The Legend Rolls 550,000 Miles on a Christmas Trip to Utah
Odometer (Legend): 550,085
It took me 5 years to go from 500,000 to 550,000, but I finally got there last night. I made a Christmas 800-mile round-trip to southern Utah this weekend and celebrated the milestone on my way home, along Highway 93 just north of Wickenburg, Arizona.
Mechanically, it was smooth sailing aside from adding a little power steering fluid and getting a check-engine light. As a matter of fact, somehow I achieved 29.7 miles per gallon on the way up Friday night. I guess that’s partly thanks to the fact that my speeds were usually between 65 and 70 miles per hour. They still haven’t paved an interstate between Phoenix and Las Vegas so it’s mostly back roads for that 4.5-hour stretch.
Fittingly, my return trip took me through “Santa Claus, Arizona” – a now-abandoned tourist trap that in the 1930s was a gas station, gift shop, and restaurant. Vandals have destroyed what’s left of it, but the map still clearly confirms its existence and I stopped for a few pictures at Saint Nick’s run-down residence.
The place can be yours, if the price is right!
Snow-capped peaks in the background – it was chilly out there, for Arizona standards anyway.
Here’s the roll-over video and a few scenes from Santa Claus.
A few other photos from recent events. Allie from Acura mailed me a “Nouvelle Blue Pearl” 2017 NSX model car. I told her it’ll go nicely in my garage!
Fueling up in Wickenburg on Friday afternoon
Sunset when rolling through Las Vegas, Nevada
Visiting mom, and also a visit from our friend Jack
Re-creation of a 20-year old photo (top) taken in 1997 with mom’s Legend.
My brother’s 1993 Legend LS 6-speed (139,000 mi) next to mine.
The ILX getting snowed on in Holden, Utah. Jack – from a few pics above – borrowed the car this weekend and put it to good use.
My uncle Dande picked up a 2013 ILX too. “Polished Metal Metallic” automatic.
Family photo of mom’s side of the family.
A few other videos for your viewing pleasure today.
ILX in snow – thanks Jack for the clip:
Link to Xtreme Coupe YouTube channel – my brother’s page. Watch his Lexus IS300 project updates:
Link to interesting video on the evolution of automotive design:
Link to Hagerty Engine Rebuild Video of a Chrysler motor. Pretty fascinating stuff:
Have a great week!