Article By: Jason
Well, as you all may have
guessed I'm home, and have been since Saturday....and so i have two or
three days of our trip to recount for you all.
So on Thursday morning we left Indianlola, Iowa after eating breakfast
with Grandma Lila and Uncle Mike. We headed out towards east on I-80,
towards Chicago, where due to construction we sat for two hours and
listed to truckers telling jokes over the CB.
As told by a chick trucker:
So there are these two dumb blonds working on a house for Habitat for
Humanity. The one girl hammer in a nail, throws the next one away,
hammers another one, throws two away. The second girl asks, "Why are
you throwing away every other nail?" "Because the heads are on the
wrong end of the nail, duh!" "No no!, the first girl responds, save
those and use them on the other side of the house!"
After a while we got through the traffic and got all the across Indiana
and into Ohio. We then found a motel room in a small out of the way
town off of I-80 halfway between the Border and Toledo. It was the last
room in town, complete with brown shag carpeting and red velor
( it was pretty bounch). But it was cheap and clean, so whatever (we
definitely got pictures of this one).
The next morning (Friday morning) we headed out east again on I-80, for
the final leg of our journey into Jersey. As we approached the Ohio/PA
border, the land turned from the flat farmland we had been seeing since
South Dakota, and began to get hilly again. The trip through PA was
miserable as it was rainy and foggy the whole way. We got into Boonton
around 9:00 pm.
A long, but overall a fun trip, definitely something we want to do
again when we have time to stop along the way and see cool stuff, like
the Bad Lands in South Dakota and Little Big Horn (Custer's Last Stand)
and things like that.
Saturday morning we began moving Lisa into her apartment -- in the
pouring rain (Thanks to Sal, Chris and Erin for all their help)...the
moving thing is still happening.
And so, comes the end of the Cross Country Trip, from Mukilteo,
Washington to Boonton, NJ.
Total Distance: 3111miles
Total Fuel Burned: 254 gallons
Gas Mileage: 12.2 mpg
Total Drive Time: 52 hours.
The latest update comes from Indianola Iowa, from Grandma Lila's house.
We're about 15 minutes south of Des Moines. Yesterday we left Oacoma
South Dakota about 8:45 and arrived in Indianola about 4:30 or so. We
parked the truck and dismounted the Mazda from the trailer and spend
from about 5 to 11 pm visiting Lisa's relatives in the area, we stayed
at Grandma's house last night. So we're about to get some breakfast
with Grandma Lila and Uncle Mike and then we'll head out for the day.
Plans to visit more family in Chicago fell thought so we're just going
to push as far into Illinois as possible. Maybe try and hit the Ohio
Border before we stop tonight. Either way, we'll be hitting Jersey
Friday night, unless we find someplace like Cleveland so compelling
that we simply my stay -- I don't see this happening.
See you all soon!
P.S. Did you know that Iowa sets up wireless internet access points at
it's highway rest stops, I don't mean service areas, just like the
pull-off areas with a vending machine and a bathroom. Wow!
Jason, June 22, 2006 7:23 a.m.
Last night we stopped for a room in the small town of Oacoma, South
Dakota - population 390.
We will cross the Missouri River as soon as we pull out of the hotel
and go down the road a mile.
Yesterday we left Bozeman and the morning was beautiful, with the
fields in the foreground, and misty mountains as the back drop. We
traversed the rest of Montana until I-90 turned south and went into
Wyoming. Wyoming is definitely "the West" with a lot of sparse desert
like areas -- don't worry pictures were taken. We then passed into
Dakota, which is definitely the Mid-West -- flat, and boring --
Look for more updates!
Jason, June 21, 2006 6:41 a.m.
Greeting from the home office in Bozeman, Montana!
Just thought I'd update you on our progress as we make our way across
Yesterday (at 6:00 am) we left Mukilteo, Washington (about 20 minutes
north of Seattle, and began our trip westward. After battling some
rush-hour traffic, which was fun with the trailer, let me tell you, the
road opened up and aside from the occasional mountain (and I do mean
mountains) it was a smooth ride. A few of the mountain passes have
given the truck a little bit of problem, but not too much, just a slow
50 mph going up. So we traversed across all of Washington State
yesterday, the narrow tip of Idaho, and got three hundred miles into
Montana by 10 pm. That is about 850 miles (and 50 gallons of fuel!). We
saw a lot of beautiful mountains, valleys plains, you name it, and
we're shooting some pictures along with way, which we'll have to show
you guys when we get back.
About to hit the road again.
Jason, June 20, 2006 7:28 a.m.