NALM 2015 in Houston, Part 5: Final Leg, El Paso TX to Scottsdale AZ
Odometer (Legend coupe): 537,971
Odometer (Legend sedan): 149,635
Day Distance: 434 Miles
It wasn’t until I popped my waffle out of the iron onto my paper plate this morning at the Hampton Inn that I realized it was in the shape of the state of Texas. I guess they want to make sure people remember where they’re waking up.
Today, I bring you the conclusion to a 5-part, action-packed, 2,655-mile round trip drive to Houston, Texas from Scottsdale, Arizona. My friend James and I departed last Wednesday evening so it’s taken us 6 days to cover that kind of ground. Technically, though, we collectively covered 5,310 miles, since we took two of my cars. I’m a little afraid to find out what my credit card statement tells me on the next billing cycle — anyone want to guess what I spent on Premium gas?
Gabe and James (another James, this one driving the red Legend sedan) rolled into El Paso late last night and shared our hotel room. After we fueled up and had a pre-drive chat, it was time to once again head westward on Interstate 10. Only a few miles down the road, we crossed into the “Land of Enchantment.”
In fewer than 200 miles, we crossed another state line into Arizona and I said, “It’s about time!”
I set the pace at 81 miles per hour for our 4-Acura convoy and we were pleased that traffic was light, weather was good, and road conditions were optimal. Even as tired as I was, it was still a better way to spend a Monday than sitting inside an office. Our only stops were in Lordsburg, New Mexico and then in Picacho Peak, Arizona. When we got to the Phoenix metro area, I stuck my arm out the window to send Gabe & James D onward to California while James L and I continued to my place. Gabe and James have another 6 and 10 hours to drive today, respectively. Crazy.
I’m thrilled with how well the cars performed. For having a combined 687,606 miles on them, the trip went absolutely flawlessly. The only fluid I had to add to either car was some of Kevin’s power steering fluid to the coupe once we got to Houston. Oil and coolant levels remained perfect on both vehicles. All I have to do is get that tire nail hole patched from Saturday, throw the tire back on the coupe, and it will be ready for another cross-country trip.
I’ll include just a few photos from today, and hope to have a video ready to share later this week. Many thanks are due to the folks who made this trip possible: To TJ Vetrone for putting on such a world-class event, to James Lee for driving my second car, to Chris Miller for working night & day to get his car ready for the meet so I’d be able to see it there, and to the many other friends who I interacted this weekend who feel more like family to me at this point. Thanks, and I’m already looking forward to the 2016 event wherever it ends up being.
Dust storm warning sign on I-10
So close, but yet so far!
Tucson downtown skyline
Photo from James whilst approaching the Phoenix area
Lo and behold: A Rosewood Brown Vigor sighting, just a few miles from my house.
Home, tucked away, and in dire need of a car wash to get rid of some slaughtered bugs.
Thanks for being a part of the adventure!