The Big Trip

Afterwords, Part 2


Twelve High Points

  • The Washington State Fire Academy
  • Driving at dusk anywhere in eastern Oregon
  • Snake River Canyon (and cool span bridge) in Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Spending the night in a log-cabin home in Provo, Utah
     
  • The rocks and rock formations of eastern Utah
  • Hanging around each end of the Eisenhower Tunnel
  • Passing through the Colorado Rockies past Glenwood Springs
  • Older buildings in older Kansas towns
     
  • Touring the fire stations of Columbus, Indiana
  • Visiting a Meijer store (they have everything)
  • A century-old suspension bridge in Wheeler, West Virginia
  • Driving 90 mph during rush hour on I-270 into Washington, D.C.

Twelve Surprises

  • Didn't take any naps
  • Didn't get sick of driving, not even once
  • Didn't even think to check construction delays
  • Didn't want to do anything at night, except write (or chat)
  • Used every available minute of every day
  • And thus arrived late at the end of every day
  • How miserably my plan to rely on local radio failed
  • How quickly I lost track of the date and the day of the week
  • That a 35mm, auto-focus SLR camera is easy to use
  • That a 35mm, SLR camera is easy to potentially break
  • That a newer car really can drive that far without blinking
  • That cousins are fun (I don't get out much)

Sum Summary

  • Total mileage: 4075
  • Total hours of driving: 62.7 (average 65 mph)
  • Total gallons of gas used: 135.8 (average 30 mpg)
  • Total cost of already expensive as Hell gas: $183.80
  • Cost of lodging: $381.79
  • Cost of rental car: $89.30
  • Cost of stuffing face: $191.75
  • Cost of Wal-Mart et al purchases: $353.67
  • Notebooks filled: 4
  • Rolls of Fuji film shot: 90
  • Postcards sent like a crazy man: 30
  • Eyeglass repair solutions attempted: 3 *
  • Malls or mega-stores visited: 36 (estimated)
  • Fire stations visited: 40 (estimated)
  • PayDay bars consumed: 10 Known lesbians met: 1

* Scotch tape, sticky stuff, and homemade splint

Waiting at Home

  • 31 flyers, catalogs, or other undesired mailings
  • 20 e-mail messages (was sorting on the road)
  • 13 bills or bill-related items
  • 9 magazines
  • 5 letters or postcards
  • 4 payments for online auctions 3 answering-machine messages (1 hang-up)
  • 3 self-sent packages of used film and shit
  • 2 die-cast toy fire trucks
  • 2 compact discs
  • 1 camera *
  • 1 cat, black

* ordered for trip, arrived hours after leaving

States Traveled Through

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina

Highways Traveled On

  • I-90
  • I-82
  • I-84
  • I-15
  • Hwy 50
  • I-70
  • I-65
  • I-70 again
  • I-270
  • I-495
  • I-95
  • I-85
  • US 1

Mileage by Day

  • Day 1 - 325
  • Day 2 - 389
  • Day 3 - 300 something
  • Day 4 - around 350
  • Day 5 - 329
  • Day 6 - 377
  • Day 7 - 275 or so
  • Day 8 - 450
  • Day 9 - 346
  • Day 10 - 413
  • Day 11 - 296

Wal-Mart Purchases

  • baby wipes
  • bath towels
  • bed sheets (for covering front seat)
  • cartoon-character stickers (for postcards)
  • chewing gum
  • compact disc player
  • compact discs
  • deodorant
  • die-cast bulldozer (1:64 scale) die-cast emergency vehicle assortment
  • die-cast farm tractor key ring
  • distilled water
  • drinking water
  • fanny pack
  • film
  • Fix-A-Flat
  • flip-flops
  • garbage bags
  • gym shorts
  • latest issue of "Entertainment Weekly"
  • motor oil (5W-30)
  • motor oil container spout
  • notebooks
  • packing tape
  • PayDay candy bars
  • pens
  • plastic container (for car stuff)
  • postcards
  • prepaid AT&T phone card
  • Q-Tips (for swabbin' the dreck)
  • scissors
  • socks
  • spare car key
  • tank-tops
  • tee-shirts
  • tire gauge

Compact Disc Purchases

  • Brian Setzer Orchestra, The, "Vavoom"
  • Elvis Presley, "As Recorded at Madison Square Garden"
  • Frank Yankovic, "Greatest Hits"
  • Halford, "Resurrection"
  • Judy Garland, "Best of"
  • Mitch Miller and the Gang, "Sing Along with Mitch"
  • Raven, "All For One"
  • Rockin' Vickers, The, "The Complete 'It's Alright!'"
  • Rod Stewart, "Best of"
  • Thin Lizzy, "Live - One Night Only"
  • Various Artists, "Ryman Country Homecoming"
  • Various Artists, "Stairways to Heaven"
  • Ventures, The, "Play Telstar / Play the Country Classics"

Movies Missed (So Far)

  • Autumn In New York
  • The Basket
  • Bless This Child
  • But I'm A Cheerleader!
  • Butterfly
  • Coyote Ugly
  • The Original Kings Of Comedy
  • The Life And Times Of Hank Greenburg
  • Love's Labour's Lost
  • Spike And Mike's Classic Animation Festival

Additional Lists Available on Request

  • Movies Not Missed
  • Wal-Mart Stores Visited
  • Time Zones Traveled Through
  • States Traveled Through (in Alphabetical Order)
  • The Roads Not Taken
  • Strange Smells By Day
  • Ten Disappointments
  • Ten Bigger Disappointments
  • Pieces of Lint Removed From Navel And The Religious Icons They Resemble

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