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Westbound Wanderers, Day 3: Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee

Eight Hours of Seat Time Go By Fast in a Denali

May 25, 2018
Photographers: Jason Gonderman, Monica Gonderman
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Day 1 - Getting Keys to the Denali

Day 2 - The Denali's Price Tag...

Photo 3/9   |   2018 Gmc Denali Road Trip Day 3 3

Today we hit the open road in our 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali and packed on the miles—513 miles, to be exact. Before that, though, we had to make the obligatory trip to Walmart for road trip snacks and drinks, because cranky occupants make for lousy travel partners. We saw festivities for the Ohio Bike Week in the parking lot, which looked to be quite a gathering. We headed south to Nashville by passing through Columbus, Cincinnati, and Louisville. Unfortunately we had to drive straight through without stopping to explore. Sure, there are a bunch of route options on a road trip, and this just happens to be what we wanted to do. We stopped for lunch in Jeffersonville, Ohio, and made two more pit stops at rest stops throughout the day before pulling in to Chuy’s Mexican Food in Nashville for dinner. What’s the one thing we didn’t do? Get fuel. We didn’t need it. We made it to Nashville with no sign of the Low Fuel light illuminating.

Tomorrow, we hit the road again for more of the same…

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Route: Sandusky, Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee via Columbus, Cincinnati, and Louisville

Odometer (beginning of day): 309 miles

Odometer (end of day): 822 miles

Total miles traveled: 513 miles

Truck observations: We like the radio volume location on the back of the steering wheel; still hate sunroofs (co-pilot disagrees); power inverter placement is good for charging electronics

Roadtrip observations: We see truck frames (maybe?) being transported by rail; trooper pulls over the car in front of us for some reason we don’t know; we see a hot air balloon; police helicopter lands at freeway-adjacent police station; car in a ditch, trailer on its side, and car into a wall all handled with yellow caution tape; cross into Central time zone; we see the Corvette plant and Corvette Museum

Road conditions: Freeway; residential cut-through two-lane backcountry road

Weather conditions: Boring—not a cloud in the sky; no sign of adverse weather

Fuel stop 1 (location): No fuel stops

Indicated average fuel economy: 19.2 mpg

Average speed: 50 mph

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