and there is as much about driving 66 today that will disillusion you as will inspire you. In the end, it's well worth doing, especially if you take your time.


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post Apr 11 2007, 02:16 PM
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enduring when you hit the cool stuff. Flea markets in Oklahoma that look like actual flea markets instead of discount junk aisles at a drug store (I got an Edison phonograph, twenty exotica records, a super 8 camera, a couple old 35mm cameras, and a stack of old spy novels for dirt cheap),


Sounds like the mundane is worth enduring for FLEA MARKETS!! I'm a flea market junkie..... yes.gif


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post Apr 11 2007, 04:13 PM
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I think the most breath-taking road for me was the Furka pass in Switzerland....

But in North America, my favourite drive has to be in the rocky mountains!

My least favourite drive? From my home town of Kingston to Ottawa......only an hour and a half, but it's interminable, and oh so boring....


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QUOTE(wakingdream @ Apr 11 2007, 03:16 PM) *


Sounds like the mundane is worth enduring for FLEA MARKETS!! I'm a flea market junkie..... yes.gif


Me too, and I'm finding they are nearly extinct, at least around here. I mean, there are things called flea markets, but since everyone is selling their stuff on ebay and craigslist now, most flea markets have become nothing but outlet malls for plastic crap and tube socks. Like I said, mostly the stuff you can get in the novelty aisle of a drug store, or from a street vendor in NYC Chinatown. There used to be a cool flea market up in the Poconos, but last time I went, it had been transformed.

Still, if you are around at the right time -- the Kentucky State Flea Market at the Fair Grounds in Louisville remains one of the most mind-blowing flea markets I've ever been to (it can take a whole weekend to get through). I've been going to it since i was a little kid looking for baseball cards, and now as an adult looking for weird old cameras and records, it's still a gold mine.

But I got good stuff along Route 66. i wish I'd jotted down the names, because "this one in Missouri, and another in Oklahoma somewhere" probably isn't a big help.

There's a backroad drive between Albany, NY and Portland, Maine, that offers up some pretty worthwhile flea markets as well. And there's that annual thing that stretches from like Kentucky to the gulf shore of Alabama, but I've never been to it.


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post Apr 12 2007, 07:24 AM
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Me too, and I'm finding they are nearly extinct, at least around here. I mean, there are things called flea markets, but since everyone is selling their stuff on ebay and craigslist now, most flea markets have become nothing but outlet malls for plastic crap and tube socks


There's a few around here, but the only really good one is the w/e antique market. There's loads of really cool, old furntiure, but the best stuff is all the odds & ends.

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I've been going to it since i was a little kid looking for baseball cards, and now as an adult looking for weird old cameras and records, it's still a gold mine.


We're like two peas in a pod! I just found an old (working) Brownie with side flash on my first trip out for the year! Road trips & flea markets go sooo nicely together! I'm more tactile. Forget about EBay, I want to rummage!!

I've probably mentioned it, but any drive up into Northern Ontario is well worth it. yes.gif


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