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
We stopped for the night in Tuba City – named not after the locals’ love of that complicated brass instrument, but after a Native American chief. McDonald’s was the only food joint open. Chewing on a limp burger, I glanced at a map of the USA. A day of flat-out driving, and we’d barely grazed the left edge of the States. New York in four days. Still over 2,700 miles to go. No motorways. Really?
North-east Arizona is a stadium rock concert of tectonics. Giant orange stacks, crooked mountains jagging up through grey dust like shark teeth, great canyons and cliffs: we spent the morning gawping from one flabbergasting vista to the next. We passed through Four Corners, where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet, and did a lap of the monument in the ST, boosting our state-count from two to five. This definitely wasn’t cheating.
As we passed Cortez, in an instant the scenery shifted from outback to Switzerland, all lush meadows and snow-capped peaks. The Rockies.