Sunday, December 16, 2012

2012 Route 66 Road Trip - Day 16 & Recap

We left out of Lebanon, MO that Sunday morning en route for home via the interstate. We were none too pleased that we ran short on time and were unable to finish the drive the way we had planned to.

There are no pictures this day because... well, when you've seen one interstate in the Midwest, you truly have seen them all. It took us about 8 hours to get home... the most boring 8 hours of the entire journey. So, instead I thought I'd do a quick recap of this whirlwind trip. :D

Some fun facts and notable information about this trek include:
- KJ rolled over 200,000 miles on the first evening out of IL, somewhere in the middle of corn-country, Iowa.
- 2 trips to Pasta Jay's
- Roughly 5000 miles traveled.
- 1 super-scary experience of almost running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere, Utah (on a 18.5 gallon tank, we put in 18.416 gallons :shock: )
- 1 sacrifice of a power pump to the Jeep Gods - with 2 attempts to repair it. :roll:
- an unsolicited upgrade of our room at Circus Circus in Vegas
- We were standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona... :jester:
- 13 states traveled through (including Illinois)
- 12 nights spent sleeping in the back of the Libby
- 2 hotel room stays
- 2 nights we stayed with friends
- a discussion of politics, guns, and spirituality with a Native American chef
- Elvis spotted on a bicycle east of Tucumcari, rockin' a pink jumpsuit in honor of breast cancer research - https://www.facebook.com/elvisrides4cancer
- 2 roller coaster and a ferris wheel ride on Santa Monica Pier
- vegan spaghetti and microwaved vegan s'mores
- 1 very cold dip in the Colorado River @ the Grand Canyon for Aaron (I wussed out). :D
- 1 deteriorated cow carcass (with coyote stalking nearby)
- 2 lost lug nuts
- 1 screw in a tire... but not in such a way where we lost air. It came out on its own.
- 1400 photos taken.
- Many, many stops for coffee.
- Friends visited: 3 (2 existing, 1 new)
- Gallons of fuel - TBA

We had a fantastic time! And because we had to cut the trip short, we are talking about taking a long 3 or 4 day weekend after the first of the year, driving back down to Lebanon, MO and finishing the trip the way we should have. So there may be more to this story in the future... but for now, it's done.

I do recommend this trek to anyone who has the time and interest, and enjoys a good road trip - you won't be disappointed! What I've reported is just barely scratching the surface of what there is to see... and such an amazing way to see this country is to get away from the interstates! Take the state and county roads and experience a little bit of this country's flavor.

Thanks for looking! :D