Started here:

Birmingham, Alabama
Missing States I
Day 14 - Friday, May 19, 2006
Ended here:

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
Time:
Begin: 7:00am
End: 2:00pm
Net (includes stops): 7 hrs, 0 mins
Mileage:
Begin odometer: 159,571
End odometer: 159,941
Net miles today: 370
Average MPH: 52.8
Total trip miles: 5,645

Expenses:
Gasoline: $65.00
     Price: $2.559/gal
     Bought in: Aiken, SC
Food, ice, etc.: $4.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00


T o d a y ' s    T h o u g h t
20 More Mom-isms
  1. If you don't clean your plate, you won't get any dessert.

  2. If you don't stop crying, I am going to give you something to cry about!

  3. If you're too full to finish your dinner, you're too full for dessert.

  4. I'll treat you like an adult when you start acting like one.

  5. I'm going to give you until the count of three...

  6. I'm not always going to be around to do these things for you.

  7. I'm not running a taxi service.

  8. I'm not your maid!

  9. Is your homework finished?

  10. It's no use crying over spilt milk.

  11. I've had it up to here with you.

  12. Leave your sister (brother) alone!

  13. Little pitchers have big ears.

  14. Look at this room! It looks like a pigsty!

  15. Never try on anyone else's glasses or you'll go blind.

  16. No, I don't know where your socks are, its not my day to watch them!

  17. Now, come back downstairs and go back up WITHOUT stomping your feet!

  18. Now, say you're sorry...and MEAN it!

  19. Running away? Don't let the door hit you in the rear.

  20. Running away? I'll help you pack.


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?
A: A wonky donkey.

Q: What do you call a donkey with three legs and one eye?
A: A winky wonky donkey.

Q: What do you call a minature donkey with three legs and one eye?
A: A winky wonky dinky donkey.

Q: What do you call a minature donkey with three legs and one eye that can play the piano?
A: A plinky-plonky winky wonky dinky donkey.

Q: What do you call a minature donkey with three legs and one eye that can play the piano and has a bad case of wind?
A: A stinky plinky-plonky winky wonky dinky donkey.

Q: What do you call a really clever minature donkey with three legs and one eye that can play the piano and has a bad case of wind?
A: A thinky stinky plinky-plonky winky wonky dinky donkey.

Q: What do you call a really clever minature donkey with three legs and one eye that can play the piano and has a bad case of wind that has been attacked by a squid?
(Are you ready J )
A: An inky thinky stinky plinky-plonky winky wonky dinky donkey. (Whew!)



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  
Lodging: 30  
Other: 122  
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Total$1078 (Money well spent!)


N a v i g a t i o n
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