Growing up, my childhood was a bit…odd. My family looked very normal on the outside but inside our home, we lived with a crazy, fun dad who was always up to some adventure. My dad’s zest for life could be 5 posts in itself…and my mom’s patience for my dad could be another 10 but I’ll save those for another day. Today, we’re talking about my dad’s 48 States in 96 Hours drive.
My dad holds 3 Guinness World Records: Driving the 48 states in the least amount of time, Driving the 48 States in the least amount of miles, and Driving the 48 states on the least amount of fuel.
In 1998, after my dad completed the Driving the 48 states on the least amount of fuel trip, he got a full page spread in the 1998 Guinness book and Guinness retired all driving events. So all of my dad’s records stand.
However, some guys thought they could break my dad’s record for driving the 48 states in the least amount of time (104 hours) and so this prompted my dad to not only beat his original record but these guys’ record too. (Side note, these guys did not follow the Guinness rules about the number of drivers allowed and they did get a speeding ticket which automatically disqualifies you-this race ain’t about speeding…so they did not beat my dad).
This Tuesday, my dad, his buddy Ted and my husband (yes, you do apparently marry a man like your father) are setting out to drive the 48 states in 96 hours. All of the rules, blogs, information and stuff are here on their site. They have a live GPS that tracks them wherever they go, so you can follow that and follow Andrew as he blogs about their adventure.
Meanwhile, my mom and I will stay home and wish them luck…96 hours in a car sounds like torture to us.