So I'm in the midst of a move from the Olympic Peninsula to upstate NY and it's been quite enjoyable because I finally (after 9 months of owning) have the chance to test my car out in a wide range of conditions, roads, and finally put my winter tires to use.
Left from Seattle yesterday through Snoqualmie pass, debated taking Steven's Pass just because I had never gone that way before but ended up just taking I-90 anyways. Ironically based on what I heard Snoqualmie was worse than Steven's. They had a road block set up enforcing chains/AWD etc. Flashback to the snow Puget Sound got in January, my car was trapped for 4 days because I literally could not get out of my parking spot on the stock tires. I held off buying winters until I knew for sure that I was going to be moving to NY and of course, no snow since I got them. Never having used anything other than all seasons on any car (other than low rolling resistance tires on the wife's hybrid ) I was SHOCKED and how horrible the stock tires are on snow. And the flip side, amazed at how awesome snow tires are (Pirelli Sottozero 210s if anyone is wondering. Any personal anecdotes on how these compare to other options is appreciated).
So back to today, realized I was making excellent time. I did the same drive last month in my wifes car (04 civic hybrid) which was miserable because I had a top speed of 55 going up hills. Being able to accelerate in 5th gear, going up hill at 80 is amazing. So I decided to stop and devote some time to photography of various stuff, including my car.
Plan on updating thread later with more interesting stuff from this trip. Currently typing this from a hotel in North Dakota.
Sidenote: Managed to make it since last summer with out a single rock chip, acquired several in the last 24 hours. Damnit.