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Let’s Recap

July 31, 2010 14 comments

Well now that the first portion of my time in the U.S. is over, I figure it’s time to update my map.  Recall that I consider the drive from Maine out to the South and West “Phase 2” of the trip.  Phase 3 is the drive north to Alaska, and Phase 4 is the indirect journey home.

You may recall I had a general goal of getting to the Washington/Canada border around the start of August.  The gods of timing have been with me on this trip, as I arrived in Vancouver just before the end of July.

Here’s what the map looks like now after 61 days on the road (red diamond marks the start of the trip just north of Atlanta).  I tried to match up my lines as best as I could with the routes I took.

The journey so far

It’s not until I spent the time drawing out the map that I realized how much ground I’ve covered.  A lot to go, yet, but I am still enjoying being on the road.

So after two months of driving, it’s time for some Roadtrip Stats:

Miles so far: 14,800

Oil changes: 5

Total gas expenditures: $1,521 (give or take $10)

Most expensive gas: $4.59/gal – Big Sur, CA

Cheapest gas: $2.45/gal – Joplin, MO

States traveled through: 31

Nicest rest areas: Illinois

Not-so-nice rest areas: California

National Parks visited: 9

Crawfish meals wasted: 1

Time zones traveled through: 5

Nephews met: 2

Close calls with deer: 1

Bear encounters: 0

Longest period of facial hair growth: ~2 weeks

Tolls paid: $121.20

Most expensive toll: $11.00 – Verrazano Bridge, New York City, NY (one way!)

Most expensive admission fee: $17.24 – Ausable Chasm, NY

Website hits: 9,738 (thanks everybody)

Website hits, to date, on my original roadtrip blog from 2005: 13,774

Total miles traveled in 2005 road trip: 11,500

Arrival in California for 2005 trip: Day 11

Arrival in California for current trip: Day 50

Some searches that brought people to this site: zion park facts aliens, my favorite place in the world is my bed, how bad are the mosquitos in the cascade, moon star in endwell hour, something bit my ear, joe’s pancakes

Traffic/Speeding tickets: 0

Flat tires: 0

Car searches at Customs: 2

AAA usage: 1 – battery jump

Nights spent camping: 2

Hotel/Motel/B&B stays: 4

Friends/Family homes I’ve stayed in: 25

How lucky am I with that last item?  I’ve been able to crash at 25 different homes.  Thanks to everybody who has offered a place to stay for this vagabond.

With this current foray into Vancouver, Phase 3 of the trip has kicked in.  On August 1 I head further North.  It’s over 2,000 miles from Vancouver to Fairbanks, so I have my work cut out for me.  But it’ll be worth it.


Milestone reached

June 27, 2010 6 comments

Before you read this, be sure to get caught up with the last few items I’ve written.  There’s been several posts in the past 48 hours.

At this point, I suppose it’s safe to say the “first phase” of my trip is complete.  This was the map I initially drew up as a rough plan for my trip, and the blue line shows my starting point in Acworth, GA, taking me all the way up to Maine.

The initial plan. Diamond in GA is the starting point

From there, following the red line, you can see the route turns West (aka the second phase of the trip).  I started that part today.  So here’s a map I drew showing the route I took (following interstates and highways as best as I could freehand) from the starting point, May 30, through June 26.

The journey so far. Southeast, East Coast, and Northeast explored

You may have noticed I’ve covered over 5,000 miles at this point, 29 days into the trip.  As a point of comparison, back in my 2005 roadtrip, I did a big loop around the country and covered about 12,000 miles in the same amount of time.  That was a definite whirlwind, so I’m glad this time I got to take my time coming up North, seeing friends and family along the way.

As I travel further West, the number of friends and family I know decreases a fair amount, so I imagine I’ll be covering more ground in that portion of the trip (red arrow in first map above), in a shorter amount of time.

Thanks for following me along so far.  Everyone’s words of support have meant a lot.  Hope you stay tuned – there is a lot more of the US and Canada to see yet!


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Hitting the Road

May 30, 2010 5 comments

Well, today is the day.  Despite spending a lot of Friday and all day Saturday getting prepared, I’m still not quite 100% ready to take off, but I will be soon.  I was slow to get going back in 2005 when I traveled cross-country, and was specifically trying to avoid that, but it happened again.  Oh well, maybe it’s a good thing…the last trip went really well, despite the slow start.

So the car is almost fully packed, just a few odds and ends and then I’m off.  First stop – Madison, AL to visit my aunt and uncle.

At the beginning

So as you can see, I have just over 58,000 miles on my car right now.  Not sure what the odometer will look like by the end of the trip.  Any guesses out there?  I’m prepared to go about 30k miles…we’ll see what happens.

Just need to go fill up the tank now, and then hit up the grocery store.  Donna makes a great trail mix that would never last long with me around, so she kindly stocked me up with roughly a month’s supply of trail mix:

Pounds of deliciousness

Chances are it’ll take me maybe a week or two, tops, to polish all of that off.

All right, no more stalling.  I’m a little nervous, having given up a reliable job I’ve had for four years, but I know this upcoming trip and my near-term plans are the right thing for me.

See you all out there in this beautiful country.