And we're off

by Sandy

I-88, near Davenport

Jul 3

We’re about one hundred and seventy five miles out, rumbling down I-88 toward Iowa on a beautiful summer day. Only now, after finally escaping the clutches of the greater Chicagoland interstate beast, does it finally feel like we’re really heading somewhere. Strip malls have given way to farmhouses and water towers, the latter the very symbol of road trips for me, as my parents would have us count them pass as we sat, impatient and board, in the back seat of our minivan during family trips.

Now we’re on a trip of our own. We’re going to eclipse our personal record for road tripping together by several weeks and about a couple thousand miles. Not to put the U-Haul before the horse, but I fully expect that this’ll be the beginning of a long trend for us. Narrowing this trip down to just 18 days was tough; it’s clear there’s a lot of this country continent that we both yet want to see.

For now, the focus is on Iowa. Speaking of which, I have to get back to the road. Sarah’s driving, but my attention is needed. She’s already got four license plate states to my two.

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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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