Observations on Me Driving
- I spend an unusual amount of time staring out the window. I usually count to three, recheck the road, and then go back to staring.
- I look around the car a lot which sometimes looks suspicious to the person seated behind me. I experience a unique joy if everyone but me in the car is asleep. This seems somehow more efficient.
- The volume required to listen to an audiobook over the car’s sound system in a car going 70 is quite high. If anyone was trying to sleep, using a bluetooth earpiece to listen was easier.
- The car (synecdoche) seemed to do fine on two meals a day and sometimes one.
- Everyone was reasonably able to sync their bowel movements to gas stops. Only four times and never more than once in a day did we have to stop because someone just plain had to go.
- Gas never gets cheaper if you drive to try to find a cheaper gas station.
- I thought my car had a 12 gallon tank until I filled it with 12.26 gallons of fuel. Turns out my car has a 50-liter fuel tank or 12.85 gallons.
- Total Distance: 4774.5 mi
- Best Tank of Gas: 32.3 MPG
- Worst Tank of Gas: 25.6 MPG
- Average: 29.1 MPG (a little lower than my day-to-day average of 30.1 MPG)
- Average cost per mile: $0.12
- Total cost of trip minus food: $1080. Excluding opportunity cost, this trip was cheaper than my weekend trip to Chicago.
- Pool opportunities: 5
- Pool visits: 0
- Average steps per day: 7500 compared to the 13000 I otherwise average.
- Weight gained during trip: 0 (I consider this a victory as when traveling in a group I tend to gain weight)
I found the trip to be enjoyable but not quite a vacation as it was rarely restive. I underslept for the last four days of the trip and the lack of alone time or ability to just unwind wore on me emotionally, physically, and mentally. I also value relatively close reflection, and didn’t get as much one-on-one time with the other trip-goers as I would have wanted to. I’m not sure how I’d deal with this in the future as it seems odd to just “sit out” a visit or activity. I feel in a lot of cases, the fact that there were four of us worked against us as our hosts were more receiving a party than receiving a unit with enough internal cohesion to be mentally classified as a single four-faceted friend.
While John looks to be in slightly more pain each day, I was glad I kept up with uploading pictures as we went. This challenged my normal slow workflow and for the first time I embedded names and captions into the meta-data which I think helped.
Flickr Collection from trip.
On the day of driving from Cross Lanes to home, I had logged a total of 300 steps before we set to drive for that day. I knew I’d walk very little more during that day but my pedometer registered as needing a charge so I plugged it into its charger then plugged that charger in to a USB-120vAC converter and then plugged that into my car’s built-in inverter. The swinging of the pedometer on the cable registered as a step and by the end of the day I had “walked” nearly 8000 steps.