2013 Year In Review: Top 5 Drives

It’s been a great year!  Let’s close it out with some statistics for 2013, just for fun.

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  • Email Subscribers: 55
  • Number of Posts:  128

Ending Mileage Readings

  • 2013 Acura ILX:  63,602

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  • 1994 Acura Legend LS Coupe:  528,328

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  • 1994 Acura Legend GS Sedan:  144,382
  • 1992 Acura NSX:  98,513

TOP 5 MEMORABLE ROADTRIPS

1)  Moses Lake, Washington in the ILX

The highlight of this trip to the Pacific Northwest was the company.  I had three very important passengers in tow:  My grandmother, my aunt Jodi, and my mom.  For several days, we resurrected old memories by visiting homes where my family members had lived half a century ago.  At the same time, we created new memories by making special visits to one of the largest dams in the United States and reconnecting with family members at a reunion.

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2)  Asheville, North Carolina in the Legend

The National Acura Legend Meet is an event where I can feel totally comfortable “geeking out” about my obsession with the Acura Legend.  The 9th annual NALM was held at the opposite end of the country, but that didn’t stop me from enthusiastically hopping back into the driver’s seat of my tried & true 520k+ mile Legend for this exciting adventure across 11 states.  The reunion with friends along the way made it all worthwhile.

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3)  Mount Evans, Colorado in the ILX

One of several “Tyson-Jason” trips that I’ve taken with my fellow roadtrip warrior Jason from New Mexico, this one topped the charts – literally.  Jason and I took our cars to the highest elevation paved road in North America, located west of Denver Colorado.  The scenery was every bit as amazing as I knew it would be.  Above 14,000 feet, we truly did feel like we were on top of the world.

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4)  Hell’s Backbone in Southern Utah in the ILX

The allure of conquering a remote backroad with “Hell” in its name was all the motivation I needed on this one.  The fact that the route traversed over 50 miles of technical dirt terrain didn’t keep me from taking my Acura ILX where no ILX had gone before.  My friend Ryan brought his Audi along for this one.  Among our trip’s highlights were a ride on the Hall’s Crossing ferry at Lake Powell, and the experience of driving the Burr Trail.

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5)  Million Dollar Highway in Colorado in the ILX

Highway 550 between Durango and Ouray, Colorado has been a long-time favorite of sports car drivers and motorcyclists.  For this multi-day adventure, I teamed up with my mom and my stepdad to explore some of southwestern Colorado’s most scenic roads and quaint mining & railroad towns, including Silverton and Telluride.  The ILX made a perfect choice for carving the high-elevation canyon roads with ease.

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Honorable Mentions:

Here’s an Annual Report that was developed by WordPress with some other neat stats.  Thanks to those of you who keep coming back for more.  Keep those roadtrip ideas coming, because there’s much more in store for 2014.  Happy New Year!

12 Responses to “2013 Year In Review: Top 5 Drives”

  1. Will chalk up another comment to this mama. It was a great year! So many miles and so many memories! I am thankful to have been a big part of it with you. Here is to more in 2-0-1-4!

  2. Nice year end write up. It will be interesting to see what attractions you find for us readers in 2014. Have a safe new years my friend. Aloha

    • Thanks Dave for being my top commenter!! It means a lot to have you along for the ride. Hoping that my travels take me to the PNW sometime in 2014. Also, happy new year! Hope you’re having a blast on the beach out there in HI.

  3. I think you are due for a trip in the sedan or NSX to Kentucky . . . they were just lacking the miles in ’13. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  4. Kevin Amoth Says:

    Another great year of many miles and blogs by our number one Acura ambassador! I feel special to have my picture posted on the blog. You will always be the winner of the “High Mileage Award.” And I did wear your 500,000 shirt backwards on purpose. Nobody was going to take a picture of my back!

    • Hey I wasn’t judging you for the way you wore that shirt! The High Mileage Award clock is still proudly displayed on my kitchen counter. Thanks for being a part of the journey in 2013 and I know we will get together again in 2014. Happy new year!

  5. Happy New Year and I love stats! I’m glad Mt. Evans made it to your top 5. That trip was just epic all around. I hope to get Pikes Peak in this year and I’ve got to take the TL up to ‘Evans for a proper “road-warrior-induction.” You game this summer?

    • Hey Jason, absolutely. Evans beckons. Plus, I am determined to hit up Pikes. I won’t be letting a bicycle race throw a wrench into our plans this time. I saw your email re: the 1/25 drive and will follow up with you as soon as I can. Look forward to seeing ya in a couple of weeks! Happy Friday.

  6. Let me just say, I LOVED the Million Dollar Highway. We stayed in Cortez, Colorado, at the brunk guest house. http://www.brunkguesthouse.com/

    If you are ever in that area, I HIGHLY recommend the brunk guest house. Beautiful area. We also ended up driving from Cortez all the way to the Grand Canyon… Anyway, pretty sure we drove the exact route you did when you were in that area, because I remember seeing the giant arrowheads in the ground.

    We did go to Silverton as well. It’s safe to say, that was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had.

    • Hi Todd, we definitely traveled the same roads on that trip. I just spent some time looking through the website for the Brunk Guest House. Pretty neat place! And not a bad value at $130/night to have free reign over 30 acres and all the amenities of a full home. I will definitely take note and try to make it out there in the future. Thanks for the feedback!

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