To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Catching our Breath

Not really. We covered about 3100 miles in about 7 days. Distance is about 440 miles per day. Our top speed was about 75 MPH; the 80 MPH speed limit seemed a bit much for a heavily-laden Corolla. This meant we drove six to seven hours a day.

Previous vacation driving was always deadline-driven — "Get There Before Dinner!" Most of these have been DC to Schenectady (and back). Nominally 7 hrs, but. The trip threads through the Eastern US megalopolis: four huge cities right in a row. There's no option for "let's call it a day around Poughkeepsie."

From our two years sailing on Red Ranger, we learned the joy of not having to travel to a fixed schedule. We made this entire trip with no advanced hotel reservations. Because it wasn't peak season, we didn't have to make any reservations, and found a room each place we stopped.

Stuff we shipped instead of packing into the car

Today our reservation at the Air B&B starts. This will last until the apartment is ready.

The boxes we shipped are here. The car is here. Now we're waiting for a few days.

After seeing Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, we'll be going back there to get some pictures. Stay tuned.

For example, Utah and Idaho have volcanoes. It's a ten hour drive to Hell's Half-Acre. Allow two days up, a few days for hiking, and two days back, that's a week-long vacation. The trick is to find a place to stay in the greater SLC area or Wells, Nevada.

Mountains in the distance
A view down the highway in Montana