I started my road trip with a simple pitch (pun intended). Drive a 2014 Chevy Cruze Turbo Diesel to three cities to see three baseball games on a single tank of fuel. The stops included Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Atlanta.
I wasn’t sure if I could make the timing work because it was just after LATISM13 in New York City and just before Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta.
YES, Atlanta. I needed to get there anyway and although I had a plane ticket, I could resist the lure of a road trip.
So after a trip to DC to see the Nationals and a trip to Baltimore to see the Orioles and an overnight stop in Raleigh, we (me and my sister) finally made it to Atlanta just in time to see the fireworks kick off the first pitch.
(The bugs on the front of the car are proof of the miles we traveled on the highway!)
I’d love to say that it was a magical drive and everything went as planned. I wouldn’t want to tell you that I was so sick of driving through North Carolina that I actually cheered when we got to South Carolina. I wouldn’t want to tell you that when we finally got on the outskirts of Atlanta, we came to a crawl because of a major accident blocking two of the seven lanes. (Apparently five lanes isn’t enough for rush hour in that town). And I wouldn’t want to tell you that when we finally made it to Turner Field, I lost my ticket somewhere between the car and the stadium.
Because none of that is relevant. We made it in one piece. We cruised at about 50 mpg in a comfortable ride. And we were pleasantly surprised that the staff at Turner Field were some of the absolute nicest people we met on the entire trip.
But you can see some of that for yourself in our final road trip video. My apologies for any attempt at singing.
The hit… (yes, I know the pitcher is on the Braves and didn’t actually pitch this particular ball)
But you know, the most interesting things sometimes happen outside of the game. Like this “Braves dog” also known as a footlong chili cheese hot dog. I’m still working off those calories.
And this Home Depot race where the tools acted like tools. Yes, you’ll see an orange bucket lying facedown because someone knocked him over. I think the hammer did it.
What an amazing time. I got to visit two stadiums I’d never seen before. I got to witness the power of the turbo diesel. And I got to spend the better part of a week with my sister. Plus, all the hot dogs and baseball caps.
I’d do it again in a heartbeat! Special thanks to my sister Tonya for putting with and understanding the craziness that goes along with blogging. And a super special thanks to GM and especially James Bell, GM’s Head of Consumer Affairs, who put up with us quite nicely. He learned about blogging and I learned about cars. It was definitely a win-win.
Looking for more info on the Chevy Cruze Diesel? Stay tuned. I’ve got a review coming your way!
This is a sponsored trip by Chevrolet. The vehicle has been provided for this trip and all expenses have been covered by Chevrolet. All opinions and photos are mine.