Whew! We finally made it! Is the last day of a trip always the hardest? It took us an hour to go 30 miles thru the Bay Area. We were stopped for an hour on the freeway for an accident below Gilroy (but thank God we were just stopped & not involved in the multi-car accident!). It was 100 degrees when we stopped at a rest stop outside Paso Robles. It was after 6:00 when we finally arrived!
But we made it & David's sister & husband, Norma & Danny, were waiting to greet us. We all went out to Paisano's for pizza for dinner.
But what a trip - truly the trip of a lifetime!
Miles driven - 11,478
Miles trailer towed - 9,019
Gal diesel used - 1,013
Avg price/gal - $4.55 (not nearly as bad as we expected!)
Avg miles/gal - 11.33 (not too bad)
Avg cost/night (camp fees) - $29.29 (we did boondock a number of nites in AK)
Final Critter Count:
Deer - 40
Black Bear - 30
Grizzly Bear - 1
Elk - 5
Big-horned sheep - 5
Stone sheep - 1
Caribou - 7 (not counting a couple of herds we saw in the distance)
Coyote - 2
Trumpeter Swans - 24
Moose - 22
Bison - 22
Porcupine - 1
Bald Eagle - 43 (we really weren't able to count all the eagles we saw!)
This trip was relatively safe - no flat tires, just a couple of chips on the windshield - the only problem we had was minor cracks in the trailer frame & we were able to find welders at very reasonable cost & little inconvenience.
We are so thankful to have been able to make this trip!
We'll be spending the next 7 weeks here in Arroyo Grande so won't be posting too often. We'll be heading for the Gulf Coast of Texas in late October & will be spending the winter in Rockport, TX. So, more later...