NALM 2016 Day 8: Finally Home in Phoenix, Wrap-Up Video

Odometer:  548,664


I made it home, sweet home!  While I’m unpacking the car, sorting through junk mail, and doing a load of laundry, I threw together some quick statistics on my 8-day trip from Phoenix to Atlanta and back.


I visited ten unique states.  My state crossings were in this order:

  • New Mexico
  • Texas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Tennessee
  • Arkansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • New Mexico
  • Arizona

A few stats:

  • Total trip distance in 8 days:  4,007 miles
  • Total gallons of gas:  143.3
  • Total spent on gas:  $360.39 ($40 of which was on a gift card to Love’s)
  • Average miles per gallon:  27.9
    • Note that the window sticker for my car states EPA rating of 18 city / 26 hwy
  • Quarts of 5W30 oil added:  1
  • Quantity of power steering fluid added:  1 bottle

Detailed gas log below.  I always used the highest available Premium fuel – sometimes 93, and usually 91 octane.  The cheapest gas was in Jackson, Mississippi.


Here’s an 11-minute video capturing some of the highlights from this year’s event.

This morning’s early border crossing into my home state


Quick stop in Winslow, Arizona.  Have you ever heard the song “Take It Easy” by The Eagles?


I recommend listening to it here.  The song mentions “standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.”


It was cool to drive past Twin Arrows, but I saw that the trading post is in pretty sad shape nowadays.


And finally, after fueling in Flagstaff, I made my way down Interstate 17 and home!


Almost forgot to show this awesome award for “Best Engine Bay.”  The printed material attached to the plaque is leather, almost exactly the same color as my interior.  Pretty awesome idea.


Thanks for coming along for the trip!


23 Responses to “NALM 2016 Day 8: Finally Home in Phoenix, Wrap-Up Video”

  1. Whew! It was exhausting just reading the whole trip tonight. Good for you!
    Looks like 1,000,000 is your next target 🎯

    • Haha, thanks Pam for coming along for the trip! It was a lot of fun, but also pretty exhausting. Today I’ll be heading back to work and settling into my routine again – and I’m totally OK with that 🙂 Hope your week is going well!

  2. Your award for best engine bay was well deserved. Wow. That looks like the engine of a new car, not a 22 year old car with almost 550,000miles.

    • Thanks Carlos! I try to keep it clean in there. Luckily, living in the desert means it only really has a bit of dust here and there. I try to wipe it down every so often. Now I’m scheduled for another oil change this coming weekend, too.

  3. It was good to see you again at our fifth NALM together. Thanks for signing my deck lid once again.

  4. Song trivia… Who is the singer and what is the song name of the below short piece of it?

    On a long and lonesome highway
    East of Omaha
    You can hear the engine moanin’
    Out its one not song…

    Eagles song is a classic.
    I’m sure Tyson has heard the above song many times during his many road trips.

  5. You went through Winslow? I love that place! Such a fine sight to see! Todd and I are heading to Sedona this Friday and returning Sunday. We will be winging it! I don’t think we will incorporate Winslow on this little trip, however.

    Take it easy. Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy…. 🙂

    • You’re headed to Sedona this weekend?! So close! I should buzz up and say hello to you. Though I’ll see you next weekend in St G either way. Make sure you hit up Tlaquepaque. And “Javelina Cantina” for dinner. Best Mexican grub!

  6. Sounds like you had a fab trip Tyson. Good to see the car got you there and back safely. Can we expect to see the coupe reach 550k by the end of October, eh?

    • Hmm, that’s a possibility! I do have a trip to southern Utah coming up that would be 800 miles round trip in a couple of weeks. I was planning on taking the ILX but maybe I should reconsider. Hope your week is going well!

  7. Only 1 quart of oil through all that, including your attempt at quarter mile thunder? Not bad at all. What do you think you’ll address first, the steering rack or the valves and rings?

    I also second the idea of getting the coupe to 550k soon. Legend 4ever!!

    (Glad the trip went well. Over and out.)

  8. 1 quart in 4000 miles? That is nothing. Don’t worry about that. And if you normally change the oil every 3000 miles, you won’t have to add any oil at all.

    • Yeah I didn’t think a quart of use was too bad either. I’m going to try running a little thicker oil on this next change to see if it minimizes the burning though. My dealership has been putting in a synthetic blend 5W30 and I want to use a conventional 5W30 or even 10W30 (that’s that my NSX is running).

  9. Midnight Mystery Says:

    I’m back!!! Dang, you’re close to 555,555, and you’ll need to take a picture!!!

    Cheapest fuel in MS, well, not by me, but it isn’t bad still!!! MS FTW!!! I’ll watch your video later!!!

    I see you went back through TN and over!!!! I hope you enjoyed the trip!!!

  10. 4,000 miles in 8 days, that is the most I have ever heard of in just over a week’s amount of time. I don’t like the plastic dipstick that came with my Civic, but perhaps I should check the oil. However, I haven’t noticed any drips or any burning. I am going to get new spark plugs put in; last time they were changed was around 94,000 miles ago. Hopefully, that helps the engine, as I am noticing the car has been sluggish lately. I am not a fan of the Drive By Wire System used in my car, as it has way too much control over what goes on.

  11. Looks like I found the box for notifying me of when new comments are made. 🙂

    • Ha, glad you found that box for the comment notifications! Yeah 4,000 miles in a week is pretty nuts. If I kept that pace for an entire year, it would be 208,000 in a year. Hopefully the new plugs help your performance a bit. Keep me posted.

      • Weird, I didn’t get a notification for some reason. Well, I checked the box again. I posted on your FB.

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