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  • Westbound Wanderers, Day 8: After 2,906 Miles, We Reach Los Angeles in a 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali

Westbound Wanderers, Day 8: After 2,906 Miles, We Reach Los Angeles in a 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali

…And We Even Behave Ourselves at Bearizona

May 30, 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...

Day 6 - Passing Through Places with Fireworks...

Day 7 - Cadillac Ranch and Historic Route 66...

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You know you’ve had a good road trip when you feel like you’re almost home—except for the nearly 500 miles remaining. Today’s journey took us from Arizona into California, completing our goal of driving Truck Trend’s long-term 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali from Detroit to Los Angeles. A grand adventure indeed, we’ve seen thousands of miles of our great country and have experienced an adventure few ever will.
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Before hitting the highway for the final leg of our journey, we stopped at Bearizona in Williams, Arizona. You heard that right—Bearizona, a drive-through wildlife park. The three-mile route included Rocky Mountain goats, reindeer, mule deer, America burro, Alaskan Tundra wolves, Arctic wolves, white bison, American bison, bighorn sheep, and Black bears. We just couldn’t turn down a real-life Jurassic Park experience (minus the whole dinosaur part). When driving through the wolf and bear habitats, the no-exception rules included windows up, doors locked, and no stopping. We did a really good job following these rules, resisting the urge for selfies with bears or luring one into the Denali’s bed. After a pizza lunch in beautiful Williams, we settled in and bid farewell.
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All great adventures must come to an end; thanks for following along. After 2,906 miles in the driver’s seat, we can attest that our Great White Bison 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali has served us well so far. We look forward to an outstanding year with this truck.

Now, for some good ’ol burgers SoCal style—In-N-Out, here we come!

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Route: Flagstaff, Arizona to Los Angeles, California

Odometer (beginning of day): 2,593 miles

Odometer (end of day): 3,074 miles

Total miles traveled: 481 miles

Total miles traveled overall: 2,906 miles

Truck observations: Did not scare any animals at Bearizona, proving the truck is whisper quiet; 127 miles achieved on less than 1/8-tank would net over 1,000 miles of range, proving the needle drops quickly during the last ¼-tank; used 14.6 gigs of 4G LTE WiFi; we see 20.5 mpg indicated, which is the highest of the trip

Roadtrip observations: Semi-trucks go much slower in California; tons of fifth-wheel travel trailers probably due to Memorial Day travel; California is the only state we encountered with an inspection station upon entry; can’t wait to eat at home

Road conditions: Hilly highway out of Flagstaff; 70 mph speed limit in California

Weather conditions: Hot—we see triple digits for the first time on the trip once in California

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Fuel stop 1 (location): Needles, California

Indicated average fuel economy: 18.4 mpg

Average speed: 57 mph

Miles: 463.3

Gallons: 26.056

Price per gallon: $4.69

Price: $122.44

Actual fuel economy: 17.78 mpg

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Fuel stop 2 (location): Los Angeles, California

Indicated average fuel economy: 20.5 mpg – the highest we’ve seen

Average speed: 66 mph

Miles: 262.6

Gallons: 13.843

Price per gallon: $4.09

Price: $56.74

Actual fuel economy: 18.97 mpg

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