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Drive from Los Angeles CA to Asheville NC

I’ve driven across the country more times than I can remember, but the actual drive always seems like a blur.

If someone asks me, “How long did it take?”

My answer is usually something like, “I don’t know. A couple days?”

“No way!” I’m usually told. “It takes longer than that…”

So I decided to put it to the test and keep a log of my trip from Los Angeles, CA to Asheville, NC.

Note that I didn’t rush my way across the country. I wasn’t trying to set a record.

I rarely drove more than 5-10 mph over the speed limit because on a trip this long, it’s not worth having to look over my shoulder for cops the whole time.

However, I did try and minimize stops by combining gas, bathroom breaks, and food. This means that I filled up my gas tank while peeing on the cement and eating a sandwich.

haha j/k

What it actually means is that whenever I stopped for a bathroom break or food, I also filled up on gas, no matter how big or small the fill-up. That’s why you’ll see so many small gas bills on my trip log below.

Trip Log

Car: 2007 Ford Focus

Man: Adventure PAUL


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

8:15am – 0 miles – Pull out of my driveway

8:20am – .3 miles – Gas (4.65 gal x $4.058/gal = $22.95)

12:23pm – 272 miles – Gas (8.233 gal x $3.539/gal = $29.14)

Lunch ($3.47) – ate while driving

3:57pm – 512.3 miles – Gas (7.597 gal x $3.659/gal = $27.80)

5:12pm – 591.3 miles – Gas (2.753 gal x $3.699/gal = $10.18)

Snack ($1.49) – ate while driving

8:14pm – 809.6 miles – Gas (6.496 gal x $3.289/gal = $21.37)

10:17pm – 946.6 miles – Gas (4.013 gal x $3.359/gal = $13.48)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

1:32am – 1170.9 miles – Rest Area (Nap)

5:18am – Back on road

5:41am – 1182.0 miles – Gas (6.701 gal x $3.359/gal = $22.51)

7:39am – 1304.8 miles – Gas (3.621 gal x $3.369/gal = $12.20)

7:48am – Breakfast ($4.93) – ate in restaurant

8:02am – Back on road after breakfast

12:00pm – 1573.6 miles – Gas (8.941 gal x $3.339/gal = $29.85)

Lunch ($3.47) – ate while driving

2:10pm – 1709.2 miles – Gas (4.016 gal x $3.359/gal = $13.49)

Snack ($3.95) – ate while driving

2:30pm – 1717.0 miles – Traffic Jam (construction)

3:40pm – Traffic Jam Over

7:38pm – 1996.1 miles – Gas (9.205 gal x $3.389/gal = $31.20)

7:44pm – 1996.7 miles – Dinner ($17.73) – ate in restaurant

8:28pm – Back on road

9:18pm – 2047.9 miles – Rest Stop (nap)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

5:45am – Back on road

6:05am – 2068.4 miles – Gas (2.301 gal x $3.399/gal = $7.82)

6:10am – Breakfast ($5.58) – ate in restaurant

6:18am – Back on road

9:31am – 2273.4 miles – Arrive in Asheville NC

Final Gas: 6.846 gal x $3.599/gal = $24.64


Summary

Total Miles: 2273.4

Total Gallons: 75.373

Average $/gal: $3.49

Average mph: 30.16

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