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Icelandic Odyssey: The Finest Roads I Have Ever Driven.


It was, by its very nature, a driving holiday. When you have ten days to see as much of an island as you can, it’s going to mean a lot of wheel-time. However, frankly, you don’t hold out much hope for invigoration while piloting an Opel Corsa with an automatic gearbox.

However, sometimes the stars align and you find yourself in a position of automotive ecstasy when you least expect it.

It happened in Iceland, in a rented car. A grey one.

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Three Cars, One Hill


This was the best magazine road test that had never been undertaken. In an ideal world it would have been me and two other top-flight motoring journalists, and perhaps a photographer with a chase car. We would have had two days to get the exact shots that we wanted for the feature, as well as to really get to grips with the performance of our three chosen steeds. After two days of pure driving exhilaration we would draw to our conclusions and a victor would be crowned. We couldn’t have wanted for a better or more challenging location, the peaks and passes of Cumbria, but some sunnier weather wouldn’t have gone amiss.

That was the fantasy. The reality was that I was on a family holiday and motoring journalism netted a big fat zero on the “why we’re here” score sheet. Accordingly, rather than a select team of automotive experts, the other cars were piloted by my sister and my parents. At least I was travelling with a beautiful young blonde who would no doubt find my driving prowess an enormous turn-on.

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How To Drive From Orlando To New Orleans In A 2016 Chevy Camaro SS

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Road trips are a great part of being an automotive enthusiast. Road trips in brand new cars can be fun, especially when that car has a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine under the hood, and a manual gearbox under your right arm.

I called my buddy Sam Nalven, AKA Drift Idiot, and we trekked to Florida to grab the keys to a bright yellow 2016 Camaro SS. Our destination was New Orleans. This is the first video in a series, and it serves to merely introduce quite a few more videos to come.

We’ll be releasing a new video each day this week, so stay tuned for more… well, lots more than a basic time-lapse video. This is merely your first handshake with us, the trip, and the car.

An Unexpected Road Trip Adventure: The Unexpected End Has Arrived

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If my fellow Hoons are reading this post while at work, be warned it is a kind of longrooffan style, wandering all over the place, growing a white beard inducing kind of offering. A suggestion to wait until you are settled comfortably with a cool beverage of your choice may be in order. Or not.

So my fellow Hoons may remember this olelongrooffan is on a mind clearing Unexpected Road Trip Adventure and currently hanging at the B’s Nest in historic Rockaway Beach in the Ozark Mountains. Over the past couple weeks I have related my experiences on this Road Trip and although those experiences occurred a couple weeks prior, the previous relating of them to my fellow Hoons has been hindered by a lack of internet access, tremendous socializing and the fact that Hooniverse is not my personal blog so I can only steal schedule so many posts per day. After all, there is a ton of more interesting stuff to be found in the Hooniverse than this olelongrooffan’s ramblings. BTW, Welcome Sloan Glucker, future supermodel and race car driver.

Well during one of my adventures on this Road Trip, this olelongrooffan got a tour of Bus_Plunge’s miniature barn and spotted the Pinder truck and trailer in the lede image. I mentioned at the time, if I could find one I might just give up my quest for a GMC Motorhome and acquire it for future Road Trip Adventures. Well, brother Bus_Plunge, in the comment section of yet another of my ramblings, inserted the second image of one of those combinations and suggested my fellow Hoons pay attention to the tailights on that trailer. As always, listening to our elders is always a good idea.

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An Unexpected Road Trip Adventure: And On To The B’s Nest


So after spending another delight filled evening with thefoamguy and his beautiful wife, this olelongrooffan arose from a slumber on the Monday after the 4th of July realizing moving on to the conclusion of this Unexpected Road Trip Adventure was necessary. (This olelongroofan does apologize to my fellow Hoons but a whole lot of socializing, intermittent internet access and other stuff has gotten in the way of getting these adventures posted sooner.) However, it has been eight days On The Road and afterall, thefoamguy needed to get back to coordinating the fabrication of foam rubber seat inserts for Bass Tracker boats, his beautiful wife needed to coordinate some medical visits for her aging parents, Bus_Plunge and his PrvtRN were preparing to get On The Road in their big blue burban and vintage Airstream and NotSoLilJim and Lil Mom have a whole dang bunch of family obligations to manage with their brood of two teenage boys and two beautiful girls. And BabySisterJoan? Who the hell knows what she has going on these days? So what is this olelongrooffan to do next? Well head down to the B’s Nest in Rockaway Beach via Branson, Missouri, of course.

