June 19, 2010 in Idaho

Long road trip ends in new world record

By The Spokesman-Review

Three men traversed the contiguous 48 states in 97 hours and 7 minutes to break the Guinness World Record.

Their trip, which started at Lookout Pass on Tuesday, ended today in Vermont. It’s an event where 100,000 things can go wrong. The Lord was good, we got here,” said Jay Lowe of Texas. Lowe, his son-in-law Andrew Shull, of Texas, and Ted Jacobs, of Tennessee, comprised the team.

They encountered highway construction in Minneapolis that delayed them for an hour-and-a-half. They thought the construction would destroy their chance of breaking the former record, set by Lowe and a different team in 104 hours, 57 minutes, in 1999.

Their gas station breaks averaged three-and-a-half minutes, and the men did not eat from Mobile, Ala., to Vermont to make the record. They completed the trip without a single speeding ticket, and followed all World Record stipulations, Lowe said.

“The biggest relief is having the record. If you don’t have the record, it’s all for naught,” he said.

Tonight in Vermont they celebrated with a victory steak, and will fly to their respective homes Sunday morning to celebrate Father’s Day.

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