Via - May/June 2015 - Oregon - (Page 14)
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bounty on a
Preparing for a
perfect road trip
he road trip is a summer ritual, one that combines the thrill of the
open highway with the comfort of your own car. A little advance
planning can save you money, spare you headaches, and keep you
rolling smoothly even when the road gets rough. Consider these suggestions
before you pile the gang into the car.
Tune 'er up Nothing can spoil a road trip like car trouble. Make sure your
ith 21 stops and miles of
glorious country driving
about 20 miles south of
Portland, the Molalla Country Farm
Loop invites visitors to experience the
breadth of Oregon's agricultural activity.
This loop, one of three in the state,
starts in Beavercreek, curves south to
tiny Molalla, heads north through
Woodburn, and then returns to its starting point, with different public activities offered at each farm stop.
Rosse Posse Acres is the place to pet
a pygmy goat, a wallaby, or a Patagonian
cavy (which looks like a stubby-eared
rabbit). You can visit Alpacas at
Marquam Hill Ranch to meet fuzzy
newborns in spring, or purchase yarn,
sweaters, and scarves made from
cashmere-soft alpaca ﬂeece.
At Stoller Farms, gardeners can take
home vegetable seedlings and hanging
plants, while ﬂower ﬁends may brake for
blossoming perennials at Out in the
Garden Nursery, also home to display
gardens with picnic tables.
Feeling hungry after the drive? Head
to the historic Clarkes General Store &
Eatery in Beavercreek, established in
1925, for pizza, microbrews, and a toast
to the season. molallafarmloop.com.
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Diamond ratings. Prefer paper? Members can pick up maps at no additional cost at AAA branches close to home or on the road.
Pack snacks You've refueled the car, but what about the passengers? A carsize cooler stocked with sandwiches, fruit, and drinks will help cut down
on expensive, time-consuming pit stops and keep you from ﬁlling up on
gas-station junk food.
Stay ﬂexible The best road trips aren't just about traveling from point A
to point B. Stay open to adventure. Sometimes there's nothing like a
detour to remind you that the journey to your destination is half the fun.
Let AAA help with your summer adventure. Pick up maps and
TourBook guides at a local branch (see AAA.com/locations) and book
AAA-approved lodging along your route at AAA.com/hotel.
TOP: COURTESY ALPACAS AT MARQUAM HILL RANCH
Just try not to pet Marquam Hill's alpacas.
vehicle is in shape for the drive with a visit to a AAA Approved Auto
Repair shop. You'll get a complimentary maintenance inspection with any
paid service (such as a pretrip oil change). If, despite your preparations,
you need a mechanic en route, check AAA.com/repair or the AAA Mobile
app (AAA.com/mobile) for one of 8,000 approved shops nationwide.
Make a realistic budget Before you hit the road, calculate what you can
reasonably afford to spend each day. Restaurant meals and lodging add up
quickly, but AAA can help with member discounts on hotels, museums,
amusement parks, and more. Find them at AAA.com/discounts.
Know your route The TripTik Travel Planner (AAA.com/triptik) lets you
map your itinerary and make adjustments on the ﬂy. This handy online
tool also helps locate gas stations, points of interest, campgrounds, and
electric-vehicle charging pods, as well as hotels and restaurants with
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