Tapping the collective

by Sandy

Chicago, IL

Jun 25

Here’s something I’ve learned in the last few days. America loves its brewery tours. Of all the places I’ve asked for advice on where to go on our trip — here, Ask MetaFilter, Chowhound, others — the most frequent suggestion is to tour one or another brewery. This is fine, I like brewery tours, but let’s not forget, people: this is a driving trip. Adventures that necessitate an high-volume amount of drinking will likely not make the cut.

Not that I should complain. The amount of response I’ve gotten from relative strangers has been awesome. Thanks to all the good advice we’ve gotten, we’ve tweaked some routes, moved others, and gotten a slew of restaurant, park, hotel and museum ideas. The hive mind is seriously incredible, in a fearful-for-the-Singularity kind of way.

Now that our route is feeling solid, it’s time to go back to the well. Here’s my next question:

In addition to blogging while on the road, I’d like to track simple bits of data and trivia. Here’s what I’ve thought of so far…

— Miles driven
— Hours driven
— Gas pumpled
— Cost breakdowns: gas, hotels, food
— Travel Scrabble record/scores
— The license plate game
— Amusing townspeople (hat tip to Rob & Wayne)

But I’d love to integrate more. Ideas? Are there other road trip sites out there that I should be inspired by?

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Jim Jun 26 / 12:42 PM
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The Numbers

3260
miles driven
30
miles ridden by ferry
~ 105
gallons of petrol purchased
$3.92
cheapest price per gallon (Roseville, MN)
$5.40
priciest price per gallon (Rural Ontario)
3
nights spent at friends' homes
8
nights spent at hotels/motels
2
nights spent at B&Bs
5
nights spent camping
2625
photos taken
4
unsolicited questions about the Fit and its gas mileage
7
unsolicited admirations about our awesome Travel Scrabble kit
3
lottery tickets purchased
$0
money won
24
Sandy's license plate game score
24
Sarah's license plate game score
2-1
Head's up Trival Pursuit record, Sandy v. Sarah
1-1
Mini-golf record, Sandy v. Sarah
69-68
First game
51-58
Second game
1
speeding warnings received
1
speeding citations received
22
mph over limit we were driving
10
mph over limit nice Michigan state officer cited on ticket

The Plan

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