Day 35-37: OK & Roadtrip Wrap-up

The dogs and I made it safely home last night.  A killer, 1200 mile drive which began when I finished up the Oklahoma stuff Friday afternoon. I thought I might stop to shoot a few places on the way home.  But once I got on the interstate, all I wanted to do was get home.  More than twenty hours of driving with some naps here and there.  And it’s nice to be home with a day off to recover and put some things in order.  Usually, I get back from these trips and go straight in to work the same night.  That’s truly crazy.

So let’s finish up the Oklahoma stuff.  From Pryor — an obviously repurposed sign.  Glad they kept the pair of arrows:

Also in Pryor — yes, my blog fans, that’s a rusting C-152 Lectra sign hovering over the canopy:

From Salina — this cute sign add-on:

From Vinita — the restaurant is still open:

A couple of Route 66 relics from Afton.  Nice to see these 3 cabins & sign are still standing:

It looks like this one has been hit by a truck or two:

At the Hitchin’ Post Cafe in Welch.  I’m pretty sure this is a Neo-Lectra Jr.:

A nice one from Miami:

And, finally, HOME!   Nice to come back to spring.  70 degrees & sunny.  When I left five weeks ago, it was in the 20s and 30s.  I missed the magnolias and daffodils.  But there are still some other flowers and lots of bright green trees just leafing out.  These two shots are from the roof of my building (I live on the top, 4th floor).  Yep, “Brownstone Brooklyn” (Park Slope) with all the stoops.  Beyond the church steeple, that’s Manhattan in the distance.

And looking towards the Park (the denser bunch of trees on the horizon).  The dogs were very happy to be back there this morning.  They’ve barely moved a muscle since.  I’ve never seen them this wiped out.

Time for the stats.  37 days; drove 14,014 miles.  Took 5,156 photos.  529 of them went to the blog.  524 were posted to Flickr.  So there are still about 4,500 more photos which I haven’t cropped or tweaked yet which will eventually be added to the website.

Filled up the tank 58 times for a total of $3,453.54.  Gas was usually about $3.59 & $3.69 in Texas and Oklahoma.  But as soon as I hit Indiana, it was $4.19.  I never keep track for the food or hotel bill — the gas is scary enough!

Despite speeding nearly every minute of the day, driving usually 12 or 13 hours per day, I only got two tickets – $169 (OK) & $170 (TX) = $339.

A few car repairs:  the starter, the spark plug & wire, an alignment I didn’t need, AC freon which immediately drained out, a mirror (my bad) = $1,190.  Plus four oil changes.

Which reminds me, if you’d like to help out with the cost of these trips, show your support for the website, etc., you can make donations to my Paypal account which is the same as my email address:

You might have noticed that there are no annoying ads at my blog or website, no memberships, so I’m not making a dime doing this.  All outgoing.  Any contribution — tiny or huge — is much appreciated!

So tomorrow — it’s back to my “real job”.  I’m hoping to get some of the photos from this trip added to the site in the next couple months.  But I also have to start planning for this summer’s trip which is only 12 weeks away.  This one will be another five-weeker — in MI, MN & WI.  I will make SURE the A/C is working for this one!

In the meantime, you’ll be able to follow the additions to the website at this page:

I hope you’ve enjoyed tagging along and I appreciated all your compliments, contributions & support while I was out there plugging along.  It’s exhausting but exhilarating at the same time.  If you were just following the blog, I’m sure you’ll enjoy seeing the other photos that were uploaded to Flickr — here’s the trip set:

See you all back here at the end of July!

21 thoughts on “Day 35-37: OK & Roadtrip Wrap-up

  1. Thanks for sharing another terrific trip. Enjoyed all of it! We’re about to drive on a 4-week trip from RI to San Francisco this Saturday and if we get to a fraction of the cool sites you do, I’ll be happy. Cheers!

  2. I really enjoyed following along on your blog during this trip (and I have done so for previous trips as well). Thanks very much for everything that you do – I really hope people see the value in the photo archives and research that you do.

    So, just how many miles are on Sparkle now?


