West to East in the Beast

Tomorrow I will be embarking on a cross country road trip.  This will be an exciting journey for me.  Taking a car over 3,000 miles from Irvine, CA to Baltimore, MD.  I will go through many states, counties, and cities.  I hope to see some amazing sites and meet interesting people.  This will be an unforgettable experience.

My planned travel route currently is to go up 1-15 through Nevada, into Utah and up to Colorado.  I will take I-70  to Denver to stay with a relative.  Then I will take I-70 all the way back to Baltimore.  Stay updated with my progress through my posts on this blog.  I may not be able to post updates daily since I might not have internet access.  I will try my best though.

Taking this trip reminds me of the latin proverb, “Fortune favors the bold.”

 

 

Interested in Driving a Cross the Country?

Some people are aware I am getting a Honda Accord from my Grandma.  The car however is in California and I am in Maryland.  What's the best thing to do?  Roadtrip!  That's right I am taking a Cross-Country Roadtrip.

I am driving the car from Irvine, CA to Baltimore, MD.  Unfortunately I cannot find an interested friend or family member to accompany me.   That leaves the co-driver position open to any interested people.  Ideal candidates should photography skills, and a clean driving record.  A plus would be if you are interesting, fun, and adventurous.  I am planning on leaving at the beginning of August.  If you need to get from West to East coast and want to have a great time seeing the country, send me an email!

My new Car, drive or ship?

1996 Honda Accord
Looks great for a 15-year old car!

 

I have great news, I am getting a new car.  Well… a “new” car to me at least.  I will be buying a 1996 Honda Accord from my Grandma in Irvine, California.  It has 120,000 miles on it, was kept in superb condition, runs and drives great.  Lucky for this car it has been in CA its whole life.  So no harsh winters, therefore no rust.  Originally it was my aunt's car and now I'm buying it.  Accords are such good cars, we want to keep this one in the family.  I know I will be able to get another 120,000 miles out of it easily.  Maybe even get 300,000+ miles out of this car.  Hey, it's a Honda!  It can make it.

The only problem is… well… I'm in Baltimore, MD and the car is in Irvine, CA.  That's on the other side of the county.  My two options are to ship it through an auto transport company, or drive it on a fantastic road trip across the country.  I would love to drive it, but my family feel it's better to ship it and not put extra miles on the car.  My thoughts are “It will be an adventure.  Besides it's a Honda, another 3,000 miles is nothing.  It should make it back to Baltimore no problem!”  The car does need a few maintenance items before it could make a cross country trip.  The back tires should be replaced, it could use a new battery, a brake flush, and probably an oil change.  Just that, then it should be set.  I'm having trouble deciding.  Shipping would be about $800-1000.  Driving might work out to be about the same, but it would be an unforgettable journey.

I would love to hear suggestions, comments, or advice from people.  What are your thoughts?  Ship or drive?

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-0119013326564052”;
/* 300×250, created 6/28/11 */
google_ad_slot = “2763847761”;
google_ad_width = 300;
google_ad_height = 250;
//–>
</script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js”>
</script>