New York to Seattle - Ocean to Ocean = 3000 miles
Seattle to Maine to Miami to LA to Seattle = Distance traveled by the 'Ford Tramps' = 8700 miles
San Francisco to New York and back - Distance traveled by two men in 'Sea to Sea in a Model T' = 6800 miles
Seattle to Maine, stopping at each State Capitol on the way = 12,251 miles
I'm in the process of comparing my 1921 road map to modern ones so I can go from Aurora Il to Tower Mn using the oldest roads possible. It is 550 miles by regular highway.
The nice thing is most of it looks like 45-55 MPH state roads. I can tool along at 35-40 without being a legal hazard. Not getting squashed by folks who think rural roads are 70MPH superslabs however...
So to actually answer your question I'd like to start with a 3 day 500 mile tour.
I'd be up for all of the above, if I could work out the time. I'd even do the 48 states no capital thing again like I did in 2006. 10,000 miles in 42 days.
Dave, I would opt for #2.
Chris, use google maps and turn on avoid highways.
Dave, I thought the Ford Tramps started in Ashland, WI and went clockwise through all of the states. I'd love to try that run some day.
The Ford Tramps did start in Ashland, but only you and I know where that is. I just thought I would use Seattle as a starting point since the tramps went there and everyone knows where that is. You could also run up to Juneau to include Alaska, but I don't know how you are going to include Honolulu.
I would also like to do the Yellowstone Trail from Plymouth Rock to Puget Bay(sp?) since the trail goes almost right past my house.
Gotta have dreams you know, and places to go.
I wonder if anyone in Europe or OZ ever did these kinds of trips in a Model T.
I would like to do a 3 seas tour; Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic!
David, Constantine did Melbourne to Moscow in a 13 touring. I think that counts :-)
We spent the night three years ago at that big old hotel in Ashland, and even met a couple of women in a nice T coupe.
I was born in Ashland . . . Oregon.
After 3 Great Races, Tacoma to Boston, Atlanta to Anaheim, and Boston to Sacramento, I may be done with long haul in a T.
When you do your run, feel free to stop by if you need a break and want to shoot the breeze.
Andy, I'd love to! The route takes us past Duluth, but I'll see about the return trip. Have 2 years to plan. (and build a car)
I would like to tour 100 to 200 miles in a day, spring or fall. If I were to go a 1000 miles, I would want to do it at my own pace and take a few days break from time to time. I like to move on down the road a touch quicker than most in our club, but not so much it puts a strain on my car.
how come dean yoder has'nt piped in on this
If Ford wants to sponsor it, hey I'm up for any of the above.
I would like to tour from Key west Florida to Prudhoe bay. Starting from Home and ending up at home. My longest day this year was from home to Minden Nebraska 466 miles.
In 1975, the Mrs. and I, drove from Everett, WA to San Diego, CA for the MTFCA National Tour as a Honeymoon trip in our 1924 Touring. It almost ended in divorce...hehehe...as us Pacific Northwesterners hunger for sunshine, and when the old T drove down I-5 the top came down from Ashland to Bakersfield and fried our noses and tops of our legs to blisterhood. The return trip up the coast was much more pleasant. 4 days down, 1 week on Tour, 4 days back. Haven't done it since. Good memory nonetheless !!! W
WOW! My idea of a trip is 6 miles to Exeter NH for ice cream.
A long trip is 10 miles to UNH in Durham NH for coffee and donuts.
A really long trip is 12 miles to Rye Beach NH for fried clams.
Does anyone see a pattern here?
Fred, I can only assume that you need the anticipation of food as an incentive to drive your Model T and once devoured it relaxes you enough that you can make the return trip home.
I'm kind of like you, Fred....altho two weekends ago I did put almost 50 miles in one nice afternoon on my '12. Just too nice to go home.
Chris Olsen, thank you for proving that I'm not crazy er eh...or at least I'm not the only crazy one.
I too have a Rand McNally "Auto Trails" map. My map is of South Carolina from 1921. It's a load of fun and a definite challenge to navigate by.
In my neck of the woods, I've noted several roads that must have been rerouted as they aren't anywhere close to where the antique map says they are. I plan to travel the entire state using it.
I know of an old stretch of SC-601 that was abandoned back in the 50s or 60s when they rerouted that highway(now on private property and half grown over with vegetation) It's like a ghost road. Even some towns have disappeared i.e. Ellenton SC.
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Whenever I take Liz out for a spin, I usually put at least a hundred miles on her.
I've never shied away from a 200 mile round trip if it were somewhere I wanted to go.
Whenever we hear of a car show (greater than 50 miles away) that offers a trophy for "Furthest Distance Driven" we'll go collect the trophy and sneer at the trailer queens. The number one question that we are usually asked is: What will you do if you break down? I answer: #1 I don't plan on breaking down in the first place (itís called maintenance)and #2 if I did break down such as I couldn't repair the ol' gal, I'd do the same thing you would do with your modern car, call a rollback...Here's your sign.
Our local club tour last Saturday was a little over 100 miles long and included about 14 miles of gravel that was in pretty good shape. The tour started 50 miles from my place and it's less hassle to just drive to the tour on some 2 lane highways than to mess with a trailer. There are some decent stretches of 50 and 55 MPH so I prefer taking the speedster which can safely go the speed limit. Taking a stock T would require using the trailer or adding another 45 minutes of drive time and going through some city traffic.
Stock T or speedster, less than 85 miles or so seems like an excuse to eat lunch with the group rather than a tour. 150 to 200 miles suits me fine and there is still time to kick tires, drink coffee, have a meal and maybe a cold one.
So easily forgotten -
There need to be special "Thanks!" to those folks who will go to the time, trouble and expense to organize and host tours whether they be local regional or national in scope. Dick and Beverly Borton did a great job setting up the Saturday tour - route maps for each car, coffee, juice and pastry in the morning, snacks and sodas at a rest stop and hosting the BBQ at the completion. They even provided a trouble truck. Thank You Folks!