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TRIP FACTS & FIGURES

Road Trip Facts & Figures

 

Updated January 6, 2014

Days on the Road - 2,505 (or 6.8 years)

Miles Driven - 148,058 (5.9 times around the earth or 53 NYC -> LA trips)

Countries Visited - 12  (out of 23 countries in The Americas)
US, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador (current location)

Maps


Fuel Facts - (all prices are in $US)

  • Total Spent on Fuel for Entire Journey so far - $32,497
  • Total Gallons Used for Entire Journey so far - 10,088

       New Truck (Chevy 2500HD Diesel - October 2007 to Present)

  • Total Spent on Fuel - $23,222
  • Gallons Used - 6,798
  • Average Price Per Gallon (diesel) - $3.42
      -- $3.54 in US               -- $4.19 in Canada           -- $2.40 in Mexico
      -- $5.02 in Belize         --$3.79 in Guatemala     -- $4.07 in Honduras
      --$4.09 El Salvador   --$4.18 in Nicaragua      --$4.64 in Costa Rica
      --$3.79 Panama           --$3.96 in Colombia       --$1.02 in Ecuador
  • Highest Price Per Gallon in US - $4.74 (7/15/08 - Klamath Falls, OR)
  • Lowest Price Per Gallon - $2.05 (12/12/08 - El Paso, TX)
  • Highest Price Per Gallon in Canada - $4.64 (11/3/07 - St John's NF)
  • Mexico price ranged from $1.90 - 2.74
  • Belize prices ranged from $4.97 - $5.08 (highest price so far)
  • Guatemala price ranged from $3.08 - $4.41
  • Honduras price ranged from $4.05 - $4.19
  • El Salvador price ranged from $3.96 - $4.23
  • Nicaragua price ranged from $4.05 - $4.67
  • Costa Rica price ranged from $4.27 - $4.85
  • Panama price ranged from $3.48 - $4.07
  • Colombia price ranged from $2.69-$4.36
         -low price is an anomoly due to black market gas near borders
  • Ecuador price ranges from $1.02-$1.04
        - fuel highly subsidized by government

       Old Truck (Chevy 1500 Gas - April 2006 to May 2007)

  • Total Spent on Fuel - $9,274.15
  • Gallons Used - 3290.4 (59.8 gallons of this is E85)
  • Average Price Per Gallon (regular gas) - $2.82
             -- $2.78 in US -- $3.93 in Canada -- $2.27 in Mexico
  • Highest Price Per Gallon in US - $3.69 (9/26/06 - Deadhorse, AK) Note the irony! A large percent of US domestic oil production comes from the surrounding oilfields and the filling station was about 2 miles from the beginning of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
  • Highest Price Per Gallon in Canada - $4.57 (7/20/06 - Ft. Smith, NT)
  • Lowest Price Per Gallon - $2.289 (2/27/07 @ Albuquerque, NM - Flying J)
  • Average MPG - 15.01

Carbon Offsets - 29 tons of CO2 offset so far
We are striving to make the Trans-Americas Journey carbon neutral in order to do our part to combat global warming. We will be offseting the total CO2 emissions that our journey inevitably adds to the environment and so far we've offset the total CO2 emissions for the first year of the trip--29 tons--by purchasing $216.50 of carbon credits on the Chicago Climate Exchange through Live Neutral.

Hours Driven - 4,466 (or 186 days) --based on engine hours

Flat Tires - 6
Baja, Mexico; Death Valley National Park; Key Largo, FL; Mexico City; Copan, Honduras; San Jose, Costa Rica

Mechanical Problems:

  • New Truck - 3x - Front Suspension: tie rods, idler & pitman arms), front rotors, replace power steering hose
  • Old Truck - 1 (Broken front shock in Death Valley National Park which is just one of the reasons why we've upgraded to Bilstein shocks and they’ve been going strong ever since )

Latin American Police Shakedowns:

  • Mexico - 6 (1 legit for running a red light cost us 100 pesos; 3 occurred in the Mexico City region, and 2 in Cancun)

