Orlando to Houston: The second week of our #X7roadtrip (2/5).

22. March 2019
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The first ever BMW X7 took off on an adventurous 5 week road trip in the USA starting in Spartanburg, South Carolina, home of the biggest BMW Group Plant in the world and ending in beautiful Palm Springs, California. Stay tuned at the BMW Group News Forum for the upcoming travel diaries and learn more about our company in the United States.

The first two media groups certainly put the BMW X7 through its paces. There was a big smile on each and every journalist’s face when they left the media launch, with a bunch of articles and reviews in their pockets. The people who made this possible are the invisible “heroes” of the coast-to-coast BMW X7 road trip. Each day, the BMW Group team puts a huge amount of time and effort into making the event an amazing, smooth-running and unique experience. Today, it’s their time to be the “kings of the road”. 

 

The BMW Group team will take the 20 BMW X7s, 12 staff BMW X5s and three huge support trucks on the road, to get them from Orlando to Tallahassee where the next media group will join us. Such a huge BMW X7 convoy like this has never been seen before and will probably never be seen again. At some points, as the cars were driving all together, the “caravan” reached a length of about 400 metres. 

 

60 miles before we pulled into Tallahassee, we reached our highlight of the day. Built in 1831, St. Marks is the second oldest lighthouse in Florida, and it sure did provide us with an epic moment. Just in time for the blue hour, the BMW Group team witnessed the most breath-taking sunset on the tour so far. After a stunning but exhausting eight-hour trip, we finally arrived in Tallahassee, capital of the state of Florida. Besides well-known landmarks like Florida State University or the Capitol itself, the real beauty of Tallahassee lies within the countless Victorian houses that give the city its unique charm. 

 

Today will be the longest stretch within the 11 sections of the BMW X7 coast-to-coast road trip. Altogether, the trip will add up to almost 500 miles and approximately nine hours on the road. This will be the only time during our five-week BMW X7 experience that we drive through four states in one day: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Today’s weather forecast looks like we are going to get wet. In a few hours, it’s supposed to get stormy, windy and rainy – simply unpleasant. That is why most of the journalists use the capital of Florida as their safe location for producing film and pictures. Once again, Florida would prove that it is named the Sunshine State for a reason. Still worried about the weather as we leave Tallahassee, just a few hours later we arrive in ”paradise”. Being a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola Beach offers a light refreshing sea breeze, gorgeous beaches, sand as white as powdered sugar, palm trees and even more important to most of us – a unique road to shoot perfect pictures and videos.

 

We are pretty sure most of the BMW X7s were crossing the state of Alabama with the sound of the world-famous song “Sweet Home Alabama” coming out of a perfectly-tuned Bowers & Wilkens sound system, which is featured in all test cars. Theoretically, you could play the song 18 times in a row, which would take about an hour – exactly the time you need to drive from the Florida state border to the state of Mississippi. Anyone who still hadn’t had enough of the sound system was able to switch to another all-time-great: On the road we picked “Born in the Bayou” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The Bayou is the local name for the countless swaps, rivers and lakes of the Mississippi Delta. But today Bayou is also known and used as a term for the music and culinary culture of the Mississippi and Louisiana Region. With the right sound and mood, we head further west, driving into a breath-taking sunset and looking forward to what awaits us in today’s final destination: Baton Rouge.

The swamps, the alligators, the landscape, the people, the music and the culinary diversity, will always be remembered by everyone who was lucky enough to be part of the media group who drove the BMW X7 through the state of Louisiana. But sadly, it’s time to say: “Goodbye, Bayou”. Fortunately, there are bigger things to look forward to. Today we are heading towards the state where everything is big, bigger or just plain HUGE. Texas, here we come!  Lady Mississippi dressed herself in her finest white dress to bid us a dramatic yet romantic farewell. The mystic fog that floated over the world-famous river made us long to stay. But once we cross the Horace Wilkins Bridge, we are looking forward to what awaits us on the other side.

Swamps again? Yes, but, hey, we are in the Bayou for only a few hours more and we probably won’t be back for a long time. Roads surrounded by waters that are home to the world biggest alligators certainly have a beauty of their own.

Everything is bigger in Texas. At least, that’s what they say, and that’s what we are expecting now that we have crossed the border of the Lone Star State. Actually, it’s more a myth that things are bigger over here, but the Texans take pride in thinking big. Well, one thing they can put to their list for the next few days is the biggest car BMW has to offer, the first-ever BMW X7. Just minutes after we cross the Texas state line, we enter the Gulf Coast region. For miles and miles, we pass by impressive refineries, rigs, oil platforms and mountain-sized tankers. In that respect, Texas measures up to the myth of being big.

Again, Texas plays the BIG card. Not only is Houston the largest city in Texas, but also the fourth-biggest in the United States. Only the City of Angels – LA, The Big Apple – New York and The Windy City – Chicago can keep up. The vibe of today’s final destination is best seen in the Downtown Art District.

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