Well, we have been home for 10 days now and I feel like I am caught up with life at home.
Looking back on this trip, it really was a huge undertaking and I am SO glad we did it!!!
We arrived back at home on Saturday, had our COVID testing done Monday (negative on Tuesday), and have resumed our normal lives; work, school, activities and catching up with the day to day.
Char will tell you that her favorite part was California!
My favorite part (besides spending so much time with my girl) was seeing all the beautiful landscapes the US has to offer. Even in their starkest times of winter, the amber waves of grain and purple mountains majesty didn’t disappoint.
Here is a “by the numbers” for our trip home, and then an overall tally for posterity.
I hope you have been inspired to do that road trip you have always dreamed of! The memories Char and I made are irreplaceable and will be cherished as a mother-daughter experience we will always share!
The way home, by the numbers….
Total Miles = 6068
States = Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine (20 total).
Hours on the road = 112 hours to include stops during the day
Food bought = $240 (the benefit of staying at hotels with Grab and Go breakfasts and making lunches everyday on the road)
Gas bought = $592.00
Extras = $258 (parking at Horseshoe Bend and Disney, Graceland and the Wildlife Safari)
Hotel = $1186.25 (9 hotel rooms)
Non-essential costs (trinkets and gifts for others) = $221.00
Total cost for The Big Eastie – $2497.25 for 14 nights (four of those with friends in Arizona) = $178.38 per day for two people.
The GRAND total – round trip US Road Trip to include 36 total states, 12 National Parks, over a dozen major landmarks, four major river crossings and countless memories made:
Total miles driven = 9944
Total hours on the road = 183.5
Total States driven through/in = 36
Gas total = $952.33
Total food purchased = $673
Hotel and B&B stays = $2521.32
Trinkets and non-essential expenditures = $829
TOTAL for 24 days of cross country travel for two people = $5,234.29 – That’s just over $100 a day per person. I will look back on this trip someday and know that I would have paid any price to do it again with my daughter. Thanks for coming along with us on this experience of a lifetime! I would do it again in a heartbeat….but maybe I’ll wait a couple years!