Epic 11,000 mile, 46-day, 33-state Family Road Trip Culminates Wednesday for PapiBlogger Family with Miami Celebration

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San Francisco driving of the famous Lombard Street on our PapiMobile.

– Welcome home  family and media event being held in Miami Lakes Chevrolet dealership

– National contest asks: How many miles did PapiBlogger’s Chevrolet Traverse drive?

Our family deeply enjoyed the insider's tour we got to the first McDonald's restaurant Ray Kroc owned and worked hard at to build into a global food leader.

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES – After more than 11,000 miles, 33 states and 46 days, PapiBlogger’s epic family road trip will come to a rousing end with a celebration in Miami.

Sometime before 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 4, PapiBlogger Manny Ruiz, his wife Angela and three kids (Jonathan 10, Elena 6 and Briani 1) will drive into Miami Lakes Chevrolet in their famous PapiMobile (aka 2010 Chevrolet Traverse) where they will be greeted by family, friends and reporters invited to attend the event.   (The dealership is located at 16600 NW 57th Ave., Miami Lakes, FL 33014).

“Our journey has been nothing less than astonishing,” said PapiBlogger Manny Ruiz.  “Everywhere we’ve gone people ask ‘How did you do it with three kids?’  ‘What’s the favorite part of your trip?’  ‘What did you learn about America?’  We’re eager to share those stories and more with the world.”

The PapiMobile left Miami on Father’s Day, June 20th on a route that took the family from Miami to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Seattle, Seattle to Portland, Maine and Portland back to Miami.

Some of key facts about the trip include:

– Number of Miles Traveled: More than 11,000 miles

– Number of States Visited: 33 states

– Number of Days Traveled: 46 days

– Different Cities Where the Family Stayed Overnight: 24 cities

– Longest hours driven in one day: 13 hours

– Average miles driven per day: 260

– Average hours driven per day: 4.5 hours

Meeting other road trippers like us became a great part of our journey. Jim Marx, pictured here with Elena and Jonathan, took this photo at the end of his 65-day bike ride from Seattle to Plymouth. CLICK THIS PHOTO TO SEE OUR FUN INTERVIEW WITH JIM MARX.

Among the famous places the family visited are: Mount St. Helens (by helicopter); Mount RushmoreNiagara Falls (by boat); Plymouth Rock; the Grand Canyon (by helicopter); the Las Vegas stripDisneyland; the Hoover DamBroadway (to see “Mary Poppins”); Meteor CraterYellowstone National ParkDevil’s Tower; the movie set of “Transformers 3”; the White House; SalemMt. Hood; the Golden Gate Bridge; Canada; Motown; the Old West town of Deadwood, South Dakota; the original 1955 McDonald’s Ray Kroc opened in Chicago; the Kennedy Space CenterBourbon Street and many more!

Partial list of cities PapiBlogger visited: St. Augustine; New Orleans; Austin, TX; Marfa; TX, Santa Fe, NM; Las Vegas; Washington, DC; Anaheim, CA; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Mt. Hood, OR; Seattle, WA; Cody, WY; Deadwood, SD; Chicago; New York City; Salem, MA; Detroit; Buffalo, NY; Niagara Falls, Canada; Savannah, GA; Gloucester, MA; Bozeman, Montana and many more.


PapiBlogger and his sponsors from Chevrolet, McDonald’s, Sprint Nextel HTC EVO 4G and Sony are hosting a national Facebook contest that asks “How many total miles did the Chevrolet Traverse travel during the PapiBlogger Family Road Trip?”

The person who makes the most accurate guess of how many miles PapiBlogger has driven will win a Sony Bloggie.  Great prizes will also be awarded for second and third place.  The contest ends on Sunday, August 8 and the winners will be announced on Monday, August 9.

The PapiBlogger Family Road Trip Contest is open to anybody but only Facebook fans of PapiBlogger are eligible.  Only one guess per Facebook fan will be accepted.  Complete contest rules are posted at http://tinyurl.com/2auqb5m.

About Chevrolet

Chevrolet is a global automotive brand, with annual sales of about 3.5 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. In the U.S., the Chevrolet portfolio includes: iconic performance cars, such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long lasting pickups and SUVs, such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers, such as Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers “gas-friendly” solutions, such as the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco model that is expected to deliver up to an estimated 40 mpg highway, and 2011 Chevrolet Volt that will offer up to 40 miles of electric driving and an additional 300 miles of extended range with the onboard generator (based on GM testing).  Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security, and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response, and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com <http://www.chevrolet.com/>.

About McDonald’s®

McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local business men and women. Customers can now log online for free at any of the 11,000 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com <http://www.mcdonalds.com/> , or follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds <http://twitter.com/McDonalds> ) and Facebook (Facebook.com/McDonalds <http://www.facebook.com/McDonalds> ) for updates on our business, promotions and products.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, and is the first and only wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless and instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com <http://www.sprint.com/>  or www.facebook.com/sprint <http://www.facebook.com/sprint>  and www.twitter.com/sprint <http://www.twitter.com/sprint> .

About Sony Electronics

Headquartered in San Diego, Sony Electronics is a leading provider of audio/video electronics and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, design, engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service.

Sony is noted for a wide range of consumer audio-visual products, such as the BRAVIA® LCD high-definition television, Cyber-shot® digital camera, Handycam® camcorder and Walkman® personal stereo. Sony is also an innovator in the IT arena with its VAIO® personal computers; and in high-definition professional broadcast equipment, highlighted by the XDCAM® HD and CineAlta™ lines of cameras and camcorders, and the SXRD™ 4K digital projector. The latest news and information is available at the company’s web site at www.sony.com/news <http://www.sony.com/news>.


For Chevrolet
Stephanie Camargo (The Axis Agency)
Cell: 954-822-0461)
Melissa Galarza (The Axis Agency)
Cell: 305-323-8921
For PapiBlogger
Manny Ruiz
Tel: 305.321.5002

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