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    Just read through everything. Had a bit of a laugh about you saying California is not that hot... We're a big state, my friend! Here in my neck of the woods it has been constantly 100+ everyday of summer, usually 110+ and we had a few days of it being 120. Not that I'm complaining!

    I'm not a very active poster on this forum, but let me know when you'll be going through L.A, I'd love to see that M5 in person and meet up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordmanMg View Post
    Damn, Michael, your in Austin already
    Hi Max - I've been tearing it up. Sorry I haven't been able to update in the last couple of days. I've been in Dallas with friends and having full days of activities. I head for NM today - Look out Jim!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by E34 5er View Post
    Just read through everything. Had a bit of a laugh about you saying California is not that hot... We're a big state, my friend! Here in my neck of the woods it has been constantly 100+ everyday of summer, usually 110+ and we had a few days of it being 120. Not that I'm complaining!

    I'm not a very active poster on this forum, but let me know when you'll be going through L.A, I'd love to see that M5 in person and meet up!
    Hi - I should be in Los Angeles by Tuesday. M5Jed was proposing a meet / reception of some sort, so hopefully he will have something arranged by the time I get there. Otherwise, just PM me and I'll update on where I am - I will be stopping in LA for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by TxDarth View Post
    Looks like someone went to Cars and Coffee at Classic BMW....
    HAH! How did you know man??? I was there indeed. I stayed the extra day to attend as I was invited out there. I am really sorry I could not make it to Tyler by the way. Next time I do this, I will allot more time and plan better as far as routing.



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    Let me get this straight... You are swapping out parts designed by hundreds of engineers that get paid thousands of dollars for something you bought at Pep Boys because your buddy who doesn't have a job told you it was 'better'?!?

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    HAH! Nice pictures Max! It was really good to meet you man, you are uBer cool. Hope the move works out great for you



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    Thanks Michael, it was pleasure meeting you, nice car you drive, and it sounds amazing too.
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    Hi Folks.... So I guess last time I did much of an update was out of TN when I did the tail of the dragon. Poo! I am so sorry, it's a little difficult to get time to sit down and download pics and all that, I also get sketchy wifi along the way. Then of course, there is all the fun being had when I make my stops.

    There is still so much to share as far as my adventures and sometimes mis-adventures! LOL! I had a blast in Texas. Sincere apologies to TXDarth as I would have loved to make it to Tyler. Maybe on the next trip. Texas is that big that having only two days is simply not enough. I sadly also didn't get a chance to go to El Paso. That would have been a 10+ hour detour for me as far as my travel route on this trip... sorry to the folks out there.

    I am now in NM as we all probably already know and I am looking forward to meet Jim (who is probably wondering why I haven't called yet since I am on here typing).... LOL!

    Anyway.... just wanted to share a few more travel pictures with everyone..... stories will follow:












































































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    Quote Originally Posted by AquilaBMW View Post
    Hi - I should be in Los Angeles by Tuesday. M5Jed was proposing a meet / reception of some sort, so hopefully he will have something arranged by the time I get there. Otherwise, just PM me and I'll update on where I am - I will be stopping in LA for sure.
    Keep me posted on this, I'll be driving thru LA tomorrow around 12-1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .Tom. View Post
    Keep me posted on this, I'll be driving thru LA tomorrow around 12-1.
    Crumbs! LA has been pushed to Wednesday



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    Quote Originally Posted by AquilaBMW View Post
    Crumbs! LA has been pushed to Wednesday
    Bummer, catch ya another time

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    So.... the day is Tuesday, August 9th and the time is about... umm..... 7 AM? Dang It! I am still on East Coast time. Sorry to everyone that got an uber early message from me.

    I plan on leaving Flagstaff in the next couple of hours and heading up to Grand Canyon. From there, I will head to Las Vegas with a plan to pass by Hoover Dam. I will stay the night in Las Vegas..... then if I am adventurous enough and not toooooo tired, then I will leave Las Vegas for Death Valley - I have always wanted to do that. From Death Valley, I will head to Los Angeles where I plan to stay one or two nights. Unfortunately, I believe my buddy is out of town so I won't get to crash on his sofa and eat home cooked food....bummed!