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An Unexpected Road Trip Adventure: Wagon Wednesday


So there this olelongrooffan was continuing on with my Unexpected Road Trip Adventure and I was up there in Greenfield, Missouri getting some go juice, and ice, at the local Casey’s General Store. Now this is not an old school general store as seen down on Old Route 66 but one of a chain of modern stop and rob’s seen ’round these here parts. Just across Highway 39 was this old BBQ stand which I am confident started life as an old school gas station back when Greenfield was merely a wide spot in the road. Now I can hear my fellow Hoons questioning the judgment of this olelongrooffan as to why I would suffer the potential wrath of the Hooniverse Overlords by including an image of this old building as the lede image in a Wagon Wednesday post here in the Hooniverse?

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An Unexpected Road Trip Adventure: The End Is Nigh


So after taking leave of the thefoamguy and his wonderful wife’s lake house, the plan was to meet up with them later at their home in the Queen City of the Ozarks prior to heading down to another lake in TaneyCoMo. Now as those two have their longstanding rituals of what it takes to close up the lake house for the week and get settled into their city house, this olelongrooffan knew I had a few hours to make that 45 minute drive back to their place. So I decided to do a rare thing and retrace my previous route and check out an area near Haven Lee Farm, Halltown Edition, just off old Route 66.

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An Unexpected Road Trip Adventure: The Party At BabySisterJoan’s Pad

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This was to have published prior to my “On To The Lake” post last week but somehow when saving this one, I lost a bunch of it. So enjoy a moment back in time courtesy of this olelongrooffan.

So here is this olelongrooffan on An Unexpected Road Trip Adventure the first week in July, 2015 in the Ozark Mountain region of the ShoMe State and heading out to the whole reason I am on this Unexpected Road Trip Adventure, BabySisterJoan’s 3rd of July party. I am confident my fellow Hoons are wondering what the hell this snowy picture of an M38A1 towing a single axle trailer full of baled hay out on Haven Lee Farm, Halltown edition, circa 1970 or 71 with BigBrotherBob driving that A1, thejeepjunkie waving at the photographer and this olelongrooffan holding onto the top of that stack of hay for dear life has to do with anything here in the Hooniverse? Well, my fellow Hoons, if any of all ya’all are interested in discovering that bit of trivia, a jump would be in order at this point in time.

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True Companion: Driving a Peugeot 205 XS to the Nürburgring, Part III

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After our Romanian leg of the trip was done, we headed to Serbia by crossing the Donau River near Gura Vaii. We drove the riverbank road to Golubac, and spent the night in a guest house close by. The border crossing was somewhat intense, as the guards eyed at our vehicles, and we drove past abandoned cars on the pier. They had been there for years, as there most likely had been document issues and the cars’ holders had had to leave them for the foreseeable future.

The riverbank road drive was otherwise pleasant, with local Turbo-Folk music blaring from the speakers, but a couple road works had left the surfaces way askew and a loud bang was the inevitable result despite trying to hit the brakes in time. No bent rims on mine, however. Thank the alu-steelies, perhaps.

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True Companion: Driving a Peugeot 205 XS to the Nürburgring, Part II


In the previous post, I outlined how we drove from Finland to the southern border of Poland, then to Slovakia and Hungary in a matter of days, and continued south on our long way around to the Nürburgring.

So, Romania. We crossed the Hungarian-Romanian border at Oradea, and up until then we had pretty much been plain sailing, without much regard to the road conditions, as they were mostly fine. The biggest potholes had been encountered in Latvia after the Estonian border, and there hadn’t been reasons to complain about anything since.

But after the border, which was situated on a field in the middle of nowhere, it soon became apparent the small side roads weren’t really suitable for enthusiastic driving. The pic above shows where we stopped, and it’s sort of decent there, but it wasn’t uncommon to encounter fist-sized boulders and wonder if it would have been smoother to drive across the fields. We scrapped our route plan and headed to the main road towards Cluj-Napoca soon enough.

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