Rainer in 30 Days! 6,640 miles – Brooklyn to Seattle.

The numbers are in after driving the last leg of our cross country journey arriving at Alicia, Brian and Josie’s home in Seattle. I love math. If you also love math, please read the following:

Driving for a total of 6,640 miles over 30 days using 268 gallons of premium fuel at an average of $3.969/gal and 24.8 MPG. Clipping along at that pace we spent 16ยข per mile averaging $35.42 per day in fuel. All the while driving with 400 lbs. of belongings loaded in our Subaru.

Further stats:
24 states
23 fill ups
289 miles per fill up (Avg)
221 miles per day (Avg)
9 gallons per day (Avg)
9 National Parks
6 National Forests
3 National Recreation Areas
2 Raceways
1 Indian Reservation
1 oil change and tire rotation

Of course there is a spreadsheet compiled with all the data: Notice the on-board computer in the car states 1.6 MPG more that actually incurred. I assume the Subaru engineers try to make us feel better about the vehicles efficiency.

The following is a list of notable locations we visited and many of the sites are stamped in our Passport to the National Parks:

Shenandoah Natl Park (drove thru)
Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park
Arches Natl Park
Bryce Canyon Natl Park
Grand Canyon Natl Park
Death Valley Natl Park
Yosemite Natl Park
Golden Gate Natl Park
Redwood Natl Park (drove thru)
Red Canyon Natl Forest
Blue Ridge Parkway, NC
Trail of Tears, NC
Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
Purdue University
Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, NE
Kenefick Park, Omaha, NE (2 of the biggest Locomotives ever built)
Original Pony Express Station, Gothenburg, NE
Green River State Rec Area
Fish Lake Natl Forest
Red Canyon, Dixie Natl Forest
Glen Canyon Natl Rec Area, Page, AZ
Antelope Canyon Navajo Res, Page, AZ
Inyo Natl Forest
Kaibab Natl Forest
Manti-La Sal Natl Forest
Humboldt-Redwoods State Park
Lake Mead Natl Rec Area
Route 66, Northern AZ

Here’s the updated map showing the last few days of mileage logged:

View Rainer in 30 days in a larger map

Welcome to Washington!

Almost there!

Tugboat Brewing Co.

The smallest brewery in Portland. They cheer when you walk in, and boo when you walk out. We might never leave…


North coast of California

Yesterday’s drive from Ukiah to Crescent City was probably my favorite. Incredibly scenic, very wild and different. Coast line, deep woods, hills, beaches. All of it beautiful. But this is my favorite photo of the day. I see every happiness, wrong turn, cup of coffee, hot shower, tent set up, sunset and campfire of our … Continue reading

One to go…

Today we are driving through Oregon to Portland. We’ll move up to Seattle tomorrow, bringing our total trip to 24 states. What a ride!

So far:

New York
New Jersey
West Virginia
North Carolina

San Francisco and wine country

San Francisco was so much fun! Thank you to Javier and Lori for hosting us in their awesome house – the adventure of parking in the garage of your steep steep street was a highlight! So perfectly SF! We went to a Hops and History beer tasting on Thursday night. My favorite beer was the … Continue reading


Souviens-tu de la Ratafia en Champagne? Ca nous a fait rire! On est en Sonoma, au nord de San Francisco, et on pense beaucoup a toi et Grandpapa! Bises!!!


Yosemite to San Francisco

We drove through Yosemite from east to west across the Tioga Pass. It’s only open in the summer, and you can tell why. It was a stunning drive with spectacular views. Also a bit of a nail biter – my nails, at least. Yosemite Valley was pretty crowded, but El Capitain is a must see. … Continue reading

We are, and I am.

Next stop: San Francisco!


We’ve made it to the other coast! The drive to Death Valley from Vegas is a lot of sandy vistas, but the drive out to the west is hilly and spectacular. We saw an F-15 flyover Panamint Valley (probably a training exercise from the Nellis Air Force Base). C was thrilled when we spotted it … Continue reading

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