The First Annual Nova
The Journey Home
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I took off from Iowa City about 9:25 Monday morning
and headed west on I-80. Pretty mellow ride, just cruising down the
Not boring, not exciting, just driving.
My question is, what happened to the old Sharon?
This is the sheriff that passed me as I was doing
70 mph in a 65 mph zone in central Iowa. Sheriffs are cool.
Approaching I-35. Which way to go?
I'd prefer to head back to St. Louis via Kansas City for more Gathering
fun, but I have to head towards Minneapolis instead.
Had to stop in Ames, Iowa for gas. What
the hell kind of name is this for a convenience store?
What, was "Stop & Rob" taken already?
Might as well have called it "Wham, Bam, Thank You Ma'am"!!
As I pulled out of the brothel, err...gas station,
wouldn't you know it? My favorite sheriff was there! No, no
tickets were issued, but he pulled out behind me and onto I-35 northbound.
After we got through a section of construction (one-lane open, me leading
at EXACTLY 55 mph), he blew past me again. I don't know where he
was headed, but last time I had seen him was about 3 hours ago, so he was
obviously far from home!
Hey, that was quick. Made it back to my
I think Minnesota has the nicest "welcome" signs
in the country. Well, of the ones I've seen, anyway. If you
can see it through the bug guts on my windshield...
Your (my) tax dollars at work.
to more realistic speed limits! Enough of this 65 mph crap in Iowa!
Hey, another traffic jam in the middle of nowhere
Oh, well I guess this one's justified...
A tanker truck had rolled, the tow truck had just
gotten it right-side-up. Freakin' gawkers.
Getting ever closer...
Here's the skyline of Minneapolis, first from
about 35 miles south, then closer...
Okay, that's enough of THAT!
I live in a northern suburb of Minneapolis, but
it was about 3pm driving through, which means traffic is picking up and
I didn't take any pictures the rest of the way home. Not that they
would have been very interesting anyway...
Speaking of home, here it is again. I
And my final odometer reading:
That's it! It's over.
Here's the Trip Data (corrected
for speedo error):
Total time away from home: 3
days, 9 hours
Total miles travelled: 1521
Total gallons of fuel consumed: 109.4
Total cost of said gallons: $138.95
Average cost per gallon (premium): $1.270
Average miles per gallon: 13.49
(after necessary mathematical adjustments)
Total hours in the driver's seat: Lots!
Total Mishaps: One
(wipers quit working in a rainstorm)
Highest speed observed: 106
mph (cruising with a Probe GT)
Highest RPM observed: 6500
(racing Craig on the streets of St. Louis)
Total motel costs: $154
Total non-gas and non-motel costs: $84
(includes food, MAR T-shirt, racing fees, everything! I did bring
some food and soda with me, however, which I didn't count)
Total cost of everything:
$376.95 and two vacation days
WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!
See you all there next year!
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