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Readers Respond: The Magic Fuel Card

We were completely blown away by the quantity of responses to our Question of the Week, “If you had an unlimited Magic Fuel Card for one month, where would you go, and what would you do?”  The catch was that the Magic Fuel Card only lasts one month, which starts right now. 

“Hmmm… right about now we could go for a nice trip to the Florida Keys.  We have always wanted to see that area.  Warm sandy beaches, fishing, kayaking; a month sounds about right.” – Bill Tex

“Just pass go!  Like the game Monopoly, roll the dice and see where you end up!  I don’t believe this has ever been tried.  Adventure and lots of fun guaranteed.” – Denise Hupé, Canada

“We would head to Indiana to spend a weekend with children and grandchildren.  From there we would head down through Kentucky into Tennessee and North Carolina to Smoky Mountain National Park.  Then we would go down to Chattanooga to visit the Civil War battlefields.  From there we would go back up to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.   Next we would go west to the Mississippi River and follow it north to St. Louis to see the Arch.  We would continue north from there, soaking in the history of the old paddle wheelers, Mark Twain’s stomping grounds, and then go back home to Minnesota.

We have our camper loaded right now and are heading out tomorrow to Indiana and Michigan to take in activities that our children and grandchildren are involved in.  We are also planning a trip in April down into Kentucky for a few days.” – Allen and Sharon Brummel, 2008 Northstar TC650, 2008 Dodge Ram 1500

“There are three major LandRover off-roading events out west.  I would take my 1972 Land Rover and my Arctic Fox and attend all of them.” – Scot Haberman

“Upon receipt of the Magic Fuel Card, we would depart the Sierra Foothills near Yosemite National Park and head south to the I-40 out of Barstow to the Grand Canyon.  There is still some snow there, so we would see a different perspective.  We would continue on stopping at National Parks and National Monuments on the way to Florida.  Then we would go down to the Florida Keys to the very end of the road, turn around and then head north on Florida’s other coast.  We would visit Civil War battlegrounds on the way to New England.  Then we would go up into the Canadian Maritime provinces. 

Hopefully, the weather would be beginning to moderate and the trip wouldn’t be delayed by snow.  Then we would go across Canada to Prince Rupert where we catch the overnight ferry to the north end of Vancouver Island to stop by Tolfino and Victoria. Then we would come back into the United States and go down the coast to Bodega Bay, California to the site of the movie Birds, and then home to Groveland.  We may need a two month Magic Fuel Card for this.  Thanks for the virtual trip.” – Jim Goodrich, California, Lance 1191, Chevy 3500 crew cab dually

“There’s a small town in either Alaska or the Yukon (can’t remember which) that is on a river (again, can’t remember) and they have a lottery each year to guess when the ice will break-up on the river enough to send a small raft tethered to the bank downstream.  With my Magic Fuel Card I would drive there from south Florida to watch it happen.  Then I would drive to eastern Canada to watch the Reversing Falls in Saint John, New Brunswick before heading home with detours on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Natchez Trace Parkway.  Where do I pick-up my fuel card?” – Don Udelson, Florida

“I would leave central Pennsylvania and head west to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, and the Rockies in early spring.  Then I would travel back across the lower part of the United States to Tall Pines Campground for the big rally in Sanford, Virginia.  Of course I would fill up on April 20th for the trip home.” – Bob Fenton

“We are off to travel the USA!” – Denny B., Pennsylvania

“What would we do?  Why head to Alaska immediately.  I don’t care that there must still be snow there in March and April.  I want to see that snow glistening on Denali and the caribou migrating.  Along the way, we would follow Route 2 across the top of the United States, visit Glacier National Park and the coast of Washington State again.  I’d leave coming home to the last gallon of diesel.  You did say diesel was included in the Magic Fuel Card right?” – Anne and Joe Brown, The TwoMaineiacs

“I would be leaving for Alaska immediately.  You can send my card to my first fuel stop at the Vince Lombardi Service Area (it is the cheapest in the area).  I am still frugal even with your magic card.” – Dave and Lila

“Sounds like an emergency trip to Alaska is in order!  It really doesn’t matter where we would go.  I love seeing the city limit sign in my rear view mirror and knowing that I’m on vacation.  There is nothing like climbing into bed and looking at the stars through the front window of my Bigfoot truck camper.  Some people do not like front windows on their campers, but I love them.” – Bigfoot Dave

“I would go to Big Bend National Park.  There is a scenic overlook of the Rio Grand River with a 1,500 foot cliff looking straight down.  That is just one of the pretty places in the park that I would like to see!  They have nice campgrounds also.” – Carl Chalfant, Jr.

“Angela – My first act would be to make the card work until June 30, 2012.  I leave on my 17,000 mile round trip from North Carolina to Alaska on April 26, 2012.  So, short of filling up my truck camper with fuel, which would be a really bad idea, I can’t really compete.  But if you change the rules, then I will write a longer and far more inventive reply.  Thanks and keep up all of the good work you and that fella that works for you get accomplished to help all of the truck campers out here.” – Mark Turnbull

“I think the fuel card would be extremely helpful in getting to my first truck camper rally this April at Tall Pines Campground in Virginia.  I am really looking forward to the rally being that I just changed over to a truck camper last year and have not seen too many at the campgrounds I visited last year.  This would give me a fantastic opportunity to meet many new people that share a common interest.  I am looking forward to many more journeys with my new truck camper.” – Louis Rapoli

“I’m retired!  Let’s hit the road!  I would tour the West Coast including Canada.  I love pioneer history which includes General Custer and the US Calvary at such places as The Little Big Horn, Rosebud, and the list goes on.  Did I mention I also have a huge craving to explore ghost towns, mining camps, and frontier forts?  Does that card include oil changes as well as fuel?” – Jerry Fullerton

“The first week of April, I will be heading out on my last road trip with Brynna.  I got my Border Collie, Brynna, thirteen years ago after my first beloved Border Collie became ill on our week off in April and died on my birthday days after we got home.  Brynna went blind at age five.  Last year she was diagnosed with dementia.  Medication has helped and she has survived longer than the vet had anticipated.  But these past two weeks, she’s obviously begun losing ground.  I thought our few days trip over Thanksgiving would be our last road trip together.  But it looks like we’ll have one more!

It doesn’t matter where we go, only that we are together.  I had a scare with my Border Collie mix last summer, cutting my summer trip short when she grew a huge tumor on her rear end.  Every vet I saw was sure it was cancer.  We ended up at Michigan State Cancer Center.  After being sure that the decision was going to be to put her on pain killers until the end, the tumor was found to be a very aggressive lipoma, not malignant!  So every trip now with Sami is also special.

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