874 miles. About 7 bottles of Diet Coke. Three rolls of sweet tarts. Two Hostess Apple Pies. Some sort of meat substance configured as a burger. A very disappointing faux-Chinese meal. US$120 of gas, and frequent stops to run around and frolic in the snow.
More notes from the drive
We left just before 4:00 p.m. Saturday, heading south to Staten Island then down 95 to 287 to 278 to 81 to 76 to 80 to 294.
Frisket was quite well behaved for the drive. I pulled over about every three hours so she could run around. Turns out the storm I chose to sit out midweek dumped 1/4 inch of sleet on the snow at the rest areas which turned into a frozen crust. Frisket would run around thinking it was snow and try to bury her head only to slide along.
At the Sideling Hill rest area on I76 she thought she was in nirvana having found 18-20 inches of snow (with the crust on top) and 12-18ft piles of snow at the end of the parking lot. I let her run around for about half an hour there.
The drive was pretty much uneventful. There wasn't much construction and the weather was pretty decent. In the mountains I ran into occasional whiteouts at the tops of the hills but nothing extraordinary.
I did learn that the trip computer in the car is not so accurate with its range calculations. I'm guessing that it bases the range estimate on the theoretical possible range given a full tank of gas, and that it doesn't actually tie into the real level of the gas tank. I learned this because the "i'm empty" light was flashing as the trip computer told me that I still had 75 miles. I pulled into the first service area that I found and filled up 17 gallons in our 18 gallon tank.
We hit Ohio aroudn 1:30 a.m. and I pulled over for a long break. This is not a problem in the Spring or Summer when I've driven in the past but the car cooled off pretty quickly. I started off again around 2:30 and found a Red Roof Inn near Cleveland and checked in there for the night.
Frisket and I started off again around noon and returned to the ever-boring Ohio Turnpike. It took all afternoon but we arrived around 5:45 CST.
The driveway hadn't been plowed and the MDX had some issues getting up the driveway but it was good to stop moving after 24+ hours on the road.
I'll add more notes later. Frisket's out and I'm about to crash as well.
e.p.c. posted this at 23:03 GMT on 8-Feb-2004 .