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BMXPath
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From Texas to N.C. and back.

Postby BMXPath » Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:59 am

Took my PFinder to North Carolina in October to visit my mother. From Texas, I drove to Dallas and got on IH-30. Hit IH-40 in Little Rock, Ark. and took IH-40 all the way to Durham/ Raleigh.

I used the cruise control as much as possible, generally going between 70 and 75 mph. From Austin to Dallas, I averaged 26 mpg! From there, my fuel average dropped to about 24. Btw, I have a 2wd SE.

I was really curious how the gas mileage would be thru the Smoky Mountains in east Tenn/ west NC. Surprisingly, my mileage wasnt effected much thru the mountains. I guess going up, then coasting down, kinda averages out. I still averaged about 22 mpg. I did reset the trip computer about 1/2 way between Nasheville and Knoxville... the terrain starting getting "hilly" after Nasheville.

For anyone that hasnt seen one, the next 2 pics are of an emergency truck stop on a steep grade thru the mountains. Basically, it is a dirt exit ramp with soft piles of dirt at the end to stop a big truck if the brakes go out.

I can only imagine what the rush would be to have to use one of these when brakes go out on an 18 wheeler. :shock:

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And, here is a scenic pic that I took while driving...

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I am coming out of a tunnel that goes thru a mountain. This is near Asheville, NC.

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Ever see Kudzu vine? This stuff grows like mad in Tennessee. As you can see, it will completely cover anything in its path.

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Postby V8Pathy » Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:01 pm

nice... :D

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Postby macbell7 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:02 am

The drive through the mountains on I -40 is fun. I came back from Nashville without stopping and had to pee so bad but no where to stop till i got off the mountain. I could barely walk or stand up after driving 6 hours. I'm gonna go back that way to Memphis in the fall to take the Pathfinder on its first road trip. I usually fly out there, but since I got a new car I should put some use to it and plane tickets are starting to get outrageous.


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