The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 July 2004

Enough already

Dustbury, Oklahoma — 4088.0 miles

For a trip that was supposed to be a couple days shorter, it certainly didn't seem like it; then again, it's usually about day 14 or 15 when the serious fatigue starts to set in, and, well, this was day 15. And while it's certainly a good thing that Oklahoma is actually fixing some of the more heinous sections of I-35, it's also the sort of thing that slows one down on the way home.

Still, I can't complain. Apart from the windshield (still unfixed) and some small items for the kids, this trip cost a mere $1575, about two-thirds of last year's tab despite markedly-higher fuel prices.

This year's data:

Total amount of fuel used, in gallons: 139.0
Fuel consumption, in miles per gallon: 29.5
Worst tank, in mpg: 27.4
Best tank, in mpg: 31.7
Fastest speed attained, in miles per hour: 91
Number of emails accumulated: 855
Number of which I actually had some reason to read: 126

And no Toll Report: I didn't spend one dime on toll roads this year.

I would like to acknowledge the kind participation of the following:

Dynamo Dave Sherman, my guide to the Treasure State and a treasure in his own right;

Gate City Bank, West Fargo, North Dakota;

Wash Tub Laundry, Vermillion, South Dakota;

River City Glass and Mirror, Omaha, Nebraska;

Fate Unknown, Jackson County, Missouri.

And to the next generations — Rebecca, Rob and Nick; Russell, Alicia and Laney — lots of love, and thanks for putting up with the old man.

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled tedium.

Posted at 7:15 PM to World Tour '04


Truly a pleasure, Charles! Glad to have formally made your acquaintance.

And I kinda like "Dynamo Dave" as a nickname. Hmmmm...www.dynamodave.com has a certain ring to it, eh?

Posted by: David at 9:26 PM on 19 July 2004

Welcome home!

Posted by: Dan at 10:57 PM on 19 July 2004

Yay! Glad you had fun (safe to say, yes?). And made it home safely.

Posted by: Erica at 3:30 AM on 20 July 2004

Glad you're home....now about that Christmas present.....

Posted by: wamprat at 9:25 AM on 20 July 2004

Good to have you back :) Now before you return to work go get Wampy's gift before the rest of us perspire from all of your procrastination! :)

Posted by: ms7168 at 12:27 PM on 20 July 2004