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I'm never doing that again
by Katy Purviance on 09/11/08 @ 04:19:11 pm
Categories: Grad School, My Travels | 315 words | 7253 views

This post is a week late (That’s how long it took Verizon to hook me up here in my new near-Cambridge apartment).

All summer, I thought I’d be driving my friend Ernest’s truck from LA to Maryland via Boston. At the last minute, that fell through, so even though I had four interested buyers for my awesome ‘99 Saturn, I had to disregard them all, pack it up, and drive it across the country.

This was me and my Saturn’s fifth (and longest) trans-continental road trip. I thought I’d keep stats on the road trip, in part to illustrate precisely how awesome my Saturn is because I’m still selling it to any interested party, and in part because, man, that is a long trip.

Number of states crossed: 13
Number of miles: 3028
Number of gallons of gas: 82
Cost of gas: $316
Average miles per gallon: 37
Average miles per dollar: 9.7
Hours slept, uncomfortably: 12
Hours slept, comfortably: 3
Hours driven: 54
Length of trip, in days: 3
Length of trip, in hours: 69
Length of trip, in number of times I hit SCAN on my radio: 3240
Most unfortunate pre-trip event: Car’s CD player stopped working
Most curious thing about the Red States: Difficult to find a radio station that played songs less than 15 years old.
Song on the radio that made me miss my boyfriend the most: Hey There Delilah
Number of days before I started to smell like one of those people who live in their car: 2
Most difficult state for a car with a 4-cylinder engine to cross: Colorado
States that look identical from the Interstate: Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio
Most beautiful state from the Interstate: New York

I got in to my new near-Cambridge apartment one week ago today. We’re on Day Three of Orientation here at the Graduate School of Design, and all I can say is, I need a nap!

I’ll tell you more about Harvard soon!

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