This was an amazing trip that I will never forget. 2800 miles in 46 hours does sound crazy and it probably is, but it turned out to be a tremendous amount of fun and a huge success. I always enjoy meeting CleanMPG members and enjoy road trips as well. So when the opportunity came up to go on a drive with 11 other CleanMPG members and journalists, I couldn't pass it up. After landing in LA I picked up the A6 and took it for a quick drive to the beach. Yes team A6, I got a few hours of seat time in your car while most of you were still on your flights! I may have given Wayne a bit of a scare by picking up the car but not showing up at the hotel for a few hours, but I was enjoying my time in the sun too much. I knew the GPS and built in 3G data would get me where I needed to go when it came time to get to the hotel. The graphics on the side of the car were already starting to get some attention in the beach parking lot so I got to talk to a few passerby about TDI and what it meant. After things got organized, I ended up in the A7 with Bob (rhwinger), Roger (CMaxVsPrius), and Sebastian (from AutoblogGreen). I knew Bob and Sebastian from our F-150 drive a few years ago and remembered that both were good drivers, so I was glad to be grouped up with them. After meeting Roger and seeing him drive I knew we had a good group. The biggest worry once we got on the road was the 7000' climb ahead of us coming out of LA. Bob and Sebastian took the first two stints which meant I was tasked with the majority of the climb. They had worked up a nice buffer for me and as I took the wheel I apologized and said all their hard work was going to disappear in the next few hours. The A7 proved me wrong and was amazingly still above 40mpg by the time I was done. By that point I knew that the only thing that would keep us from meeting our goal would be something unforseen like a flat tire. Now that we could relax, we decided to fire up the optional Bang & Olufsen stereo. That stereo is by far the best automotive sound system I've ever heard. I'm going to quote Bob on it because he describes it perfectly The rest of the car was impressive as well. It was very quiet and the engine only made itself heard when the driver mashed the pedal. I have driven a few TDIs but this engine was even better than I expected with smooth effortless torque available from 1200rpm. I have always thought that the best way to get diesel on peoples' radar is to get people to drive one and see how good the engines can be. All 3 TDIs definitely seemed to do that with their quiet operation, endless torque, and the ease in which they beat their EPA ratings. All that and 0-60 in around 6 seconds!! The rest of the drive went smoothly save for a few "OH %#$!" moments and unexpected detours. Now that we knew we would have no trouble beating the EPA, the new challenge was to beat team A6. In the end, we decided that we had the cooler car with the better stereo and didn't want team A6 to feel too bad about losing the mileage battle as well All in all, this was an amazing trip with a great group of people. Thanks to Audi for allowing us to do this and for building such impressive cars. The rockstar treatment we got after getting to New York was something I never expected. I'll never forget the time when I drove from Los Angeles to New York in 46 hours and the people and cars that were along for the trip.