American Life

So we have now been back for a few days and definitely suffering with a little jet lag, after traveling through three different time zones across America.  Combine that with losing 8 hours coming home and chuck in a blue phone box and we're pretty much feeling like Doctor Who.

However, looking back on the trip I don't think there is anything we would change.  A little more time spent investigating and exploring the cities and sights wouldn't have gone a miss, however nothing can beat driving across the desert, at 3am and having People Magazine read to you by a man on the radio, who would rather spell eczema than pronounce it wrong (go on admit it, you did the same reading this).

Between sand storms and wildfires the experiences the road trip gave us were ones to remember... even the old guy explaining to us the concept of subway (the sandwich house) and how much healthier he finds it.  One thing we definitely noticed however, is America's attitude to motoring - only in America can you advertise 25mpg as impressive and sell it alongside a 5.0litre pick-up claiming you're doing your bit for the planet.

We don't quite know whether it's because we were in the deep south, or if it's just how the industry is portrayed in the states, but our friends across the pond seem to want pick-ups with large engines and very shiny rims - even if they can't quite fit into the drive-thru at Wallgreens pharmacy (the only pharmacy you can get some eczema treatment, now you know how to spell it, and a packet of smokes at the same time).

America we love you! from the sunshine state to California, you have kept us entertained with random bridges for no reason, variable speed limits you don't like to make people aware of, unlimited trucks speeding down the interstate and local radio's playlist of popular music - consisting of Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and some lovely country hits with the DJ hitting the repeat button.  Now we're back it's back to the norm and the good old british car nuts, complaining about traffic and the cost of motoring.  Audi are no doubt creating a sportback convertible SUV as we speak, and I hear MINI have confirmed that rather interesting coupé concept is going into production?  Nevermind though ehy, hopefully this will see us spending some more time in the U.S of A and bringing you the coolest and biggest gas guzzlers... we might even plan another road trip!




Look out for the complete written report coming soon, and we'd like to give a big thanks to Mazda Europe and America for letting us drive the beautiful CX-9 7-seat SUV.  Not once were we put off by jumping into the cabin, if anything we would have rather sat inside that than many of the motels we stopped at.  A complete review of the 3.7litre luxury land yacht will also be up with the road report.