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Wednesday, August 14, 2002

I'm back! And I'm enjoying the lovely California weather and the lovely California road signage and my lovely home cleaned by my lovely Mr. HoneyBear.

Some basic trip statistics:
We saw license plates from 46 out of 50 states. The exceptions were Rhode Island, Alaska, Vermont, and Mississippi.

We drove 3,315 miles from Berkeley to Pittsburgh in 8 days, averaging about 415 miles a day, with our peak day being over 600 miles (from West Yellowstone to Keystone).

I took 154 pictures, many of which will be featured here soon. Kevin took lots of digital video which will be featured on his site soon.

We ate 5 DQ chocolate dipped cones each - once a day whether we needed it or not - before returning to civilization where good coffee (or at least Starbucks) was readily availble. We only ate at McDonalds once, on the way to the Cleveland airport because (sadly) we missed the bagel shop on the way out of Pittsburgh. I left weighing exactly 148 pounds and returned weighing 147.8. Quite a shock really after more than my fair share of fried food on the road (french fries, onion rings, fried okra...).

Number of pro-life oriented billboards spotted: 4. One that annoyed me the most: "Your mother was pro-life." Actually, no, my mother is pro-choice and chose to get pregnant when she did. Of course, this was also the first billboard of it's kind that we saw. The rest just couldn't rile me so much.

Though we visited the Spam Museum, we did not actually consume any Spam. Shockingly, the The Spam complex (museum and gift shop) does not have a Spam Cafe. Kevin did purchase a can of Garlic Spam for home consumption however.

Another road tradition that developed was the singing of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack (bootleg) daily. Kevin and I got pretty good at doing Anya and Xander's duet. We recorded it on our way to the Cleveland airport. Everybody's gotta have a recital right? Kevin should post something in a few days (after his computer arrives).

General impression of the road from here to Pennsylvania? It's a lot like I-5, but with more corn.

The rest of the story is best told in living color (and video). You'll have to wait a few more days for that.


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