I can’t believe I have completed my first year on the road. It went by so quickly.
Being the Data Maven I am, I will start with a few statistics. In 366 days I drove 24,611 miles; 12,520 (51%) of them towing Bob. I averaged 15.7 mpg and used 1568 gallons of gas. I explored 4 countries (US, Canada, England & Mexico, visiting 29 US states and 3 Canadian provinces. I waded in the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. I dipped my toes all 5 Great Lakes, as well as the other big lakes of Crater Lake, Flathead Lake, Lake Louise, Lake Champlain and many other smaller lakes and ponds. I stayed in 70 campsites – averaging 178 miles between campsites driving anywhere between 15 or 310 miles to each one. I experienced temperatures between 27F and 97F. I counted 48 thunderstorms (likely there were more) 1 Tornado watch and 3 flood watches. There was no snow. I hiked through too many to count, National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, National Preserves, State Parks and County Parks.
North America is a beautiful country! Here are a few of my favorite moments:
Olympic National Forest:
I shed 30+ years of stress dealing with corporate politics in technology jobs in Puget Sound walking through the old growth rain forest, mountains, streams and lakes healed me and made me whole. I could breath again.
Jaw dropping, awe inspiring, beauty
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
A special place in my heart filling my soul with peace and serenity and fond memories of the past.
Upstate New York
So much diversity and history.
The Gulf Coast
I am definitely drawn to the Gulf Coast. It has everything I love: beaches, birds, and good food
The wide open spaces, the solitude, and again the beauty.
Friends & Family
Most of all the chance to visit with friends and family and meet new people.