IT'S A WRAP! OUR YEAR ON THE ROAD-By the numbers

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
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Trip End Dec 31, 2008


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Countryside RV Resort

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Monday, December 22, 2008

 Well, we're back at our winter home and work-camping location in Apache Junction, Arizona.   It's a bit warmer here than those last few days in California were, but still cold enough at night to require the electric blanket and to peek out at frost on the car windows in the morning!  About half of the sites in this resort are annual snowbirds (MANY from Minnesota!) who have park model homes here - and boy, do they do a job of decorating for Christmas!  It's a wonderland all around us, and even without the requisite snowmen, snowdrifts, and otherwise frosty elements, it's very festive and Christmas-y!
  Since we're settled in here for our log winter's nap - I thought I'd share the details of our third year on the road with you - so here goes!
  As you can imagine, the higher price of fuel did impact our driving this past year, so we cut back on miles driven, slowed down a bit, and drove more straight-line routes (no return trips in the motorhome, anyhow!):

'08 MOTORHOME MILES DRIVEN:  11,801 (14,046 last year, and 15, 097 in '06)
'08 AUTOMOBILE MILES DRIVEN: 13,356 (14,665 last year, and 14,000+ in '06)
'08 GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL PURCHASED: 1,310 @$3.711/AVG PRICE PER GALLON
   (Highest Price Paid was $4.919/Gal in Upstate NY in July - Lowest was $1.849 in AZ last week!)
AVERAGE MILES PER GALLON:  8.3 (slightly improved over the 8.2 of '07 and '06 - we slowed down!)
FUEL COST PER MILE:  $.448
AVERAGE COST PER MONTH EXPENSES: $1,440 (less than what our rent alone used to be!)
(This includes all diesel fuel, all camping memberships and camping per/night & electric fees, all maintenance on the motorhome AND the car, including a paint job on the m'home, and all entertainment, race tickets, etc.)
'08 TOTAL NUMBER OF STATES VISITED: 24 + 2 Provinces (3 Yr Total: 41 States/4 Provinces)
'08 NUMBER OF PYKESONTHEGO TRAVELPOD ENTRIES: 104 (Last Year - 116, '06 - 79)
'08 NUMBER OF VISITS TO OUR TRAVELPOD SITE: 5,569 To Date...Total '06-08: 26,706
CONTINUING VALUE OF THIS LIFE ON THE ROAD:  STILL PRICELESS!

And, for those of you who are wondering - yes, we are slowing down on travel and getting work-camping jobs to keep us going during this economic downturn....but NO!  We are not giving up this lifestyle, just cutting back a bit for now!

Hope your Holiday Season is full of joy, and that 2009 brings you all happiness and good health!
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kerful1
kerful1 on

I'll happily send you our snow...
if you are missing how the lights look in the white stuff, I will happily send you the 12'+ we get over the last 3 days.

and did you really put 128,000+ miles on the car, or is that a typo?

merry christmas & happy new year!
love,
keri

kerful1
kerful1 on

Re: I'll happily send you our snow...
whoops, speaking of typos- make that 12'+, not 12'+!

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