By Blaine Sanders, Fayetteville, AR
Last summer, I embarked on an epic 11,000-mile road trip to the western United States and Canada. Most people would see 180k on their odometers and consider renting a car for a six-week adventure. However, as always, I relished at the opportunity to hit the open road in my 2002 Outback.
Beginning on July 1, 2012, I set out and drove through 17 states and provinces, visited 14 national parks, and encountered some of the most amazing roads North America has to offer. Highlights of the trip were numerous, but standout moments included skirting the ocean and redwood forests on the Pacific Coast Highway, feeling the breeze off the glaciers on Canada’s Icefields Parkway, and toying with danger on some dirt roads in the Colorado Rockies.
Not only was my car a mode of transportation and a friend on the road, but my Outback often served as my hotel. I slept comfortably many nights in the back of my car, waking up refreshed and ready for the next day’s adventures. While we are now at 200k on the odometer, I can tell you that will not be the last epic road trip for this car. We can’t wait to shove off again this summer!
By Spencer Sieler, Frostburg, MD
When I decided to move across the country for my job, I had owned my 2012 Forester for a little over two months. I drove from the west coast of Washington state to Maryland, to the new wind farm where I would be working.
Three thousand-plus miles and stopping at every national park I could, it never skipped a beat, even with a roof rack packed and being filled to the brim inside with everything I owned. I love my Forester and will buy a second when or if this one goes wrong.
Editor’s note: Read about a road trip from Anchorage, Alaska, to San Diego, California, to Warminster, Pennsylvania – see the Touring article in Summer 2013 Drive.
Read about the 8,500-Mile Road Trip in this issue.