Bakery Quest - a year hacking the US with our kid and dogs.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by szurszewski, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. MrAndMrsZINC

    MrAndMrsZINC zero income,no children... Lots of time

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    That's a great story.
    Might need your advice as the last few years we have toyed with the idea of learning how (and I want to make a wheel)

    Your snail is safe here until you return but nope, not getting this one back!
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  2. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    I've been lurking for the last year +.
    A new personal best! :D

    Thank You for letting us ride along!

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  3. greiffster

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    Patrick, the hula monkey, says you can't have his friend back neither.
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  4. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    No worries. This guy will be ours again one day.
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    And I'd love to talk about building a wheel - I always thought that would be fun. You've got plenty of space to build an awesome kiln too - and lots of wood to fire it. How do you feel about raku?
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  5. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Someone might now be two years older than when this report began.
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  6. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    :scratch Two years older???

    But, I thought you were only gone one? :hmmmmm

    Oh, I get it, Jeremiah was 7 when he left & now he's 9! :clap :clap :clap
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  7. MrAndMrsZINC

    MrAndMrsZINC zero income,no children... Lots of time

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    Happy day, big guy!



    Didnt know a thing about it until that link.
    Now we may feel pretty good about it.
    Looking at plans/ideas now....
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  8. 2wheeldevildog

    2wheeldevildog Been here awhile

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    I was wondering if you had enough snails for the entire trip....
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  9. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    I'm not sure I'm ready to call the trip done - I'm thinking of it as more of a hiatus...but I guess we were calling it a year trip, and as it turns out we did have exactly enough snails for the first year of it ;) so that's kind of perfect. (Erm, I mean, yeah - we planned that really well!)

    Still want to post up some trip stats on mileage and expenses for anyone that finds this and is wondering about planning something similar - but we just keep finding other things to do. I also need to order up some supplies for a 12k service on the bike, and as long as I have to take the tank off for that I should probably pull off the shocks and send them for a rebuild... and... and ... ...
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  10. 2wheeldevildog

    2wheeldevildog Been here awhile

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    I bet everyone wants to know but thinks asking the financial aspect of your trip would be rude. If you're willing to share we would love that. Not that my wife would go ride for a week let alone a year.:lol3
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  11. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Well, the short answer is it cost just about $1 per mile, but obviously (hopefully?), the details are a little more interesting than that.

    Does that make a good teaser, or is it a spoiler? I'm not good with nuance :hmmmmm
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  12. Old fool

    Old fool Road rider

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    I wouldn't say that . . .
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  13. 2wheeldevildog

    2wheeldevildog Been here awhile

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    Good teaser.
    Would really depend on the number of nights in hotel too. I bet if you compare nights at hotel vs crashing w tent space you would be talking 2-3X.
    And I don't know anyone as "patient" as you all when it comes from point A to B. I always have "gotta get there yesterday" mindset. Can't imagine holding up due to weather. Final drive might be a different story though. Lol. Hell just waiting for you all to get wherever has been driving me crazy.
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  14. 2wheeldevildog

    2wheeldevildog Been here awhile

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    When I think about a short trip in comparison to your style of trip $1 per mile would be crazy expensive. That was 5500 miles in 11 days. Only stayed in hotels but shared cheap room w a buddy. I also don't like to know what it cost ( I don't know what a loaf of bread cost either) or what I spent. But I'm sure my wife would have told me if I racked up $5500 on the cc.
  15. szurszewski

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    Well...if you scroll back to the matching game, you can see how many nights we spent in a hotel and how many camping - and the rest were with friends/family/strangers from the internet (who I now without exception really put in the friends category, and I hope they do too). One thing I haven't calculated yet is the cost of our "average" hotel room - but the range is something like $35 (yes - with tax!)(Mexico not included actually) to $120, and "normal" was probably $60 before tax --- I'm guessing the average is $75. Of course anytime we saved money on something trivial like shelter we made up for it by splurging on something important like doughnuts.

    As for the speed, Laura and I are just like you (except not as tall) but we didn't want this to be a get to as many places as we can as fast as we can ... and that's a large part of the vehicle selection; we knew it would keep our total miles per day as well as average moving speed down. That's also why we resisted whenever possible having a "B" to get to.


    I think $1 per mile is crazy expensive for a regular ride type trip - and it doesn't include "non trip" costs like health insurance and our cell phone bill (though really that's about it for non trip expenses - oh, our storage unit too...{which we've driven by several times [almost daily] since getting to Olympia but have yet to visit/open}) - but it comes out that way because our miles per day are so low. Gas is a pretty negligible cost compared to what we spend on food (and to be fair, there are five of us vs just one of you!), so we could have easily got our miles per day up lowering the $$s per mile, but I think the $$s per day would have been about the same.

    ...and figured per day, the cost for the 360 days we tracked carefully comes out to just about $100. So, if you whip out your calculators, and you're good at geometry, you can probably compute our average miles per day :)

    As a comparison, when I bought the LT it was in Vegas and I was in Portland. My total cash expense for that trip including fuel, food, travel to Vegas and an Uber to get to the bike (but not the cost of the bike) was LESS than $0.10 per mile. (If you INCLUDE the cost of the bike, it was about $2.65 per mile!)



    Anyway - I promise a full accounting, but I'm holding off until Jeremiah finishes up a couple of other "school" projects because his next thing is going to be working with me to create a spreadsheet to do all the math for us (since he already did all the math once by hand) and let us pull out averages and comparisons and such to play with.
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  16. 2wheeldevildog

    2wheeldevildog Been here awhile

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    I like it....delegate that work out. Sounds like me.
  17. Bruincounselor

    Bruincounselor North Plains Drifter

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    Yes! Every kid should know how to use a spreadsheet. Make him do all the formulas too. I can't tell you how many well educated people I work with who are afraid of the 'sheet. (Rant over).
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    We used to play a game at a euro auto shop I formerly worked for. The shop management software would calculate cost per mile for customer vehicles All time winner was 1961 356 cab at $21.66 per mile. We all just imagined him driving down the road with the top down throwing out twenties.
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  19. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    That's the great thing about convertibles: you can just leave your bag of twenties on the seat and they'll throw themselves out!

    Two other thoughts on this:

    First, I bet my mom's bus gives that Porsche a run for its money.

    Second, a 356 is probably on said mom's top five coolest car list ... which likely says something about her taste in cars, and maybe has something to do with me sort of wanting that 750il you say I can't have.
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  20. 2wheeldevildog

    2wheeldevildog Been here awhile

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    Had the 740il. Can't imagine the costs of the extra 4 cylinders.
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