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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:21 am 
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Yes France has been very busy planning the route options and date for the 2015 edition of ECVW - East Coast Visit West.

The current date will be:

Montreal Departure: Tuesday June 30th - noon
Montreal Return: Sunday July 19th

The official (preliminary) route will be posted within the next 2 weeks. Expect to see a northern USA trip out to California with a trip down the coastal highway through Big Sur. Expect to drive through Vegas, Utah and Colorado on the return trip.

I promise more details shortly.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:19 pm 
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We are in for this! Leave time on the Big Sur portion for some of the stops, like Julia Pfeiffer State Park where the waterfall falls onto the beach. Tom & Kathleen


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 Post subject: Re: ECVW 2015 - It's on!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:52 pm 
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Whooo Hooo!

I am getting excited already! Darlene will get to see some beautiful scenery.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:45 pm 
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As announced earlier, we are currently thinking of leaving Montreal on June 30th.

Due to my vacation restrictions, we have to drive back home after Manx Over The Falls on June 28th. This means that we will be returning to Buffalo
on June 30th (800 mile round trip).

We were wondering if any of the Manx Over the Falls attendees would consider driving West with us if we left Buffalo on July 1st? We realize that this means that you would be waiting/staying 2 extra days in Buffalo waiting for us to return.

We’re working hard to find a way to begin the ECVW trip at the end of the Manx Over The Falls event but at this time, it looks like we may have no choice but to head back home for a few days of work.

The other alternative we may want to entertain is letting you guys get a head start and we could try to catch up with the group.

We’d like to get your thoughts on this little detail (ok important detail).


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 Post subject: Re: ECVW 2015 - It's on!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:11 am 
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EXTRA - EXTRA - EXTRA

Information Updated - We're booking our hotels based on the list below
* We made 2 small corrections since last night. Please make sure you use these updated hotels (Version 1.3).
** We made 2 more hotel changes for July 17 & 18. Please make sure you use these updated hotels (Version 1.4).

The long awaited details on the 2015 edition of ECVW have been released by the planning committee. Please note that there's still room for minor tweaks but many hours have already gone into the logistics in trying to make this 7,500 mile trip fit within the allotted time.

The list of hotels is not cast in stone, we may alter some of the suggested accommodations based on your feedback. We'll let you know when the hotel selection is confirmed and you can start making your reservations.


The ECVW 2015 route from June 30th to July 19th for a total of 7,534.6 miles. Here are the Provinces and States that we will be passing through:
2 Canadian Provinces
  • Quebec
  • Ontario
22 States
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Montana
  • Idaho
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Arizona
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Wyoming
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Iowa
  • Michigan

The points of interest that we should see along the route are:
  • Niagara Falls
  • Michigan Lake
  • T Roosevelt Nat’l Park
  • Helena Forest
  • Lolo National Forest
  • Clearwater National Forest
  • 99 miles of “s” curves
  • Nez Percé Indian Reservation
  • Lake Umatilla
  • Mount Hood National Forest
  • Castle Crags State Park
  • Whiskeytown/Shasta/Trinity National Recreation Area
  • San Francisco
  • Big Sur
  • Julia Pfieffer Burns States Park
  • Pismo Beach
  • Disneyland
  • Death Valley
  • Las Vegas
  • Fishlake National Forest
  • Arches National Park
  • Arapaho National Forest
  • Mount Rushmore


We are open of any suggestions, we might not be able to accommodate every suggestion due of our tight schedule. Everyone is encourage to join us for the entire trip or for any segments.

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`   DATE   DEPARTURE             ARRIVAL MILEAGE                       ARRIVAL LOCATION                                   TOTAL MI
 30-Jun-15 11:00am St-Léonard, QC  6:15pm 391.7 Holiday Inn Buffalo 620 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY 14202                      391.7
 1-Jul-15 6:30am Buffalo, NY       4:30pm 562   Holiday Inn Express 1550 North Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60195           953.7
 2-Jul-15 6:30am Schaumburg, IL    4:15pm 509.9 Best Western Alexandria In 508 Twin Blvd, Alexandria MN 56308             1,463.6
 3-Jul-15 6:30am Alexandria, MN    3:00pm 489.9 Holiday Inn Express 1919 N Merrill Ave, Glendive MT, 59330                1,953.5
 4-Jul-15 6:30am Glendive, MT      4:30pm 517.4 Holiday Inn Express Missoula Rvrsde 150 Expressway, Missoula, MT,   59808 2,470.9
 5-Jul-15 7:00am Missoula, MT      3:00pm 373.6 Best Western Hermiston Inn, 2255 Highway 395 South, Hermiston OR 97838    2,844.5
 6-Jul-15 6:30am Hermiston, OR     4:15pm 444.5 Best Western Plus - Tree House Motor Inn, 111 Morgan Way, Mount Shasta    3,289.0
 7-Jul-15 6:30am Mount Shasta, CA  5:00pm 395.4 Holiday Inn Salinas 195 Kern St, Salinas CA                               3,684.4
 8-Jul-15 6:30am Salinas, CA       5:00pm 372.9 Best Western - Anaheim Inn 1630 S Harbor Blvd Anaheim, CA 92802           4,057.3
 9-Jul-15 Vincent and France spending the day at Disneyland     
10-Jul-15 11:00am Anaheim, CA      1:00pm 88.3  Northwoods Resort 40650 Village Dr, Big Bear Lake CA 92315                4,145.6
11-Jul-15 BIG BEAR BASH     
12-Jul-15 10:30am Big Bear Lake,CA 5:00pm 293.4 Mirage Hotel and Casino, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas NV 89109        4,439.0
13-Jul-15 7:30am Las Vegas,  NV    5:30pm 463   Holiday Inn Express 1515 Hwy 191 North, Moab, UT 84532                    4,902.0
14-Jul-15 Vincent and France might take a photography tour, so everybody will be free to spend the day where they want.*
15-Jul-15 7:30am Moab, UT          4:45pm 438.3 Comfort Inn 201 W Fox Farm Rd, Cheyenne WY 82007                          5,340.3
16-Jul-15 8:00am Cheyenne, WY      3:45pm 355.9 Holiday Inn, 12444 old hill city rapid 57751                              5,696.2
17-Jul-15 6:30am Keystone, SD      5:45pm 550.7 Element Omaha Midtown Crossing 3253 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68131             6,235.2 <- UPDATED / CHANGED
18-Jul-15 6:30am Omaha, NE         6:30pm 591.8 Hampton Inn & Suite 5059 South 9th Street, Kalamazoo, MI                  6,827.0 <- UPDATED / CHANGED
19-Jul-15 6:30am Kalamazoo, MI     5:30PM 538.3 Holiday Inn - Kingston Waterfront, 2 Princess St Kingston ON              7,365.3
20-Jul-15 5:30am Kingston, ON      8:45am 182.9 Home Sweet Home                                                           7,548.2

