West 2015 by the Numbers

This is fourth trip where I’ve done one of these ‘By the Numbers’ posts. Seeing how well received the previous posts were, I made sure to take great care in recording the details of this past month for this post. You can check out the previous editions here- New Zealand 2012, Europe 2013, East 2014 & UP 2014.

On the road in Western Kansas

On the road in Western Kansas

Driving Stats-

Days:28

I had a rental car for the 4 weeks. I had the same model, a Kia Rio. Due to and engine issue, I traded the 2012 model I rented in Michigan for a 2014 after 4 days in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Driving Miles: 7427 miles

Miles per gallon: 36.24 mpg

Most driven in a day: 689- Day 1. Plymouth, MI to Cameron, MO.

Fewest Driven in a day: 0. Day 15. San Diego, CA. (Only day with no driving)

Days under 100 miles driven- 7.

Days over 600 miles driven- 3.

Average miles driven per day- 265.4 miles

Average price per gallon- $2.90.

Highest price per gallon- $4.79, I-70/US-191 junction, Utah

Lowest price per gallon- $2.39, Cameron, MO

One of hundreds of amazing Grand Canyon photos

One of hundreds of amazing Grand Canyon photos

Photography stats-

Total number of pictures taken: 8783

Breakdown by camera- dSLR- 6834, iPhone- 1947

Most in a day- 723. Day 10- Grand Canyon.

Fewest in a day- 37. Day 25- New Belgium Brewery, Crooked Stave Brewery. (No Sightseeing)

Selfies- 89.

GoPro video- 39:17. (The GoPro died after the 10th day. A terrible piece of technology.)

Storms can be seen for miles in the West

Storms can be seen for miles in the West

Weather stats-

High Temperature: 125 F- Death Valley, CA

Low Temperature: 41 F- Lake Scott State Park, KS

Days with rain- 5

Times I got my rain gear out or used an umbrella- 0.

Average sunrise- 5:12AM

Average sunset- 7:47PM

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Many flights and tasters (Rip Current, San Marcos, CA)

Beer/Brewery stats-

Breweries- 45

Beer Bars- 6

Beers tried- 313 (most in 3-4oz flights)

San Diego Breweries- 22

Uber rides:16

Public Transportation used: 7

2 mile walks back to hotel when no Uber available: 1

The luxurious life at the Luxor in Las Vegas

The luxurious life at the Luxor in Las Vegas

Lodging stats-

Campgrounds- 4

Hotels- 2

Motels- 6

Casinos- 1 (Luxor, Las Vegas)

Motel 6s- 14

1920s Hotel attached to a 1920s Opera House-1

Cedar Break National Monument, Utah- last NPS unit in the west I had to visit

Cedar Break National Monument, Utah- last NPS unit in the west I had to visit

Sights-

States- 13

National Park sites- 31

New NPS sites- 9

State Parks- 8

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Eisenhower Tunnel- Colorado

Misc Stats-

Highest Elevation- 11,158 ft, Eisenhower Tunnel, I-70, Colorado

Lowest Elevation- -282 ft, Badwater Basin, Death Valley NP, California

Hiking Miles (calculated estimate): 29.7 miles

Bags of ice purchased: 37

Bike rides: 5

Urgent Care visits- 1. San Diego, for miscellaneous bug/spider bite sustained in the desert

 

I hope to have a lot more about this trip in the coming weeks.

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