I’m wondering if I should spare my readers all the gruesome details of the last day's drive? But, if Tom drove it, Charlie and I rode it – you can read it!
I’ll keep it short:
Sunday morning we left our last real touring spot, the Nez Perce Battlefield. For two days (15 hours) we were riveted to the audio story of the Nez Perce as told by Elliot West in The Last Indian Wars. That helped the miles to pass quickly -- 445 Sunday and 512 on Monday.
Monday we passed through the geographical center of North America (Rugby, ND) and stopped for a photo op. It seemed appropriate!
Monday night we stopped close to the headwaters of the Mississippi River . . . and decided to wake up and head for home with no more detours!
Tuesday we were off by 7:30, knowing that the time-change would be working against us, and knowing that we faced Chicago traffic for the most direct route home. 801 miles and 15 hours later we pulled in the driveway at 11:00 p.m.
Here are few statistics to wrap up the story:
We were gone 62 days
We drove a total of 11,451 miles (including touring without the Airstream)
We put 9,666 miles on the Airstream
We were in 8 US states and 3 Canadian Provinces
We had two chips in the truck windshield and 3 small scratches on the Airstream
We never wore those mosquito head nets we bought!
We had "0" flat tires"
We never had to use the generator!
We had "0" fights, arguments, disagreements
Our biggest trailer issue was the loss of the low-point drain valve on the fresh water tank.
It is good to be home -- but we would go back in a heartbeat!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown