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Day 12 - Sunday, October 1, 2006
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I mentioned yesterday that I was feeling sick. Today is (maybe) a little better. At any rate, getting home is sure nice. Summaries for the trip are below.

The sun was most definitely out today as you can tell from the pics below. Sun glare was a problem.

Now that the trip is over, several comments about the DeLorme Street Atlas software and GPS. I highly recommend that link to the explanation of how GPS works. Pretty slick!

The GPS performed almost perfectly. There was a time in Rhode Island where it didn't work but I wonder if the GPS satellites were maybe having a general problem? Other than that brief period of time, the GPS unit worked well.

The mapping software has a pretty steep learning curve. There are many features and options I have not tried out. And possibly will not. For now, the mapping software is doing the job for me.

The good news is that I did not have to consult a paper map at all during this trip. That really says a lot. But, the maps provided with the software are not without fault:

  • Generally, when you're out on the open road and the mapping is not very complex, the maps are virtually 100% correct. But when you're in town the maps sometimes leave you wondering what's going on. For example, the route may indicate a left turn, but there's no road to the left to turn onto.
  • In one case, the map indicated a right turn. But that right turn would have been onto a one way street the wrong way. In another case, a street was mapped as being one way and it wasn't.
  • There were several cases of the map having the street name wrong.
  • The worst example was in Washington, DC in one of those multi-level spaghetti bowl interchanges. The map had me merge onto a road that I thought didn't exist. I later discovered that it does exist, but it was on a lower level; no way to get there :)
  • The GPS unit went dead in Rhode Island as I mentioned above. We were in Providence, the capital of RI. It was night and I was looking for the capitol. But even though the GPS was not working, the map was still an excellent tool to help me find that building.
When you consider that the United States has over four million miles of roads that are constantly changing, I'd say the DeLorme software did a very good job of routing us for the trip.

The Navigator is insisting I mention that it was HE that went though the rigorous (his word) learning curve and that HE was the one that did the routing and that HE can't be held responsible for software mistakes and errors. Hmmm, he acts like I'm trying to blame all this on him. I would point out that it was HIS idea to buy the DeLorme software. Gee, he's left the room...

The GPS unit has a display mode where it shows your speed in MPH and your compass heading. The compass heading was nice but not very useful. The MPH indicator showed a difference with the van's speedometer of 2-7 miles per hour depending on speed. I wondered which was right? Or, maybe the speedometer and the GPS were both wrong? We came up on one of those radar gadgets that shows your speed. It matched the GPS reading perfectly, even when I sped up and slowed down. So now I know that when the speedometer says 75, I'm actually going 70.

Bottom line: if you spend time driving around the US, you'll find the DeLorme software and GPS unit useful.


This was a good trip. The fall foliage is turning up in the New England states. It was interesting to note the changes as we drove south. Here in South Carolina the change is just beginning. Way up in Maine the bright red and orange leaves are already falling.

The next trip to visit state capitols may happen later this year. But it will be to the Southeastern states. Too cold up North :)

Thanks for traveling with us. I hope you've grinned several times and maybe even learned something new. I sure did!

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T o d a y ' s    P i c t u r e s
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A Welcome Sign extravaganza. Are you ready June? Number one. Number two. Number three. I have to mention that this is my fav sign :) The capitol building in Columbia, the capital of South Carolina. The capitol of our home state as the last pic of the trip; nice way to end it. Sorry about the sun glare.
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T o d a y ' s    S t a t s
Time:
Begin: 8:00am
End: 3:30pm
Net (includes stops): 7 hrs, 30 mins
Mileage:
Begin odometer: 167,529
End odometer: 167,968
Net miles today: 439
Average MPH: 58.5
Total trip miles: 3,207

Expenses:
Gasoline: $0.00
Food, ice, etc.: $8.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00
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T o d a y ' s    T h o u g h t
Here's a creative thought from June in SC:

God is sitting in Heaven when a scientist says to Him, Lord, we don't need you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing. In other words, we can now do what you did in the 'beginning'."

"Oh, is that so? Tell me..." replies God.

"Well," says the scientist, "we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of You and breathe life into it, thus creating man."

"Well, that's interesting. Show Me."

So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil.

"Oh no, no, no..." interrupts God, "Go get your own dirt."

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T o d a y ' s    J o k e
From Dorothy in SC:

An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, "They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I don't want them to take me out when I'm dead.

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T r i p    S u m m a r y
The trip started on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 in Aiken, SC.
The trip ended on Sunday, October 1, 2006 in Aiken, SC.
We were on the road for 12 days.
We visited these states: NC, VA, MD, DE, NJ, CT, RI, NH, MA, ME, VT, NY, PA, WV, SC.
We've visited 15 state capitols. We're about 1/3 done. Stay tuned!
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M i l e a g e    S u m m a r y
Trip mileage: 3,207
Most miles in one day: 570 on Day 11, Saturday, September 30, 2006 when we traveled from New Milford, PA to Charleston, WV.
Least miles in one day: 91 on Day 2, Thursday, September 21, 2006 when we traveled from Petersburg, VA to Ruther Glen, VA.
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E x p e n s e    S u m m a r y
Gasoline: 318.00 Least paid: $2.139/gal; Most paid: $2.429/gal; Most observed: $2.879/gal
Food, ice, etc.: 133.00  
Lodging: 0.00  
Other: 59.50 $29 of this was for the ferry from Lewes, DE to Cape May, NJ
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Total$510.50 (Money well spent!)
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