We made it back last night around 8:00pm local time. 5,400 miles total. My STi hit 100k miles somewhere in Kentucky yesterday, it was bittersweet. Was a fantastic trip! I forgot to mention earlier in this thread that while we were in southern California we went to Universal Studios Hollywood and rode every ride/attraction, and then the next day we met my brother at Capistrano beach and went surfing, caught a few good waves and watched a female surf school (very nice sights there lol). Then the next day after surfing we all went to Knott's Berry farm and rode every ride TWICE! Such a blast! After a short visit with family in Cali we started to head back east. Got stopped at a couple border patrol inspection stations near the Texas/Mexico border looking for illegal immigrants, was kinda freaky for a country boy like me lol. We stopped in Murfreesboro Arkansas and did the diamond mining thing, found some neat gemstones but no diamonds, but still fun (and hot). Going thru Arkansas at night time was crappy, the bugs were so thick that it was like rain hitting the windshield, there is a carpet of bugs on the front bumper still from that state that I need to wash off today. Anyways an epic trip, such a fun one to take the STi on.......who says you can't take a 13 year old sports car on a 5400 mile trip!!!
The strange thing and only one problem we had was the headlights, but they are working just fine now, still need to look into it and figure out if there is a bad connection issue or something hidden. Time to order a timing belt and water pump kit soon and replace it all, but first I've got to get the old vw bus registered and legal to drive first so I can drive it while the STi is down (STi is my daily also). I'm sure I'll be asking questions and lots of them when it comes time to replace the timing belt. I'll post more pics in a bit.