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    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJL View Post
    Steaks and Beer in Tecopa. Best food Iíve had in a very long time. The chef there used to work in Vegas and was in fine dining. He got tired of it and moved to this tiny town. Itís a total dive with two tables and outdoor seating but I would pay $200 plus to eat there easy. I think it ended up being like $60 a person for a four or five course meal.


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    Oh hell yeah!! I totally second that!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    Oh hell yeah!! I totally second that!!


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    We need to go back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    Personally, I think Joshua Tree is overrated for what it is. Sure, it's pretty but there are places I can think of that are just as pretty if not more so and without the crowds or the dumpy areas surrounding it. Death Valley is a must and I would HIGHLY recommend it especially over Joshua Tree. Depending on how you route your trip, you can make your way out to the Owens Valley. Super beautiful there especially with the Sierra's being so white capped right now. This will also take you out to Lone Pine and out there, you can visit the Alabama Hills which look a lot like Joshua Tree. Tons of movies have been filmed out there as well and it's well worth the visit. I should note, this is all Q5 friendly too.

    Regarding the Racetrack, yes, you can make it there in the Q5. Just take your time and enjoy the scenery along the way. Make a stop over at Teakettle Junction and take some pics. More than likely, there will still be some wildflowers in bloom too.
    I was just in Joshua Tree last week. I generally agree with Eddieís assessment. BUT there is an amazing bloom of wildflowers at the southern end of the park. Alas, it will probably be all gone by the time youíre here but it might be worth a call to the ranger just in case.
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    I would bypass the racetrack. That would be 3hrs at 5-10 mph. There are only 2 speeds on that road 10 mph and 60 mph. All washboard.

    Hit Death Valley then onto Hwy 395. It is very nice up to Carson City. You can see Alabama Hills,Mount Whitney and much more. Go up to Carson City and Virginia city if you like gold mining towns and ghosts and cut over from there and see Lake Tahoe. On the the way back to see Yosemite and Sequoia

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    Tahoe will still be under a heap of snow no? If I do make it up that far, then I'd definitely want to meet up with Eddie and Cindy (if they are in town that is) for a burger and a beer. As for the racetrack and 60mph, As Jeremy Clarkson says, you know what the fastest car in the world is? A rental car lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFRs2000NYC View Post
    Tahoe will still be under a heap of snow no? If I do make it up that far, then I'd definitely want to meet up with Eddie and Cindy (if they are in town that is) for a burger and a beer. As for the racetrack and 60mph, As Jeremy Clarkson says, you know what the fastest car in the world is? A rental car lol

    That was an easy 60 mph in my Raptor. Rental car would make it maybe 3 minutes at 60mph and most likely end in total destruction or multiple flat tires.

    I forgot to add there is the Bodie ghost town on 395 too. You can do LA to Carson City via Death Valley in an easy 2-3 days.

    LA to Death Valley 1 day sight seeing
    You can do Death valley to Carson City in 6 hours so there's plenty of time to see stuff if you take longer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffer View Post
    That was an easy 60 mph in my Raptor. Rental car would make it maybe 3 minutes at 60mph and most likely end in total destruction or multiple flat tires.

    I forgot to add there is the Bodie ghost town on 395 too. You can do LA to Carson City via Death Valley in an easy 2-3 days.

    LA to Death Valley 1 day sight seeing
    You can do Death valley to Carson City in 6 hours so there's plenty of time to see stuff if you take longer
    So if I'm hearing you correctly, make sure I get the full insurance lol Thanks for taking the time. I'll plan out my route and post it up, and maybe you guys can recommend some other things along the way. Thanks again everyone.
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