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Pacific Coast Loop 2014

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Route Description

This map from Microsoft Streets and Trips shows the loop from Nashville, TN. Our route took us North on I-24, I-57, and I-64 to St Louis. Then heading west we used I-60, US-63, US-36,  I-29 and I-80 to Salt Lake City.and on to Wendover passing the Great Salt Lake.  To get to Yosemite National Park we headed south on two lane sparsely used US-93, and US-6 to the California border. CA-120 took us through Yosemite National Park. A series of other state roads took us to our primary objective, Carmel, CA. The it was north along the coast on US-101 and CA-1 to Ilwaco, WA. As it was a holiday weekend we stayed in Ilwaco for 3 day and took side trips to Long Beach and as far North as Raymond. Our original plan was to tour Olympic National Park but we ran out of time to do that. However, there was a bonus as we headed back east via the Columbia River Gorge, Lewis and Clark country. We had seen the volcanos on our 2008 trip to Vancouver Island.  US-30, I-5, I-84, and I-90 were the highways used to get to Billings, MT. A few miles east we switched to I-94 all the way to Fargo, ND.  US-10 took us to St Cloud MN where we got back on I-94 for a visit to family in Woodbury, MN.  I-94, I-90, and I-39 then took us to Champaign, IL where we changed to I-57 and crossed our wake (as boaters say) or completed the loop on I-57 at its junction with I-64.

Trip Statistics

The Pacific Coast loop was 6,225 miles. We filled up with diesel 21 times using 386 gallons at a cost of $1,575 The average cost per gallon was $4.08. We averaged 16.1 mpg,  mostly on Interstates at 62 mph. Our mpg between fillups ranged from a low of 12.9 to a high of 18.9. Compared to our 4,000 mile trip to the Four Corners area one year ago the price of diesel was up 7.7%

Places Mentioned in the Stories

Aberdeen, WA Downtown   Lee Vining, CA Mona Lake
Albion, CA Albion River Marina & Campground   Lee Vining, CA Mono Vista RV Park
Baordman, WA Boardman RV Park   Long Beach, WA World Kite Museum
Belgrade, MT Sheriff & Fire Department   Long Beach, WA Crab Shack
Beverly Beach State Park, OR   Longview, WA Salmon Fishing
Billings, MT Mercedes Benz Dealership   Madison, WI University of Wisconsin
Billings, MT Yellowstone Art Museum   Marion, IL Sport Chassis Rally
Billings, MT Yellowstone River   Marion, IL Marion Campground & RV Park
Billings, MT Yellowstone River RV Park   Mendora, ND Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Billings, MT Moss Mansion   Mendora, ND Elkhorn Café
Bismark, ND Diesel Pump with 5 blends   Mill Valley, CA La Ginestra Restaurant
Bodega, CA Hitchcock film The Birds   Mill Valley, CA Napa Aug 2014 Earthquake 
Boseman, MT E.J. Miller Towing Service   Monterey, CA Monterey Aquarium
Carmel, CA Santa Lucia Preserve   Myers Creek Beach, OR State Park Viewpoint
Carmel, CA Reconyx Camera System   Nisswa, MN Bar Harbor Supper Club
Carmel, CA Constock Fairy Tale Cottage   Park City, UT Park City RV Resort
Carmel, CA Carmel By The River RV Park   Pebble Beach, CA Inn at Spanish Bay
Cheyenne, WY Governor's Mansion   Rockford, IL Blackhawk Valley Campground
Columbia Gorge, WA Multnomah Falls   Salinas, CA Gleason's Salinas RV
Coos Bay, OR Mill Casino   Florence, OR Sea Lion Cave, OR
Danville, MO Lazy Day Campground   Sidney, NE Cabellas Campground
Ely, NV Prospector Casino & RV Park   Siuslaw National Forest, OR Cape Perpetua Campground
Eureka, CA Carson House   Smith River, CA Ship A Shore Motel
Evanston, WY Bear River Greenway   Stanislaus National Forest Don Pedro Reservoir
Glendive, MT Green Valley Campground   Tillamook, OR Roadside Viewpoint
Great Salt Lake, UT Tree of Utah by Karl Momen   Waco, NE Double Nickel Campground
Great Salt Lake, UT Saltair   Wallace, ID Historic Town
I-80 Exit 323 Lincoln Highway Memorial   Wallace, ID Campground
Ilwaco, WA Cape Disappointment   Wendover, UT Bonneville Salt Flats
Jamestown, ND World's Largest Buffalo   Yachats, OR Drift In Café
Kearney, NE Fort Kearney State Historical Park   Yosemite, CA National Park - Ahwahnee 
Klamath, CA Drive Through Tree      
Klamth Falls, CA Trees of Mystery      
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