    • Thanks!
      Good question — should have included it in the stats. Sparkle is 283,246 miles young. I think she should be turning the big 300 this summer. I’ve heard of Astros making it to 500 — so I’m shooting for that. I take her in if she so much as sneezes and treat her to high mileage oil (which I’m told is nonsense) and oil changes every 3,000 (though I’m told I could wait til 4,000 at least). She’s a 2003 — got her in 2006 for $8,000 with 103,000 miles — a steal! Have grown very attached to her (can you tell?).

  3. Well, you know by now I appreciate all your efforts. Not only am I entertained, you educate with exceptional buildings, theatres, & signs. Thank you.

    My hope is I was able add to your support in any way during your travels.

    You may be aware I like to tease you from time to time, & wish you accept it in that spirit. Don’t want to have you think, “Oh, gawd, not HIM AGAIN.

    So, if it’s OK, I’ll consider myself a Charter Member of TEAM DJ.

    Looking forward to the next adventure & the new stuff on the Site.

    Take care, Debra Jane

  4. TEAM DJ – sounds great, I want to join too! It was great to have met you in person on this trip (sorry I didn’t get any video of the dogs), and I’m glad the gas station lists were helpful. Now if I can just find out some more information on those dormered Texaco stations!

    • Thanks for the help with gas stations — and the pie! The dogs really appreciated the use of your garden. Maybe we’ll be passing thru San Antonio again en route to El Paso, etc. next spring.

  5. You know I always say a bunch of prayers and Hail Marys when you’re on your last day of a trip… and I’m not even religious!

    Your stamina impresses the heck out of me. I’ll be shooting a little Illinois road trip this summer, but only about 3 to 5 days… nothing on the scale of a Debra Jane Roadtrip.

    Glad you’re home, safe and sound.

    • 12 hour stretches on the interstate do not equal 12 hour stretches of city driving. Interstate much much harder because of the boredom factor. The crappy billboard ads in the South really help. But, oh, that stretch of IN, IL, OH & PA has none of that to even look at. On this trip, I credit Sirius radio and the exciting, new gas station coffee phenomenon. California has probably had it for years. I only drink coffee when necessary so I can have a miracle drug. What I noticed on this trip was a new machine that puts whipped cream on your brew. Guess they have to keep up with Starbucks & McDonald’s. Anyway, it turns coffee into an ice cream sundae, I swear! Take rank gas station coffee that’s probably been sitting there for half a day or more, add generous amount of the French Vanilla creamer AND whipped cream = easily 4 hours of interstate.

      • Oh I see! It’s the creamy dreamy coffee that is your secret.

        I’ve done that interstate drive from Chicago to Virginia many times, in many different cars. Tried the southern route, the northern route, the turnpike route, all are equal torture. I always had to break it up into 2 days. The biggest run I ever did was 10 hours Michigan to Virginia, 600 miles in one stretch and it just about killed me.

        So I still admire your stamina, girlfriend.

        This summer, I’d love to bring my own car with me CA to Chicago. But it’s a new car and too flashy for the sketchy parts of towns I want to shoot. I would feel bad, like I am flaunting. The down-n-outers just don’t need to see me driving that shiny thing. So I’ll fly, and rent a nice grey Ford Focus or something. Your van is the perfect invisible car, fits in everywhere you go!

    • Yes, I’ve seen your “ride” online & I think it best, too, that you leave her at home. Flying is far more sensible but not an option for me with my four mutts. Yes, Sparkle is pretty much invisible — esp. with a layer of that red Oklahoma dirt on her. And I, myself, blend right in with the down-n-out with my raggedy, dirty-pawprint clothing. I dress down, way down, for these trips!

  6. Amazing roadtrip! Enjoyed all of your photos. I just went on a tiny roadtrip to Arizona compared to your roadtrip only 7 days 1,900 miles! Glad you made it back home safe!

  7. Debra Jane,

    I truly enjoy traveling vicariously through your photos! Thanks for letting us use your images on the SCA web site. I’ll likely be in NYC in late August; perhaps we can meet for coffee!


    • Glad you enjoyed tagging along. I’ll be on the next biggie roadtrip in August — won’t be back til the 28th. So I probably will still be frantically trying to put my life in order at that time (at home & work).

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