I've finally found time to document my 2013 expedition: A Smart car trip from San Diego, California to the Arctic Circle (and back). 

The details and lots of photos are found on this link:


It was a great adventure which clearly showed that a Smart can handle a wide variety of conditions. I didn't encounter any snow (it was an August trip), but snow did start falling on my northern-most point just a few hours after we started heading south. Mud, rough roads, steep grades, and highway construction were the primary challenges. Great scenery and the fun of driving a Smart were among the rewards.

A lot of preparation went into the trip. Smart Madness had some good winter tires to handle the often-rough highways found in the north.  I also carried a substantial spare tire, something I've never done before. Fortunately, it was not needed. The only mishap was a cracked windshield. A rock off the highway caused that as I drove north of Seattle on the Interstate.

This northern expedition pushed the number of states in which I've driven this Smart to 45.  The four missing mainland states are on the East Coast.  I'm leaving on a cross-country trip in a few weeks and will add those to my completed list.  But that is a different story.  Stay tuned.

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Comment by Jim and Ann Brown on April 9, 2014 at 5:03pm

Also, may I repost it to the several other smart car forums to which I belong?  I am so tired of even hearing "a nice town car" from owners of smarts.

Tks much, Jim

Comment by sUSAi Admin on April 9, 2014 at 4:07pm

Would you be open to allowing us to re-post this (with proper credit) to our smart USA social channels? It is such a great example of what a smart can do!

Comment by sUSAi Admin on April 9, 2014 at 1:24pm

Wow what an adventure you had! The pictures you captured and the story you weave to go along with them is truly engaging. Thanks so much for letting us take the ride with you.

Comment by Jim and Ann Brown on March 28, 2014 at 9:20am

Fascinating!  Your marvelous story and photos are saved so we can show the next ignorant person who suggests that the smart car is a "town car."

Jim and Ann, College Station, Texas

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