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Group trip to Jasper. Need some input.

So a few of us SLK owners and a handful of Fiero owners and one Solstice wner are taking a trip to Jasper next weekend.

Driving up to Jasper on Saturday, overnight in Jasper and driving back on Sunday.

Taking highway 16 in and taking 93 (I think it's 93) to Rocky mountain house on the way back. Weather looks good...so far.

I've been asking for some input into programming a playlist for my Ipod for the trip.

Please give me your suggestions of what you use for good road tunes. SO far I've got about 3 hours worth of programming done. I need about 12hrs.

I'll be sure to be posting pictures and video of the event.
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Hmmm - so the wifey and I start out pretty much every trip with some 'Stones, and if I have it my way, it always starts with Sympathy for the Devil - lot's of good memories there. Loads of Pink Floyd (again, depends on the driving situation), CCR, Paul Simon, Cream, Traveling Wilburys, Blues Traveler, Tracey Chapman, Nora Jones - and then a bunch of blues and country. Told ya it was quite a mix!

I keep a pretty eclectic mix on my iPod, and the wife has even more variety. We tend to do less play lists than "pick what suits our fancy and mood". I'm a strong believer in music to suit the driving situation, so anything can apply, from classical to hard rock to country to Irish Folk music - and everything in between. Wifey has an 80's driving mix that is great if there's no traffic, but in traffic it's to "upbeat" for me. With the GW500, it's easy of either of use to "browse" using either the COMAND controls, with my steering controls for override! ;-)

The only thing I draw the line at are the wife's BBC Dr.Who radio shows. :-)



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Don't have song recommendation, but if the weather is good, the top would be down and I'd listen to the engine :-)

That is a great drive though. We went to Lake Louise then Jasper and back through Edmonton last summer. The scenery is FANTASTIC. Great top down drive. You're lucky to live so close. I actually think that drive may be the prettiest in North America. Not to mention the wildlife you are likely to see. Have fun.
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Well, the trip was incredible. For a two day trip we sure packed a lot of stops, fun and excitement in. For the trip out to Jasper we had a total of 4 cars (2 Fieros, 2 SLKs). The attendance was much lower than anticipated, but that didn't dampen our spirits. We had another Fiero meet up with us in Edson and then a 4th Fiero met us in Jasper as they were coming from BC.

The weather couldn't have been better. On the Saturday there was a light wisp of cloud/smoke everywhere so the sun didn't bake us while driving with the top down. The outside temperature was about 26C. We were able to drive the whole trip (About 6 hours from Edmonton to Jasper including all the stops) with the top down.

We stopped off just before Edson at a rest area and got some pictures of the cars there. There was lots of opportunity along the way to let the horses stretch their legs and, as usual, a few other motorists wanting to play (which we obliged.... to an extent).

Stopped in Edson for a quick bite to eat and little bit of a search for premium fuel as there is a bit of a shortage in Alberta at the moment. Then off to Miette hot springs. The hot springs were nice to visit but everyone agrees the road there and back was the highlight. I've taken lots of pictures posted on my flickr link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4313340...7621870207915/

We also have about 7 minutes of video going up the road. I've got to find a place to post it (other than you tube) and then we can share. the highlight of the event I think was Ron (one of the Fiero owners) driving a little TOO spirited around the last bend. When he came around the corner and parked his car with us all his brakes were smoking. His front rotors were blued.

Bottom line..... Anyone who is going out to Jasper should take the time to drive up to Miette Hot springs. The road is worth the drive

After Miette we were off to Jasper. Stayed at the Sawridge. We ate, we drank, we were merry. Got a chance to socialize with everyone and talk about what we love.... cars ... well, we talked about lots of stuff, but at least we didn't talk about work .

The next day the group split. 3 cars headed back east to Edmonton (they all wanted to go to Miette hot springs again)

Harry (the other SLK driver), myself and Marc (Fiero) went south down 93. We stopped off at the Athabasca falls (beautiful! ) and then at the glacier. The weather was great except for about 10 minutes just south of the glacier it rained a little, but not enough to dampen our spirits.

Traffic was pretty decent only a few places where traffic was conjested. However, that's where our cars excel ... or is that accel? . We moved pretty quick through the conjestion and back to open roads.

Harry continued on when we stopped at the glacier and Marc and I turned down Highway 11 toward Rocky Mountain House. Highway 11 was extremely void of traffic giving us lots of opportunity to do what we like to do....DRIVE!

Once again, we stopped off along the way to take pictures, fuel up and eat.

Definitely plan on doing this again next year. Hopefully we'll get a few more people out.
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