Guess what? We have a milestone on our hands regarding the 6. She passed 200,000 miles just outside Barstow, California on June 3, 2016! It’s been just under two years of ownership, and I didn’t expect to reach this milestone this soon. Woo-hoo!
Well, we are here to wrap up the longest and one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever been on. I am home, and the Alaska drive is officially completed. I’m amazed that Tyson and I had been able to accomplish this in just over two weeks driving the entire time ourselves. We came pretty darn close to truck driver status there! I want to thank Tyson for helping make it such a smooth and easy trip. My drive time was a little longer than his due to my starting location, and my desire to travel home a different route.
The 6 was sweet the whole way and didn’t miss a beat. The biggest maintenance item was simply keeping a close eye on the oil level and adding as needed. I completed nearly 9,000 miles and I added a total of 4qts of oil. This is nothing new to me. I did have an issue with the air conditioner that’s explained below, but no other maladies to report. Overall, not too shabby. Tyson’s ILX did even better: it sailed through without having its hood opened once or even an oil change! Here’s some trip stats:
- States Visited: 9
- Territories Visited: 3
- Total Miles covered: 8,936 miles
- Total Hours in the driver’s seat: ~149 hours (!)
- Total Gallons of Fuel: 299.7 (Includes Canadian conversion to gallons)
- Total Fuel Cost: $856 (Includes Canadian conversion)
- Breakdowns: 0
- Unscheduled Maintenance Stops: 1 (A/C)
- Flat tires: 0
The drive back since Eugene, OR was not exactly what you’d call leisurely. I had tunnel vision, and pushed a little further each day to get back. Mostly because I’m impatient, and because I’ve been over this route many times in the past.
I left Eugene, OR and traveled south on I-5 and switched over to Hwy 99 in Sacramento. From there, I stopped for the night in Turlock, CA. I originally was going to see my aunt, however she was out of town. As I approached California, the temperatures increased significantly from the crisp Canadian and Alaskan 50s and 60s. I had previously discovered in Seattle that my A/C was pushing out hot air, but I didn’t want to bother with it then. I just figured I’d tough it out until I got home. Many people endure the heat without A/C…how hard could it be? Maybe, I’m too spoiled, or maybe just a plain wimp…I couldn’t take it. Opening the windows on the freeway is not only extremely noisy, it just turbocharged hot air into my face which got tiring fast. Sticky black leather seats don’t help much either. So, I bit the bullet and pulled into Yreka, CA’s Auto Zone to pick up an A/C recharge kit. I didn’t know anything about the process, but I was determined to give it a try. Mercifully, it ended up taking 10 minutes or work, and voila! Cold air! I will never again take it for granted.
The next stop from Turlock, CA was my good old faithful town of Flagstaff, AZ. That day was 14 hours long, and I felt it. I did a visit with James Zamora in Socorro, NM, and I arrived at my house Sunday evening. I was very pleased to be back and to take out the luggage for the last time. Before we get to my photo feed below, let me share a video of my drive on Sunset Beach in Oregon from Day 13. This is something I forgot to include in my last post:
Thank you all for coming along on the epic drive. See you next time!
Drive through northern California on I-5.
A lot of sightings of triple duty semis!
Mt. Shasta, a potentially active volcano, viewpoint.
Couldn’t resist capturing this “Woof Waste” station at a rest stop.
Central California’s blooming oleanders in the medians. Sure spices up the scenery!
The hottest observed temperature on the trip in Turlock, CA. The coldest was in British Columbia at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
A quick A/C recharge that actually worked! Good reviews on A/C Pro paid off.
Slight bypass off the main road on Tehachapi Loop road.
Views from the loop road.
My 200,000 mile milestone!
Capturing the moment with quick walk around.
Getting back into New Mexico.
While in Socorro, NM, I spotted a 6 just like mine for sale. V6 5-spd too!
Home at last! That little MGB in the garage will come out to play on this blog soon.
In closing, Tyson created a montage of our top events. It’s well worth the look!