    I will stay in Santa Monica Area whlie in LA. So.... if any LA peeps would like to meet, you know my rough plans. Just PM or email and we can trade numbers.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by .Tom. View Post
    Bummer, catch ya another time
    Bummer.... another time.



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    Well, if you're on east coast time, you're running late. It's already after 1000 EDT.

    Drive safe and now that you are on week 3 of this journey, you're almost home. Enjoy!
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    After approximately 6.3K miles and 3 weeks and 4 days, and crossing 24 states - I have gone from the West Coast to the East coast and back. I am home! HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who supported, encouraged and helped make this one heck of a journey. I am tired, but thrilled and happy. I have many stories to tell and catch up on. To all those I got a chance to meet and all who have played Co-Pilot during this trip - I cannot thank you enough. As I said elsewhere, I may be out of commission for a couple of days, but I will be back with the stories and of course pictures.

    THANK YOU ALL!!!! This list of thanks is a mile long, but it will be coming



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    Nice job on an epic trip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aryana View Post
    Nice job on an epic trip!
    Thanks Buddy! Baby got you on her time schedule huh?



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    Welcome home, Michael! Glad you made it back safely and had an epic time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RVAE34 View Post
    Welcome home, Michael! Glad you made it back safely and had an epic time!
    Thanks Brandon! It is still sinking in. Thanks for inviting me over and hanging out.... experiences like that made this trip all the more special!



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    Quote Originally Posted by AquilaBMW View Post
    Thanks Brandon! It is still sinking in. Thanks for inviting me over and hanging out.... experiences like that made this trip all the more special!
    More pictures and stories
    Let me get this straight... You are swapping out parts designed by hundreds of engineers that get paid thousands of dollars for something you bought at Pep Boys because your buddy who doesn't have a job told you it was 'better'?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevlar View Post
    More pictures and stories
    Oh... they are coming. Wait till I tell you guys about the FollowMee incident in Utah!



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    Congrats on such a successful trip and safe return. Maybe a vacation from the "vacation" is now in order.
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    Hey Fellas - I have had my two day vacation from the vacation! LOL! Meh... not really. It's just been hectic and busy getting back into the swing of things and catching up. I am still working on uploading more and more pictures and I will be updating the threads and blogs with more stories.

    As you Bimmerheads and Bimmernuts know, it is the 100th Year Anniversary of BMW, so I am being pulled in many directions to attend at something or the other and share my story. Not sure how that will pan out yet.


    So...... I met a ton of people in various parts of the country, through different states. Now it is time to hang out with my local peeps here in No. Cal. I was hanging out at Peter Pan BMW yesterday and we decided to have a Cars & Coffee / Welcome Home Get Together for lil ole me. This will be held on August 27th, starting at 8 AM. My lil ole trooper of an M5 will also be on display. Oh.... and There will actually BE coffee and snacks available.

    Even if you are attending Oktoberfest, Monterrey is only a couple of hours away and if there is a large enough group that wants to go down to Monterrey, I'd be happy to make the drive with y'all (Still a lil Southern left in me)... LOL! Hope to see y'all out there.

    The details:

    Welcome Home Celebration / First Ever Car & Coffee At Peter Pan BMW

    September 3rd, 2016. Starts at 08:00 - 11:00


    1625 Adrian Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010 (Near San Francisco Int. Airport, right off the 101 FWY)


    Peter Pan will have actual Coffee and some snacks available. There will also be discounts made available exclusive to the event and some dealer specials.

    The Roving Red M5 that went on a 3 Week, 4 Days, 15 Hours and 7 minute trip through 26 States will be on display that day.

    Come hang out, share stories or listen as I talk all day long about my adventure... LOL! Just come out and hang out. Depending on what time we wrap up, we can all make a drive out to Monterrey for Oktoberfest too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ribetha View Post
    In for some epic pictures! I'll try to stay updated on your progress to see if you get close to the Philly area at all.
    Huh ????



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