lost, for a little while

the lazy bum’s guide to road trip 2011
July 27, 2011, 9:21 pm
Filed under: memories


The Complete Setlist

  1. Detroit, MI
  2. Cleveland, OH
  3. Forestville, NY
  4. Syracuse, NY
  5. Hancock, NH
  6. Boston, MA
  7. East Lyme, CT
  8. Philadelphia, PA
  9. Cologne, NJ
  10. Washington, DC
  11. Charleston, SC
  12. Savannah, GA
  13. Brunswick, GA
  14. Miami, FL
  15. Bonita Springs, FL
  16. Sarasota, FL
  17. Mobile, AL
  18. New Orleans, LA
  19. Beaumont, TX
  20. Austin, TX
  21. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
  22. Roswell, NM
  23. Santa Fe, NM
  24. Telluride, CO
  25. Moab, UT (Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park)
  26. Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
  27. Zion National Park, UT
  28. Kanab, UT
  29. Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim & South Rim), AZ
  30. Las Vegas, NV
  31. Joshua Tree National Park, CA
  32. San Diego, CA
  33. San Clemente, CA
  34. Los Angeles, CA
  35. Monterey, CA
  36. San Francisco, CA
  37. Muir Woods National Monument, CA
  38. The side of the road at various places in coastal California
  39. Crater Lake National Park, OR (for about an hour)
  40. Salem, OR
  41. Portland, OR
  42. Olympia, WA
  43. Seattle, WA
  44. Spokane, WA
  45. Glacier National Park, MT
  46. Bozeman, MT
  47. Yellowstone National Park, MT/WY
  48. Jackson, WY (Grand Tetons National Park)
  49. Side of the road somewhere in Casper, WY
  50. Wind Cave National Park, SD
  51. Mount Rushmore National Monument, SD
  52. Badlands National Park, SD
  53. Wall, SD
  54. A rest stop somewhere in eastern South Dakota
  55. Minneapolis, MN
  56. Milwaukee, WI
  57. Chicago, IL


Road Trip By Numbers

127: days on the road
$4,132.27: total decrease in my bank account from day 1 to day 127
$32.54: approximate decline in savings per day
$4.29: most expensive gas price, per gallon, purchased (middle of nowhere, Texas)
$3.32: cheapest gas price, per gallon, purchased (Wyoming)
17,000+: miles traveled (I didn’t keep track–can you believe it?? Oy.)
3: hostels stayed in
13: national parks visited
35: states driven through
6: time zone switches
1: turkeys wrestled
1,749: pictures taken
4: oil changes for the Blueberry
0: percent sales tax in Montana! What?!
44: friends and relatives ambushed during the trip
2: brewery tours attended
3: shots of kava consumed
57: post cards collected
2: sunrises watched
3: bears seen in the wild (from a safe distance)
14: museums visited
5: hotel continental breakfasts crashed
6: times I stayed with total strangers
15: nights spent in my car
2: other female solo travelers met
1: near-death experience
0: car troubles had


The Best…

  1. Sandwich: Three-way tie between the Duck Club in Charleston, the shrimp po’ boy in New Orleans, and the pork jibarito in Chicago
  2. Hotel/Hostel: Hostel in the Forest
  3. Tourist trap: the Cabazon Dinosaurs
  4. Museum: Three-way tie between the Mütter Museum, the World Erotic Art Museum, and the Experience Music Project & Science-Fiction Museum
  5. National Park: Glacier National Park
  6. Cave: Carlsbad Caverns
  7. People: New Orleans, Louisiana
  8. Continental Breakfast: Holiday Inn Express
  9. Pie: Houston’s in Kanab, Utah
  10. Accent: The ladies from Minnesota I met while at Bryce Canyon
  11. Billboard/sign: “Thanks, 2011 Logging Convention — it was off the chain!” in Hill City, South Dakota
  12. Bartender: Tie between Landon, at Ted’s Montana Grill in Bozeman, Montana; and Strawberry, at the Mystic Water Kava Bar in Hollywood, Florida
  13. Local Cuisine: Santa Fe, New Mexico
  14. Drink deals: Miami, Florida (free sangria) and Chicago, Illinois ($1 beers)
  15. Brewery Tour: Sam Adams’ in Boston, Massachusetts
  16. Nightlife: Austin, Texas
  17. Drive: Highway 1 in California
  18. Hike: Hidden Canyon Trail in Zion National Park
  19. Small Town: Telluride, Colorado
  20. Big (to me) City: Tie between Boston and D.C.

The Worst…

  1. Hotel/Hostel: The Motel 6 in Charleston, South Carolina
  2. National Park: Joshua Tree National Park
  3. Tourists: Tie between those at the Grand Canyon and those at Yellowstone
  4. Museum: The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (Runners-up: Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center and D.C.’s National Museum of the American Indian. They didn’t win because at least I didn’t have to pay for them.)
  5. Traffic: Los Angeles, California
  6. Dinner: Spaghetti Bolognese from the Thunderbird Lodge in Carmel, Utah
  7. Accent: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  8. Tourist Trap: Wall Drug, South Dakota
  9. Parking Regulations: San Diego, California
  10. Continental Breakfast: Days Inn
  11. Hike: Double O Arch Trail, Arches National Park
  12. Weather: Milwaukee, Wisconsin & Chicago, Illinois (blame the heatwave)
  13. Car-“Camping” Experience: White’s City, New Mexico
  14. Roadkill Problem: miles of flattened armadillos from Northern Florida to Louisiana
  15. Destination Letdown: Savannah, Georgia
  16. Place to Run Out of Gas: West Texas
  17. Interview Disappointment: Author Mary Roach (canceled)
  18. City to Visit on a Budget: Los Angeles, California
  19. Small Town: Roswell, New Mexico
  20. Big (to me) City: Las Vegas, Nevada

5 Comments so far
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Epic. You are such a champ, and I am so jealous of your trip. Same time next year? – AK

Comment by alison kelman

Nice–I like this format. 57 cities and 35 states in 127 days? I’m impressed.

Comment by Adrienne

I didn’t even know armadillos existed in this state! It’s so freaking long.

Comment by Katie

only one problem – the real Sam Adams brewery tour is in Cincinnati (it’s a Cincinnati beer cleverly disguised as a Boston Lager). but glad you enjoyed it anyways. even if you did miss Cincy. -jonah

Comment by jonah

Ack! I know! They mentioned on the tour how the major breweries were actually in Cincinnati and (barf) Allentown, PA, and the Boston one really just produced enough for bars in Boston. Oh well.

I’ll make it to Cincinnati one day, promise.

Comment by lostforalittlewhile

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