Missing States I
Day 14 - Friday, May 19, 2006
Aiken, South Carolina
|T o d a y ' s N a r r a t i v e|
There's not much to write about today. Just down and dirty driving towards Aiken.
So here's a perspective on "truck stops."
There are several truck stop chains: Love's, Petro, Pilot, Flying J and TA. I have used all of these at one time or another. And I am not talking about gasoline. Gas can be bought most anywhere, is pretty much of uniform quality and most stations within a small geographical region offer a competitive price. Rather, I am talking about other services offered by these chains. Such as showers, food, Internet access, a place to park for the night, etc.
Bottom line: In my opinion and based on my personal observations, Flying J offers the most comprehensive services at the best prices. For example: if I van camp at a "truck stop" I have to park with the big trucks. Many of the drivers idle their trucks all night to run air conditioning or heating as they sleep. And a diesel truck idling makes a lot of noise. Noise that can be plainly heard in the van. In short, it's noisy! But Flying J has a separate parking area for RV's and vans that is very quiet.
Another example: I use Wi-Fi access to update this web site as we travel. Of the truck stops mentioned above, Flying J, at $4.95 for 24 hours, offers the best Internet access rate. And Sericom, the Internet access portal offered by Pilot and Petro, has problems with FTP which means I can't update the site using that service.
Prior to this trip I felt Pilot was the best deal. But now, having had the chance to try all these truck stops, Flying J is the way to go.
Sorry for the rant.
We arrived home safe and sound at 2pm today. I have added the trip summary to the bottom of this page. For those of you that traveled with us through these pages, thanks for your thoughts and prayers for a safe trip. I hope you have found the Day Pages to be fun, informative and educational. It's been a great trip for The Navigator and me.
|T o d a y ' s S t a t s|
Net (includes stops): 7 hrs, 0 mins
Begin odometer: 159,571
End odometer: 159,941
Net miles today: 370
Average MPH: 52.8
Total trip miles: 5,645
Bought in: Aiken, SC
Food, ice, etc.: $4.00
|T o d a y ' s T h o u g h t|
20 More Mom-isms
|T o d a y ' s J o k e|
An extraordinarily super silly from Dave in UT:
WARNING: Reading the answers out loud may cause convulsive laughter!
Q: What do you call a donkey with three legs?
|T r i p S u m m a r y|
The trip started on Friday, May 3, 2006 in Aiken, SC.
The trip ended on Friday, May 19, 2006 in Aiken, SC.
We were on the road for 15 days.
We visited these states: GA, AL, MS, LA, TX*, NM*, AZ*, OK*, and SC.
* New states we haven't visited before.
There are now just six states left we haven't visited: California, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio and South Dakota. Stay tuned!
|M i l e a g e S u m m a r y|
Trip mileage: 5,645
Most miles in one day: 750 on Day 10, Monday, May 15, 2006 when we traveled from Winslow, AZ to Amarillo, TX.
Least miles in one day: 145 on Day 4, Tuesday, May 9, 2006 when we traveled from Pecos, TX to Carlsbad, NM.
|E x p e n s e S u m m a r y|
|Gasoline:||747||Least paid: $2.599/gal; Most paid: $2.999/gal; Most observed: $3.269/gal|
|Food, ice, etc.:||179|
|Total||$1078||(Money well spent!)|
|N a v i g a t i o n|
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