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Road Trip

By alwaysakid

Filed under: 2001 Toyota Celica (GT - great tourer)

I just finished a trip to Spokane, WA and back in the Celica. I've always liked this car as I commute in it back and forth to work, but now I've found it's true purpose. It carries those letters "GT" on it for good reason.
When I got the car, I thought it would be a sporty, economical car. It is that, but it is more of a grand-touring automobile. I got 38 miles per gallon on much of the trip, and that's using 10-percent ethanol fuel. How can a car with such good acceleration get such good gas mileage?
But there's more. When I hit the Rocky Mountains, the fun really began. I've had some economical cars before, but they always lost speed going over the mountain passes. Not this one. I set the cruise-control on 80 MPH (for you law-enforcement people, I'm sure my speedometer reads higher than reality) and she never skipped a beat all the way up and over the mountain.
As other cars slowed for the curves and then struggled to regain their speed, I just zipped by, gripping the road effortlessly around any curve I-90 threw at us.
It was a blast!
Of course I did have to slow down when it snowed going over Bozeman Pass, and again for some snow squalls for a while, but for the most part it was nice cruising.
And then there are the seats. They don't look fancy. They're stock, Toyota issue. But I never got the back and neck aches I've gotten in so many other cars on long trips.
Usually we take the Mazda on long trips just because we can fit more stuff in it. But never again. I'll leave my clean underware behind if I have to, but the Celica is now THE car for travelling.
By the way, we saw some other cars on the trip that looked a lot cooler than My Celica. Check them out in the photo album in my garage. But I'm sure they all burned far more gas than me in each mile.

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