Across America in the Ford Focus ST
It's one of TG magazine's greatest ever adventures: coast to coast across the US in the hot Ford. In five days...
Posted: 10 Oct 2013
The railroad runs alongside Route 66. We executed the longest overtaking manoeuvre in history: 20 minutes to pass a mile-long train travelling a fraction slower than us. Then we swung north, up through woodland and to the edge of the Earth’s greatest natural wonder. No matter how much you read about its sheer scale, nothing prepares you for the moment you stop at the edge of the Grand Canyon and gaze into the near-infinite abyss below, a mile straight down.
It makes you feel very small, you and your little orange car in a big, big country. Webb gazed out, awestruck, into the void, for 20 minutes or so, speechless. Finally, he turned to me. “I think,” he said thoughtfully, “the problem is the name. ‘Grand Canyon’ doesn’t sound very American. They should rebrand it the Mega Canyon.”