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Tokyo to L.A. - The Hard Way - In a Suzuki Kizashi: The Journey Ends

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day21 Kizashi in northern California

We're compressing a final two days of a leg of a Tokyo to L.A. tour in to a single as well as have been formulation to run down a boringly efficient Interstate 5 in California, skipping a stop in lovely but informed Carmel Valley. It's 41 degrees in McCloud, a tiny ski locale in Northern California.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day21 breakfast during a McCloud Hotel

The McCloud Bed & Breakfast Hotel proves to be yet another place in which a Leg 3 team would have liked to spend some-more time. Built in 1905 upon a ashes of a four-year-old building which burnt down which year, it has 91 bedrooms originally meant for group operative in a circuitously two by four mill. McCloud Lumber owned a town, as well as typical of a day, it supposing housing for a employees. Rodney Ogden's parents bought a condemned skill in 1993. His family restored it as well as has operated it as a B&B since then.

As you prepare to leave, a "breakfast" half of a B&B has captivated a mix of Californians fluctuating their Labor Day week end as well as an early-retirement integrate who have only changed from Mexico to Oregon as well as camped out a night before.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day21 Kizashi during a McCloud Hotel

We refueled final night, so you fast have a way to I-5 as well as explosion down a freeway toward a Central Valley. The temperature eventually rises to 91 degrees, 50 degrees hotter than this morning's temperature.

In place of Carmel Valley, you stop for lunch in Woodland, as well as have a quick revisit to my wife, Donna's aged office, a Yolo County Public Defender. you meet her former colleague, Monica.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day21 McCloud railway car

My food deep sleep is minor after a stop during you Love Teriyaki. I've turn much some-more used to a prolonged days' drives in a past couple of days. The four-hour time difference in between Detroit as well as Anchorage took a fee in a early days, but right away I'm so used to 350-400-mile every day drives which a 600-plus mile combo is cake even given a routine of I-5.

Speaking of pie, you stop for apricot cake during The Apricot Tree, in Firebaugh. Brian Vance describes it as a kind of California kitsch landmark, a must-stop place for families roving I-5 in between San Francisco as well as Los Angeles. Its mid-century architecture has been updated, though, as well as it's right away part of a motel complex.

From there, you get in to Greater Los Angeles during a tail of pour out hour, as well as arrive, finally, after three teams, twenty-one days as well as four countries, during Motor Trend's sprawling El Segundo HQ shortly after dark.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day21 McCloud Hotel

Our Suzuki Kizashi was in great shape when you arrived in L.A., with a integrate of tiny dents it had when you initial saw it in Anchorage. The second Kizashi has a moment in a windshield, as well as likely since of a little extra-curricular chassis flexing in Russia, you have to work during shutting a case lid upon either of them.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day21 Kizashi seeking out over a California countryside

A couple of numbers from a U.S.-Canada-U.S. Leg 3: you gathering 3,789 miles from Anchorage to Los Angeles, out of 9,577 miles total upon a time since Angus gathering a Kizashi away from Suzuki headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan. Total normal fuel economy is 24.5 mpg, considerable deliberation a tough miles Ed put upon a car in Russia. Today's trip was my longest, during 627.8 miles.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day21 Todd sampling Apricot Tree fare

While my expostulate wasn't as outlandish as Angus' or as tough as well as adventurous as Ed's, you appreciate a possibility to revisit two unique places upon a continent for my initial time, Alaska as well as The Yukon. The expostulate gave me a possibility to relive my family's trips of a '60s as well as '70s, with day-long drives to a destination, despite this time in a smaller, much some-more fuel-efficient sedan with many some-more facilities as well as quadruped comforts. Most importantly, this tour was about a people. Laura Beko as well as Erich Schafermeyer, biking from Alaska to Argentina. Steven Weinberg, driving his 1959 Renault 4CV upon a New York-to-Paris race route. And Penny as well as Bill Howe, a Ageing Overlanders.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day21 Kizashi upon a way back

And there have been my compatriots. Photographer Brian Vance as well as video writer Gordon Green made all 3,789 miles with me, with Green roving along in my Kizashi almost a complete way. Kevin McNulty gathering a Suzuki Equator as well as Jack Lewis rode a Suzuki V-Strom with us from Anchorage to Vancouver, afterwards both pulpy upon ahead of us. Suzuki tech Frank Wisniowicz gathering a second Kizashi from Anchorage to Vancouver. Motor Trend photo intern Mike Shaffer transposed Wisniowicz from Vancouver to L.A. They're all enjoyable, interesting, best roving companions. The intercourse was priceless.

Let's listen to it for epic, adventurous highway trips. you goal you find time for yours, soon.

-Photos by Brian Vance

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day21 Kizashi as well as Todd during a MTHQ