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State Capitols · Midwest Tour
Day 16 - Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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Aiken County, South Carolina

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T o d a y ' s    N a r r a t i v e
Today, like yesterday, was a hammer down driving day.

And speaking of yesterday, I asked if any of you had any ideas about how I could jazz up an otherwise uninteresting driving day. Friend June, to her credit, sent me several ideas. However, since this is a "family friendly" web site, I can't use any of them. What a shame; they were really good ideas :)

The Navigator and I arrived home this afternoon about 3:00pm.

This was a nice trip. We visited eight state capitols and two "new" states, Nebraska and South Dakota. But I'm still feeling sorry for Pat since she had to leave in the middle of it. Be stable my friend.

The trip summary is below. If you've been too lazy to peruse each day page, at least check out the State Capitols Recap below. And the State Capitols We've Visited page has been updated. As has the State Capitol Trip Index.

We're close to having visited all the state capitols. Only eight remain to be visited: MT, OR, WA, UT, NV, CA, ID and AZ. When will we do this? Right now I don't know. But stay tuned.

Oh, one more thing. And, as you might imagine, this involves The Navigator. In the summary below I've listed 5,360 miles as the total trip mileage. In the Route Overview I wrote that The Navigator had estimated the trip as being 4,848 miles. When I asked him about this 512 mile discrepancy, he instantly pointed out that:
1. I specifically asked him to stop the trip in Memphis (see the Route Overview Page for an explanation), and
2. His route made no provisions for the several detours we took, like driving into Iowa to have lunch with Pat's Brother Bill.
3. The mileage discrepancy of 512 is a power of two, but he claims that isn't his fault.

Gotta give The Navigator credit, he has an answer for everything :-)

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T o d a y ' s    P i c t u r e s
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Sorry there's no pix today. It wasn't for lack of trying, believe me. There just wasn't anything interesting to take a pic of.
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T o d a y ' s    S t a t s
Drive Time:
Begin: 10:00am
End: 3:30pm
Net (includes stops): 5 hrs, 30 mins
Trip Mileage:
Begin odometer: 37,981
End odometer: 38,316
Net miles today: 335
Average MPH: 60.9
Total trip miles: 5,360

Gas Mileage:
Average MPG to date: 14.1

Expenses:
Gasoline: $52.00
     Price: $2.799/gal
     Bought in: Harlem, GA
Food, ice, etc.: $7.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00
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T o d a y ' s    T h o u g h t
More "Southernosities" from PeaceBaby in GA:

Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissy fit and a conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH" them.

Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up "a mess."

Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder."

Only a Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is -- as in: "Going to town, be back directly."

Even Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular, sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table

And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say, "Bless her heart" and go your own way.

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T o d a y ' s    J o k e
From a guy in Georgia:

A pirate walked into a bar and the bartender said, "Hey, I havenít seen you in a while. What happened, you look terrible!"

"What do you mean? Iím fine."

"What about that wooden leg? You didnít have that before."

"Well," said the pirate, "we were in a battle at sea and a cannon ball hit my leg, but the Doc fixed me up, and Iím fine, really."

"Oh yeah? Well, what about that hook? The last time I saw you, you had both hands."

"We were in another battle and we boarded the enemy ship. I was in a sword fight and my hand was cut off, but the Doc fixed me up with the hook , and I feel great, really."

"You feel great?" said the bartender, "What about that eye patch? The last time you were in here you had both eyes."

"One day when we were at sea some seagulls were flying over the ship. I looked up and one of the seagulls pooped in my eye."

"Youíre kidding," said the bartender, "you couldnít have lost an eye just from some bird poop!"

"Aye, but it was my first day with the hook."


Just 'cause it's the last day of this trip, here's a very funny joke from Bill in Louisville:

A mother took her five-year-old son with her to the bank on a busy lunchtime. They got behind a very large woman wearing a business suit complete with pager. As they waited patiently, the little boy said loudly, "Gee, she's fat!"

The mother bent down and whispered in the little boy's ear to be quiet. A couple of minutes passed by and the little boy spread his hands as far as they would go and announced, "I'll bet her butt is this wide!"

The fat woman turned around and glared at the little boy. The mother gave him a good telling off, and told him to be quiet. After a brief lull, the large woman reached the front of the line. Just then, her pager begin to emit a beep, beep, beep.

The little boy yelled out,

"Run for your life, she's backing up!!"

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T r i p    S u m m a r y
The trip started on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 in Aiken County, SC.

The trip ended on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 in Aiken County, SC.

We were on the road for 16 days.

We visited these states: NC, TN, KY, IL, MO, KS, NE (new!), IA, SD (new!), ND, WY, CO, NM, TX, OK, AR, MS, AL and GA.

We've visited 8 state capitols on this trip. We've now visited 40 state capitols. Only eight left. Stay tuned!

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M i l e a g e    S u m m a r y
Trip mileage: 5,360

Most miles in one day: 635 on Day 6, Sunday, July 15, 2007 when we traveled from Sioux Falls, SD to Bismarck, ND to Pierre, SD.

Least miles in one day: 192 on Day 7, Monday, July 16, 2007 when we traveled from Pierre, SD to Rapid City, SD.

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E x p e n s e    S u m m a r y
Gasoline: 1,2061 Least paid: $2.719/gal in Russellville, AR; Most paid: $3.339 in Sisselton, SD/gal; Most observed: $3.499/gal, don't remember where. We burned 380.3 gallons of gas on this trip.
Food, etc.: 198.00  
Lodging: 132.002  
Other: 46.00  
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Total$1,582.00 (Money well spent!)
 Notes 1 Money spent on gas is more than normal due to:
a - This trip was longer than normal
b - The truck/camper get less MPG than the dear, departed Chevy Astro Cargo Van.

2 Several nights Pat kindly paid for us to stay at a motel instead of in the camper

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S t a t e    C a p i t o l s    R e c a p
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State: Kansas
Capital: Topeka
Date: Fri, Jul 13, 2007

State: Nebraska
Capital: Lincoln
Date: Fri, Jul 13, 2007

State: North Dakota
Capital: Bismarck
Date: Sun, Jul 15, 2007

State: South Dakota
Capital: Pierre
Date: Sun, Mar 4, 2007

State: Wyoming
Capital: Cheyenne
Date: Thu, July 17, 2007

State: Colorado
Capital: Denver
Date: Thu, July 17, 2007

State: New Mexico
Capital: Santa Fe
Date: Sun, Jul 22, 2007

State: Oklahoma
Capital: Oklahoma City
Date: Mon, Jul 23, 2007
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