It was April 26, 2011 when we left Homer, Alaska to begin our Epic Expedition - a road trip from Alaska to Argentina.
It's been just about one month on the road. So what's our analysis so far? How are we surviving?
How much has it cost us and how far have we driven?
Here's the breakdown:
Total Miles Driven:
- Mileage 4/26/11 - 98,475
- Mileage 5/27/11 - 104,345
- Total Miles Driven - 5,870
- Homer, Alaska
- Seward, Alaska
- Portage Glacier, Alaska
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Mt. McKinley
- Fairbanks, Alaska
- North Pole, Alaska
- Tok, Alaska
- Canada (Yukon and British Columbia)
- Route 99 to Vancouver
- Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington
- Whidby Island (the 'perfect' day) - Washington
- Mt. Rainier, Washington (Don't miss the video of Greg and the kids jumping in a lake)
- Mt. St. Helens, Washington
- Oregon Coast + More Oregon Coast
- Camping in Southern Oregon
- Sahalie & Koosah Falls, Oregon
- Crater Lake, Oregon
- California/Oregon Border
- Redwood Forest
- Redding, CA with Adam Baker from ManvsDebt.com
- Nevada (drove through)
- Groceries $1064.45 (We might have spent a little much in this area, but there is seven of us. We did a lot of convenience foods from the deli, etc. which I don't like because it comes in lots of packaging that I've been unable to recycle - haven't figured out recycling on the road yet. We also buy LOTS of snacks - splurged on Clif Bars and stuff like that. Our family eats A LOT!)
- Business Equipment $370.67 This is an expense that we won't usually have. It included the purchase of our new GoPro HERO Camera for making videos and an SD Memory Card.
- Veggie/Truck Parts & Service $600.88 This includes a visit to the mechanic, veggie pump parts and filters, a new tire (our right front tire wore bald), a flat tire repair, A/C parts, as well as a roof rack and other misc. expenses.
- Diapers/Wipes $52.32 We have one in diapers, and two that still use them at night. We use wipes for everything - washing faces, hands, dishes, etc.
- Personal Products, Misc. $65.76 This includes toilet paper, flip flops, hair supplies, hand sanitizer, bug repellent, and a Luggable Loo.
- Diesel Fuel $30
- Parking/Ferries/Campgrounds $28.40
- Laundry/Showers $24.45 We used laundromats and community centers, and also relied on nice people who let us stay with them (Thanks again!)
- Souvenirs $22.03 - Postcards and car decals for our truck
- Dining Out $17.69 - We did eat at Subway and Taco Time once each.
Total Monthly Expenses - $2,276.65
(Did you look at this list before and the expenses were less? That's because I found a slip of paper with some additional expenses I forgot to add. This list now includes those.)
Not bad for a family of seven. We'll be able to cut that back though (note purchase of GoPro HERO Camera, roof rack, A/C parts, etc.- $620.67 of our expenses).
Wait a minute, where's your fuel expense?
Maybe you noticed? Before leaving on our trip we filled up our tank 3/4 of the way with diesel - a cost of about $75. Then we added another $30 in fuel later.
This month we've used about 1/2 of our tank of diesel (in most part due to the fact that we forgot to switch to veggie while we drove around lost in Portland).
The remaining miles of our trip has been done on FREE waste veggie that we collect from restaurants along our way.
So what do we think so far? How are we managing life on the road?
Overall- We're totally stoked!
Watching our children run along the beach chasing waves, or climbing and exploring the Redwoods, an immense feeling of gratitude overflows us at the opportunity we have to live this life.
It's so awesome to have the freedom to do what we love to do.
There was occasionally other feelings that overwhelmed us (well alright, just me) from time to time as well - a feeling that's a cross between insanity and extreme madness.
Adjusting to meal times, bedtimes, and all other times in our Ford F250 has required adaptation.
But it passed, with a lot of help from my awesome husband who doesn't seem to be fazed by anything.
There are some things that we need to fix, improve or remedy.
- Our organizational system did not work. For one thing, we had too much stuff (in part because we're 'moving' some things here to storage in Utah), so I will be simplifying again! I'm also working out a system to keep things ultra-orderly. It's an absolute necessity if we don't want utter chaos.
- Internet- we must find a way to have internet on the road if I plan to work on this trip. The hunt-and-peck method did not work.
- Truck repairs/outfitting - there's a few things we need to get done to the truck. Alignment? fixed, shell sealed (it leaks), roof rack adjustments, window removed so it's open between cab and truck bed, etc.
It is possible to live the life you dream of living! What is yours?
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