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Bought the T5M back in May after searching since September(2010) in order to replace my aging N/A. Car was located just north of Baltimore so my Dad and I flew out here and drove it back over the course of two days. The trip was uneventful, no cop scares or anything. Stopped for the night in Pittsburgh just because and it gave me and excuse to visit a friend from high school and drink Yuengling...picked up about 4 cases before heading out the next morning.

Fast forward a month or two, got a job offer with the company I interned with during college with their San Diego office doing field work. Looks like buying a wagon came in handy. :) Was able to pack up most of my life into the car besides my Tethys which are being shipped as we speak and my TV which my parents decided to buy to replace the 20 year old TV in the basement. Thought about towing the car behind a u-haul since I think my trans might have a input shaft bearing that's beginning to wear out...but decided to just cram everything in. Company I was hired by was paying for the move so gas money was taken care of. B)

Trip took 3 days, roughly 10 hours each day. First day was: Milwaukee, WI to North Platte, NE...was about as boring as you think it was and then some, only thing that made up for it was 75mph speed limit in NE. Second day was: North Platte, NE to Green River, UT, this stretch was probably the best because of the Rocky Mountains, actually saw my average mpg's go up while going through the mountains. Third day was Green River, UT to San Diego, CA, almost as boring as the first day since it was mostly desert and once you got into SoCal there was traffic, something I had been able to avoid on the trip till then. Overall it was quite and easy drive and the car performed perfectly!

Enjoy the pics!

Picking up the car in Baltimore.

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Rolling through Maryland.

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To bad the car had a stock exhaust.

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Taking a stroll past an old jobsite.

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Allegheny River Bridges

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Worst part of the trip....

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V70T5M and the S70N/A together one last time. Was able to sell the S70 the day before I left for CA. :( :(

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Loaded up!

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Boring Illinois.

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Mississippi River

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Boring Iowa...

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Nebraska

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Sweet!

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Thank god for functioning A/C!!!

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Boring Nebraska...

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Volvo found some fellow wagons to hang out with at the hotel in North Platte. ^_^

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Finally something interesting on the trip.

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Going up the first big hill into the mountains.

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Downhill for a while after going through the tunnel on I-70. Very fast...a little to fast towards the end.

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Scenic overlook area.

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Volvo shot.

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Colorado River.

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Stayed at the Green Terrace along the Green River...if your ever stop for the night I would recommend the place! Great room and free breakfast where they will cook you anything!

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Corvette club meet in the middle of nowhere :huh:

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The new digs in San Diego. North of the city out in the country.

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View out the front door. :)

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All washed...3 weeks after leaving Wisconsin.

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It sucks that you had to leave so soon after getting T5. As Craig said we have a bad sedan to wagon ratio here with the MWC. But you gotta get paid...

Hope California treats you well and you find some cool Volvo people to share your time with.

And buy some damn wheels.

Edit: oh and you don't have an input shaft bearing. Might be your throwout? Talk about that later...

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About time we see some pics from the trip. Looks like fun, glad to see you're getting settled in. :tup:

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wagon looks nice tom! are you up towards escondido or still on the coast??

looks like you had a fun trip

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Great to see the trip Tom! You should have stayed, then our wagons could have been friends :(^_^

Good luck to you out there! I'll be out there sometime, probably won't drive but flying is a definite possibility when I am done with this thing called school :lol:

Still an MWC member by me no matter how much you hang out with the hippies :lol:

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Cool photo diary dude...sucks ya had to split, but life is life bro. Really sucks losing a wagon in the MWC too....too many homo sedans out here in the mid-west...lol

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Cool photo diary dude...sucks ya had to split, but life is life bro. Really sucks losing a wagon in the MWC too....too many homo sedans out here in the mid-west...lol

See what I mean? We gotta deal with this now...

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looks like a good trip! put on your new style center caps haha

They'll be going on the Tethys soon. ;)B)

It sucks that you had to leave so soon after getting T5. As Craig said we have a bad sedan to wagon ratio here with the MWC. But you gotta get paid...

Hope California treats you well and you find some cool Volvo people to share your time with.

And buy some damn wheels.

Edit: oh and you don't have an input shaft bearing. Might be your throwout? Talk about that later...

It does kind of suck leaving the Midwest but when Im working on the car outside in December I think itll start to make up for it. :lol: I've decided Im going to have fun with the car and worry about the trans when it comes down to it...Craig talked me through my options when I learned about the trans. :lol:

wagon looks nice tom! are you up towards escondido or still on the coast??

Im in/right next to the Elfin Forest if you can find it on a map. 15 minutes from the beach and probably 10 minutes to Escondido.

Great to see the trip Tom! You should have stayed, then our wagons could have been friends :(^_^

Good luck to you out there! I'll be out there sometime, probably won't drive but flying is a definite possibility when I am done with this thing called school :lol:

Still an MWC member by me no matter how much you hang out with the hippies :lol:

Thanks man! Going to miss all those MWC shenanigans. :( Might have to get a meet together close to the holidays so I can attend!

Cool photo diary dude...sucks ya had to split, but life is life bro. Really sucks losing a wagon in the MWC too....too many homo sedans out here in the mid-west...lol

:lol: :lol: :lol: *Sigh* nearest Canadians are up in Vancouver now. Hopefully work will bring me back to the MWC one of these days, company I work for is based in Chicago.

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See what I mean? We gotta deal with this now...

:P

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Congrats on the new job! Nice looking wagon, and great pics from the drive. My wife & I drove our Mustang GT convertible back from Las Vegas to NY last summer, and Kansas was the deadly boring state for us.

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I had no idea you moved to the west coast. Congrats on the new job!

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Cool photo diary dude...sucks ya had to split, but life is life bro. Really sucks losing a wagon in the MWC too....too many homo sedans out here in the mid-west...lol

I think we have more coupes than we do wagons. :lol:

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