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Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
38Trip End Sep 27, 2008
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It's been a blast, and we'd do it all over again if we could. Probably not all that differently - we were frequently surprised at just how smoothly the plans we made before leaving worked out on the road. And once we got 'off the routine of a pre-confirmed schedule', we made friends with Hotwire and found that that worked out just as well for us.
We certainly didn't see it all, how could you in a country as vast and diverse as the United States of America, but we covered as much ground as we hoped and were rarely disappointed with our choices.
A little more time to unwind in certain places would have been welcome, but with a (sort of) school time frame and budget to work within we will leave America having a much, much, better geographical understanding, a couple of weeks worth of CNN coverage of US politics up our sleeve, and a sketchy, but better, knowledge of American history and Presidents
To everybody who came along for the ride, we hope you enjoyed the blog, and we especially thank those who contributed and brightened our day with your comments and messages of support.
A few fun travel facts
Total number of photos : 10431
Total travel miles: 14340 (23078km)
Number of oil changes: 2
CO2 Emissions offset: $96
Total nights in a hotel: 52
Total nights in the tent: 21
Total nights in a cabin: 8
Favourite city: NYC
Favourite beach: South Beach, Miami
Best hotel pool: Biltmore Hotel, Miami
Favourite National Park: Yellowstone, Wyoming
Favourite State Park: Nickerson, Cape Cod
Favourite campground: Monroe County, Michigan
Favourite hotel: Hotel 71, Chicago
Favourite meal: Charleston Cafe
Biggest surprise: Washington DC, we loved it.
Will never go back to: The North Charleston Inn
Would happily live in: Fort Lauderdale/Miami
Will definitely return to: Washington DC
Aviva's milestone moment: Losing a front tooth in Napa Valley
Daniel's milestone moment: Learning to snap fingers, whistle & fish
Tom's milestone moment: Taking off his swimming bubble
Matt's milestone moment: Disconnected from the world for 3 months
Susie's milestone moment: No cooking for 3 months
Car accidents: Not a one
Speeding tickets: None
Encounters with a sheriff: One, but no ticket issued. Vermont.
Lost items: If we lost anything, we are yet to notice.
Number of DVD players required in the back seats: 4
Number of spousal spats: 1
Of those, the number related to Navigation: 0
Scariest moment: Buffalo encounter, very close encounter. Yellowstone NP, WY
Highest temperature: 108F / 42C (Baker, CA)
Lowest temperature: 33F / 0.5C (Bighorn Mountain range, WY)
Rainy days: 6
Must haves: GPS, roaming Internet connection, Plug-in Kettle & a Double Deck Aero Bed for inside the tent.
Number of lost kids: 1 (Daniel @ Disneyworld), but we found him.