Trip Math…

I like math. Math is fun. Let’s take a look at the math involved in our cross country trip so far…

  • According to the trip computer, since leaving Las Vegas on Wednesday, August 28th we have traveled a distance of 1,881 miles over 36 hours and 14 minutes. This gives us an average speed of 51.9 miles per hour. During this time the truck was started 54 times. (This includes those by the parking valet to move the vehicle so that number is a little inflated.)
  • Our fuel economy in terms of miles per gallon have ranged from 24.7 mpg on the high side to 2.8 mpg on the low side (that 2.8 was leveling the trailer, and was less than .01 miles). Our average for the trip has been 13.4 miles per gallon.
  • Tire pressure has been stable between 38 and 42 psi
  • We have spent five nights at different campgrounds.

We are 30% through our 6,400 miles journey. 4,520 adventure filled miles to go…

Day Nine: Convention Prep

Last night I took some time to prep for next week. Monday morning we are off to Chicagoland for our first overnight of the week, then the plan is to visit Sandusky, Ohio on Tuesday and Pennwood Airstream Park in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Wednesday, before heading to Uncle Mike’s on Thursday. From there were will determine how long we will be in the greater King of Prussia are and when we will start the journey west towards home. Until then, we shall enjoy the journey.

Updated Map

Tonight we’ll be setting up our stand at FurryMigration and working the event over the weekend.

Day Seven: Laundry Day

Yesterday we made our way to our week long docking spot at one of Sean’s co-workers. Many thanks to the five of them (Mom, Dad, Baby, and two dogs) for letting us store our camper in their driveway for the week, we sincerely appreciate it. We then made our way to the lovely hotel Emery in downtown Minneapolis.

Unfortunately for me the hotel does not have guest laundry facilities other than dry cleaning. So here I sit waiting for the wash to be done! It’s pretty relaxing and I am able to get caught up on a weeks worth of news.

The plan for this week is to work from the hotel until Thursday then setup and vend books at FurryMigration over the weekend.

More than likely wont be any posts until Monday when we hit the road again.

Day Five: Map Update

We have arrived safely at our first overnight in the greater Minneapolis area. Tomorrow we will drop the trailer off at a friends for the week and check into a hotel for FurryMigration later this week into the weekend.

We’re now more than half way to King of Prussia…

We did visit ValleyFair for a few hours this afternoon to take in the Corn Feast and enjoy so evening roller coaster action. Tomorrow we shall meet friends at the park and enjoy a day swimming, rides, and food…

Day Four: TFTD

Thoughts from the day by the traveling Fox…

Today was a shorter travel day as we’ve been cannonballing across the country to the tune of 1510.4 miles as of right now. We’ve visited six states including: Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, and no Minnesota. Tomorrow we are heading up to the Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota. Later in the trip we will visit the biggest ball of twine in the USA. Tonight we are in Adrian, MN at a lovely camp ground enjoying a cocktail while pondering dinner.

Monday we are docking our camper at a co-worker’s place and my plan is to clean the shell and do some laundry while getting ready for FurryMigration – a fandom event in Minneapolis.

End of Day 3

We made it safely to South Dakota…

Tomorrow we make our way to Minnesota, with the Biggest Ball of Twine for Sunday.

Homemade Chicken Casserole and salad with homemade lemon vignette was dinner.

On the road with customer calls

Today I’m coming to you from a Flying J station in Gillette WY between customer calls. Successes so far! Two calls from the road with zero issues. These Pilot Flying J stations are nice as they have done recent WiFi upgrades, and often the wifi extends out to the truck/RV parking areas beside the stations. These nice breaks in the driving give you a safe, reasonably quiet place to do the calls.

One disappointment so far has been the Netgear Nighthawk M1 router on AT&T. The router for some reason needs to be rebooted on a fairly regular basis as the SSID stops announcing itself. I’ve checked settings to disable that, but the ol’ “turn it off and turn it on” seems to fix itself. Plus, even though my iPhone had clear, perfect AT&T network pulling down about 5 Mbs, the Netgear said it was roaming on T-Mobile and had no network connection. The SIM I used for the hotspot was pulled from an iPad Pro, so my only thought is AT&T cheaped out on the data plans there, didn’t want to pay for data in rural Wyoming, and only shows it’s “more bars in more places” to voice capable devices as a money saver.

Side note: Jamf Pro has been an absolute show stopper. If you can set up a Mac from a truck stop off a wireless hotspot, it will work anywhere.

Day Three – Lunch Break

We took off from the Rawling KOA just before eight this morning. Now we’re taking a couple of hours to work and have a bite to eat.

Traveling By Map

Plan is to get to the KOA in Kadoka, SD this evening for our overnight and to try our hands at emptying the black and gray water tanks!

Day Two – Travel to Rawlings, Wyoming

After a press pot of coffee and some light office work we pulled up the steaks and started our journey north to Rawlings, Wyoming.

We fully endorse the KOA in Beaver, Utah. Clean facilities, level grounds.

One of the things we will be doing is moving the filter to the camper water hookup, bot the directly to the spigot – even though this is what many in the campground had done.