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DAY 1: KC to Colorado

Now on our way from Kansas City to N. California in our new Z which we purchased 50 years to the day after I bought the 1973 240Z. (which we still own)

Took some long distance trips in the 240Z and now driving US Highway 50 In the new Z No Interstates!

First stop: the Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve in
Kansas.

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short access road to one of the viewpoints: (Not US Highway 50!)
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Planned route.
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(map of long trips in the 240Z)

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The 240Z used on these long trips (pix from the 2019 JCCS in Long Beach)
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After the Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve, drove to the Cosmosphere space museum in Hutchinson, Kansas.

A space museum in Hutchinson, Kansas? Thought we would spend 30 minutes there, but stayed for 3 hours and it was not nearly enough. A world class museum with artifacts like Gus Grissom’s Mercury capsule, restored by experts at the museum. The Apollo 13 Command Module, also restored there. An SR71 Blackbird spy plane hanging from the ceiling of the lobby. Many exhibits and unique items for the early USSR space program. No photo of the new Z there, had to park too far away.
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After the Cosmosphere, drove to Boot Hill in Dodge City for a photo op:
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Highways on the Prairie are wide open, straight, and little traffic. Passing a truck using most of the 400 HP of the Z (unnecessarily…:) is like a catapult shot on an aircraft carrier!

Headed to Lamar, Colorado for the first night’s stop. But then ran into an intense midwestern thunderstorm. 40 minutes of torrential rain, dark, thunder, lightening, flooded roads. Fortunately no hail, my biggest concern. No turning required on the wet and flooding road was also helpful.
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1st Day stats: 488 Miles, 30.2 mpg average mpg.

Day 2 in future post.
 
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Now on our way from Kansas City to N. California in our new Z which we purchased 50 years to the day after I bought the 1973 240Z. (which we still own)

Took some long distance trips in the 240Z and now driving US Highway 50 In the new Z No Interstates!

First stop: the Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve in
Kansas. (Future posts of next stops comming)
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short access road to one of the viewpoints: (Not US Highway 50!)
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the 240Z



(map of long trips in the 240Z)

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Have an awesome trip! Be safe
 

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Great trip. I drove my '73 240 between Indiana and Louisiana (no A/C) a few Tim’s back in the day. Still had fun driving my Z. With you driving your new Z, it should be a whole lot of fun. Safe travels and keep on with the updates.
 
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I’m from Hutchinso, the Cosmosphere is amazing and was started by a friend of my parents.
 

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Headed to Lamar, Colorado for the first night’s stop. But then ran into an intense midwestern thunderstorm. 40 minutes of torrential rain, dark, thunder, lightening, flooded roads. Fortunately no hail, my biggest concern. No turning required on the wet and flooding road was also helpful.
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1st Day stats: 488 Miles, 30.2 mpg average mpg.

Day 2 in future post.
Oh man, I use to live in Fort Collins CO, and some of the hail storms were brutal. My son drove our BRZ out there last year and of course, got hit by hail and a few dents. :( Hope you continue to avoid that stuff.

Are you doing the non interstate route just for fun or to aid with engine break-in? That's some impressive mpg you are getting so far. Have fun.
 
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Oh man, I use to live in Fort Collins CO, and some of the hail storms were brutal. My son drove our BRZ out there last year and of course, got hit by hail and a few dents. :( Hope you continue to avoid that stuff.

Are you doing the non interstate route just for fun or to aid with engine break-in? That's some impressive mpg you are getting so far. Have fun.
Just for fun. Interstate highways are too boring in a new sports car. :)
 

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...That's some impressive mpg you are getting so far...
I've been pretty impressed with the Z's fuel economy on a road trip. I got similar results on a day trip to/from LA with all freeway driving. Around town I seem to accelerate a harder and it drops by a good bit.
 
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Cross Country Road Trip in the new Z: Day 2:
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Detoured off Highway 50 to Colorado Springs to drive Pikes Peak. The very top was closed (still snowed in), but got to the 16 mile mark of the 19 mile road to the peak. Well above the Tree Line, and scary close to cliff edges. They have a mandatory brake temperature check on the way down the mountain. The 9 speed "paddle shift" transmission (don't call it an auto...;)) helped here, as there are several low gears usable for avoiding brake wear. Passed the temperature check with flying colors!
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Then to the Garden of the Gods spectacular rock formations. It was Father’s Day and the traffic through the park was stop and go and all the good scenic stopping points with a car were completely blocked.
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On the way back to Highway 50 and Monarch Pass, we stopped for gas in Manitou Springs, where a young bear crossed the 4 lanes of Business Highway 24 in front of us! Our dash cam caught the image, but its a wide angle 1080P camera. So here is the zoomed in, cropped photo of the bear. Really was a bear! Really…!
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Then onto Monarch Pass via US 24 and Highway 50. US 24 was 4 lanes smooth and great scenery.

At Monarch Pass: 11,400 feet altitude on the Continental Divide. Turbos are great for high altitude performance driving!
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Stopped for the night in Gunnison, CO. The High Alpine Brew Pub was the hot spot in town. Great beers and excellent pizzas.

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Day 2 specs: 392 miles. Average mpg for the trip dropped to 27.8 thanks to Pikes Peak backup at the entrance portal (Father's Day again) and stop and go through the Garden of the Gods.
 
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I just heard that the 2024 Z Nismo will only come with 9 speed automatic!!! Are they kidding? I wouldn’t buy an automatic Nismo version with that crappy 9 speed👹I suspect that they have lost their minds at Nissan in an attempt to get a faster car at the expense of a 6 speed manual!!!
 
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Day 3: Off to Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

But first, did you know that the 2023 Z is off road capable? :rolleyes:


Several miles of Highway 50 in central Colorado are currently a dirt road because of construction. Hope the PPF installed on the hood and front fenders can handle this!
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Gunnison to Ouray Colorado.


Nice twisty road up to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The Black Canyon gets its name because some parts of the gorge receive only 33 average minutes of sunlight per day. A smaller version of the Grand Canyon, but narrower and steeper. The 2,250 foot Painted Wall is the tallest cliff in Colorado and the 3rd tallest in the 48 states. Very scenic.
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Then on to Ouray (pronounced You-ray) Colorado, an old mining town now a popular tourist destination know for its off road jeep tours and climbing terrain (including ice cliff climbing). We took one of the jeep tours into the high country on roads even rougher than that Highway 50 dirt section! (our second off road adventure of the day…:) Our driver stopped at one point where last year a tour jeep went over the edge, killing 4 people. We really did not need to know that….

The main street through town was paved, but the side street to our motel was gravel… Sure hope the PPF holds up again!

Typical empty highways in the Rockies.
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Ouray, Colorado.
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Still looking good after dirt highways, gravel side roads and bugs. PPF is holding up well.
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Our high altitude touring adventure road. Did NOT take the Z on this...
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"Representing" in Colorado for the Z Owners of N. California (ZONC)
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Day 3 stats: 121 miles, about 28.7 mpg trip to date. More fun mountain highway driving.
 
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