10/17/2010: Trip in Review
5,965 miles averaging 36.4mpg. Not bad for a 12 year old car with over 180,000 miles already on it.
We crossed the continental divides 7 times. Seven? How did we get home if we crossed a line an odd number of times?
Turns out there are several continental divides, including a divide basin where water doesn't run anywhere.
Mileage Details: We left home in our 1998 Mazda Protege with the odometer reading 178,960. 163.8 gallons later we end up at 184,925 miles. Gas prices ran from $2.75 to $3.67, depending on location. We did see $3.99 regular, but didn't have to buy, up there.
We also got a couple of tanks of 85% octane; better in the mountains than lowland regular at 87%.
We stopped to see 7 state capitols: Bismarck, Helena, Sacramento, Carson City, Salt Lake City, Cheyenne, Lincoln.
We neglected to stop for 4 others that were practically on the way: Des Moines, St. Paul (we stayed overnight only 4 miles away), Olympia, and Salem (drove through).
We took 3,329 pictures and video clips on the road. So be happy that we're only showing you the few that I find most evocative.
When we got back I had quite a few order waiting for me. Even though I had put an "out of studio till..." note on MrTitanium.com.
This wasn't a vacation so much as a journey. Exhausting and interesting.