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    Default Costs - 10K USA

    We did a 10,389 mile
    42 day trip
    In a 2003 Town & Country
    Spring, 2004.
    Cheapest gas $1.79, Most expensive $2.99, average $ for fuel - $25.36 per day. Average miles - 247 per day or 297 per day if you only look at the days we were driving.
    Lodging - Average $52.78, lowest motel $32.16, highest $137.50 (low $ does not include campgrounds, but the average does.)
    Didn't record food as a separate item but everything else (food, gifts, ice, oil changes, etc) came out to an additional $63.62 per day for a trip average of $141.76 per day.
    Our Trip Across the USA

    For anyone interested - I finished posting a previous trip Our 1996 trip across the USA
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    Default Some more parameters

    Quote Originally Posted by vermilye
    We did a 10,389 mile
    42 day trip
    In a 2003 Town & Country
    Spring, 2004.
    Cheapest gas $1.79, Most expensive $2.99, average $ for fuel - $25.36 per day.
    Jon, that is a good idea for yet another parameter -- least and most expensive prices for line items.
    Lodging - Average $52.78, lowest motel $32.16, highest $137.50 (low $ does not include campgrounds, but the average does.)
    Do you recall the towns with the highest and lowest motel rates that you stayed at?

    Thanks for this data!

    Mark

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    Default Motel Locations

    The least expensive motel was the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada. By the way, it was the only place we stayed that provided a vase of fresh flowers (roses) in our room. The most expensive was a reservation for 3 nights at the Mariposa Lodge in Mariposa (34 miles from Yosemite.) We didn't have a lot of choice - the campgrounds were not open yet & it was Memorial Day weekend.

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    Default A number of classics in Tonopah

    Quote Originally Posted by vermilye
    The least expensive motel was the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada. By the way, it was the only place we stayed that provided a vase of fresh flowers (roses) in our room.
    I remember when you mentioned that motel in an earlier post. We have got to check it out. Actually, Tonopah has a number of truly wonderful motels -- sometime you have got to check out the decorations at Jim Butler's -- plus the information they have about the local mining operations is worth the price of the room any day of the year!

    Thanks for the additional information.

    Mark

  5. Default What campgrounds?

    Quote Originally Posted by vermilye
    The least expensive motel was the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada. By the way, it was the only place we stayed that provided a vase of fresh flowers (roses) in our room. The most expensive was a reservation for 3 nights at the Mariposa Lodge in Mariposa (34 miles from Yosemite.) We didn't have a lot of choice - the campgrounds were not open yet & it was Memorial Day weekend.
    What campgrounds weren't open? All three of the Yosemite Valley campgrounds were open before Memorial Day. I know...we camped there in April. Mariposa has camping at the fairgrounds.

    Utahtea

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    Default Open campgrounds

    I should have said nothing was available rather than nothing opened. We called for a reservation & was told all available sites were filled. We didn't know about the Mariposa Fairgrounds... (This was May/June, 2004.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by vermilye
    I should have said nothing was available rather than nothing opened. We called for a reservation & was told all available sites were filled. We didn't know about the Mariposa Fairgrounds... (This was May/June, 2004.)
    Yes, I can believe they were booked for Memorial Day weekend...probably MONTHS in advance! Did you know that there is a walk in campground in the valley that does not take reservations? I would imagine that you would have to be there days before the Memorial Day weekend to get a spot.

    Utahtea

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    Default Budget worksheet

    Our complete budget information - as well as some fun "stats" for our year long trip can be found at our site - click on "our travel journal". Some of the things that we kept track of for the year?

    * High and low - motels, campgrounds, gas prices, newspaper costs, daily temperatures, rounds of golf, elevations - and more!

    * things we each liked "best" - radio stations, motels, resorts, scenery, etc.

    * Regional "oinkers" - foods from various parts of the country

    * Planes, trains and automobiles - various types of conveyances we experienced along the way

    ...and other fun things.

    We also offer a very complete budget worksheet on our website. It is in MS-Excel format (.xls) and free to download at this link.

    Have a fun time figuring out this important item for road tripping.

    Carol White
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    Default Highest and lowest Motel rates

    Hi Mark -

    I have most any stat that you could want from our trip.

    Our most expensive "motel" was the Greenbrier Inn in White Sulphur Springs, W Va. I had always wanted to stay there and it was an experience of a lifetime. Nearly $600 for one night by the time we got out of there - but it was a really fun, decadent splurge!

    Our least expensive motel was The Capitol Inn in Pierre, SD - $35.99 and a place to wash the "Rolling White House" at no charge - she had been rolling for over 6,000 miles by then and really needed a bath!

    Our average motel price for the year, including taxes was $79.14 - yes that includes the Greenbrier and a few other less extravagant "splurges". Our average campground night was $18.43 with a high of $54.64 in Key West and a low of $5 at several passport america sites. We stayed mostly in KOAs and Good Sam Parks. The best value was a city owned park in Iron River MN. A beautiful little park for $11 a night full hook-up as I recall.

    Let me know if you are interested in anything else - much of it is on our travel website.

    Carol White
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