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Cross country USA in a Giulia (twice)

Hi all,

Soon my good friend Cor and I will fly to San Francisco to meet up with Fred & Beverley.
After visiting the Concorso Italiano and other events, Fred, Cor and me will start our 4,000 mile journey in a 1973 Giulia, back to Long Island, NY.

'Back'? Yup, because right at this moment Fred & Bev are travelling westbound, along Lincoln Highway, a historical trail of one of the first long distance motoring connections in the US history.

If you'd like to follow us and read about our antics, here's a couple of links:

Giulia going west (August 6th-16th): Fred's posterous site or AlfaBB thread.
Giulia going east (Aug 17th-Sep 3rd): Three men and a Giulia website.
The three men site includes live tracking, itenary schemes, guestbook, personal pages and a lot more. But the best is yet to come. Whenever possible we will update the site on a daily basis with slideshows and short movies.

Among the places to go are Yosemity park, Bonneville Salt Flats, Yellowstone Park, Badlands, Canada (Ontario) and Bear Mountain (NY state). We try to visit a couple of micro breweries or at least the better beer pubs.

Hope you'll enjoy the sites, pictures and stories.

All the best from Three men and a Giulia!



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I just love Americans, especially Americans who plan "foreign" adventures.

I'm guessing you're not the American if you're flying over, but you've already been infected by Yankeeitis.

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Among the places to go are Yosemity park, Bonneville Salt Flats, Yellowstone Park, Badlands, Canada (Ontario) and Bear Mountain (NY state).
So, nice specific place, another specific location, yet another specific destination, broad geographical region but still definable and somewhat uniform in nature, big huge whopping area with no real indication of where you're going except some vague "somewhere up there" with lots of hand waving, another specific geographical feature.



Seriously, that's somewhat equivalent to saying: "We're going to U.S.A. (Texas)". Except you're talking about a much smaller geographical region when you say U.S.A. (Texas).

Texas: 268, 820 square miles / 696,200 km2
Ontario: 415,598 square miles / 1,076,395 km2

England: 50,346 square miles / 130,395 km2
the Netherlands: 16,485 square miles / 41,526 square kilometers

Kidding aside, I'm sure it will be quite an adventure for you.
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It will be more specific when we have finished planning (still working on the route). Always open to suggestions and hints
We enter Canada at Saults Ste. Marie and probably leave at Blackpool as we might want to visit Montreal. We would like to see one or more breweries from this site: Ontario Craft Brewers
If you know what's hot and what not, please let me know.

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Oh, my lord. You're going to the Soo? I'm so sorry for you.

Ummm..... I guess you can go to the canals and watch the great lakes freighters. Or go to the smaller, recreational boating lock. Or hope there's minor league hockey going on. There's a casino there, but to be honest, I haven't really heard much about it, so it's likely one of the more southerly ones will be bigger and better and offer more in terms of other gambling (horse racing) or scenery (Niagara Falls) or entertainment (Casino Rama).

Actually the joke about the Soo is that if you want hockey, barfights or snowmobiling, there's plenty to do in the Sault Ste. Marie, otherwise not so much.

I don't think any of the craft brewers on that site are in the region. I think the furthest north was in the Muskoka area, which is at the very least 600km away. There may be some craft brewers in that region, but I can't name them off the top of my head. Their product isn't too likely to make it down to this part of the province on a regular basis.

If you want a place to start thinking about Ontario, here's the most comprehensive site to begin with. Once you get a better idea of when and where you'll be, feel free to bounce some ideas off me. I may be able to offer a few suggestions.

I've never crossed at Champlain/Lacolle (i.e. Blackpool) so I can't offer you any advice there, except for the general stuff, be very polite to U.S. border guards and have your documents and paperwork in hand, and be very, very specific about where you're going and how long you're going to be there. They can get a bit cranky and testy.
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Soo is not a destination, only the place where we'll be entering Canada. I'll check out the site on Ontario, thanks.
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I realize it's an entry point, but it's not a very glamorous entry point, or an entry point that provides much in the way of tourist attractions. It's just not a very auspicious place to say "Welcome to Canada."

It you simply want to drive from the Soo to Montreal in the shortest route possible you're likely looking at 1000 km mostly across highly 17, which is part of the Trans Canada Highway. It's will be mostly two-lane roads with a maximum of 80km/h. The route will be mostly rural with very few large cities and few tourist destinations. It will take you by Ottawa.

If you want to take the longer route and see more of the province then you're looking at 1200 to 1400 km (depending on whether you detour to places like Niagara Falls, for example). This will take you into (the top of) Toronto, but you'll bypass Ottawa (unless you want to make another long, 100km detour). You will have better (if busier) highways to travel on and more choices of places (breweries, wineries, shopping malls, hotel etc.) to stop.

No matter which route you take, there will be plenty of places to hike, camp, fish, etc.
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Road Trip!!!


I'm off to California is a few weeks.

WhoopWhoop!


 
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