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  1. PaulK

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    Really a great thread- I have been following your posts on FB and there is much more detail and excitement on FChat.

    I am surprised about Arkansas. I had no idea it was like that. Someone told me it was boring- clearly they are wrong!
     
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    The first 150 miles were the best driving and most fun for me and the 328, maybe not the most for Mia's stomach. :) The last 200 miles yesterday the most boring of the trip all the way back to home.

    2019 Father-Daughter Road Trip Summary:
    • 45 year old father
    • 12 year old daughter
    • 33 year old Ferrari
    • 6 days/5 nights
    • 1,832 total miles
    • 5 states
    • 0 tickets
    • 0 "close calls" tickets or accidents :)
    • 1 broken fog light/maybe minor hail damage
    • 1 fight first day (results a tie), 5 minor disagreements (score Mia 3 - Dad 2)
    • Dad still got in 5 runs totaling 17 miles. Lost 2 pounds on the trip!
    • Father-Daughter bonding improved from a 7 to a 9.
    One sentence highlights COTA parade lap, Lost Pines Resort lazy river, Lake Charles trampoline park, Bourbon Street, JH's mansion and showroom tour, B.B. King museum, Jim Henson's hometown, staying at a 170 year old plantation, picking cotton, Lodge at Mount Magazine, and 150 mile hard mountain rally to end of Talimena Drive.

    Summary of 328 Performance
    • No problems really at all.
    • AC works PERFECT, until sunny and outside temps start getting close to 80. Luckily only had that for about day and half first 2 days.
    • Only damage 1 fog light and maybe minor hail damage (I can't see anything, but we had good hail for about 20 minutes).
    • Only roadside "repairs" had to tighten AC knob, added quart of oil, and sprayed the throttle bottle and wire with WD40 as pedal sticking.
    • Long drive did identify several squawks for next time at Norwoods. Center dash temp gauge not reading, was accessory belt noise when AC off 1st day (went away rest of trip), need to replace steering wheel (just had interior done except steering wheel), dash lights were inop, rear bonnet shock not holding, windshield wiper fluid nossle needs to be aimed better, passenger door needs sight adjustment so don't have to slam shut, and get to root cause of throttle cable hanging.
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    Trip of a lifetime and love the summaries! Hoping to do a similar trip with my daughters someday.
     
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    What a great thread! I have a 2006 year model daughter as well and I'm not sure that I could get her on the road to do something like this unless there were multiple horses (not the Maranello kind) involved.

    Arkansas has a lot of incredible driving roads. The drive on Talimena from Mena into OK is beautiful. You expect Arkansas to be pretty, but OK? ;) That was a surprise the first time we went to that area. I like the spots where the road crosses the valley and climbs back up and out.

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    Yea, but what was your gas mileage? :D
     
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    Fantastic story and very uplifting for all of us men who are permanently guilty we don't spend enough time with our daughters, sons or Ferraris. On Fchat that's why this was so poignant - you hit two with one.

    I disagree with your bonding score. In years to come it will be revised to be a 10. You can't undo that time together.

    Now what - back to the usual bickering on this board. Thanks for raising it up for us for a few days.
     
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    It literally does not get much better than this.

    I am looking forward to teaching my niece how to drive a stick shift in my Mondial ... not exactly the same as a multi-state road trip, but I will take what I can get.

    - Sam in Saratoga
     
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    Just seen this now - looking forward to this.

    I wish my daughters (2008 and 2010 models) had wanted to do a road trip while I had the Ferraris - could have only taken one I guess. But I am doing a family road trip in April with my wife and two daughters in my 62 FIAT spider and my wife's SUV as luggage vehicle and backup
     
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    Thank you for sharing, Rob! I agree with the comment that you should make a photo book of the trip - or ask Mia to make one, would be a cool project for her.
     
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    Sounds like you have a good reason to get an FF. :)
     
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    around 18-19 MPG.
     
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    my mom is putting one together, she likes to do that.
     
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    Robb, what road did you take to get from Mountain magazine over to Mina. Based on what you posted, it looks like Highway 80. I had taken 28 when we were down there. It was OK. I suspect 80 may be a better road.
     
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    that was just the app mapping, we took 10-23-71. I think it is good getting down there most efficient. The roads are nice and still pretty fun, but there are better ones. Eye balling it 28 looks curvier, but maybe 80 is better. I'm curious how Chris can work Talimena trail in as that's 55 miles by itself and puts you way into Oklahoma. This is 270 miles, I guess Crescent has gone that far a few times. :D

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    Oh I feel sorry for those poor boys. Those poor kids in a few years who pull up in their stanced Toyota 86s to try and impress her.

    The eye roll delivered will be so epic, you can almost hear it...
     
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    I don’t think we necessarily need efficient. I am thinking the best route will be taking 80 over and then taking 88 out of Mina over to 27 through the national park to the south. I have heard that is a great route and not much longer. There is an old radio museum dedicated to the Lum and Abner radio show along the way that looks pretty cool to stop at. As you remember, most people make pretty short order of this anyway.
     
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    Especially when she finds out they can't drive a stick shift.
     
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    … or a Cali.
     
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    MAN, I can't believe I'm just reading this now....We could have meet y'all There!! We live in Lafayette....She looks so much like her Momma. haha.
    Tammy and I are bringing the 430 stick to Hanging at the Hangars, I always wanted to drive the Bluebonnets. Great Trip, I brought my daughter on a Road trip to Talledaga, a few years back, Drove with the Top down the Whole way, meet Brother in Motorhome right on fence in turn 4.....had a blast!
     
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    Mia will remember that trip for the rest of her life.....
     
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    Brilliant. My daughter is.. born in 92 that'll make her 27 in September :D (I have to work back now :eek:). Have I left something like this a bit late I wonder?
    Again thanks for sharing. :)
     
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    never too late, but I think it could be too early. I don't think we would have been able to pull it off any younger. Just over the last year has she become tougher not whining or crying about little things. She's also independent and confident enough not to be a total drain on me. Several times I could go off for a couple hours and do my own thing.
     
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