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Our Trip By the Numbers

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Diane and Todd have been keeping all sorts of stats throughout the Todyssey so I thought I'd share a few with you!


  • The total number of miles we traveled over the course of 31 days.


  • Gallons of diesel purchased on our trip. The price of diesel varied quite a lot from state to state but $2.50 is a reasonable average. We'll leave it to you to do the math on that, though.


  • The number of states we drove through:
    • On the way out: Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, back to Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon
    • On the way back: Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine


  • The number of nights spent camping in a State Park, National Forest, or National Park
    • Two nights in South Dakota
    • Two nights in Colorado
    • Four nights in Wyoming
    • Two nights in Idaho
  • Also the number of states where Amelia swam:
    • Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Pennsylvania, Maine


  • The number of nights spent sleeping in Walmart Parking lots. 


  • The number of nights we spent in hotels. It would have only been 4 if it weren't for the breakdown in Idaho, which caused two very unplanned hotel nights.
  • Also the number of nights we didn't camp, Walmart, or hotel (1 night at a KOA (which is definitely NOT camping), 1 night at a rest area, 1 night at a truck stop, 1 night at Jeanne's, 1 night at Diane's mom's, and 1 night when we didn't sleep at all)


  • The number of National Parks/National Monuments we visited:
    • The Badlands, Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, Craters of the Moon, and Roosevelt National Park
  • Also the number of State Parks we visited:
    • Sinks Canyon (Wyoming), John B. Yeon State Park (Oregon), Cape Disappointment State Park (Washington), Ollalie State Park (Washington), Iron Horse State Park (Washington)


  • The number of National Forests where we camped:
    • The Black Hills (South Dakota), Arapahoe & Roosevelt National Forest (Colorado), Shoshone National Forest (Wyoming), Sawtooth National Forest (Idaho)


  • The number of wild fires we encountered
    • The Nederland Fire in Colorado
    • The Mile Marker 14 Fire in Idaho


  • The number of cupholders in the cab of the Big Rolling Crate. Back in olden times when the Big Rolling Crate was new, people weren't big babies who needed to constantly be sucking on a bottle of water or a cup of coffee or a smoothie or whatever. If you are wondering why this deserves to be in our list, you try to driving 1800 miles in 38 hours with two adults and only one cupholder and let me know how it goes. To our credit, we only spilled two cups of coffee all month. 
  • Also the number of iPhones that were broken on the Todyssey.
  • Additionally, the number of boat rides Diane and Todd took (the shuttle across Jenny Lake at the Grand Tetons)
  • This is also the number of vanilla milkshakes Diane had during the Todyssey. The number she would have liked to have: All of them.
  • And finally one is the number of breakdowns suffered by the Big Rolling Crate.


  • The number of rainy days during our travels. We literally had zero rainy days! We had passing afternoon thunderstorms all three days in the Black Hills, we had a ten minute thunderstorm in the Tetons, we had a little drizzle in Seaside, OR, and we had passing showers on the last two days of the drive home, but we never had a single washout day. The sun was shining on us for a month. Oh that relentless Western sun! Always, always, always shining on us. It's been the sunniest summer of our lives, and one we will never forget.

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