Our Adventure is Over

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
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Trip End Mar 06, 2013


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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

We left Star in Moncton and drove the Fiesta to Halifax. We'll be living in Halifax, at Greg’s Mom’s condo for a couple weeks, then we are headed to New Zealand for a month to visit our daughter, her husband, and two granddaughters Hali and Anya.

We love travelling.

Our adventure, some statistics:

Days away: 183

Days driving in Star: 61

Total distance driven: 21,206 km (Star: 18,366 km, Fiesta: 2,840 km)

Shortest distance driven in a day: 69 km from Squamish to Nanaimo, BC

Longest distance driven in a day: 608 km from Ashby, MN to Minot, ND

Longest day on the road: Saanichton, BC to Spanaway, WA: from about 9am to 7:30pm

US/Canada money was about par while we were travelling so I did not distinguish between US and Canada funds for the following statistics:

Most expensive gas in Canada: $ 1.35 / L in Moncton

Least expensive gas in Canada: $ 1.17 / L in Fort Saskatchewan

Most expensive gas in US: $ 4.899 / gal near San Francisco (~$ 1.29 / L)

Least expensive gas in US: $ 2.879 / gal in Tucson, AZ (~$ 0.76 / L)

Toll highways and bridges: $ 872.11 (Crossing the George Washington Bridge in New York City cost us $ 60 )

We hated: concrete roads, Seattle traffic, the tornado watches in Florida and Louisiana

Most stressful driving: finding a way down a mountain in the Okanagan Valley

Most scenic drive: Pacific Coast Highway

We loved: motorhome lifestyle, people we met, Amish country

We enjoyed: everything, but the hot air balloon ride, Lafayette food tour, and the Santa Monica bike trail were highlights among many highlights

We noticed: many, many people texting, or talking on their cell phone, or eating, or just not paying attention while driving. The couple times when we had a 'near miss' the drivers were texting.

We stayed overnight in casino parking lots, rest areas, travel centres, WalMart parking lots, campgrounds that are nothing more than parking lots to campgrounds that are 5 star resorts. Our sites ranged from $0/night to $50/night. Wherever we stayed, we felt completely safe and did not have any 'scary’ situations.

We took more than 5000 pictures, and some days it was a struggle to pick the best 20 or so to include on the blog.

Greg and I found a love for country and western ranging from line dancing, to western wear, to country radio stations. This was a big surprise to us.
 
All in all, the past 6 months have been an education. We love the motorhome lifestyle.

Thanks to everyone that has been following our blog and sending us comments. We hope you have enjoyed following our adventure.

We'll let you know when we start our next blog, in mid October.
Karen and Greg
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janet and Gerard Knox on

Wecome home.

Margie on

What no blog in New Zealand.... Welcome home.

Susan Campbell on

Welcome home Greg and Karen! I would pour a cup of tea then sit back and enjoy your blog. Reading your descriptions and seeing your photos was almost like being there - thanks so much! Have fun in New Zealand and say hi to Heather from the Campbells.

Heather and Frank MacDonald on

Hi Karen and Greg

Glad to hear your venture was rewarding in many ways. Followed your travels. Look forward to seeing you at Harbourlight and having some stories told.

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