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08-31-2010, 03:01 PM
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In our last long term update (http://www.autoblog.com/2010/08/04/2010-subaru-legacy-2-5gt-heading-to-shop-for-recall-inspection/), I mentioned that my wife and I took the 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT on a two-week road trip up to New England. Our ultimate destination was Bar Harbor, Maine, though a stop in New Hampshire on the way home became our most memorable vacation moment of all time.

After spending Fourth of July at the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (http://www.mountainviewgrand.com/), we decided to drive up Mount Washington (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Washington_%28New_Hampshire%29) and visit the Mt. Washington Observatory (http://www.mountwashington.org/) at its summit on our way out of town. I knew little about Mt. Washington, but my wife had visited this tallest peak in New England as a child and claimed she and her family had hiked up to the summit.

The story goes her father had convinced them all to hoof it up to the top rather than hitch a ride on the mountain's Cog Railway (http://www.thecog.com/) by offering them each the price of the train ticket as bribe money. Sounding like something my father-in-law would do, I trusted my wife's memory was accurate and imagined a post card-quality bluff, easily scalable by a trio of children and their persuasive father.

This is the story of how wrong I was, and how the 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT fared as our mule on the harrowing eight-mile ascent up the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

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Sti Guy
09-03-2010, 03:25 PM
Awesome pics man... Wish I can visit the east but im in West.. :(

09-07-2010, 08:58 PM
This is a really cool story! Makes me want a new car, especially because I live on the East Coast but have never ventured up as far North as Maine. I'd love to go sometime, but the car I have now doesn't do hills well, much less mountains, haha.

Looking forward to seeing your next adventure, especially the photos.

09-07-2010, 09:00 PM
@Sti_Guy where on the West Coast are you? I've never been there, I want to soo bad!