Face the Facts! A Summary of 2013 Details.

Trip Start Jan 01, 2013
Trip End Dec 31, 2013

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Countryside RV Resort

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

As we've done every year, we wanted to share some of the details about our life on the road in 2013.  Thanks again for joining us on the journey!

MOTORHOME MILES DRIVEN: 11,703 Miles (4,260 last yr; 11,356 in '11;  6,400 in '10; 5,186 in '09; 11,801 in '08, 14,046 in '07; and 15,097 in '06)
AUTOMOBILE MILES DRIVEN: 12,621 Miles (9800 on the new Camaro since purchased 3/13) (9,131 last yr; 15,500 in '11; 10,112 in '10;  10,906 in
'09, 13,356 in '08; 14,665 in '07 and  14,000+ in '06)
GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL PURCHASED: 1,496 Gals @$3.828/Gal. Average Price   (526 Gals. @ $3.889 in 2012; 1,374.2@$3.80 in 2011; 775.65 @ $3.08 in 2010)
AVERAGE MILES PER GALLON:  Our lowest ever, at 7.8 MPG-probably a bit lower because of our frequent use of our generator when on the road in 90+ degree heat; (the last 2 years. it was 8.1 mpg; 8.3 mpg the prior 5 years)
FUEL COST PER MILE:  $0.489;  (Last year: $.478; $.469 in '11; $.373/mile in '10;  $.387 in '09  and $.448 in 2008!)

AVG COST PER NIGHT OF RV "CAMPING":   $15.19/night, which comes to $459.50/month "rent";  (Last year: $12.88; $10.81 in 2011) This includes all RV Parks, utilities,
camp memberships, "in lieu of" payments, etc. - we also pay for our
sites where we work camp.  (This also included 4 nights at $85/night this year, which was the camping cost for our fabulous sites overlooking the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!)

   If we add our "camping" costs  and our diesel fuel costs for the year and divide them by 12, we paid $939.36/month - still less than what monthly rent was for our first apartment in Southern California in 1999 - and even in a year that had many unplanned travels and events, it's a life filled with so much pleasure and so many visits with family and friends that we could never put a price on its value!
TOTAL NUMBER OF STATES VISITED IN 2013: 28 (+ Quebec and Ontario, Canada)               8 Yr Total: 46 States/4 Provinces
2013# OF PYKESONTHEGO TRAVELPOD ENTRIES: 78 (Last year: 64; 82 in '11; 40
in '10; 34 in '09, 104  in '08, 116 in '07,  79 in '06)

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Cousin Dave on

Thank you for all the postings, it's great to read of your adventures. Enjoy 2014 and all the new sights that are presented to you.

Colin & Maree Adams (NZ) on

Fantastic to read your Travel Pod & stats, well done! Makes us want to come back to the US & see you two again - we will one day ... We wish you both a wonderful 2014 filled with more great adventures on the road, safe travels,

Bev Larson on

Wow!! I'm impressed by your footloose and fun lifelstyle. You are lifesytle inspiration.

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