I got home a little after 11:00 last night. Gone for seven days, of which about four and a half were spent driving. Total mileage driven: 3,369 miles.
For those into numbers, which I am (CPAs run in my family, though I am not one), I purchased 157.11 gallons of gasoline on the trip at a total cost of $212.60, an average of $1.35 per gallon (regular unleaded). The car got 21.44 miles per gallon, which I figure isn’t too bad for a 6-cylinder Isuzu Rodeo.
I got some good pics, but they are on film and need to be developed. Once I get them developed, and figure out how to use my scanner, I may try to post some. Maybe I can get them to put them on disc.
All in all, a pretty emotional trip. It was my first trip up there since Dad’s funeral, and the first time I saw his grave with the headstone on it. Pretty hard to do. Mom and I both shed quite a few tears, especially when it was time to say goodbye. Leaving was hard, but I had to get back here and start getting my life back together. Like, uh, finding a job!
I do not recommend to anybody that they undertake driving that far alone. It was a bit boring, especially across Oklahoma and Kansas, where there is absolutely nothing to look at. And no offense if you live in Colorado, but why does the entire state of Colorado smell like a cow pasture? I drove through a snow storm in Wyoming! That was pretty weird for the end of May.
Thanks to the elderly gentleman who waved to me just south of Salina, Kansas yesterday morning. I don’t know if it was somebody who happened to read this, or just a kindly man waving at me, but thanks anyway!
At any rate, I’m home. Back in the heat and humidity that is Texas. More later.