Namaste from Nederland!
I’m blogging from my parents’ living room on a cool Colorado day. It’s great to be back in the Rocky Mountains, but I almost can’t believe that I’m ACTUALLY in Boulder county right now! I certainly was not planning for a cross country trip this weekend, but after submitting my dissertation to my reading committee last Thursday, I found myself staring down the barrel of a totally empty to-do-list.
Faced with the terrifying prospect of free time while I’m waiting on feedback from my reading committee, I made a completely rational, reasonable, decision: let’s pack up all of my shit into a trailer and drive across the country!
Seventy two short hours later I have unloaded and dispensed with the trailer. Now I’m sipping tea with my dog, reflecting on the short, strange, whirlwind trip I took this weekend. Walk along with me through my photos, it’s Sam’s Nomadic Journey by the Numbers.
Cumulative miles covered by Subaru: 1418
Cumulative miles covered by Mizunos: 14.7
Total refueling (human & car) stops: 7
Capacity in gallons of my Subaru’s gas tank: 15
Catastrophic fuel emergencies narrowly avoided: 1
Ounces of motel coffee-pot oatmeal consumed: 8
Pounds of specialty artisan Montana-Grown oatmeal purchased: 6
Length in feet of my copilot: 2.5
Cups of gas-station coffee consumed: 12
Packages of gum masticated (it means chewed! Pervert): 6
Instances I caught myself totally rocking out to a jamming tune on the radio before I realized I was tuned to Wyoming’s Christian Lite Metal Channel: 2
Buffalo encountered: 0
Brushes with the law: 1
Time (in seconds) per mile that thunder sounds after a lightning strike: 5
Automotive incidents between Seattle and Nederland: 0
Automotive incidents between Nederland and the Uhaul drop-off: 1
Number of lynchpins associated with hitch when trailer started swerving alarmingly 10 blocks away from the Uhaul dealership: 0
Number of straps and screwdrivers needed to jury-rig a barely street legal solution and return my trailer: 3 & 2, respectively.
All-in-all, aside from the minor brush with disaster at the end, I’d say this was a highly successful trip!