Back home!! Jul07

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Back home!!

Sometimes the lights all shining on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long strange trip it’s been

 

Truckin’ I’m a going home
Whoa, whoa, baby, back where I belong
Back home, sit down and patch my bones
And get back truckin’ on

 

– “Truckin”, Grateful Dead

 

That’s exactly how I feel now. It’s been a day of rest since I came back to my new home – the Bay Area. And the more I think about the last month, the lines “What a long strange trip it’s been” echo in my head. I still can’t believe it’s over. I will miss those moments of insanity – the impromptu swim in Key West, waking up at 4 am to catch the sunrise in Maine, pulling over the freeway in a split second to take pictures (at several places), cruising through the countryside… I can go on and on doing this.

 

Anyway, here’s how the final route looked like (click on the picture to enlarge)

 

Some numbers from the trip…. Covered 9200 miles (14800 kms) in 35 days (27 days driving, 8 days halt). Consumed about 380 gallons of fuel. One flat tire incident (no other problems with the car). Took 3740 pictures (finally used only 260). Went to McDonalds for only 2 out of 100 something meals.  Lost 8 pounds last month (yay!)

Not that I was chasing records, but somehow, after these four cross-country trips over the last two years, I covered all the mainland US states except OK and AR. That’s probably something I can brag about a bit 🙂

 

Finally, many many thanks to my family and my friends who supported and inspired me during this journey. I couldn’t have done this without you.