Surprise road trip!

Namaste from Nederland! 

It’s kinda foggy here

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.  

wait- my bench is clean, i don’t have a million experiments? I don’t know what free time is!

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! 

“rational?” I don’t DO rational!

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 

i THOUGHT i found the biggest salad ever in Montana
  
until an (obviously inebriated) Subway employee in Wyoming blew my mind to pieces
 

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 

i’m not proud of this.

Packages of gum masticated (it means chewed! Pervert): 6 

i’m even less proud of this

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 

I’m REALLY not proud of this

Buffalo encountered: 0 

where are they?

Brushes with the law: 1 

no you cant keep running past this sign.

Time (in seconds) per mile that thunder sounds after a lightning strike: 5 

   

Automotive incidents between Seattle and Nederland: 0 

miraculously

Automotive incidents between Nederland and the Uhaul drop-off: 1 

 Number of lynchpins associated with trailer-hitch when departing Seattle: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! 

Keep trucking’!

one of these things is not-like the other

7 thoughts on “Surprise road trip!

  1. So, how long are you in town? And, that has to be the closest to running out of gas I’ve seen in awhle! Let’s go for a ride or something…at least get a visit in….

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    1. I’m only here through Thursday this go-around. I wish we’d be able to sneak a ride, but we might have to rain-check randoneurring until summer this go-around (also, apparently I brought the rain with me for muddy-May, do you have a line on a fat bike?)

      I’ll pester my folks about heading over to say hi.

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  2. I just laughed through that entire post. I can’t believe you just moved back!? Just like that! I’ve had a ‘new’ place for like 2 weeks and still haven’t moved! I’ll be in Denver may 30-June 3! Will you still be there? I also can’t believe you’re still repping Sentury. Well done, sir.
    You are amazing, Sam. You submitted your dissertation for review!! Yayyy! Congratulations, my accomplished friend!

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    1. LIZ! I kinda laughed my way across the entire country…I’m glad my antics were amusing! I haven’t moved back forever, I’m going back to Seattle at the end of this week to give a talk, clean out my freezer, and defend the beast.
      Tragically I will JUsT miss you! My defense is the 28th, and I won’t be back yet :(.

      Congrats on getting a new place! Do you have space to garden? Get some boxes…and wine…God moving is the worst.

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