It was lovely, but it was time to leave:
|First Snow, November 2018|
The national radar picture looked good. No nasty storms headed eastward. The local weather was cool (about 35F) and overcast. To the southwest the daytime high temperatures were 50F, with nighttime lows in the mid 30s. Good driving conditions along the planned route.
|NWS Radar Mosaic|
Here’s some statistics.
|The trip summary via GPS. I guess I was travelling at Warp 2!|
Here's the actual. The fuel costs and consumption is based on receipts:
- Driving distance: 1,821 miles.
- Driving time: 28.75 hours.
- Average speed: 63.34 MPH (using driving time clock).
- Peak speed limit 75 MPH.
- Average gasoline cost per gallon (86, 87, 88 octane): $2.433.
- Lowest fuel price: $1.979 per gallon Missouri, 87 octane.
- Highest fuel price: $2.869 for 88 octane.
- MPG for the trip, including idling time, speeds most of the way at 70-75 MPH: 14.6 MPG.
|Travel Route 1821 miles (some "detours" on the way)|
I was surprised by the haze throughout much of Oklahoma and portions of Missouri. I attribute this to the fires in California. I’ve travelled portions of this route many times, and I’ve never seen conditions this poor.
|Tulsa, unretouched photo|
|Oklahoma City, unretouched photo|
I took interstates and U.S. highways for the most part. The speed limits on the interstates were 70-75 MPH and on the U.S. highways 70-75 MPH with occasional areas posted 50 MPH.
Of course, using highways means encountering slow patches, and the occasional house moving down the road (see photo). It does take one on long stretches of up to 40 miles with no stops. It also takes one through small towns where the speed limit may be 20MPH. However, the U.S. highways provide some interesting scenic opportunities and shortcuts.
Here’s the basic route I followed: Local roads, I-88 to I-355 to I-55 south, I-255 to I-270 (bypass St. Louis) to I-40 Oklahoma City, etc. U.S. 54 south, U.S. 70 south to I-10 west to local roads. I did a short trek out of the way on I-44. Actual minimum distance could have been as low as 1730 miles, but I did some scenic drives.
|Interior of Texas Rest Stop|
|Texas Rest Stop, early morning|
|At the beginning of Mountain Time Zone|
|On U.S. 54 south, in New Mexico|
|New Mexico U.S. 54|
|First evening with friends at the destination|
|Threesome: baby ship, daughter ship, mother ship|