By: Todd Lassa | Photography by: Automobile Staff August 17, 2017
A couple of weeks after driving our Four Seasons 2016 Fiat 500X Trekking Plus AWD from Los Angeles to Detroit, I signed it up for a vacation to the holiday hotspot of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I know how to live, don’t I?
Actually, the vacation, with my brother-in-law, Greg, and his friend, Tom, was an attempt to stave off the ravages of too much driving and road food, and too many press trips. We were there for the 150 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), a rails-to-trails bicycle ride between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Maryland. Greg and Tom would continue on along the C&O Canal trail for another 135 miles to Washington, D.C., while I would turn around and head to Pittsburgh, for about 300 miles total.
My bicycle for the GAP roundtrip was a brand-new Jamis Renegade Expert, a carbon-fiber-framed bike with drop handlebars and a sort of “all-terrain” tire that can handle crushed gravel as well as pavement. Surely, it would fit into the cargo hold with the rear seat down. I met up with Greg and Tom in downtown Pittsburgh, where the 500X would be parked until my return. The Fiat contained just me, my bike, and three bike bags.
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