Route Recap: SRT Tour week six.

It's hard to believe we're halfway through the 2012 SRT Tour, but the days are adding up and the miles are rolling along. This week was the largest distance we've had to cover in one segment; from Joliet, Illinois to Monterey, California.
Posted on Aug 21, 2012

It's hard to believe we're more than halfway through the 2012 SRT Tour, but the days are adding up and the miles are rolling along. In fact, this week was the largest distance we've had to cover in one segment; from Joliet, Illinois, all the way to Monterey, California, more than 2,200 miles.

The first three days of the week were spent knocking out the open road. Interstate 80 has long stretches between towns with not much more than rolling hills and high desert as far as you can see.

As we drove along we all found ourselves amazed by the beauty of the land and thought what it must have been like for the first people who came that way. In fact, we were spotted by a number of other travelers who then Tweeted us. Make sure you're following our adventures on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SRTTour.

Some notable stops this week:

  • The first Pony Express post in Gothenburg, Nebraska, where we learned those men were in the saddle for 10 hours a day. Jen said, "That sure made us appreciate the SRT's vented leather seats to help keep us cool during 10-hour days behind the wheel."
  • Laramie, Wyoming. Our friends at Ram Trucks have a "Laramie" model and we can see why that rugged truck is named after this town. Rachel's been driving our Charger SRT8 and she noted, "I got a wave from a police officer there who drives a Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol car."
  • Park City, Utah. We had lunch at one of actor Robert Redford's restaurants while taking in the views of the Olympic Village used during the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a superstar here with its stunning good looks, incredible power and all-weather traction.
  • Bonneville Salt Flats. It was the annual Speed Weeks at the famous raceway that's home to so many land speed records. "We met Lee and his 3,000-horsepower Dodge Daytona wing car," said Sean. "I will find a way to come back here and race someday."

We made it to California and settled in for a long weekend at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at the world-famous Laguna Seca raceway. "This has been on my 'Car Guy Bucket List' for a long time," said John "Hammer" Palazzolo, and for good reason; hundreds of the most important vintage racecars took to the track surrounded by famous drivers and motorsports personalities. The "World's Fastest Novelist," Burt Levy, who has raced in the SRT Viper Cup, came by for a visit, "and nearly ran over me in his rental car," noted Hammer.

This week brings us back to Nevada; we'll make stops in Reno and Las Vegas. If you see us on the road, stop us and say hello.

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