Top 5 Countdown

Odometer: 495,645

Watching so many numbers roll by on the odometer this weekend made me a little dizzy!  It ended up being about a 1,700 mile, 3-day weekend.  Lots of seat time in the Legend but for good reason.  The car motored down the road like a vehicle half its age… er… mileage!  Never a moment of hesitation.  It’s almost like a puppy wagging its tail at any chance to eat up the open road.

We’ve now (I say “WE” because with each roadtrip, I take my blog readers along with me for the ride!) entered into the last 5,000 miles of my journey to 500,000 miles.  The 495,000 roll-over happened on Interstate 15 just south of Nephi, Utah at the very location pictured here.  Not much to look at!  The speed limit is 80 through here, so at least that helps move things along.

Just south of St. George, the interstate slices through the northwestern corner of Arizona on a stretch of road called the “Virgin River Gorge.”  This is an exceptionally fun road to travel if you’ve got a car capable of cornering.  The gorge was completed in 1973 at a cost of about $10 million per mile.  To this day it is one of the most expensive sections of interstate in the country because the Virgin River had to be rechanneled 12 times in order to accommodate it.  The views are incredible, especially at dusk.

I rolled back into Scottsdale in time this evening to take care of some chores and recharge for the work week ahead.

I thought it would be worthwhile to spotlight my mom right here – she’s the main reason I took this weekend’s trip.  I got a chance to see her new home in northern Utah (pictured).

She and my dad are also to thank (or blame?) for my Acura obsession.  It all started when she bought this 1990 Acura Integra GS back in 1996.  I didn’t even have a license yet but I still appreciated its nimble demeanor and sporty styling.

Then she picked up a 1993 Legend L sedan.  This is the car that introduced me to the Legend name and led me down the road of ownership myself eventually.  The following picture from 1998 was when mom’s teenage sons had taken it upon themselves to deck out her car in 18″ chrome wheels.  Bling bling!

The next Acura was a pearl white 1997 3.2 TL.  All in all, a very fine ride!  I especially loved the frameless windows on this one.

After that, it was time for another flagship sedan, whose name had changed to the RL from Legend.  Mom bought this 2000 3.5 RL with only 22,000 miles on the odometer from the original owner in San Francisco.  The black/black color combination made for a hot ride during the summer, but it looked stunning from just about any angle.  I took this picture in Snow Canyon State Park just outside St. George, Utah.

Later on, mom went back to another Legend – this time a milano red 1994 LS coupe.  Attention grabber!

Safe to say we’ve had such a great experience with Acura that we keep coming back for more.

So, here we go with just 4,355 miles remaining until the Legend gets even more Legendary.  Thanks for joining me for the ride!

7 Responses to “Top 5 Countdown”

  1. More Acuras than you can shake a stick at !!

  2. +1 on the Integra, that model is probably more fun to throw around than a Prelude. I shoulda owned one.


  3. Just reflecting back (again) on all those cars, all of them lookers. How did I get so lucky??? Though I now drive a Lexus, there will always be a place in my heart for Acura. Ride on!

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about latest. Regards

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