Well, we did it. This week, we wrapped up our epic summer road trip and still lived to tell about it. Turns out our 3,500-mile road trip actually clocked in at 3,928 miles including all of our day trips, excursions and detours.
Folks, that’s farther than Dallas to Honolulu (3,787 miles) and more like Dallas to Anchorage (4,082 miles). Despite being confined in a minivan for nearly 70 hours of driving time and 3 weeks the road – I’m still married, and both my girls are still talking to each other. Thankfully, nobody got left behind, surrendered to CPS or ended up on America’s Most Wanted. Our family is still intact and honestly, even closer due to this incredible road trip experience. And through it all, “Maypearl the Minivan” just kept rolling along.
Here’s a quick Road Trip Recap that we thought you’d enjoy:
- Number of states we crossed: 13 – Texas; Louisiana; Mississippi; Alabama; Georgia; Tennessee; Arkansas; Oklahoma; Texas (2nd time); New Mexico; Colorado; New Mexico (2nd time); Texas (3rd time)
- Number of times that we crossed the Mississippi River: 2 (in Mississippi and Tennessee)
- Total gallons of gas: Approx. 145.3
- Total cost of gas: Approx. $450
- Number of speeding tickets and breakdowns: None (thank goodness)
- Number of times we filled up for gas: 65 (we usually got gas @ ½ a tank)
- Number of bathroom breaks: Countless
- Number of state license plates that we still need to complete the “License Plate” Game: 9. While on the road, we saw 41 out of the 50 U.S. state car license plates. We’re still missing 9 and we’re determined to find them. I’m giving us a 4-week grace period to track down these missing plates and I need your help. If you see one, please reply and I’ll add it to our count. We’re missing: Alaska; Hawaii; Idaho; Montana; Connecticut; West Virginia; Vermont; North Dakota; and South Dakota.
- Best thing we ate in the car: Pulled pork sandwiches from a food truck from somewhere in Tennessee.
- Most colorful characters – The eclectic vendors we met at the top of the gorge of the Rio Grande River in New Mexico, the park ranger in Tennessee, Wild Bill the river guide in Colorado and almost everyone in Mississippi.
- Favorite restaurants:
- Mommy/Cub #2 – Bryant’s Breakfast in Memphis, TN (country ham biscuit and Nutella Pancakes)
- Hubby – Hattie B’s in Nashville, TN (fried chicken and banana pudding)
- Cub #1 – Two Sisters in Jackson, MS (chicken and dumplings and sweet tea)
- Number of pounds Mommy gained: 5.2
- Favorite activity:
- Hubby – Family Reunion in Atlanta and river rafting in Colorado
- Cub # 1 – Visiting museums, historical sites and the farmer’s market in Taos
- Cub #2 – Hiking at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee
- Mommy – Just being with my family on this incredible road trip adventure and taking you along for the journey.
Lastly, I’d like to thank you so much for following us on www.MommysMinivanMonologues.com and sharing this blog with your friends. The response has been tremendous and many readers have encouraged me to keep blogging. I’d like to invite you to continue to join us as I blog more about building intentional family moments through the wonders of travel, everyday mishaps in motherhood and other tales from the road that just might offer a little inspiration, motivation and celebration.
BEST OF “TEDDY THE GIRAFFE” – OUR ROAD TRIP MASCOT
Here are a few sites where our road trip mascot was spotted along the way