Car drop off & LA X
Trip Start Jul 10, 2013
183Trip End Jan 06, 2014
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So it has been 3 months in the US, Canada & Caribbean, 14125 miles driven, 25 states visited, 2 Canadian provinces, 1 Caribbean territory, 6 key family rules and a lost count of the number of McDonald's and Subway's (what we do agree on is that there were definItely more Subway's!!!) The US leg of the trip has been brilliant and I have thoroughly enjoyed every bit. The hospitality of all those that we stayed with is what made this trip possible so a HUGE THANK YOU to you all. We hope to welcome you in Durban, South Africa some day in the future to repay your generosity.
Looking back - should we have done anything differently?
Camping was definitely the way to go (given our very thin budget - in today's travel terms), maybe a bit more basing ourselves in a particular place and then webbing out from there would have been easier but I think in general it worked great for us. The reality is that there is so much to see and do in the US that we feel privileged to have been able to do as much as we have.
Richard - has to be the Grand Canyon because of the pure beauty and scale
Pamela - Grand Canyon - next time it will be the rapids!!!
Courtney - all the hot places
Paige - Universal Island of Adventure because there was so much to do there!!!
Roxton - Boston because it was hot!! and Niagara Falls
Rorke - Buccament Bay in St Vincent & the Grenadines because "you could do nothing but eat swim and cycle every day"
The kids have been brilliant and despite all that time in the car we have only had a very few wobblies. They have walked 100's of miles, slept in 100's off different places, eaten unusual and odd food at the strangest of times, gone without lunch & supper, played unbelievably nicely with kids they had met just 1 hour before for the first time, listened to enough Hootie & the Blowfish to last a lifetime, said the most surprising things and created the most unforgettable memories!!
We will definitely be back to the US to explore further and visit the remaining 25 that we have not seen!!!