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      Cross country camping trip in a miata, during a pandemic, what could possibly go wrong?

      actually, very little.

      little backstory, we were going to go to a friends wedding in california last weekend, but the pandemic hit. so we shelved that plan. but then decided, that with enough hand sanitizer at fuel stops, masks, and camping the whole way, we could make the trip without too guilty of a conscious.

      so we plotted a course west, and decided to hit, the badlands, the black hills, deadwood, devils tower, rockey mountain national park, moab, bryce canyon, zion, and then the inland empire. and then back again.

      its been a few years since i took a sports car road trip, and last time i did it was before my current miata fleet, driving my 944 turbo. which had, ALOT more space. but we knew we'd be packing everything into my new to me 99 leather package, camping every night. so we packed light. a backpacking tent, pad, and bags, but also a stove for coffee in the morning, and a small cooler for milk etc. we brought everything we needed, and nothing more basically. we actually ended up living a half decent life on the trip, only one night up in the mountains on the Colorado/Wyoming boarder did we get pretty cold (frost on the car in the morning cold), we weren't packed for freezing temps.

      In full review, the miata was a tight place, but mostly it was pandemic related why it was tight place. we certainly didnt need any more space to live and have a good time or drive, but typically on one of these road trips we'd eat at bars and restaurants for every meal, a hotel every few nights, and those few hours of time kinda not either in camp, or in the car, kinda a "third space" would have been really nice and helped out. when the only "safe" places are camp or a miata, your world is pretty small.

      the reliability of the NB over the 944 turbo was very nice. temp went up a little bit on the way home in 100 degree southern utah weather on mountain pass climbs when trying to do 80 with the AC blasting. oh darn. compared to the fairly large repairs on roadside i'd do with the 944 on trips like this .... hell even brought it on last seasons STS wheels/tires. didnt even blink. car might end up with a big aluminum radiator anyway, just cuase it might end up on the track a few times, and extra cooling is always wise, but she did fine with the stock cooling system. its also the first of these trips ive done with cruise control and AC, and MAN, thats nice haha

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      the badlands:





      Black hills cave:



      devils tower:



      doing miles:



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      rockey mountain national park (above 12,000 ft):




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      kassy doing miles:



      on the way home:

      Last edited by cockerpunk; 06-30-2020 at 01:41 PM.
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      Sounds great. Maybe I'm just a fascist and didn't know it.. I don't know if I even care anymore.

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      Ten/Tents the entire way!

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      Quote Originally Posted by cockerpunk View Post

      camp:


      Can someone photoshop this with ten more tents, please? He finally have pictoral proof of cockerpunk stakes his tent.

      That said, looks like you guys had fun!

      EDIT: This woman actually spent (what appears to be) a week+ in a miata with you? Has she divorced/dumped you yet? Did you lecture her on performance driving the whole way?
      Quote Originally Posted by cockerpunk
      this is due to your inexperience with performance driving . . . you really do have to take a car to a performance driving event, track day, autocross, ice race etc to get a feel for how a car actually performs. and you have to have the knowledge and skill to be able to manipulate the car in such a way as to get it and keep it at the edge.

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      CP looks like a bootleg version of Todd from Everyday Driver.

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      Quote Originally Posted by vwpiloto View Post
      Ten/Tents the entire way!
      I’m so glad this was the first reply, as this was also the joke I was going for.

      Also, cp looks nothing like I thought he would. Makes all his posts make less sense.

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      my first post was mostly how actually it is possible to go on a road trip in a miata, and you might be asking ... but why though?

      miata actually adds a ton to a road trip, the problem with them in my mind as road trip cars was getting them to the places i wanted one. the convertible makes every park, view, and drive 100x times better. nothing like flopping the top down as you cruise into a national park with huge views. its also always fun drive, because on these trips we avoid freeways as best as possible, and run as much time on back road, mountain roads, etc etc, so the miata is fun. thats why i brought it on real tires, not the all seasons that i have for it. might seem dumb to bring a super 200tw tire on a cross country road trip, but when you want the grip, to have some fun on a good road, you have it. it also runs on 87, or even 85 without missing a beat, and gets pretty good mileage to boot (still havnt done the mileage calc, but it was easily high 20s, if not 30mpg). it also makes a mockery of everyone else when parking/traffic/etc at touristy places. its so much easier maneuver, park etc. if you can tolerate its small storage space, its actually really nice to bring on a road trip it turns out.

