Well since I got so much pre-trip support, I just wanted to come back to post an update as I've finally returned from my journey across America.
I started the trip October 19th by picking up the car at LaGuardia Airport in New York. I arrived to Northern California November 20th in time for a feast!
It was an unforgetable experience which I captured on video as much as possible. Plus I took about 1200 or so pictures.
HIGHLIGHTS - just a few mind you!
The folliage across CT. So stunning. Pizza in Mystic, CT.
The honeymoon suite with jacuzzi and fireplace at Niagara Falls (ironic for a single woman!) :)
San Antonia's River Walk
The Congress Hotel, Tucson. A funky vintage hotel with no TVs in any room!
Sedona - such beautiful red hills around the whole area.
The mule ride from the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon. (6 hours not so easy on the toosh, but a once in a lifetime experience) ;)
Getting some "kicks" on Route 66 - in Arizona.
A walk along the boardwalk at Santa Monica's pier.
I didn't get a Mustang as I'd hoped for, but I did bond with my pale blue Sonata which ending up costing me 50.00 a day in the end, plus a three hundred dollar one-way drop-off fee....
I estimated at $ 2.50 per gallon on average and never really paid that at all.
The cheapest gas I saw was $ 1.92 - across the street from Graceland!
The most expensive about $ 2.64 - Chicago. LA quite high too...
I also estimated I'd do 5000 miles and it ended up being 5,900 in the end.
I ventured through sixteen states.
As I whizzed up 101 from LA to the Bay Area, the final leg of the journey, I was already wondering when I could do it again. Like so many of you, I am hooked. Shame I no longer actually LIVE in this country.
Because I cut the trip a bit short, (due to bad scheduling on my part), I am driving up to SF for a few days and on to the wine country Sonoma County for the weekend. Next week I fly to Vegas for a single night in the Bellagio...so in a way the trip is still going but the road trip in the rental car is over.
Well I could go on for ages but I won't.... :) That's more than enough!
Hopefully it will be a little helpful in some ways. I will come up with an average price of gas once I finish my spreadsheet of expenses!
Best wishes all,