We covered a massive 1100 miles yesterday taking just over 16 hours in total including detours, fuel and food stops to get from Houston to Tucson. Thanks to the kindness of the night receptionist at the Sheraton we were upgraded to the Aspen Suite and provided club access, something that is usually denied to us lowly Lifetime Gold members of Starwood Preferred Guest (although this trip is helping the quest for Platinum in 2014). I wouldn’t say we are well rested but the beauty of having two drivers and a comfy back seat is that you can take a nap without it impeding progress.
Dave takes the wheel for the remainder of tank number 5, as predicted the presence of a thimble sized fuel tank and a dirty great big blown V8 has added more fuel stops than we’d like. Our route today takes us from the 10 to the 5 but we are contemplating extending the journey by an hour or two to take 101 back to the Bay Area. I don’t think either of us could take the monotony of I-5 after yesterday and at least 101 brings you the odd curve and some nice coastline driving. The speed limits on I-10 through AZ and NM have been raised to 75 since I last took this trip which really helped and the V1 has been phenomenal at alerting us to the presence of the local constabulary which is affording us a decent cruising speed especially during the daytime hours.
Did I mention that this car is an amazing mile eater? It seems that no matter what speed we select, if we refrain from full throttle applications (tough in this car), we do a consistent 21mpg which is only a few shy of what my BMW can manage with a much smaller engine.