If you ask most people to fly to a city 1600 miles away and then driving back in a newly acquired car, you will probably get responds like "HUH?", "Are you CRAZY?", "What's WRONG with you?", etc.
To me, the same question will yield an enthusiastic "OH YEAH!!! When do we depart???". Especially when the acquired car is a Lotus Exige!!!
#1 - Off we flew to Los Angeles to pick up AS's
#2 - The beauty, sitting at the seller's garage, waiting for us. AS is like a little kid at the candy store when he first saw the car. I bet I would too if I'm buying this beauty!
#3 - A little protection is applied to protect the car from rocks and bugs we might encounter through the mountain and dessert area.
#4 - Okay, a lot of protection. AS will probably want to cover the whole car with these special tape if we had time.
#5 - Greeted by the rare Los Angeles rain as soon as we hit the highway in the evening.
#6 - And the infamous LA traffic jam too.
#7 - Roughly 600 miles and 10 hours later, our stop for the night at Tucson, Arizona. Arrived at 3am in the morning, departed 6 hours later with well rested eyes and full stomach.
#8 - Yep, it's 80mph but we're not speeding. Some stretch of the highway actually has speed limit at 80mph, way out there in the no man land.
#9 - Common encounter through out the trip, cargo train.
#10 - Common theme of the journey, vast lands, straight roads, mountain range.
#11 - Other than the occasional
#12 - Yet another cargo train.
#13 - You know this car is cool when a 6 years old kid tells you, "I really really like your car.", yes, with 2 "really". Or when guys give you a thumb up as you pull into the gas station. Or when a girl tells her girlfriend, "Now that's a good looking car!"
#14 - The 1.8 liter engine at the back of this car produces 190hp which is capable of propelling this 2000lb machine from 0 to 60mph in 4.7sec, and yet it still can achieve 28mpg on the highway. I have never driven a car as quick and as responsive as the Lotus Exige. It's not the most comfortable car but it's definitely the most fun to drive. I want one too!
#15 - We're finally back in Texas again but still hundred of miles away from home.
#16 - Sunset hours.
#17 - Finally, road signs to city we're familiar with.
#18 - One last photo before the light fade away when taking photos in a moving car near impossible.
A total of 30 hours on the road including pit stop, not bad, not bad. Though tiring, I really enjoyed the trip thanks to such wonderful machine.
Wifey commented that hopefully the next time we will be picking up our own Lotus. Sure honey, I sure hope so too!