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When Damon asked if he could take two days off from blogging to do a cross-country road trip with his buddies, I wanted to break the news to him gently that it takes more than two days to drive across the U.S. of A. Then he told me his buddies were Davey G. Johnson and Alex Roy, the current record holder for doing a transcontinental run in 30 hours and 4 minutes, and that their transportation would be Roy's own BMW M5 "Team Polizei" car. Their plan is to travel the entire length of Interstate 80 from the George Washington Bridge in NYC to the Bay Bridge in San Francisco and then own down to Monterey for this weekend's events surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The pace will be a little slower than Roy's record run, with 40 hours being the target time from start to finish.

Of course, I released Damon from his blogging bonds and wished him well in his duties as co-driver. The trio began their trip this morning and are streaming a live feed of their journey on Roy's blog, Gumball144.com, as we speak. I just watched them pass a Doritos truck in Pennsylvania. (Be aware that the feed will go dark sometimes as their EVDO card hits an area without reception, and keep your volume down as they like to drive with the windows open.) Damon will be reporting on his experience over the next two days, so keep an eye out to learn what it's like to road trip with professionals.

UPDATE 1: Just to clarify, they are not racing across the country and don't care much if they miss arriving in California within 40 hours. They have also not been pulled over or "busted" as some commenters believe.
UPDATE 2: Damon's behind the wheel!

[Source: Gumball144.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Two drivers? That's cheating.

      My own best time is 40 hours, 50 minutes--granted, that's on the shorter I-10 route, San Diego to Jacksonville. But, on a motorcycle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They got busted. Moral of the feed. Do not break the law, you will get busted.
      I hope their car is consificated, and their lincense withdrawn, What were they thinking, speeding on public roadways like that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just talked to Damon on the phone. They did not get busted for anything. You probably just saw them pullover to pee or something.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I do hope your a kidding. Unfortunately I fear you are not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought that vid that's up now is him and Maher from the record run when they pulled into a gas station???

        Is it not some default vid they left up for when they're in a blackout area???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who are these boring, speed limit loving, crybabies on Autoblog? The speed of traffic on those roads is probably 80-85mph, and they'd be more unsafe being a 65mph roadblock than just flowing with it. Also, "reckless driving?" STFU, and do some simple calculations before you automatically presume the 40 hour goal requires autobahn speeds. Your complete ignorance yet loud-mouthed nature epitomizes what's wrong with our society, not some fast drivers and neat looking M5s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ahhh the urge to head out and try to find them as they pass south of Chicago is strong, but alas I have a life and things to do tonight. Damn.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I got from upstate NY to Ventura CA in under 42 hours. Fuel stops were about 30 minutes to stretch. Breakfast and dinner were about an hour in sit down restaurants. Its not a very hard feat with 2 people.
      • 6 Years Ago
      google says that is a 2561 mile trip, which over 40 hours is only 64.05 mph
      good luck going 64.05 mph at the 80/580/880/x80/maze
        • 6 Years Ago
        going 80 through the flyover states should help.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hell, 64.05 nothing. If they get to the 80/580 etc. during afternoon rush hour, they'd be lucky to hit 6.405mph through THAT mess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Morons. I hope they get busted for reckless driving.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't know how many times it has to be stated, but they are NOT driving recklessly, nor does one have to drive recklessly to drive coast-to-coast in this amount of time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow there are a lot of sycophants crawling out of the word work the wallow in self righteousness. I think this sounds perfectly awesome and perfectly safe. I doubt they will do much speeding, but if they did, I'd say, go for it. The germans do it all the time. There is not an issue if the driver is good and the road clear. Stop being such babies and whining mothers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank you for providing a live feed of someone knowingly speeding and performing other activities, not to mention having illegal police lights and other items installed on the car. I'll be sure to pick up the phone and relay that information to the highway patrolmen and let them be on the lookout for a BMW M5 approaching sections of I-80.

      If they cause an accident, or just simply get pulled over/arrested, I'd like Autoblog/AOL to release Damon from his position.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hahaha, another idiot that thinks his lights are illegal. Perhaps you should, I dunno, actually read your laws someday? I know reading comprehension is rare, but if you do it slowly enough you can probably figure it out.

        To summarize it though: the lights aren't illegal, only if he uses them to impersonate a police car are they illegal (like busting through lights, pulling people over, etc.)

        Seriously, why are people like the above even reading this site? They obviously don't get cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Again, as other commenters have pointed out, they don't have to recklessly speed to make this trip in 40 hours. They can do it going with the flow of traffic like everyone else and stopping to pee and switch drivers. Also, they won't speed just to make it in 40 hours, as that is a target for fun and there are no consequences if it takes longer than 40 hours.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd rather see them relieve you of your compulsion to post self-righteous "I'm gonna tell MOMMMMMEEEE" drivel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      More importantly, why isn't Roy participating in the Gumball?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seriously, what is with all of the reckless driving and speed limit loving posts. I hope they are all tongue in cheek. Dear god, 60mph on I-80 is almost impossible in a lot of areas.

      In PA you might get rear ended by a semi going 80 around a mountain.

      You will cause an accident going 60mph on 80 through Ohio unless there is a highway patrol car on the side of the road. 60MPH is far more reckless than 80 when 90% of the cars on the raod are going at leat 75. Just go to the ODOT website and you can see realtime data of average road speed. I have never seen the average fall below 70. Most of the time it is around 74-76.

      On I-90 through New York the flow of traffic is 75-80mph. In fact the police are the biggest traffic hazzard you can think of when one pops up and the traffic flow drops 15mph in a split second.

      Yes I will say that the police are a bigger traffic hazzard than any driver going 80mph.

      • 6 Years Ago
      That's so not legal...
        • 6 Years Ago
        But I envy them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They are not doing anything illegal, they're just driving a lot. Unlike Alex Roy's record run, they're just shooting for 40 hours and not breaking any traffic laws. Their plan is just to not stop driving, which they can do with three drivers.
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