Road Trip 2015 Conclusion

Thanks for coming along for the ride on our 2 week road trip- Maine to Seattle! 

All total, our trip totals according to my mileage tracker app…

  • 7336 miles
  • 542 gallons of gas
  • $1389 in fuel (for an average of $2.56/gal)
  • Averaged 13.5 mpg!

We drove thru 20 states. Slept at 4 Walmarts. Stayed at 3 campgrounds, and 2 Ohio travel plazas (Blue Heron & Middle Ridge). 

Pe@rl was amazing, and more than exceeded all our expectations. And I can’t wait to go camping at our favorite places with her! It’s definitely made it much easier to travel with such crazy allergies. And will make camping easier, but still camping 🙂 You won’t hear much about her for the winter, but she’ll be back next year!

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The Road Home – Road Trip 2015 Day 16-17

After our late night, we woke up quite late in the Blue Heron Travel Plaza. Probably a combination of being up way too late, closing the shades to block out the street lights, and the heavy dark clouds preventing daylight from happening…

And I was really glad we were close to home, since during the night I woke up to a puppy dog who’d eaten too many treats puking on my bed… True story. Thankfully it was the little cute one, less volume that way…….

We decided to stick to I80. Since we were back on familiar tuft per say, nearing the East Coast. And things are much closer together and much more congested.

Chipotle dinner while watching Pe@rl
Chipotle dinner while watching Pe@rl

We decided to head straight for home. So we stopped for some snacks, and another Chipotle dinner near the Ohio Pennsylvania border. 

Yummy (no I didn't share, no chocolate for doggies)
Yummy (no I didn’t share, no chocolate for doggies)

So I’m not a huge Oreo fan, I know crazy… But those? Are really good!

We drove thru Pennsylvania in the dark. Which seems to be our thing, I was telling my PB I’m not sure I’ve ever seen I80 thru Pennsylvania in the daylight… We almost always drive that with the truckers at night. So maybe we should try it in the daylight next time! 


We made the Maine border mid-morning. And when we stopped in the rest area near Yarmouth, I took over driving and decided we should go up Rte 1 for a more scenic drive!

Which it was, and we even stopped for ice cream 🙂

Maine coast
Maine coast

It was great getting home! Even though right away, before we could even unpack, I had to vacuum up 2 weeks worth of dead flies…!

The Crazy Storm Day – Road Trip 2015 Day 15

We woke up in Coralville Iowa. Officially 2 weeks into this trip, and still a couple days from home… And we still liked each other!! 😉

Home sweet home...
Home sweet home… (our bed)

For a while, we stuck to I80. When we stopped to get some lunch later in the day, we headed out then on some state routes for a while. After a couple days of puttering along, we kind of had to drive with a little more purpose. 


But our first stop of the day was the Iowa 80 truck stop. Since we were going right by it, and it’s supposed to be the “world’s largest truck stop”, it seemed like a must see. 🙂 It is indeed very large… and rather busy.

Lunch stop on the banks of the Illinois River
Lunch stop on the banks of the Illinois River

We pulled over for some lunch at Illini State Park, right on the banks of the Illinois River. Very pretty. And quite quiet on a weekday. 

Afterwards, we headed east to Rte 6, which we took thru Indiana and into Ohio. 

More windmills!
More windmills! And some clouds…

At which point, somewhere mid-way thru Indiana, our good weather began to vanish. There was a major storm system, and as we headed closer to the Great Lakes area we drove straight into it. There was even talk they were going to close sections of Rte 6 where the water couldn’t get off the road fast enough and it was getting deep. Thankfully, they didn’t do that!

Watching the rain
Watching the rain

We waited out the worst for a while. From the weather map, my PB could see there was going to be a break. And when that arrived we drove while we could see! When we caught back up with the rain, and it got heavy, we stopped for dinner to waste some time and stay behind it. 

As a result we were quite late getting into the Blue Heron Travel Plaza on the Ohio Turnpike. There was plenty of space, and we quickly battened down the hatches and went to bed. In retrospect, later in the night as I lay awake with Pe@rl rocking and swaying as the rain and wind pelted us…. We should have parked right next to that huge diesel pusher, and it could have blocked some wind for us!