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      09-02-2017, 12:09 PM   #1
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Hello fellow M2ers,

I wanted to share my recent experience on a cross country journey from VA to NY to LA ! I know it's a very common trip, and this was the perfect opportunity to do it. It was already unreal to own the car, and it was surreal to gain the opportunity to drive across the US! (Really, I moved to LA for a new job, on short notice).





(I actually started from Northern Virginia, so add like another 300 miles)


I was kind of hesitant at first to drive 3000 miles, but hell, why the heck not. These cars are meant to be driven, and it is definitely not a garage queen. Plus, the M2 had better odds in terms of reliability (Compared to my 1er hah!). Some of you may know me from the 1addicts forum, or IG (@iamhnry), and I look forward to meet enthusiasts out here. Beware for photo overload (none of that photobucket bs).

So, the trip was kind of rushed, only because I was limited on time (dealing with move-in and start date, etc.). With a good amount of stops, we managed to get to California in exactly 4.5 days from Brooklyn, NY.

So I packed everything, left the 1er to a trusted friend, did some photoshoots with the M folks (@iceman7m, @m4mehdi, @day_laborer, @thebookofdom ).


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On Friday, I started my trip from Northern Virginia, and I made my way up to the Tri-State region. Spent the weekend with family and friends, even managed to do a couple of “final” shoots in the east coast. Bumped into @supadice, @p4ndam4, @m2driven, and @darthvaderm3 !





Sunday came too fast, and it was time to go. It wasn’t the most pleasant start either. I was still partially intoxicated/hungover, which led me to half-ass my effort on the Trakktape that went on the car. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a temporary clear bra, preferably used for track/autox sessions.










First leg of the trip was to Chicago, but due to the delay, we had to make a stop near Cleveland, and just get a full night’s rest. Monday morning, we headed out to Chicago to grab some deep dish pizza from the famous Giordano’s. It was almost a 2 hour wait, was it worth it? No. I mean, it was good, but it was too long of a wait.

Then we head out to Omaha. Honestly, I didn’t take many photos/videos for the beginning of the trip. It was pretty much all flatlands. I wish we could have taken more detours, if time allowed it.








Fast forward, and we now hit Colorado. This was probably my favorite state to drive through. The scenery here is unreal. The M2 also struggled to cold start, had to push on the gas to keep it alive. This was around 7000-8000ft. in altitude. Stopped by in Denver for some lunch, checked out the city, and immediately drove down to Colorado Springs.



We were lucky as we were the last car through Pike’s Peak. It roughly gave us an hour and half to drive all the up to the peak, and back down. I think I had to stop the car at least a dozen times for pictures. :P From the bottom to top, every minute of the view was breathtaking. Although having no guardrails near the peak was kinda scary, I’d go back there in a heartbeat! Pike’s Peak top altitude is around 14,000ft.































We stayed in Buena Vista for the night, and we continued to push our way to Aspen the next morning. I think we took route 82 to go through Mt. Elbert and Mt. Shimer. The altitude peaked around 12,000ft.





































































From Aspen, we decided to push for Las Vegas, rather than taking a detour to Grand Canyon/Zion. It seemed to out of the way, and we still had a long way to go. Since GC/Zion is fairly close to California, I figure we can make the trip happen another time.

Found some camo Jeeps. There was a gang of five, and the baby M was messing around










Not much happened to Utah. We got to Vegas around 9PM, grabbed some dinner, gambled a bit. Around 11-12, we decided to just plow through, and make our way to San Bernardino. I don’t regret doing that only because I wouldn’t know what the traffic situation be during the day time. Our final trip time was 3400 miles, and roughly 3000 miles took us exactly 4.5 days (NY to LA). The other 400 miles was VA to NY with some city driving, so I don’t really count that.

Trakktape taken off. There was a couple of residue spots, that might need some light buffing. Overall, I'm satisfied with the product. It did what it's supposed to do!



I’m fortunate that there was no issues. I don’t regret that I bought a DCT model (the 1er is 6spd ), and I couldn’t ask for a better car to drive cross country! Hope you enjoyed the read and the photos! I will have a video uploaded soon!

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Great times my friend! Perfect time to move out to the west side too! Need to link up with you when I go out west.
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Thanks for crashing my iphone & my laptop will all these photos. See ya in late October
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Beautiful pictures! Enjoyed them, and welcome to California!
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Thanks for the great times bro. Hope CA is good to you. Best of luck and come back soon.
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Welcome to California...now go home! jk
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Great story and pics. Thanks for a good read.
Too bad about that hungover tape job....
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Nice pictures! Come on man, wrap that M2 with PPF! Hahaha.
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Welcome to LA! btw: i totally agree with you about Colorado. Awesome state.
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Great times my friend! Perfect time to move out to the west side too! Need to link up with you when I go out west.
Yes, thank god we had no bad weather along the way. Maybe a little bit of rain in Nebraska, but other than that, it was smooth sailing. Let me know when you visit! I'll have a list of food places by the time you get here

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Thanks for crashing my iphone & my laptop will all these photos. See ya in late October
It crashed mine too

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Beautiful pictures! Enjoyed them, and welcome to California!
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the content! I have a video coming shortly

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Thanks for the great times bro. Hope CA is good to you. Best of luck and come back soon.
So far other than crappy traffic, it's been great. I'm honestly a little nervous about bringing the 1er here.

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Welcome to California...now go home! jk
Thanks, and lmao! Honestly, I wouldn't mind driving back. Maybe to Colorado, and then just ship the car.

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Great story and pics. Thanks for a good read.
Too bad about that hungover tape job....
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Video coming soon! And I was surprised that the tape held up the entire way. However, I did have to make a hole in the tape that covered the headlights. The lights could not get the full range.

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Nice pictures! Come on man, wrap that M2 with PPF! Hahaha.
Thank you! And if you mean clear bra, I was going to wait until I re-did my front bumper. The dealership managed to drill six holes in the front. Plus there are a couple of dings here and there.

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Welcome to LA! btw: i totally agree with you about Colorado. Awesome state.
Thank you! And yes, I need to go back there. But canyon roads and mountains will suffice here Now to find a dope photoshoot location.
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Forgot to say, you're making me miss Colorado already. Colorado interstates are notorious for having a lot of cars getting tested.
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Dat M2 looks so good. You have it in the config I'd like to have it. Maybe with manual even though I have low experience with stick XD
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driving the 1 series back to SEMA for battle of the builders?? awesome road trip and content.
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Zion is bucket list worthy. You definitely need to make a trip back out to see it. Not as much for the driving, but the hike to the top of Angel's Landing is extremely cool and worth the effort so long as you're not scared of heights. The hike up the Narrows is amazing, too. You'll trash whatever footwear you use, so prepare for that.

Thanks for sharing all the great pics-awesome journey.
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nice! I did a similar trip in my M3 back in 2013. Started in N. Virginia, ended up in SF. (also on bimmerpost front page).

In any case, we went to Arches, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Crater Lake on my trip.
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great pics. what did you think of the one lane section coming off the pass into aspen? I have never taken the BMW to Aspen we normally fly or take the mom car, a kia sorento.
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Glad you enjoyed the trip and thanks for sharing the photos! Did this last year in our F80 and miss every moment of it. I too was a bit on the rushed side but managed to stop off at some awesome places. Makes you appreciate how much diversity there is on this land of ours
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My brother and I drove my 1M from Montreal to San Francisco last summer, this brought back some good memories. So awesome!
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Same. I can't see the last 70% of the photos.

Welcome to California! But you went too far south and ended up in LA. You'll learn your mistake and come up to the Bay Area soon enough!! Haha
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