US Road Trip: Numbers

Below are some interesting and/or fun facts about our trip

  • Route:

  • Total Miles driven: 10,035.6 miles (16.150,7 km)
  • Number of days: 46
  • Average mileage per day: 218.17 (351.11 km)
  • Longest days of driving: #46 – 960 miles (1545 km) – 16 hours
  • Average Gas consumption: 24.5 mpg (9.60L / 100)
  • Total number of gallons consumed: ~409.62 (~1550.58L)
  • Max speed driven: ~145mph (~233km/h) – On a dry, flat, empty road in Texas
  • Car issues and maintenance to deal with:
    • Flat tire in Knoxville TN
    • Dead headlight in Mammoth Lake CA
    • Wobbling wheel between 45 and 60mph in Salt Lake City UT, due to front tires being in very bad shape.
    • Oil change in Salt Lake City UT
  • Number of states visited: 24
    • NJ, PA, WV, VA, TN, GA, AL, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ, NV, CA, ID, MT, WY, UT, CO, KS, MI, IL, IN, OH
  • Longest stay in a single town: Las vegas – 8 nights
  • Number of hotels: 34
  • Earliest checkout time: 9am – Pony Express Jackson WY
  • Latest checkout time: 3pm – Venetian Las Vegas NV
  • Number of pictures taken: 4,000+
  • Number of sprained knees: 1 due to ATV incident
  • Things we were happy to have with us:
    • Large storage boxes and smaller bags (Most of our clothes where in large plastic bin in the trunk, and we were only carrying small bags to our hotel rooms)
    • A big car – We were (I was) thinking of getting a convertible. It would have been very nice on some section of our trip, but overall, the comfort and space of our car was a huge plus.
    • A Canon lens: 70-200 F2.8L II IS – Purchased in Las Vegas. It’s fantastic.
    • PDANet – Allowed me to tether my 3G connection for accessing the web with laptop and ipads.
    • A place for everything – After a few unpacking / packing session, we became very good at it. It would take us maybe 2 minutes to pack everything and move on with our trip. This was mostly thanks to knowing where to put things in our bags. Also it prevented us from losing anything.
  • Things we wish we had with us / wish we had done:
    • Altimeter – Although I discovered later on that my car had one albeit not convenient to use
    • AAA subscription – Would have saved us some money on hotels.
    • Binoculars
    • An RV – Seeing those people parking on the side of the road on top of a mountain and spending the night there.
    • Running some kind of project associated to our trip. e.g. take a thematic series of pictures, visiting specific restaurants, etc.
    • A stronger zoom – My 70-200mm was nice, but a 100-400 would have been really nice for those wildlife shots
    • A wide lens – I would have liked to be able to shoot wider than 17mm – e.g. 10mm. Would have made panorama and other landscape shots more interesting.


One thought on “US Road Trip: Numbers”

  1. # of pix: add my 1K pls! 😉
    Special project: actually we visited many nice local restos, BBQ, food truck & etc. Surprise in life sometimes is a better must!

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