Coast to Coast in Five Days (in a Suzuki Cappuccino): Part 2
Welcome back to Part 2 of our epic Summer roadtrip! If you missed Part 1,
you can go read it here. The quick and dirty summary is this: we sold our 240SX and decided to buy a Suzuki Cappuccino from Toprank Importers instead. The car was out in California and was too skinny to fit onto a commercial transport meaning the only reasonable way of getting the car to Kentucky was to fly out, pick it up, and drive it 2400 miles over Independence day weekend. We then had to head to Delaware for a family visit, leading us to drive clear across the US of A on the most Patriotic week known to the Yanks. We left off ready to leave Albuquerque New Mexico and continue our eastward trek. Overnight, we decided to change up our plans. Our original plan was to make it all the way to Little Rock, but based on our experience the day before, it was going to take us something like 17 hours. Eff that! We decided to split the drive in half and spend the night in Texas on Route 66. Abandoning the highway meant we could actually enjoy the Cappuccino in its natural environment (the back roads), and stop at some of the touristy parts of Route 66. After all, why road trip 66 if we’re just going to drive past everything we see? If you’ve seen the Pixar movie Cars, then you’ll recognize this motel. Pixar based some of their sets on actual Route 66 landmarks including the Wigwam Motel. The Wigwam Motel is actually a chain of hotels and this particular one was located in Holbrook, AZ Route 66 doesn’t really exist anymore. You can’t just select it as a route in your GPS. Following road signs for Historic Route 66 is a good start. There are a few apps to help you select waypoints and find landmarks. We used an app as well as the Historic Route 66 website to find our way. After 900 miles, we were forced to make our first true repair of the trip on the Cappuccino. The carbon fiber wrap is aftermarket, and some cheap chrome trim was used to secure the edges. That trim was starting to come off. While I don’t actually like the trim nor the wrap, I did not want a piece of trim flying off at speed and hitting another car. So a bit of electrical tape was used to secure the trim to keep that from happening. The wrap is actually functional: Suzuki provided three vinyl bags to store the roof panels in when they are locked into the trunk. Without the bags, the roof panels will scratch each other, ruining the paint or the simple vinyl headliner. This car came with the bags (something to look for if you’re a prospective Cappuccino buyer), but they’re a pain in the ass to use. Wrapping the roof also protects the paint and headliner from getting damage during storage, without resorting to the cumbersome bags. We’ll re-wrap it in the future, but for now a bit of tape keeps things in place. This gas station in Santa Rosa, NM has been out of business for some time. Check out the prices though: if we could have filled up there it would have taken a paltry $7 to fill up the Cappuccino from empty…even with high octane!