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DAY 10 - Phoenix, AZ to Woodland Hills, CA

From one coast to another, I have finally made it across the entire country. On this final day of travel, I drove about 6 hours from Phoenix, AZ, over the final set of mountains, and into the Los Angeles basin. Of course as soon as I got onto the 210 freeway and headed West, traffic began to mount as the time piled up to my destination. I got gas for 3.55 a gallon and trudged on to my final stop. I of course had to get some In N out immediately upon arrival and then unload the car for a victory lap. I headed down to Malibu to do some driving and take pictures around the sunset. I also crossed mile 4000 and added my third quart of oil for the trip. Something to fix soon haha. All that matters is the little miata made it!

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California on the other side of those mountains!
Top of the Snake for my victory lap on Mulholland Highway
I’m definitely going to commute through there every day that I can! So nice of an area right in my backyard.

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Even found some fellow car/motorcycle enthusiasts up there excited to hear about my trek across the country and curious about my Miata.
I continued down the road to make it to the ocean before sunset. What a glorious view!
Took a trip down to the PCH to finally live out my Miata fantasy of riding off into the sunset. Although I wish my girlfriend could have made it but she was still stuck at work!

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After a glorious sunset cruise, I took back to Mulholland Highway for a nice post sunset ride as it became dark in the canyons. Of course this just added to the challenge and excitement. After about 45 minutes of hard driving, I made it home to my apartment in time to get some flowers and edible cookie dough for my girlfriend whenever she would finally get home from a hard day of work.

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And of course since we moved in like a month and a half ago, everything is set up and ready to live! No exhaustive moving process this weekend. Just relaxation, washing the cars, and enjoying the California sunshine together at last.

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It’s nice to finally be home and not be on the road driving. Of course I’m already getting excited about all of the canyon driving ahead in my Miata. But it will need some work soon once I pick up the Subaru. That deal is happening Friday. Then I can start working on the oil leak, the brakes that scream after hard driving, and the rear shocks that are now toast. Minimal damage for 4000 miles of hard driving though. I’ll have to do a summary post at some point especially since I’m sure I left out many parts of the trip where there was just too much going on to document.

I will soon be at 200k!
I enjoy my spot neighbor, solid choice in a classic! There’s also a ton of nice stuff in the garage. I’ll have to be a creeper at some point and take some photos.

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With that, I end my cross country road trip! I had so much fun and saw so much. There was much adventure and it was great spending each day without any real boundary. I didn’t book anything until the night before so each day was flexible to go wherever I wanted. My extra day in Arkansas was completely unplanned and I loved it. I arrived a day earlier than expected and never felt rushed once. But you couldn’t pay me to make the trip again lol. It’s a once in a lifetime experience that I’m glad to have and would recommend to anyone!