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Drive Performance WRX:
Part 1 – The Plan

DP WRX JOURNAL – FIRST DRIVE

 

Purpose:

To bring the car home!

 

Start:

Subaru of America, Inc. headquarters in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

 

Finish:

Drive Performance headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Distance:

According to mapping services – 876 miles

Actual (with side trips) – 946 miles

 

Major routes:

New Jersey and Pennsylvania: U.S. 30, Interstate 676, Interstate 76

Ohio, Indiana, Illinois: Interstate 80

Illinois, Wisconsin: Interstate 294, Interstate 94

 

Fuel consumption:

36.3 gallons

 

Mileage:

26.5 mpg for the trip!

 

 

NOTES FROM THE DRIVE:

 

May 14, 2010

 

  • Before starting out, I filled the car with gas, checked tire pressure and lights, set the destination in the navigation system (to help get me through Philadelphia), and put one of my favorite CDs in the player.
  • I waited too long to leave Cherry Hill and became entangled in traffic through Philadelphia. It took two hours to go 30 miles.
  • My legs were fine through the constant stops and starts for those two hours. The clutch seems a bit stiffer than in my Impreza 2.5i, but not so much so that it's bothersome in heavy traffic.
  • One of the great aspects of driving a Subaru is the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. I encountered a downpour halfway across Pennsylvania, which the car handled with no surprises. I was wary of the standard tires in such a situation, because they have large flat surfaces (but with deep grooves). Despite what seemed to be rivers crossing the lanes, I had no problem maintaining speed. The temperature dropped from 88 degrees to 64 degrees in just a few minutes.
  • Tunnels! I love the tunnels on I-76!
  • Around midstate in Pennsylvania, I-76 parallels a valley as the road descends the mountains. It was evening, and the recent rains contributed to fog that looked like lakes in the low areas. The colors were shades of blues, grays, and whites. I could see for miles across and along the length of the valley. I drove into the sunset thinking that it was too bad there wasn't a scenic overlook from which I could take photos.
  • I stopped near Pittsburgh (Cranberry Township), Pennsylvania, for the night. You can find food there after 10:00 p.m.!

 

 

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