Albuquerque, NM to Phoenix, AZ

It wasn’t new anymore. It wasn’t exciting anymore. It wasn’t fun anymore. I was ready to just get home. The check engine light was still glaring at me while my girlfriend was glaring at the check engine light. I just really wanted to be home.

The only highlight of the desert landscape was a tumbleweed that crossed the road in front of us. Silence echoed around the car as we had completely ran out of topics of conversation and no radio station would stay in range longer than a couple minutes. Before we started the trip, I anticipated this section of the trip would be the one where a huge fight broke out. I was wrong. There was no ill-will towards my girlfriend at all…just ill-will towards the road, the car, and the insane semi-truck drivers.

I saw a billboard still up proclaiming May 21st would be the day of the rapture. It was the 22nd. There must have been some sort of divine intervention with time, though, as it seemed to absolutely crawl, while occasionally stopping altogether.

The last 2 hours were the worst. I had driven from Flagstaff to Phoenix a number of times in the past, each of which seemed like a fairly quick drive. Not this time. It was mind-numbing. For all I know, I could be writing this in a day dream and we could still be 100 miles away from Phoenix.

We did, finally, make it back safely and without any speeding tickets. The front of the car, though, looked like a nuclear bomb hit a bug metropolis. Death everywhere. She’ll have to get it washed twice. I’ll make sure she doesn’t go to the car wash that didn’t guarantee a clean car.

Really though, I appreciate you reading the road trip blog. I got a lot of comments from people who probably weren’t avid readers before the hiatus. Like I said before, I hope this rejuvenates my motivation to keep writing, but only time will tell. Until then, I plan on not driving anywhere again for a long time.

Daily totals:

Miles: 470.7 (total: 2624.4)
Time: 7 hours, 15 minutes (total: 46 hours)
Money spent on gas: $75.01 (total: $321.01)
State License Plates: 2 (total: 36)
Cracker Barrels: 6 (total: 31)
Roadside Carcasses: 6 (total: 72)

Trip Totals:

Miles: 2624.4
Time: 46 hours
Money spent on gas: $321.01
State License Plates: 36
Cracker Barrels:31
Roadside Carcasses: 72

Total averages:

Miles Per Travel Day: 437.4 miles
Miles Per Hour of Traveling: 57.05 mph
Miles Per Gallon: 32 mpg
License plates not seen: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming
One carcass seen every: 36.45 miles

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