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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

On the Road to the 2015 Fiat FreakOut!

2016 Fiat 500X Trekking Plus in Bianco Gelato

Fiat owners from all over the country are on the road right now heading to the Fiat FreakOut. The Fiat Club America's national convention called Fiat Freakout is a fun family event held over 4 days and brings Fiat enthusiasts from around all over North America. Now in its 32nd consecutive year, the 2015 Fiat FreakOut is being held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and starts July 15. packed up our new 500X and headed out on the 400 + mile road trip to the FreakOut on Monday. Along the way we couldn't help but stop at Punxsutawney, the town nicknamed the Weather Capitol of the World, to visit Punxsutawney Phil, the noted weather prognosticator. Here are some images and notes from the trip.

2016 Fiat 500X Luggage Capacity

Travelling "light." Eight days worth of luggage for three people (minus Buddy!).

2016 Fiat 500X Trunk
It all fits! The dog is in there somewhere! ;)

2016 Fiat 500X Back Seat

We found him! Buddy is on vacation, too. Going to the pet resort complete with doggy water park!

2016 Fiat 500X on Highway

The Fiat 500X is at home on the highway. The highways we traveled on in Pennsylvania where smooth, plus the speed limit is 70 mph in many parts! Being from Italy, the Fiat 500X is made to handle high speed roads like Italy's Auto Strada and the speed unlimited Autobahn in Germany. So far, our Fiat 500X has averaged 32.06 mpg on the trip.

2016 Fiat 500X on Winding Road

Besides highways, Pennsylvania also has many twisty country roads. The 500X's is also at home here. Italy is a mountainous country and Italians expect a car that has impeccable handling and powerful brakes. The 500X is a joy to drive on these roads.

2016 Fiat 500X Center Console

The obligatory Fiat travel mugs and Charms candy.

Punxsutawney Road Sign

Punxsutawney, home of Phil the Groundhog was along the route so we decided to stop.

Punxsutawney Phil and Fiat 500X

Punxsutawney Phil checked us in at the hotel. Phil is everywhere in this quaint town.

About Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day dates back to 1866. Over the years it has become a world-wide phenomenon as tens of thousands attend Punxsutawney's Groundhog Day event held on February 2nd. In 1997, over 35,000 people showed up to see Phil's weather prediction.

Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney with Fiat 500X

Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil in his burrow. You can visit him all year long in a pleasant park located in the center of town.

Punxsutawney Phil and the FIat 500X

Yep, Phil is everywhere! Next stop: Pittsburgh!

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