Well, before the list, I/we do have a few comments. We are so lucky and fortunate to not only have had the luxury of travelling with our kids, but also of exposing them to the breadth and width of this huge and diverse country. It is diverse in geography, people, lifestyles, experiences and weather!!!! We also feel truly humbled by the good fortune that has befallen us in terms of the lack of negative or dangerous experiences while travelling, the surplus of wonderful sights, opportunities and campgrounds (with only a couple of notable exceptions), the wonders we have been exposed to and the continued good health and enthusiasm for travel that we have all shared. It has been a road trip that turned out to be better than we could ever have expected.
Finally, to our children....you are simply amazing - we have been blown away by your maturity, your ability to continually rise to the occasion (no matter how tired or how much time you spent stuck in Odie) and are in awe of the people you are becoming. We have not just seen glimpses of, but have been able to live in close proximity to your enthusiasm for new experiences, your willingness to try new things and your amazing ability to recharge your batteries when sleeping in a tent. I will never forget the image of you standing up, shaking hands and making eye contact with all of the people you met along the way as you both seem to possess the ability to read and react appropriately to all of the situations you have been dumped in during the last 100 days
. We know that this will be a time that will shape all of us in unknown ways for many years to come. We will never forget this time living as a family on the road and we hope that someday you will appreciate this opportunity as much as we enjoyed giving it to you.
So without further delay and soppiness, here are the numbers: Days on the road
- 100Distance Travelled
- 20,250 miles (32,401 km)Average distance travelled
- 200 miles (320km) per dayHours in Odie
- 485 - 20 days straight in a car or 1 in every 5 hoursAverage time in Odie per day
- 4 hours and 51 minutesCar Crashes -
0Speeding tickets/traffic infringements -
0 Gasoline (petrol) used -
964 gallonsApproximate cost of gasoline (petrol) -
$4,000 USDStates visited -
46 (missed out - Alaska, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia)Canadian Provinces -
3USA National Parks visited
- 36Canadian National Parks visited -
3Nights in a tent -
58Nights in a hotel -
19Night with family -
16Nights with friends under a roof -
- 4Showers -
100 total - that's 25 each....Bears seen -
8 (5 grizzly, 3 black)Wonderful shared experiences -
It was a quick get up and go from the Shifrin's this morning as we had lots of driving to get through and a lunch date with Tim's Dad, so just after 10am we hugged goodbye and promised to see each other again soon and made the 2 hour drive to Portland and the same Farmers' Market we had visited the previous week. We met Opa, Dad, Mark for lunch at, yup, you guessed it, Gritty McDuffs the brewpub, loaded up on fresh vegetables from Dad, thanks Dad they were gorgeous and tasty, and jumped into Odie for the final 4 hour push back to Connecticut and Tim's Mom, Gramma Saylor (or as the kids now call her - Granny Gramma). It was on this final leg back towards where the great - around the USA road trip had begun on the 8th of May, that we realised today was exactly 100 days since we had left!!!!! Talk about synchronicity and planning......we had nailed it indeed. Rather than spending the remainder of this entry waxing lyrical about all we had seen and done, a list of some impressive numbers seems more in order......