Version 1.4 - Updated January 24th 2014 - 8:25pm (EST)




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 Post subject: Re: ECVW 2015 - It's on!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:03 pm 
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You will be going right by Hearst Castle if you can fit it in.


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 Post subject: Re: ECVW 2015 - It's on!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:12 pm 
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WOW! What a route. You guys must have ESP. Kathleen is only missing 3 states - South Dakota, Nebraska & Iowa and she will have been in all 50 states (I have already done it), and you put them on the route(if we make a slight detour going across southern Minnesota on the way back). Her buggy will also jump from 30 states to 39 states. Death Valley in July will be fun, but I see that it could be short cutted to just go to Vegas. We may just stay the extra days in Buffalo and meet you there. Thanks for all your effort on this, it will be EPIC! Tom


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:37 am 
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Hey;

I was wondering about the Hermiston, OR to Mount Shasta, CA leg of the run. If you were to peel off at US-97 off of I-84 at Biggs Junction and head South, you would get to Mount Shasta, CA about 110 miles sooner. It's a 55mph road (everyone does 60) in OR but turns to 65 in CA, with little towns along the way and some nice restaurants. About 3 peaks to go over and beautiful scenery. Great views of Mt Shasta. Would miss all of the big city traffic of Portland, Eugene, Salem, Albany, not to mention the 8mi Ashland Grade outside of Ashland, OR. Might be an option.

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 Post subject: Re: ECVW 2015 - It's on!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:23 am 
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Cool!

Making plans.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:40 pm 
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After a brief look at the map, we will join in West of Cleveland OH on July 1, 2015. Most likely right after I-90 joins I-80. About mile marker 140 on I-80/90.

Looking at the group departure time and trip length for us, we would leave the Charleston WV area about 5:30 AM. Might talk to the parties involved to see if they would want to make a few hours run the night before so 7-1-15 wouldn't be so long of a driving day.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:32 am 
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It looks there will be 3 of us in our group. My old Army buddy (and now Manx Club member) Tom Grither from the St. Louis area wants to make the loop from Chicago back to Chicago. He got hooked when we did the Sea 2 Sea run. He is a good mechanic, so I hope that means nobody breaks down. LOL Tom


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:43 pm 
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For those participating in the ecvw15, is anyone planning to pull a trailer, or have a support vehicle. Once again my entire family is on board, and the plan is to drive a buggy, and also have the Durango flat towing the Tow'd(assuming it's done).


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:50 pm 
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We are bringing a support vehicle, just like ECVW 2014. Its a place to put all the stuff, get out of the weather & be able to rescue yourself if you break down. All of that was needed on ECVW 2014 by us.

Paul - will you be able to drive the Towd if the Manx breaks down? Tom


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:16 am 
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Wasn't looking for the Tow'd to be used in the event of a break down, but rather a vehicle for Stephanie to drive in Big Bear and enough buggy seats for the entire family. If weather permits, she can always unhook it and drive some along the route.
While checking hotel reviews, I was also looking at hotel parking, and got me thinking about what we are bringing? I want to know ahead of time if I need an alternative parking plan for a specific hotel. Will you be using the van or the "Whale"?


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 Post subject: Re: ECVW 2015 - It's on!
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:36 am 
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Paul - we are bring the Dodge Minivan. The "Whale" causes to many parking issues and only gets 1/2 the MPG of the van. I am making a special tow bar for the Manxter because of the Mendola front suspension not allowing the normal bug tow bar to be used. Once again, I want to be prepared. Also getting many spare parts gathered for the trip. Tom


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