Trio Drives to All 48 Contiguous States in 86 Hours, 19 Minutes, Shattering Record

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Trio Drives to All 48 Contiguous States in 86 Hours, 19 Minutes, Shattering Record

Plenty of people have spent a lifetime ticking off visits to various U.S. states. A few have even taken the plunge and visited all of the lower 48 in a single, lengthy road trip over weeks or even months. But traveling through all of them as fast as possible, stopping only for fuel and restroom breaks? It’s nothing if not the ultimate expression of the American psyche, forever shouting go, go go!

That’s what three tech executives in a used Mercedes-Benz S-Class achieved this week. Todd Heckel, 49, of Seattle, Washington; Grady Leno, 48, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Peter Loforte, 53, of Palm Springs, California began their meticulously-planned journey on July 8, in the parking lot of Wicked Awesome BBQ in White River Junction, Vermont. They were just across the Connecticut River from New Hampshire, the number two state on their list. Eighty-six hours and 19 minutes later, the trio drove across the Columbia River into Washington state, capping a 6677-mile odyssey that touched every one of the contiguous 48 states. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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