Chapter 130: Index of the Great American Road Trip

All of the following applies to the Great American Road Trip, an adventure undertaken by myself and Mark.

  1. Distance driven between July 8th and August 6th: 7,697 miles
  2. Amount by which this increased the mileage of Mark’s Civic: 20%
  3. Difference between this and the Earth’s diameter: 229 miles
  4. Number of loops around the Capital Beltway the trip represents: 120
  5. Length of time this would take a Segway if it never stopped: 27 days
  6. Total amount of money spent on gasoline: $894
  7. Highest price paid for gasoline, and location: $5.50, Yosemite National Park, California
  8. Lowest price paid for gasoline, and location: $3.50, Iowa
  9. States driven through, in order of first appearance: Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland
  10. Total new states bagged for Mark (his rules, not mine): 9
  11. Number of nights spent in hotels, campsites and homes, respectively: 10, 8 and 10
  12. Number of prior acquaintances with whom we visited: 24
  13. Portion of the nights we spent drinking: 59%
  14. Number of consecutive winning Craps rolls thrown by Sam at Casino Royale, Las Vegas: ~12
  15. Maximum speed achieved, and location: 106 MPH, Bonneville Salt Flats
  16. Maximum temperature recorded, and location: 120 °F, Canyonlands National Park
  17. Number of chain eateries we ate at more than once: 0
  18. Number of songs on the iPod we listened to more than once: 0
  19. Outstanding legal issues that will possibly lead to an arrest warrant being issued by the state of Texas: 1
  20. Judgement of the trip as being surprising, boring, dirty, exciting, straining, memorable, lonely, frightening, repetitive, (philosophically) romantic, noteworthy, stressful and unbelievably fulfilling: totally






5 responses to “Chapter 130: Index of the Great American Road Trip”

  1. What did you do in Texas? Did you not recognize God as the one who wrote the constitution of the USA?

  2. How many VDs did you catch?

  3. 1a. A lot, but I have no regrets.
    1b. If you believe in the Christian God, wouldn’t logically he have to have written the constitution of the USA?
    2. Hopefully not many, though I did talk to a hooker in Vegas. She seemed nice.

  4. Tom

    You forgot: How many river miles did you travel from the last road for put in to the next first road for take out: 124 miles

  5. […] mode and the “Trip” mode. For example, about a week before the month long road trip I took this summer with Mark, I had already begun the process of mentally checking out, of […]

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