Six months, and other numbers

I really can’t believe it—it’s already been six months to the day since we drove away from Birch Bay, Washington, in a steady Northwest drizzle. That means, assuming we stick to our target of one year on the road, we’re halfway through our Tin Can Tour of the US! If you had told me how much we’d be able to discover and do in just six months time, I might not have believed you. So, on another rainy day, I sat down and figured it out. And now I know. Six months. By the numbers.

6: Number of months

26: Number of weeks

183: Number of days

50: Campgrounds 

Ovid New York

Ovid, NY

Black Hills South Dakota

Black Hills, SD

Little Sand Bay Wisconsin

Little Sand Bay, WI

Lubec Maine

Lubec, ME

12,950.9: Miles driven

The Needles Highway, Custer State Park

Custer St. Park, SD

Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry, WV


Gettysburg, PA






 31: National Parks (including National Historical Parks, Seashores, and Lakeshores)

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park, VA

Canary Spring, Yellowstone

Yellowstone, WY

Grant Tetons

Grant Tetons, WY

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Little Bighorn, MT

49: State/local parks

Pictured Rocks

Pictured Rocks, MI

Platte River

Platte River, MI

Flume Gorge, Franconia Notch

Flume Gorge, NH

27: Museums

Egon Schiele, Minneapolis Art Institute

Egon Schiele, Minnea-polis Art Inst, MN

Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH

37: Bike rides

Ghost Town Trail, Johnstown

Johnstown, PA

Island Line Trail, Burlington

Burlington, VT

Sleeping Bear Trail, Michigan

Empire, MI

Macinac Is, MI

Macinac Is, MI

5: Attractions/events

Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago, IL

Urbanna Oyster Festival

Urbanna Oyster Festival, VA

98: Towns visited

West Liberty Iowa

West Liberty, IA

Burlington Vermont

Burlington, VT

Sharpsburg Maryland

Sharpsburg, MD

15: Cities visited


Syracuse, NY

The Bean Chicago

Chicago, IL

Bryant Park New York

New York, NY

24: States visited

West Liberty Iowa






North Carolina

North Carolina

Wild animals sighted:

  • 0 Moose
  • 1 Bear
  • 2 Mt. Goats
  • 2 Wild horses
  • 6 Pronghorn
  • 14 Elk
  • Countless buffalo
  • Countless deer (more common than people in some places)
Buffalo, Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park, WY

6: Number of Continental Divide crossings

Continental divide Montana


14: Craft breweries, wineries & distilleries visited

Trailhead Distillery, Billings MT

Trailhead Distillery, MT

Atlantic Brewery, Bar Harbor ME

Atlantic Brewery, ME

7: Music events attended

Charles Smith Winery

Walla Walla, WA

Little Bighorn National Monument

Crow Agency, SD

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

Davenport, IA

1: Floods survived

Port Byron Illinois

Mississippi River, IL

14: Lighthouses photographed

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Pemaquid Point, ME

West Quoddy Head

Lubec, ME

East Quoddy Head,

New Brunswick, Canada

Point Judith Lighthouse

Narragansett, RI

6: Trailer repairs:

  • 2 Major
  • 4 Minor

37: Days without a working shower

31: Blog posts

0: Traffic collisions

25-1/2: Books read

12: Trader Joes shopped

12: T-shirts and tchotchkes sent to grandkids

Almost 20,000: Photos taken!

(183 days and counting. Whew!)


All photos © 2014 Sue Cummings and Bruce Howard. All rights reserved.

3 thoughts on “Six months, and other numbers

    • Hi Cindy – It has been a bit overwhelming! In fact we’ve slowed down a bit in the last few weeks, as I think our pace had become a bit unsustainable. But writing about it has sure been fun, knowing that friends like you are reading and commenting!

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