2.27.2011

Tally Ho!

I always promised I would come back to this. That I would finish Vespa Vagabond. Well, I'm here. I am back!

Late last night, when I dug out my notes and journals from the ride, two loose sheets of paper fell out of one of my journals. Columns of numbers scribbled in smudged pencil. A tally of my expenses from the ride.

If you read Honey Rock Dawn - this post in particular - you've glimpsed my obscene compulsion to organize data. When the ride was over (I don't remember doing this, but the handwriting is most certainly mine, as is the motive) I tallied up my receipts. In categories. With my gas receipts, I made note of the date, the city and state, the cost per gallon at that particular station, the amount of gallons (or fractions thereof) purchased, and the dollar total.

Some highlights ~
First gas receipt: July 28, 2005; San Francisco, CA
Final gas receipt: September 28, 2005; Rockville, CT

Lowest price of gas: $2.369/gallon in Cokeville, WY; August 10, 2005
Highest price of gas: $3.379/gallon in upstate NY; September 18, 2005

Minimum fill-up: 0.220 gallons near Baker, NV; August 6, 2010
Maximum fill-up: 1.493 gallons in Emmetsburg, IA; September 6, 2010

Total spent (two months, 6,000 miles) ~
on gas: $152.95
on lodging: $288.13
on food + misc: $406.38

My remarkable little Vespa used just 46 gallons of gas to cross the continent. I'm so glad I make (and keep) these obsessive charts; I never would have remembered these details otherwise!

36 comments:

Spirou said...

46 gallons ? I am gonna kill myself ! What a journey, I am amazed ! Once you do that, nothing I believe, could phase you. Good training . Time past so fast....has it been that long ago already ?
OT :We want to see Sir Baby's child ? Will Monsieur Ricardo approve of the new guy ?

Liza said...

Welcome back! I'm one of those who occasionally check Vespa Vagabond, just in case. But I found the new post through Honey Rock Dawn.

Torchy said...

You're right. You are a nerd.

Need baby pix.

Sim said...

Welcome back! So cool to see the breakdown of the cost. Wonder how much it would cost in a Smart car?

Anyway, it's great to see you posting again.

Danielle said...

My little Honda gets good gas miles, but crossing the country with just 46 gallons? WOW!
It would be interesting to take an anniversary ride across the country and again and compare gas prices with the then and now. Of course, upstate New York is quite similar to 2005... maybe a little bit more depending where you are.
Can't wait to read more on this blog - it's one of my favorites!

rottrover said...

Ok. I'm ready whenever you are...

Rogier said...

What did you do with the Vespa?
Sold it and bought a horse?

amanda said...

I'm half-way through a two month solo roadtrip that you helped inspire me to take! I have been keeping all of my receipts and now I know for certain I need to take the time to log all of them for later. Thank you for inspiring us to be stronger and more independant women!

Scotty said...

Shreve. You will so not believe this but is 100% gospel. TODAY I take delivery of my new scooter, is a qlink Pegasus 150. I have owned many scooters and you do not know this about me but I am a scooter geek. Is amazing that you twittered about your scooter mileage with my commuting needs I have been doing similar calculations. Yup not kidding not even a little. You still have your original Vespa? regards, Scotty

kerin rose said...

love this!

Holly said...

I have told so many of my friends about you, Shreve, and the fact that you crossed the great U.S. of A. on a Vestpa...wait til' I tell them what it cost you in gas...fantastic..I loved the Vespa Vagabond

When will we see photos of the new babe...can't wait...

Slammah Montana said...

So excited to see a new update on this blog! Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip. My boyfriend and I are planning a big motorcycle trip this summer traveling through nine states so this is getting me revved up for that!

Taryn said...

I am very happy to see you revive this blog! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it back when I first found the Daily Coyote. I look forward to new posts!

Anonymous said...

Oh Noooo, I didn't realize you had this blog too Shreve. I am going to have absolutely no life now as I'll be consumed by all three blogs. There are only three I hope. Since the temperature outside is -28 it will give me something to do catching up on all these posts.

Marg

Anonymous said...

I'm delighted you've returned to finish this, thanks.

Jeanny W said...

Yeah!
Could not wait for more Vespa adventures. You know your die hard fans would love a book about that trip,one day.
[When you are not busy doing other wonderful things!]
Can't wait to see your new baby.
Do you help deliver the calfs?
Shreve, thanks for inspiring me everyday..also love your grandma's blog. She is amazing!

seventh sister said...

Glad you are picking this up again. I guess I'm one of the ones who have been waiting. I think I found Daily Coyote through this blog.

Jennifer said...

Whoa- so amazing that 2 months of travel expenses were under $1000! Would love to hear the priceless details of the trip. How fast do Vespas go? Did you ever have any huge trucks breathing down your back? Or was this ever a problem? Your blogs are the only ones I've ever followed because they are so dang interesting-- thanks for another.

Janet said...

My husband is obsessive about keeping a little notebook in our car in which he tallies the gas mileage, # of gallons and cost, mpg now that our new car has a readout for it, and total mileage on the car. Yes, it does help judge whether the car is running well, but it drives me nuts on trips. We can't pull off from the station till all the info is written down!! He comes by it honestly, from his Dad. (My Dad was slightly less obsessive, just did that on trips and once in a while in between if he thought he was buying gas too often.) They would all really appreciate your 'obsessiveness!'

Soup Sandwich said...

YAY!! I'm so glad to see you back. I adore your blogs.

Anonymous said...

Jennifer, please read this:

http://vespa-vagabond.blogspot.com/2006/09/day-one-part-one.html

Anonymous said...

My life costs eight times that... I'm doing something wrong :-(

Anonymous said...

Checked in on your blog after hearing Armie Hammer is doing a reality TV show traveling across country on a Vespa.

RyGuns said...

Hi there Shreve! I just finished your book "The Daily Coyote". Fantastic! X] I loved it...

I wrote a brisk review if anyone's interested~

http://ryguns.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/mah-books-2nd-edition/

Keep up the great work, You've got an envious writing ability ;3

-RyGuns

Laura P said...

I don't know if you are ready for questions yet about this trip but I was wondering how you planned your route. Did you avoid interstates in preference for regular roads?

Olivia said...

Only 46 gallons! I think I need a vespa.

Heidi said...

yay so happy you are writing here again! This blog is actually the one that brought me to your other ones...

colleen said...

I want you to know, YOU are the reason I went out and bought a scooter! I've had it 2 years now and I don't regret it! Your numbers are proof!

Anonymous said...

forget the amazing gas mileage...how did you average less than 5 bucks a night on lodging???

heather em said...

Fabulous! So glad to have you back over here... interesting tallies, for sure! :) Can't wait to hear more about your trip.

Orin said...

I heartily recommend a "big" Vespa (GT/GTS/GTV) for long-distance touring. I got mine in 2008, and it's been on a number of long trips—Seattle - Portland (a bunch of times), Seattle - Bellingham, Wash., Seattle - Vancouver, B.C., Portland, Oregon - Spokane, Wash. It's plenty fast enough to do the speed limit on any freeway (I don't much like being near big trucks, however), and I get 75 mpg no matter how fast I go. One of Givi's larger top cases would be better than the Vespa-brand item, because they're more versatile, and easily removed.

It's nice to have you back. Hope to hear from you more often...

__Orin
Scootin' Old Skool

King Of All Sustainability said...

$150 for 6000 miles...wow

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