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I don't know if anyone's noticed, but I haven't been around recently. That's because I'm busy taking the new love of my life, er, RL, through the road trip paces. I couldn't wait to pass the 800-mile break-in period. As soon as I did, I have spent the last two weekends taking my RL first to Yosemite and then to Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park - which I just returned from.

My first trip was a day-trip to Yosemite. This is the first time I've ever done a non-camping trip to Yosemite, and, um, I don't recommend it. :rolleyes: The four-plus hour drive back at the end of a long day's hike is rough, to say the least. That said, the RL navigated both the steep incline and many switchbacks and tight turns of the 120 like a champion. I've never felt more comfortable in truck than I did in my RL (with a Suburban and Land Cruiser as my sample data for comparison). I didn't exactly go flying down the mountain, but I wasn't lurching and rolling down either. I felt very confident in the curves and the engine provided more than enough power during the ascent, although I was going to save my final prognosis on the engine power for the next trip since I was only carrying one passenger and almost no gear.

The Kings Canyon trip was a fully-loaded weekend camping trip. I had four people, a trunk full of camping equipment, and a bed half-full of tied-down backpacks and gear. This trip called for an ascent of five or six thousand feet up the 180. Even though this highway did not have nearly the death-defying curves and switchbacks of the 120, it was still a good climb. My RL handled it like a champ! :D Both the ascent and the curves were absolutely no problem. Many other trucks and cars were using the turn-outs to let me pass (thank you polite drivers of country roads). The ride was very comfortable. Anecdotal testimonials provided by my passengers suggests that the ride for them was more comfortable than most/all SUV's they've been in. As for comparisons to other trucks, absolutely no contest. Needless to say, this brought a wide smile to my face. :eek:

Of course, this would not be a complete account of my trips unless I relayed the MANY comments and "reverse sightings" I received along the way. Every time I stopped for gasoline or to see a man about a mule, someone would come up and strike up a conversation about the truck. At one point, I was idling in the parking lot at Crescent Meadows, and was being eyed by a park ranger. I asked him if I needed to move (I was kind of blocking the passage-way while waiting for another car to move), and he just smiled and said, "No, I was just admiring your truck" :D This, of course, led to a discussion about the versatility and in-bed trunk. When I got back in the truck, my girlfriend just moaned and said, "Again?"

Well, that's about it for this month. Next month I'm actually flying somewhere (boo!). Man, I wish I could drive to Europe in this thing. Hee hee, thanks for reading. Have fun!

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Boy, it sure sounds like you are having a ball with your Ridge! In a way I envy you. I don't get to use mine at all. If I am lucky, I usually average about 8,000 to 10,000 miles a year on my vehicles (I've never owned more than one at a time). I have been retired for 10 years and live in a golf course community out in the middle of nowhere in an area known as the "Piney Wood"s of East Texas. I'm about 120 miles West from Shreveport, LA and the same East from Dallas. I seldom get to these places and my driving is confined to the country backroads going a few level, unchallenged miles at a time to the grocery store or to visit friends, most of whom only live on the next fairway or two.

I love driving my Ridgeline and have often thought of doing something like you have. Just get out and go someplace neat and enjoy all the things the Ridgeline has to offer as a bonus to the trip itself. Right now, I feel like I am only using about half of the vehicle's potential. The good times you have described has given me the desire to do just that and get going on a trip, someplace, anyplace. I don't care about gas prices, I can afford it, and I have all the time in the world so I'm going to do it before the summer is out. Thanks for the inspiration!!
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Retired? Well that sounds like the perfect reason to tour the "hill country" of Texas and then head south for New Orleans and dinner at K-Paul's.
I'll be in New Orleans in September but I have my air tickets already. I try to get there every year. Besides, I always stay in the French Quarter and would never dream of bringing my Ridge into that area. I am going to Las Vegas in two weeks and got my air tickets before I bought the Ridge. Had I known, I would have driven out there - maybe next year. In August I will be flying to upstate NY and also bought air tickets before the Ridgeline was mine. That is almost 2,000 miles however and that may be a bit much.

But the Texas Hill country sounds like fun. I use to go tubing down the Guadalupe River when I was young and then party in San Antonio at night. The Hill country is beautiful and now that I've "matured" a bit I might enjoy it for the scenery alone. Actually, I do have a driving trip to Oklahoma City for a couple days in early August to see a play. Problem is that the trip there from here is flat and uninteresting. Keep the suggestions coming y'all!!
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