Saturday, April 16, 2005

Oh Boy! One year on the road

It was April 16, 2004 that we turned the key and left our Fort Lauderdale home of over 20 years. I feel like we're just now really getting settled in. We can 'stow and go' in 15 minutes now and be confident that everything is secure. I am more comfortable in my 255 sq ft motorhome than I ever was in a 1700 sq ft house. All that space to clean! And a yard too. Now we get a different yard every few days. Right now our yard is Zion National Park. I still marvel at the fact that we are 'at home' in such grand places. And we both love to look at the map and plan our next moves. We hope to be living this way for many years to come. Here is our one year route: And, here's some stats: Total Days: 365 Total Miles: 14,363 Total gas cost: $3,726(.26/mile) Avg miles/gallon: 7.4 Lowest $/gallon gas price: $1.639 (12/10/04 New Mexico) Highest $/gallon gas price: $2.729 (10/15/04 Barstow, CA) Total campsite rent: $1,860 (average 5.00/day - includes lots of free time) Avg Campsite rent: $17 (average of sites where we had to pay) Total RV maintenance/upgrades costs: $9,297 # of States 27: Florida, Georgia, S Carolina, N Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, S Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah Total # of National Parks: 13 (Badlands, N Dakota; Devil’s Tower, WY; Grand Tetons, WY; Yellowstone, WY; Redwoods, CA; Yosemite, CA; Grand Canyon, AZ; Petrified Forest, NM; Carlsbad Caverns, NM; Saguaro, AZ; Death Valley CA; Zion Canyon UT; Bryce Canyon UT) Southernmost Latitude: 26.1N in Davie, FL with a close second of 26.2 for Mission, TX Northernmost Latitude: 46.1N in Missoula MT Easternmost Longitude: 74.2W in Long Beach Island, NJ Westernmost Longitude: 124.2W in Crescent City CA Highest Elevation: 9666 over Bighorn pass Wyoming. Interesting - this was our FIRST mountain pass of the year! Lowest Elevation: -282 Badwater, Death Valley NP

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