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The day before going I checked the car over and tried to update the maps and failed horribly. Gary from here tried but we failed. As backup I downloaded all the areas that we are going in the mountains just in case since I’m stuck without car nav now.
The game plan was leave Nola, head to Dallas. Then wachita falls, Pueblo, pikes peak , Denver, rapid city, mt Rushmore, devils tower , rexboug, grand Teton, Yellowstone, butte, glacier national park, Bismarck, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Evansville, Birmingham, Nola. Roughly 18 days. Along the way I decided to audible and also stop royal gorge. I’m expecting other mini stops.
We get to Dallas and My TPMS comes on. A plug I put is leaking. We get to Oklahoma and I lose cell signal and we lost nav. It sucked so I decided when we got to Pueblo to call a local dealer. McDonald Volvo took me in the next day at 7:30. They told me my tire can’t be patched. Sucks cause I bought 4 new tires are waiting at home. I decided I might as well get it done. Then it took them 7 hrs but they got our nav working. We are 1400 miles into a 6000 mile drive. Wishing for the best. My car was and osd. It was awesome driving it to several countries in Europe and now we embark for 21 states here. I’ll update this thread. My kids are young and one day they will book at this trip and realize how epic it truly was to spend this much time in a car with family seeing the Midwest.