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  •  The Great Around-the-USA Adventure

    Get-Home-Itis: Ontario, New York, Vermont

    29 Jun 08: Well, playing the tourers is finally over - time to get our act in gear and head for home. Nearly 900 miles to go, across Ont, NY, and VT. We accomplished it in 4 days - pretty impressive for the slow-pokes that we normally are.

    For pictures and comments of all the campgrounds we visited, click on "Campground Reviews" in Top Menu or on the links in the journal.

     Leaving Sault Ste Marie, MI, for Sault Ste Marie, Ont, we headed up over the International Bridge. That's the top of the railroad lift bridge to the left. ont03 
    ont05   We also passed over the American locks, which we had visited a couple of days earlier.
     In the middle of the St Mary's River are the remains of the rapids which prompted the construction of the locks.  ont08
    ont12  For a second we thought this plane was actually coming in to land, but it turns out to be a display at the Bushplane Museum. 
     48 hours later wa have traversed Ont, from SSM to North Bay, down to Ottawa, and on to the border at Cornwall NY. ont13 
     ny02  Approaching US customs after crossing the Seaway Bridge. We had no problems at either border crossing.
     It was a short drive across northern New York to Rouses Point. Here we came across a reminder of the rural nature of this part of the state.  ny03
     allis43  Our last night of our incredible journey ended at Allis State Park in Vermont, where a gorgeous sunset over the Green Mountains provided a great final picture.

    In short, we covered 28 states: MA, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ, CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, SD, MN, WI, MI, VT plus Ontario.

    Days on the road = 235
    Miles driven and avg miles/day = 11,871 miles and 51 miles/day
    Avg cost/day and avg cost/mile = $53.45/day and $1.06/mile
    Gas mileage (avg mpg/tank) = 10.0 mpg (driving 55 mph or less)
    Fuel (total, avg/day) = $4147.92 / $17.65
    Groceries (total, avg/day) = $2800.79 / $11.91
    Camping (total, avg/night) = $2630.07 / $11.19
    Eating out (total, avg/) = $514.46 / $2.19
    Propane (total, avg/day) = $58.97 / $0.25
    Attractions = $144.00
    LD maintenance = $3009.02

    LD maintenance included 4 LOF’s, new tires and alignment, and repairs at the factory. (Not included are LED taillights, new sofa cushion from Butterfields, and Tireman stems $1028.00)

    Also not included are gifts for family and other miscellaneous costs.