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  • Westbound Wanderers, Day 1: Retrieving Truck Trend’s 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali

Westbound Wanderers, Day 1: Retrieving Truck Trend’s 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali

One-Way Tickets to Detroit

May 24, 2018
Photographers: Jason Gonderman, Monica Gonderman
Photo 2/9   |   Gmc Denali Road Trip Day 1
Photo 3/9   |   Gmc Denali Road Trip Day 10
This chronicle attempts to document the journey of Truck Trend’s long-term 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali from Detroit to Los Angeles. As the winner of Truck Trend’s 2018 Pickup Truck of the Year, the handsome Denali will reside with Truck Trend staff in sunny SoCal for the year. Indeed, we could have had the GMC delivered to us directly in Los Angeles, California, but where’s the fun in that? The idea of receiving the winning truck and then road-tripping it cross-country home has been on our bucket-list for a long time. Plus, we can’t think of a better way to gain valuable seat time.
Armed with one-way airplane tickets to Detroit and a vague plan, we were committed to the cause. We handed off the keys of our 2017 Nissan Titan, the current Truck of the Year winner, to another staff member and waved goodbye as we checked our luggage onto the plane. Once on the ground again, we picked up the GMC without a glitch and drove off into the sunset, with rain clouds casting glorious rainbows along the way. We piloted our new steed for about 140 miles before arriving at our destination for the night.

Stay tuned as we meander our way west.

Photo 4/9   |   Gmc Denali Road Trip Day 5

Route: Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) in Romulus, Michigan, to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio

Odometer (beginning of day): 168 miles

Odometer (end of day): 309 miles

Total miles traveled: 141

Truck observations: Internet works great; absolutely beautiful; new truck smell; occasional wheelspin on wet asphalt

Roadtrip observations: Passed FCA's Toledo Assembly Complex; Gas station Burger King is a bad choice; Cedar Point has some giant roller coasters; TGI Friday’s table service debacle leads to 75 percent off check

Road conditions: Freeway; some surface street

Weather conditions: Scattered rain showers followed by sunshine

Fuel stop 1 (location): no fuel stops

Indicated average fuel economy: 18.7 mpg

Average speed: 47 mph

Photo 5/9   |   Gmc Denali Road Trip Day 1 3
Photo 6/9   |   Gmc Denali Road Trip Day 4

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