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

Moab to Bryce Canyon

We had an awesome drive through Utah. We had no idea how diverse the landscape would be! We drove back up to I-70 and then got on 89 South – turns out we’ll follow this all the way to the Grand Canyon as well. The weather was chilly and cloudy most of the trip, with … Continue reading

Off we go!

Tonight: Asheville, NC Tomorrow: Nashville, TN Any recommendations?

Road Trip: Maryland or Bust

We’re driving down Maryland to stock my parents’ basement with all the goodies we don’t want to leave in storage. Photos, memories, surfboards… Since they’ll be in FL with little Josie when we start our drive west, it’s also the last time we’ll see them before we start making cheese. Can’t wait!

Guess what we did today!

We got a new car! It’s quite an upgrade from our previous ride…

Let the return begin…

Christian made a joke that tonight might be our first on-time train. Not so. The 11:23pm departure is now set for 1:30am. We left Koh Tao at 7pm, expecting to be in Bangkok by 8am. This is our second latest night awake – by hours. Thankfully we found a little wifi…

Travel day: Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

We left our favorite beach on Wednesday to check out Koh Tao – the small island just north of Koh Phangan known for great scuba diving. It’s a chill little island, and we’re staying in a busier beach town than before. We had about and hour long ferry ride, then found a place to stay … Continue reading

Travel day : Ko Lanta to Koh Phangan

After 4 days on Ko Lanta, we made the decision to skip Cambodia on this trip. From where we are, it will add a lot of complex travel and expense, and we’re hoping to return soon to see everything we missed. So we set off for the Gulf of Thailand. While there are a million … Continue reading


We were waiting for a tuk tuk just after sunset when all the lights went out. You could still see clearly, and we were absolutely safe (moms and dads) but it was strange for the ride. It came back on as soon as we got to our hotel. Phew.

Travel Day…take 2

Totally unimpressed with Ao Nang, we made a quick decision Friday morning to skip town. We decided on Phi Phi as we have reservations on Koh Lanta starting Monday and wanted to try another island on the way. After a bus and ferry and longtail ride (and the requisite agency and phone calls and ticketing … Continue reading

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