19 July 2005
It all ends here
Dustbury, Oklahoma 4915.3 miles
The real question, of course, is "What has changed since I left?" The answer, of course, is "Not much," although I shudder to imagine my electric bill, even with the A/C set on a thrifty 82 degrees in my absence.
Oh, and some Roads Scholar working the exits up in the northeast has come up with a new wrinkle: the speed limit just beyond the Afton/Vinita exit from the Will Rogers Turnpike is 17 mph. I guess this is as fast as you can go and still get the attention of Baron von Tollbooth.
Coming into Afton, the sign at the bridge at Horse Creek shares a pole with this one: RADAR ENFORCED. How they intend to enforce a creek is beyond me. (There are no speed-limit signs for at least 500 feet in either direction.)
Something I didn't know existed, but found on US 60 west of Vinita: Belgian Blue beef. It's billed as low-fat and organic, both of which seem to be worthy goals.
Some things I thought I'd see, but didn't:
Final toll report: Will Rogers Turnpike, $1.25; total $26.65.
I did not in fact blow my budget this year: in expectation of even worse gas prices than I saw, I allowed for $2800, and spent $2175. The usual statistics:
Total amount of fuel used, in gallons: 160.1
The least-pricey tankful was bought at a Kum & Go (!) in Springfield, Missouri for $2.099.
Acknowledgments: Your Humble Narrator would like to thank:
Personal to She Who Is Not To Be Named: Have a wonderful summer.
This concludes the text entries for World Tour '05. I return to the Big Desk, having a Coke and wearing a smile. Thank you for your support.Posted at 6:05 PM to World Tour '05