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Epilogue Part 1…Driving Across the United States 2017

We are home.  After 14 days of driving across 11 states…mostly western and mid-western states…we have many thoughts of who the United States is and changed in the past eight years when we took the same drive.  Our experiences are about simple things that we observed.. 

Infrastructure improvement is exploding across the West especially the upper mid-west.  Roads, hospitals, airports, colleges, and bridges.  North Dakota looks to using their windfall of taxes from their oil/gas bonanza to rebuild their state from scratch.  Montana seems to be right behind them.  The rest of the country should thank North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Texas and Oklahoma for all of the wealth they are providing the rest of the country.

The gas prices were an eye opener, $1.99 in Minnesota to $3.51 in California.  Looks like the far west state governments are taxing the heck out of their residents who use gasoline.

By the way, if you can, never drive through Denver or Las Vegas.  Horrible traffic any time of the day.  Matches Los Angeles or San Diego. 

The good news is that gas mileage on cars have improved dramatically in the past eight years.  We averaged over over 33 miles per gallon with the Honda CRV driving the speed limited.  One thing I noticed this trip was the impact driving into a 20 mph head wind has on your gas mileage.  Drops it from 33 to 25 mpg.  When are the car company engineers going to improve the aerodynamics of our vehicles?

Part 2 tomorrow on the food, service, hotels and family.

 

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The Day Before the Trip…June 2017

June 12, 2017, Monday, 0510

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High Desert Foothills in Palmdale CA

Miles today N/A , Mileage Gas prices $2.79(Costco),

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The sun is just coming up in a very cool 46 degree morning in the Antelope Valley.  Crazy to be wearing a long sleeve shirt and thick workout pants when the weather by this weekend is predicted to be 109.

Buy day today.  Bringing the Honda into the car wash for a wash, wax and interior cleanup.  Libby tells me I am a bit off as in two hours after take off tomorrow it will be covered with bugs and road grim anyway but, it is just my way.

Meeting with the folks who are watching our house and our animals while we are gone.  Setting up protections etc. 

Major packing will occur and final clean up around here will be done.  Getting the ice and filling the car with gas later this evening

Getting excited. 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2017 in California, Driving, gas prices

 

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Thoughts on the Long Driving Trip

June 6, 2017

Only days away from our 4000+ mile driving trip, we have been having some thoughts about the trip itself. 

Not traveling more than 550 miles a day has made our driving trips much easier to handle at our age.  We are on the road 10-11 hours but make multiple stops, take walks at the stops and pull over to see thing that look interesting. 

Using technology on the trip makes the trip easier and more enjoyable.  We are using our blue tooth phones to stream our favorite music from Amazon all across country and listen to books that we both enjoy.  First book on the agenda for us is Charles Dickens, “Nickolas Nickelby.”

We added a couple of things on our “to do” list on this trip; Monitor the cost of things by state that have to do with traveling.  Gas, lodging and food costs certainly on the list.

Being we are both diabetic’s and must eat at regularly so we are going to use local supermarkets with deli’s and local park for our meals. Some of our favorite memories have memories have occurred in the small town parks and stores.  Chased by geese, begging dogs, and friendly people who just wanted to talk.

Getting close!

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2017 in Driving

 

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Planning Two More Trips This Year(2017)

With our next trip fully planned, a 14 day driving jaunt of 4000 miles that covers thirteen states, I have been planning two more trips.  One a 9-day cross country visit to the Washington D.C. area and a four day 100th birthday party trip for my Dad in Minnesota. 

Washington D.C. Trip

Image result for photo washington mallWe decided to stay in the United States this year as the flights to Europe are such a pain.  If I could afford first class air fare, things wouldn’t be so painful but, the cost for this addition doubles the price of the trip.  What a pain. 

So instead, we decided to head to the center of our Federal Government, Washington D.C..  This will be our third trip there but we feel we have barely scratched the surface of the things to see. 

This trip will be very different from prior trips.  We will not have a car.  We will be using Uber, We rented a one bedroom apartment in the suburbs within walking distance of supermarkets, restaurants and the train system that will take us directly into Washington, D.C. within in 20 minutes.  The cost of of our apartment is 1/2 or less than a hotel in D.C., we will be saving a chunk of $$$$ on food with our own kitchen and no rental car or parking costs.  This is how we do it on our trips to Europe so we figured we might as well see how it works here the United States.

100th Birthday Party(Minnesota)

20170429_121009We will be making our third trip this year to Minnesota, this time for Dad’s 100th birthday.  Four days with our daughter, we traveled there with our son earlier this year,

The cost for airfare to Minnesota is more than to Washington D.C.. Plus, renting a car is key as we must drive 100+ miles to the small farm town where Dad lives. 

We are all looking forward to this trip as we are expected see a good part of the community who are always supportive to family and friends. 

More later. 

 

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Day Four, Trip to San Diego(#3 2017) Headed for Home

5/22/2017 Monday

Loaded up the car, stopped for breakfast at our favorite breakfast restaurant the, Waffle Spot, and filled with gas at Costco.  Decent drive home and arrived at 1130 am.  Good warm up trip for the 14 day trip coming up soon. 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in California, Driving

 

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Day 1, Driving Trip to San Diego(Trip 3)

May 19, 2017 Friday

It has been a cornucopia of sights, smells and sound on the road.  The desert outside of AVC smelled of freshly cut alfalfa and watering the onion fields.  The rural roads were rough and desperately need a deep coat of asphalt.

We rolled down highway 15 into the inland empire area where the temperature moved into the 80’s and of course our first freeway stoppage.  Two fender benders within 3 miles with 6 cars involved.  The rest of the way…181 miles…was heavy traffic but moving along very well.  The Honda got 35.4 mpg not bad at all. 

We stopped at around 11:10 am and had lunch at Round Table Pizza in San Diego where we had good food and a very good laugh.

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This is the sign on their bathroom door to make fun of the last federal administration to make a law of where you can go to the bath room.

With our politicians, you have to keep a sense of humor.

We got to Risa’s place and it was a gorgeous 79.

Risa and Alex got home from school about 2:10 pm and we are catching up on all the news.  Luke is on a two week long missionary trip to eastern Europe;  Poland, Ukraine and Kosovo.  We will miss him this trip. 

Heading out to Islands Restaurant after we hit Walmart.  Picking up some gear for tomorrow’s trip to the Ocean Beach Pier where we will be fishing. 

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in California, Driving, Fishing

 

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Third Trip to San Diego 2017—Prequel

Yep, our third trip already to San Diego this year.  Trip one Basketball tournament, trip two birthday trip(Alex and me) and now just a visit and a one day watching our grandson.  He’s too old to be babysat.

We are packed, the auto is ready and here we go.  Should be fun. 

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in California, Driving

 

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