Lessons from Day One

by Sarah

Iowa City, IA

Jul 3

Our first day was a piece of cake. Sandy picked me up from work and we headed to Iowa City, with only minor traffic on the 290. After a nice hour playing Scrabble on a park bench in the pedway, we met up with Jeff and his wife Sonya for dinner and hanging out.

Some things we learned in Iowa City:

  • Once a university building has been flooded with fifteen feet of water it’s pretty much out of commission for two years so they can clean up all the mold.
  • The Motley Cow is really, really good.
  • Sonya knows everyone in Iowa City, despite her protestations to the contrary.
  • Swings in the backyard are awesome.
  • You should always check if the sliding screen door is actually open before walking through it. Guess how I figured that one out.
  • You should never cook vegetarian bacon on the rack in your toaster. Always use the tray or you will start a terrifying fire. Guess how Jeff and Sonya figured that one out. Twice.

Tomorrow, we’re cooking them breakfast and then heading back east to the Mississippi River to find us some 4th of July celebrations.

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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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