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December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Three Men End Continental Journey at Four Corners Monument
(2008-05-12)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: From Vermont all the way to the Four Corners Monument, three young men carried out one of their father's life long dream.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.

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SARAH: A maroon mini-van like Scion, covered with insect carcasses and stickers of sponsors, carried a group of three men into the Four Corners National Monument.
After reaching 48 states in 106 hours and 43 minutes of travel time Josh Keeler, Joey Stocking and Adam Gatherum were greeted by Josh's parents and friends from Salt Lake City, Utah to celebrate at their final destination.
The whole idea of traveling across the continent came from Josh's father Jim Keeler.
As Jim and I waited for his son and friends to reach the monument, he explains how this whole idea came to fruition nearly 15 years ago.
JIM KEELER: WELL IT STARTED ON A ROAD TRIP THAT I TOOK TO TENNESSEE WITH A GOOD FRIEND ON MINE NAMED JOHN BRUFF. AND HE AND I WERE JUST WEST OF NASHVILLE AND HEADED FOR MEMPHIS FOR SOME BARBEQUE. AND WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE TO GO THROUGH ALL 48, SINCE WE'VE BEEN DOING THAT TRIP FOR 2 OR 3 DAYS. AND WE FINALLY DECIDED IT WOULD BE ABOUT 2 WEEKS. BY THE TIME WE HAD DRIVEN ANOTHER 1,000 MILES WE HAD IT DOWN TO 10 DAYS AND WE HAD A COUPLE MAPS AND WE WERE LOOKING AT IT, AND WE BOTH AGREED NAH, THERE'S NO WAY YOU CAN DO IT IN FASTER THAT 10 DAYS.
Due to health issues and deaths in the family Jim and his friend never did take that road trip. But Jim did hold on to the maps all these years in hopes that maybe one day he could take that journey.
In the fall last year Josh approached his father and said he'd like to do the trip himself.

Josh, Adam and Joey estimated the trip to take 5 days. And with the help of AAA maps and a Magellan GPS device their official time was 4 days 6 hours and 15 minutes.
That's also how long the men have gone without showers and a hearty meal.
They didn't eat too much gas station grub because the Scion was already stocked with food.
JOEY, ADAM: I LIKED THE SNACK PACKS, I'M NOT GOING TO LIE. YEAH, I LIKED THE PUDDINGS. THEY WERE REALLY GOOD.
Aside from seeing the world's largest truck stop in Iowa, Joey says getting a look at America's scenery might have been the best part of the trip for him.
STOCKING: WE'VE SEEN THE EVERGREEN, WE'VE SEEN COOL HIGHWAYS BUILT OVER SWAMPS, VERMONT, ALL THOSE AREAS. IT'S JUST BEEN REALLY NEAT TO SEE THE DIFFERENT PARTS.
But for Adam, the smell of the car and himself, is an aroma he'll never forger.
ADAM: WELL IT'S FUNNY, BECAUSE YOU KIND OF GET USED TO IT. I SMELLED MY ARM PIT EARLIER AND I COULDN'T SMELL IT SO THAT KIND OF WORRIES ME BECAUSE THAT MEANS THE REST OF THE CAR SMELLS EQUALLY AS BAD.
The guys spent close to $1,000 in gas and drove 7,010 miles. With international support from six different continents, and several thousand hits a day on their website greatamericanroadtrip.us, speak for himself, would Josh do it again?
JOSH: WHY NOT? I HAVEN'T HAD ONE GOOD REASON NOT TO YET.

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