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Westbound Wanderers, Day 6: Oklahoma and Texas in a 2018 GMC Denali HD

Our Big Truck Fits in Beautifully

May 28, 2018
Photographers: Jason Gonderman, Monica Gonderman
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Day 1 - Getting Keys to the Denali

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

Day 3 - We Head South Before West...

Day 4 - Our 35 Gallon Fillup...

Day 5 - We had to go to Branson...

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We got a late start in our long-term Truck Trend 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali, but we’re getting pretty used to that by now. Today’s journey took us from Springfield, Missouri, to Amarillo, Texas, via Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Being California kids, we made it a point to stop at an all-in-one smoke shop, fireworks, and liquor stop in Missouri. We can’t think of anything more rebellious. Then we proceeded to snack too much in the truck before making a bad choice by selecting Taco Bell for lunch. We plowed through to the Oklahoma City area, where we deemed it prudent to stop by Cabella’s to see its selection. Our party was divided as to whether or not catch-and-release fishing at the entrance was something we should do. Not knowing much about fishing, we declined.
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We stopped for fuel somewhere in Oklahoma before enjoying a storm in the distance as we entered Amarillo, Texas, for some well-deserved Bar-B-Q at Rudy’s before calling it a night. We considered going to the Big Texan Steak Ranch for dinner, but it looked packed, and we weary travelers were in no condition to wait.

Overall, we had a really good day on the road and are on track to be home in two days.

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Route: Springfield, Missouri to Amarillo, Texas via Tulsa and Oklahoma City

Odometer (beginning of day): 1410 miles

Odometer (end of day): 1980 miles

Total miles traveled: 570 miles

Truck observations: Crosswind travel made easier by Digital Steering Assist

Roadtrip observations: Finally spot a 2019 Ram 1500 outside Oklahoma City; too many unmanned exact-change toll booths (which we didn’t have exact change for); rest stops as a roadside feature—some span both sides of the highway via a bridge, some are in the median between the highway, and some are built into the hillsides; 75mph speed limits; credit card cuts off at $95, which isn’t enough for a full tank of fuel; you can buy fireworks

Road conditions: Highway and toll roads; we missed a turn, costing us yet another toll, not to mention delay and confusion

Weather conditions: Windy and hot with thunderstorms in the distance in Texas

Fuel stop 1 (location): Sayre, Oklahoma

Indicated average fuel economy: 16.7 mpg

Average speed: 62 mph

Miles: 471.3

Gallons: 28.861

Price per gallon: $3.15

Price: $91.17

Actual fuel economy: 16.33 mpg

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