Today, we picked up GPMINI from MINI of Orlando, and did the final hop of our Coast-to-Coast drive, by reaching the Atlantic Coast! In total, we put about 4,800 miles on GPMINI, as recorded by Road Trip on my iPad:
As you can see, we averaged 27.5mpg, a little above Robert’s 26.0 on the way out
– something to do with driving speed perhaps, as we noticed a significant difference between driving at 65-70 or 80-85.
Adding the two drives together, GPMINI did just over 7,200 miles on her Coast-To-Coast-To-Coast trip; and I’m sure she enjoyed all of it! Now she’s fully healthy once more (thanks MINI of Orlando), and settling back to garage time and occasional short drives, while Margaret and I plan to fly back North this week …
Huge thanks go to Jim McDowell (and Patty) for arranging for both Margaret and I to test drive the new Countryman this morning 🙂
We had a chance to test drive an all-wheel-drive S model, though the all-wheel part didn’t have much function driving around Denver!
We were definitely driving a MINI! Yes, it didn’t have the performance of my GP, but it responded like a MINI, felt like a MINI, and looked like a MINI. But, with lots more space and comfort inside; very nice …
We collected quite a few nice pins, badges, etc during the last week 🙂
A few pics from this morning, before we all head away …
The new Countryman parked next to a similar sized Kia:
And then there was three – GPs:
Souvenir hood (dealership says they will keep it):
MINI Takes The States is a great MINI drive, but it’s also a great group of MINI people … so many folks I know that make the event so great, and sorry that I can’t even think to list them all!
Top of the list probably Robert & Kittie, that made the whole trip for Margaret and I so good, getting GPMINI out to LA, and inviting us to stay at their home; then George, with his new partner Jennifer; Jim & Trudy from MINI USA, always such fun people and much of the reason for this event happening; and most special thanks to Margaret for accompanying me and being my best friend!
Can’t believe it’s the last night already! It’s been great fun for both Margaret and I, and wonderful meeting MINI friends everywhere … but tonight is the end (well, except for breakfast in the morning!)