Just the Stats, Fats.
Here are some assorted stats about the trip, which I compiled because you obviously wanted to know: Total time: 41 days, 6 1/2 hours Miles driven: 8,054 Avg miles per day: 195.25 Longest drive: 829 miles - Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowstone to Mitchell, SD - Day 32 Photos taken: 6,915 Average photos per day: 167 States: 15 (MI, IN, IL, MO, OK, TX, CO, UT, ID, MT, WY, SD, MN, WI, OH) ...
Days 41 & 42 - Westerville, OH to Holt, MI - Recap
Miles traveled: 246 States: 2 (Ohio, Michigan) Camp: N/A The final stretch of the journey. Bittersweet. Left Westerville in the afternoon to head up to Bowling Green. Decided to stop there and visit my brother on my way back to Michigan. He and his friends were having a get-together that night, so I decided to crash the event and hang out. Had a great time, a few drinks, and some very, very...
Day 40 - Joplin, MO to Westerville, OH - Recap
Miles traveled: 745 States: 3 (Missouri, Illinois, Ohio) Camp: N/A I knew I was in for a long haul on this drive. I didn’t want to have to stop at any more hotels or campgrounds, so I decided I’d be making the drive straight through from Joplin to Westerville, which my GPS told me would be a 12+ hour drive. For the most part, the early drive was uneventful. A few stops for gas and...
Days 37-39 - Joplin, MO - Recap
Miles Traveled: 205 States: 1 (Missouri) Camp: N/A Drove down to Joplin early in the morning. On the way, I contacted AmeriCorps and let them know I’d be coming. Once I arrived, they set me up with Catholic Charities at a distribution center. At the center we passed out donated items to residents who had applied for aid and been approved for specific items, such as kitchen goods, food,...
allisonunsupervised replied to your photoset Drive: well, not COMPLETELY uneventful. ; ) Absolutely correct! I also met up with this delightful friend for a bite to eat at Laurie’s Place in Edwardsville, where I had what’s known as a horseshoe, which I’d never had before. Highly recommended.
Day 36 - Chicago, IL to Cuba, MO - Recap
Miles traveled: 390 States: 2 (Illinois, Missouri) Camp: N/A Started the day with an appointment at the Apartment People office in Lakeview. The hope was to find an apartment I liked and get the leasing process started so I could move as soon as possible after returning to Michigan. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. The leasing agent I worked with was very nice, but there just...
Day 34 & 35 - Chicago, IL - Recap
Miles traveled: N/A States: 1 Camp: N/A Great weekend with great friends. Woke up late after attempting to make up for the cumulative sleep deprivation of the previous few days. Stopped by The Doughnut Vault just before they ran out and had one of the most delicious doughnuts ever. If you’re ever near Merchandise Mart in Chicago early in the morning, do yourself a favor and check this place...
Day 32 & 33 - Yellowstone National Park to...
Miles traveled: 1,464 States: 6 (Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois) Camp: N/A What a long haul. I had planned on getting an early start, as I wanted to take the Beartooth Highway out of the park and the drive was going to take more than 24 hours even if I drove straight through. I woke up at around 4:30 AM to the sound of intense thunderstorms over the park. Figuring...
Day 31 - Yellowstone National Park - Recap
Miles: N/A States: 1 (Wyoming) Camp: Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowstone National Park I had originally planned to leave early in the day and head for Badlands, but the size of Yellowstone had made it difficult to see everything I wanted to. Instead, I extended my camp reservation at Yellowstone for an extra day. My first full day in the park, I purchased a fishing license. I had initially hoped...
Day 30 - Yellowstone National Park - Recap
Miles traveled: N/A States: 1 (Wyoming) Camp: Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowstone National Park Woke up just after sunrise and made my way to Yellowstone Lake to take a couple of sunrise shots. Came back to camp for breakfast and then set about deciding what to see during the day. I decided it would be best to visit the Fishing Bridge area and pick up some supplies at the gift shop before heading...
On my way home. 725 more miles before the trip is over. Hard to believe. I’ve seen so much over the last month. In some ways, I’m ready for it to be over. In others, I never want to stop. I’ll try to finally get the recaps and photo posts caught up soon.