Road Trip Summary

Road Trip

Overview Map - The Dark Blue States Were Visited

AL AR AZ CA CO NV UT NM TX KS OK LA IA MO FL MS GA SC NC IL TN IN OH KY VA WV USA Map -- Click on the names below if you have trouble with this map.

My 2009 Cross-Country Road Trip included 25 states and took 28 days. Here are some of the notable places and statistics.

Trip Highlight Visited 21 states for the first time (Added to my refrigerator magnet collection)
Low-Light #1 Food Poisoning
Low-Light #2 Bad Weather in Florida (Disney cut short)
Most Scenic Drive CO-82 Mountains near Aspen, Colorado
Distance Driven 6787.3 Miles
Gas Cost $645.61
Longest Day's Drive 652 Miles. Amarillo, Texas to Forest City, Arkansas
Shortest Day's Drive 95 Miles. Grayson, Kentucky to Lexington, Kentucky (got ill)
Free Hotel Rooms 6 Nights at Harrah's properties, Thanks to the Total Rewards Program!
Least Expensive Hotel Rodeway Inn, Lake City, Florida. $43.55 (including tax)
Most Expensive Hotel Ramada Limited, Green River, Utah $84.71 (including tax)
Total Hotel Cost $1182.47 (22 nights, plus 6 free)
Average Hotel Cost $53.75 per night ($42.23 if including free room nights in the denominator)
Highest Elevation 12,095 feet. Independence Pass, Colorado
Best Free Souvenir #1 I Survived Highway 50 Certificate (The Loneliest Road in America)
Best Free Souvenir #2 Free Disney Buttons
Free Tour #1 Tabasco Factory (okay, it costs $1 toll to cross the 'bridge')
Free Tour #2 NPS Mississippi Riverfront Walking Tour (from the French Quarter)
Biggest Regret Not making a U-Turn to go the Woody Creek Tavern
Best Cultural Art Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas
Most Interesting City New Orleans
Best College Town Lawrence, Kansas
Best Meal Lunch at Commander's Palace, New Orleans
Least Time in a State Ohio: About 17 minutes in Chesapeake
Favorite Road Snacks Banana Chips and Punjabi Mix (Tasty, but a bit prone to spilling)
Best Investment Garmin Nuvi 260W GPS Unit (I am now a GPS believer!)
Most Played CD Chronicle by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Preparation Mistake #1 Not checking the CD's in my changer before leaving home
Preparation Mistake #2 Not bringing Chinese Medicine (for Food Poisoning)
Most Amazing The History of Mike the Headless Chicken
Most States in a Day 5 States in a Day: NC, VA, WV, OH, KY
Best $1 Spent Tour of Genoa (Colorado) Wonder Tower

See all of the Road Trip postings (with a minimum of page breaks). Or, for postings by state, click on an underlined state in the table below:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware Dist. Of Columbia Florida
Georgia Guam Hawaii Idaho Illinois
Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee
Texas Utah Vermont Virgin Islands Virginia
Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

It was a good trip, but it would have been better if:
  • I had more time,
  • I did not get food poisoning,
  • I had better luck with the weather (particularly in Florida).