A bit before 3AM yesterday, up, get the nav. unit, check the oil and
coolant, and off up to I-10 for a quick run to Santa Monica; roughly 441
miles away. Onto I-10, ‘roadie music’ on the CD, speed control set,
sunroof cracked for a bit of road noise and star gazing. Out of the
Phoenix metro area, cruise is set to 78 mph, and life is good. Appropriate
gas in / coffee out stop in Blythe, and cruise notched back to 74 for
California’s 70 mph limit.
Traffic got a little heavy around Colton, got way, way worse around
Pasadena, but go with the flow, and you get there safely. 2 hours, a bit
less, on the ground; document review and acceptance complete, and its time
to find a gas station.
Gas and coffee in, TomTom giving words of wisdom to find I 10 again. We’re
off toward the desert retreat again a bit after noon. Observation - LA
city traffic on I-10, IS way worse than that of the desert byways. A good
run, traffic gotcha’s here and there, but only one traffic delay - 6
minutes - on the way past San Bernardino, and traffic was moderate for the
run to Palm Springs. A quick rest stop leg stretch and on we go. Over the
Chiriaco pass, - damn trucks – uphill, a 25 mph semi is being passed by a
26 mph semi - and there’s Blythe. Gas in,Hamburger in, and over the
Colorado River, back into AZ. Uneventful run for 120 miles, but Phoenix
metro area appears, as does its rush hour traffic… Patience, as
practiced by Jag owners, is a virtue, and Goldie passes through with great
646PM. Pull in the driveway. Ah. 15 plus hours total, 14 driving.
Things I learnt on this run…
Goldie pulls slightly to the right.
There’s a tire out of Balance, noticeable at 52 mph,
Gas is CA is bloody expensive (its 50cents cheaper in Quartzite, 18 miles
east of Blythe.)
The driver’s side rear door seal has a wind leak.
17.8 mpg (US) is a bit less than average, and way less than Son’s Prius.
Headlights - standard - aren’t that great at 80mph, need to replace them
The bet “roadie song” is Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” (long version)
The AC amp/controller is playing up
The XJ seats are more comfortable than the VdP - I need additional/better
butt and lower back cushioning.
I love to drive the Jaguar on long runs.
'87 Series III VdP
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