Guess I’ll ask, why are you driving the goat 4,000 miles anyway?
That alone could be considered balsy
So...feel I owe you all a reply.
4,033 miles, in the G8 GT I bought from former coworker, that I had driven a few wks after he bought it new. It was a lot more better trip car, what with it having a Trunk and all, than either GTO would have been - ride quality a lot better overall. Remember when I 1st drove it, I thought it was 'milder' than my GTO, even tho a bit more HP from the LS2-adjacent motor. And my bud of the same name, who I used to take to lunch in my Fiero then later in the GTO, is very picky, so I knew everything was well taken care of. He even spent the extra $$$ on a GM replacement windshield.
L A to Henderson to Claim Jumper's for white pizza (xlnt), then to St George UT to Zion Natl Park, then to Panguitch for Bryce Canyon, to Moab for Arches but stopping at Capitol Reef along the way, since we had our Parks pass. Then to Grand Junction & the Colorado Natl Monument since nearby (and since the wife said I don't want to go to Colo, it became a must see state). N to Rawlins WY, because too far to Jackson / Hole in one day. Along WY driving day picked up a 3" T25 screw in RR tire - not LF as shown (or checked by me when I looked at ALL THREE other tires when TPS warning 1st showed up 😒) took big 5 5 1/2 hrs to fix it despite being there 5 min after they opened the next morning - consistently 5? Nothing like pumping up a tire near a vaguely interested pronghorn antelope, or while seeing the sun set over the Tetons for the 1st time.
3 days in Yellowstone, followed by a few hrs to Bozeman, down the 191 to the Cafe of the same name in Big Sky (not at All like the tv show of the same name btw), Idaho which I don't recommend, don't mean to offend but least fav of the 8 states we went thru, then to friend's near Reno who I met when he bought a 66 GTO from me thru an ad I didn't place or even see in 1989?. After a day off from driving, to my cousin's in Los Altos, which included a brief drive of her 94 Caddy w/72K on it , very much the pristine little old (87) lady car. Then back here to thankfully no Memorial Day traffic jams - besides, had them all up near the Bay area on the 101 - which we took After I found out that the Coast Highway was closed in 3 places thru Big Sur (any one would have done) Would have been interesting to see how the G8 would have gone thru there
Ironically, charging the GTO batt as we speak, as it was One: % charged. quickly up to Six, but seems stalled at 44%
G8 got 25.8? mpg at 45ish mph avg - on Regular, that still impresses me - as stops in the Parks, and a bit of local driving around. Other than tire screw, one bogus ABS warning in Panguitch (btw - if you're ever going to Bryce, eat at Kenny Ray's or Cowboy Smokehouse) after dinner which I fretted about for 8 blocks back to the motel & til I woke up the next day to frost on the roof, a full master cylinder, and No problems. used about a 1/2 qt of oil, and no anti frz near as I could tell. Highest temp on the trip was a bit over 80 I think, and highest altitude was 9600 ft, on an unnamed random pass in Utah. Did not expect most of the trip to be spent over 6000 ft.
Not really 'ballsy', but an epic trip of the kind we only too Once, driving out across the country in my 66 GTO as the 1984 Olympics were going on