      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      I’m so glad this was the first reply, as this was also the joke I was going for.

      Also, cp looks nothing like I thought he would. Makes all his posts make less sense.

      Chris
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      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      CP looks like a bootleg version of Todd from Everyday Driver.

      haha, covid lack of haircuts FTW

      im probably gonna shave the sides this week into a mohawk.

      Quote Originally Posted by SchnellFowVay View Post
      Can someone photoshop this with ten more tents, please? He finally have pictoral proof of cockerpunk stakes his tent.

      That said, looks like you guys had fun!

      EDIT: This woman actually spent (what appears to be) a week+ in a miata with you? Has she divorced/dumped you yet? Did you lecture her on performance driving the whole way?
      we did discuss performance driving, yes ... haha

      Quote Originally Posted by vwpiloto View Post
      Ten/Tents the entire way!
      technically i believe it was only seven tents over the course of the trip ....
      Last edited by cockerpunk; 06-30-2020 at 06:45 PM.
      Quote Originally Posted by ice4life View Post
      Sounds great. Maybe I'm just a fascist and didn't know it.. I don't know if I even care anymore.

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      Quote Originally Posted by cockerpunk View Post
      it also runs on 87, or even 85 without missing a beat, and gets pretty good mileage to boot (still havnt done the mileage calc, but it was easily high 20s, if not 30mpg). it also makes a mockery of everyone else when parking/traffic/etc at touristy places. its so much easier maneuver, park etc. if you can tolerate its small storage space, its actually really nice to bring on a road trip it turns out.
      Makes sense, we've had a few road trips in rental Ford Fiestas whilst overseas, which although they trade dynamics for room compared to this, have a lot of the same mileage/parking/small-car-fun road trip appeal.

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      Glad you got to get out during the craziness. I've only done three drives in months, but even a day trip was totally needed, and I only realized how much I needed it when I came back.

      Few years back I was thinking of going up the west coast in the Chevy, and tow a tear drop behind it. Drop off tear drop, hit some roads, come home. Never made time for it, and I still think that I should.

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      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      CP looks like a bootleg version of a society.
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      Glad you had fun CP, looks like a fun trip. Amazed you fit all that stuff in the ND.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      I’m so glad this was the first reply, as this was also the joke I was going for.

      Also, cp looks nothing like I thought he would. Makes all his posts make less sense.

      Chris
      Maybe it was his S/N but I imagined him looking like a punk past his prime. CP does his own taxes and has a really nice lawn.

      Anyway cockerpunk glad you had a good time and the Miata served you well.
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      Sure looks like a lot of fun.
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      Quote Originally Posted by CTK View Post
      Maybe it was his S/N but I imagined him looking like a punk past his prime. CP does his own taxes and has a really nice lawn.

      Anyway cockerpunk glad you had a good time and the Miata served you well.
      what do punks who are past there prime look like? not confrontational, just curious what my SN implies.

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      Sounds great. Maybe I'm just a fascist and didn't know it.. I don't know if I even care anymore.

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      Quote Originally Posted by 88c900t View Post
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      The NB has a ton of improvements over the NA in terms of driveability and refinement. With aftermarket CC, my MSM would be a great grand tourer.
      the NB really does have a lot of "daily" or "road trip" improvements over the NA, bigger trunk, bigger gas tank, better mileage, more torque, more pockets in the interior, and in my case, Cruise control and AC. none of my NAs have AC or cruise. NB is easier to drive at the limit too, but that doesnt come up much on road trips.

      i think i like my NA6s better, they are simpler, cheaper, and a bit more "hardcore" than the NBs, but i think for the average human, the NB is a better car.
      Quote Originally Posted by ice4life View Post
      Sounds great. Maybe I'm just a fascist and didn't know it.. I don't know if I even care anymore.

