We've taken our Smart lots of places.
TwoRed: Our Mainland Smart
TwoRed is what we call our 2010 Smart Passion. It's the car in which we take trips. Long trips. Sometimes very long trips. While most people think of Smart cars as short-trip urban vehicles, we're using our Smart to roam North America. Virtually every trip has been part of an expedition. You'll see from the log below that we've crossed the US several times (actually, four times).
2010: Coast-to-Coast trip (Sept - November: ~10,000 miles)
2011: SoCal Desert (600 miles)
2011: SoCal to NoCal and back (aka "Redwoods Trip") (May: 1,800 miles)
2011: St. Louis and back (June 24 to July 19: 4,802 miles)
2011: Yosemite (November; 1,580 miles)
2012: Ft. Worth (February; 2,850 miles)
2012: Phoenix & Grand Canyon (May; 1457 miles)
2012: Frostburg & the Northern States (May-June: 6,531 miles)
2012: Death Valley (December 26-28: 913.8 miles)
2013: West Coast to the Arctic Circle! (Aug 4-Sept 6: ~5,470 miles + >2,500 miles on the Alaska Marine Highway [ferry])
2014: Penultimate State and Trans-Canada (10 provinces) Expedition (April 30-June 12; 10,907 miles)
2014: Ft. Worth Meeting (August: 2,757 miles)
2014: Bash on the Bridge (September 19-21: 608 miles)
2015: Sedona (July: 1041 miles)
2016: The Fourth Crossing (June: 7,500 miles)
2016: Base Camp Oregon (September)
Note: All of the trips start and end in Southern California near San Diego. In late 2016, TwoRed's home is moving to Oregon.
With these expeditions finished, TwoRed has been across the US four times and been driven in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Note that we live in Hawai`i (which is the only state left). Eventually, the car will be brought to Honolulu and the US circuit will be complete. In the meantime, we have another Smart car (called "Two4Two") in Hawai`i, so we've driven a Smart in all of the states.
TwoRed has also crossed all of the Canadian Provinces, and done a bit of the Yukon, too.
Also of note. We pushed ourselves to go far to the north. That was the Arctic Circle trip. We asked a number of people who live on the Dalton Highway (that's the road to the Arctic Circle in the US). None had seen a Smart up there before. We were lucky on that trip. The day that we were in Wiseman (75 miles north of the Arctic Circle and our northernmost point) it began to snow (after we had left earlier in the day). The Dalton itself got a lot of rain and was about to be closed. There was also a bad accident with a truck (the Dalton is called the "haul road" for the dominance of the big trucks). That closed the highway. We would have been stuck, quite literally. Very lucky timing. Very lucky. Our friends in Fairbanks say that rain in Alaska made it impossible to drive the Dalton in 2014. Glad that we chose 2013 for this trip and didn't go just one day later.
The car has also been to the western-most point on the North American highway system (Anchor Point, Alaska) and the eastern-most point of the US highway system (West Quoddy Head, Maine). Both places are a bit out of the way, so this car is likely one of the few that has been to both extremes.
Getting all of the 10 Canadian provinces was difficult (it is a long drive across Canada and two of the provinces are islands). For example, it took two 7 hour ferry rides to add Newfoundland to the set.
Going on the Tail of the Dragon, US 129, is a rite of passage for a Smart. This 11 mile stretch of highway has 318 curves. You really need to watch the highway as there are many motorcycles sharing the road. You need to make sure that you stay on your side of the center line.
Participating in a group event, the 2014 Bash on the Bridge, is another completed item for TwoRed's Bucket List.
We're recently completed another "extreme" item: The lowest and highest points on the North American highway system. We've done the lowest point (Death Valley). In June, 2016, we went to Mount Evans (about 14,100 feet) Colorado, the highest paved road in North America.
Last updated: May 2015
- Total Distance: 55,010 miles
- Total Fuel Used: 1,428.23 gallons
- Total Fuel Cost: $5,554.45
- Total States Visited: 49 + DC
- Total Provinces Visited: 10 + Yukon Territory
- Overall Mileage: 39.22 mpg
- Best 5 tank average: 47.10 mpg
- Total Fill-ups: 232
- Average Fill-up: 6.16 gallons
- Largest Fill-up: 8.70 gallons
- Average Distance Between Fills: 242.5 miles
- Most Expensive Fuel: $5.67 / gallon (Wawa, Ontario, Canada)
- Least Expensive Fuel: $2.66 / gallon
- Northernmost Location: Wiseman, AK
- Southernmost Location: San Antonio, TX
- Westernmost Location: Anchor Point, AK
- Easternmost US Location: West Quoddy Point, ME
- Easternmost Location: Deer Lake, Newfoundland
- Lowest Elevation: Badwater, Death Valley, CA (-282 ft/-86 m)
- Highest Elevation: Mt. Evans, CO (~14,100 ft)