Friday, June 08, 2007

#218 Undaunted Roadtrip by the Numbers

Undaunted Roadtrip Map
  • 5509 miles traveled by car (not counting the miles traveled by feet, inflatable raft, or bicycle)
  • $855 paid for fuel (Cheapest=$2.89 in KC, Costliest=$3.59 in Colorado)
  • 11 states toured including all 4 "I" states (IN, IL, IA, MN, ND, MT, ID, UT, CO, NE, MO) 
  • 7 state capitols spied (IN, IL, ND, MT, ID, UT, NE)
  • 3 headwaters waded in (Mississippi River, Missouri River, Arkansas River)
  • 4 national parks awed by (Theodore Roosevelt, Arches, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon of the Gunnison)
  • 1 national monument astounded by (Craters of the Moon)
  • 8 Jefferson or Lewis and Clark sites explored (See #217 Undaunted Roadtrip meets Voyage of Discovery.)
  • 27 different ways William Clark managed to spell “Sioux” without ever spelling it S-I-O-U-X
  • 2 Frank Lloyd Wright houses toured (Dana Thomas House and Cedar Rock)
  • 7 mountain passes higher than 10,000’ summited (Coal Bank Pass, Molas Pass, Red Mountain Pass, North Pass, Tennessee Pass, Fremont Pass, Eisenhower Tunnel Pass – all in Colorado)
  • 2 Roadfood restaurants sampled - D’Arcy’s Pint in Springfield, IL - Widman’s Candy Shop in Fargo, ND
  • 9 creative restaurants sampled that should be added to Roadfood - Wild Rice Dining Emporium Ada, MN - Eugene’s Pizza in Glasgow, MT - Dante’s Creative Cuisine in Great Falls, MT - Wheat Montana Farms Bakery & Deli in Three Forks, MT - El Gallo Giro in Kuna, ID - Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro in Boise, ID - Powell’s Sweet Shoppe in Boise, ID - La Papillon Bakery in Ouray, CO - Columbine CafĂ© in Leadville, CO
  • 2 drives added to our Top 10 list (I-15 between Great Falls and Helena, MT and Million Dollar Highway in CO)
  • 5 electronic gadgets used (mobile phone, laptop, digital camera, navigation system and mp3 player, GPS recorder)
  • 2 shopping experiences (Apple store at Mall of America and IKEA in Salt Lake City) 
  • 13 nights of lodging mooched from family and friends
  • 13 family and friends visited who escaped our mooching

Marcel Proust says, “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."

Yours in seeking new landscapes AND in working to have new eyes,

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