Wednesday, December 06, 2006

#90 By the Numbers

It’s been a gorgeous Atlantic crossing. The weather has been sunny and warm. The students finished their finals yesterday. The pool deck has been crowded. Erika and I wrapped up the big library project yesterday. We had one last dinner with our daughters.
5812f Family with scarves

And we’ll dock in Fort Lauderdale tomorrow morning! So let’s take some time for a numerical review…

  • 110 days on the journey so far (August 19 thru Dec 6)
  • 1 new US state visited together (HI, our 50th)
  • 11 countries visited (Mexico, Japan, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Egypt, Croatia, Bosnia, Turkey, Spain
  • 2 Communist countries visited (China, Vietnam)
  • 4 great rivers cruised (Bosphorous, Irrawaddy, Nile, Saigon
  • 6 daughters adopted
  • 18 transportation modes (foot, Amtrak, rental car, MV Explorer, bullet train, subway, bus, ferry, escalator, sampan, cyclo, US Army jeep, airplane, stagecoach, tour boat, taxi, funicular, light rail)
  • fastest speed on the circumnavigation route = 90+ mph on America’s Amtrak
  • fastest speed in port = 179 mph on Japan’s bullet train
  • 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites visited
  • Japan: Hemiji-jo castle, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto
  • India: Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri
  • Egypt: Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
  • Turkey: Historic Areas of Istanbul
  • Croatia: Old City of Dubrovnik, Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Historic City of Trogir, Cathedral of St Jacob in Sibenik
  • Spain: Cathedral and Alcazar in Seville
Yours in finishing the quantitative analysis but still working on the qualitative analysis,


  1. Hey guys,
    Thanks for sharing your trip. It has been fun reading your experiences. Of course I have been jealous as hell of your adventure but really happy for you. (I know this is true because I told myself this EVERY time I read your blog...somewhere in my heart - deep down in it somewhere, I am happy for you.)
    Anyway, I hope when you arrange your trip album, (probably Mary has already completed most of it) that there will be a special section dedicated to Captain Roman...cheers.j

  2. Kelly, you have been given an award and also a new assignment for December 18, your first day at work. We are expecting a razzle/dazzle slideshow/powerpoint something over lunch that day. We'll bring the food, if you bring the show. Some of us speculate that you already have this prepared...
    As you are traveling back through the warmer parts of the US, enjoy the thought of some of us spending yet more time at Ertel tomorrow, windchill is expected between 1 and 2F. At this point, walking by your itinerary of warmer climates no longer warms my heart or any other parts. Looking forward to having you both back.

  3. I'm totally jealous too! Geez, while you guys were off sailing the high seas, we were all stuck here at work. I am glad however that I got to live vicariously through your adventures and learned some new stuff too. What kind of award did Kelly get? Best pirate costume?

  4. KimV,
    I'll bring the show. You bring the food!