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      Quote Originally Posted by vwpiloto View Post
      Ten/Tents the entire way!
      This wins the Vortexnet for the month.

      In all seriousness cockerpunk, this is one of my favorite road trip threads in quite a while. You two's happiness is infectious in the photos, I love the full-send camping/Miata/supporting your friends' wedding, and the space t-shirt. This is good internet.

      This is the absolute perfect answer to the overland crowd that drags huge tents and massive tires to hugely accessible areas for one night of luxury camping, and really makes me think I should give up on trucks and road trip/camp in a fun car again instead. I just need to see a couple of bikes on the back of that Miata, for science.

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      Quote Originally Posted by johntesi View Post
      This wins the Vortexnet for the month.

      In all seriousness cockerpunk, this is one of my favorite road trip threads in quite a while. You two's happiness is infectious in the photos, I love the full-send camping/Miata/supporting your friends' wedding, and the space t-shirt. This is good internet.

      This is the absolute perfect answer to the overland crowd that drags huge tents and massive tires to hugely accessible areas for one night of luxury camping, and really makes me think I should give up on trucks and road trip/camp in a fun car again instead. I just need to see a couple of bikes on the back of that Miata, for science.
      totes.

      we got a lot of strange looks from other campers, but we set/strike camp in less than 15 minutes, and went on our merry way enjoying everything just the same. never understood glamping, and really can't figure out why you need a 3 inch lift kit on a super duty to deal with a few miles of dirt road. we drifted the switch backs #tentents

      FYI, i have a hitch on my white NA6 that i use to carry bikes, works great. its a couple hundred dollar solution to a tens of thousands of dollar problem.
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      Sounds great. Maybe I'm just a fascist and didn't know it.. I don't know if I even care anymore.

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      Sweet!

      How was the noise situation on the highway? I would be wearing earplugs after more than 30 min in an NB.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Elite_Deforce View Post
      Sweet!

      How was the noise situation on the highway? I would be wearing earplugs after more than 30 min in an NB.
      leather package comes with the nice sound system (bose i think? i know nothing about hi fi), so we hooked up our phones to the aux jack and listened to podcasts, or music. podcast recommendations: the Anthropocene reviewed, the horror vanguard, witch please!, and gastropod, we also listened to a lot of Malcolm Gladwell. sound damping is much better than the NA too, should have added that to the list. car also has stock exhaust, so its pretty quiet.
      Quote Originally Posted by ice4life View Post
      Sounds great. Maybe I'm just a fascist and didn't know it.. I don't know if I even care anymore.

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      Very nice, looks like fun...ball n chain and I went from TC to badlands/deadwood/devils tower in 2016, but no further.

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      Cool trip. My wife and I did a honeymoon road trip from NH > MT > back to NH in 2009. We hit a lot of the same stops and had a great time. It was a good test of our marriage right off the bat. 11 years later still cruising along though.

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      Quote Originally Posted by cockerpunk View Post
      the NB really does have a lot of "daily" or "road trip" improvements over the NA, bigger trunk, bigger gas tank, better mileage, more torque, more pockets in the interior, and in my case, Cruise control and AC. none of my NAs have AC or cruise. NB is easier to drive at the limit too, but that doesnt come up much on road trips.

      i think i like my NA6s better, they are simpler, cheaper, and a bit more "hardcore" than the NBs, but i think for the average human, the NB is a better car.
      Most importantly IMO, the Hydro steering in the NB is improved significantly over the NA, as was the structural integrity-my 96 shook like jello. But I find it ironic that my MSM has the Bose stereo with in-dash 6 disc changer (still considered a luxury item in 2004) and no cruise, despite my NA8 having it. .
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      just curious what my SN implies.
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