Highest Point On The Road - 14,110'
Summit of Pike's Peak Toll Road, Colorado

Vehicle Ferries - 34

Border Crossings - 43

  1. Niagra Falls, NY, USA > Queenston, Ontario, Canada
  2. Ontario, Canada > Port Huron, Michigan, USA [I-94]
  3. Montana, USA > Coutts, Alberta, Canada [I-15]
  4. Alberta, Canada > Chief Mountain, Montana, USA
  5. Idaho, USA > Creston, Alberta, Canada
  6. British Columbia, Canada > Skagway, Alaska, USA
  7. Haines, Alaska, USA > Pleasant Camp, BC, Canada
  8. Yukon, Canada > Alaska, USA [ALCAN Highway]
  9. Alaska, USA > Little Gold Creek, Yukon, Canada
  10. Yukon, Canada > Poker Creek, Alaska, USA [Top of the World Hway]
  11. Alaska, USA > Beaver Creek, Yukon, Canada [ALCAN Highway]
  12. British Columbia, Canada > Dalton Cache (Haines), Alaska USA
  13. Washington, USA > Peace Arch-Surrey, BC, Canada [I-5]
  14. BC, Canada > Peace Arch-Blaine, Washington, USA [I-5]
  15. Calexico, California, USA > Mexicali, Mexico
  16. Mexicali, Mexico > Calexico, California, USA
  17. Lubec, Maine, USA > Campobello Island, New Brunsick, Canada
  18. Campobello Island, New Brunsick, Canada > Lubec, Maine, USA
  19. Maine, USA > St. Stephen, New Brunsick, Canada
  20. Quebec, Canada > Highgate Springs, Vermont, USA [I-89]
  21. Vermont, USA > Noyan, Quebec, Canada
  22. Quebec, Canada > Champlain, New York, USA [I-87]
  23. Presidio, Texas, USA > Ojinaga, Mexico
  24. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > El Paso, Texas, USA
  25. Santa teresa, New Mexico, USA > Chihuahua State, Mexico
  26. Chetumal, Mexico > Corozal, Belize
  27. Corozal, Belize > Chetumal, Mexico
  28. Chiapas, Mexico > Talisman, Guatemala
  29. Melchor, Guatemala > Benque Viejo, Belize
  30. Benque Viejo, Belize > Melchor, Guatemala
  31. Guatemala > El Florido, Honduras [Copan]
  32. Ocotepeque, Honduras > El Poy, El Salvador
  33. El Salvador > El Amatillo, Honduras
  34. Honduras > Las Manos, Nicaragua
  35. Sapoa, Nicaragua > Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica
  36. Sixaola, Costa Rica > Guabito, Panama
  37. Paso Canoas, Panama > Costa Rica
  38. Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica > Sapoa, Nicaragua
  39. Sapoa, Nicaragua > Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica
  40. Paso Canoas, Costa Rica > Panama
  41. Guabito, Panama > Sixaola, Costa Rica
  42. Sixaola, Costa Rica > Guabito, Panama
  43. Container shipping: Colon, Panama > Cartagena, Colombia
  44. Ipiales, Colombia > Tulcan, Ecuador

United States

Days traveled - 736 (24.2 months)
Miles driven - 82,341
(3.3 times around the earth or 29.7 NYC->LA trips)
States Visited - 43 (out of 49 that can be driven to)

NY, NJ, PA, MD, WV, VA, TN, AL, MS, LA, KY, IN, OH, MI,WI, MN, ND, SD, NE, WY, MT, ID. AK, WA, OR, CA, AZ, NM, CO, NV, TX, FL, SC, CT, MA, VT, NH, RI, ME, NC, GA, AR, UT              Missed - DE, IA, IL, KS, MO, OK


Canada

Days traveled - 93 (3 months)
Miles driven - 14,279
(0.6 times around the earth or 3.9 Halifax, NS ->Vancouver, BC trips)
Canadian Provinces & Territories Visited- 10
(out of 12 that can be driven to)

Ontario-ON, Alberta-AB, British Columbia-BC, Northwest Territories-NT, Yukon Territories-YT, New Brunswick-NB, Nova Scotia-NS, Newfoundland & Labrador-NL, Prince Edward Island-PE, Quebec-QC
Missed - Manatoba-MB, Saskatchewan-SK


Mexico

Days traveled - 537 (17.7 months)
Miles driven - 24,737
(1.0 times around the earth or 10.9 El Paso, TX ->Cancun trips)
Mexican States Visited - 29 (out of 31 + DF-Mexico City)

Aguascalientes, Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Guerrero, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Estado de Mexico, Michoacán, Morelos, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Yucatan, Veracruz, Zacatecas, Distrito Federal (Mexico City)
Missed - Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas,


Belize

Days traveled - 78 (2.6 months)
Miles driven - 1,548
( 7 NYC -> Boston trips) That's impressive considering that driving from the northernmost point to the southernmost point in this tiny country is only 286 miles.


Guatemala

Days traveled - 140 (4.6 months)
Miles driven - 3,194
(8.4 LA -> San francisco trips)


Honduras

Days traveled - 89 (2.8 months)
Miles driven - 1,766
( 8.0 NYC -> Boston trips)


El Salvador

Days traveled - 66 (2.1 months)
Miles driven - 1,555 ( 7.1 NYC -> Boston trips)


Nicaragua

Days traveled - 177 (5.8 months)
Miles driven - 3,723 ( 16.9 NYC -> Boston trips)


Costa Rica

Days traveled - 170 (5.6 months)
Miles driven - 5,149 ( 23.4 NYC -> Boston trips)


Panama

Days traveled - 215 (7.0 months)
Miles driven - 5,336 (24.3 NYC -> Boston trips)


Colombia

Days traveled - 177 (5.8months)
Miles driven - 3,896 (17.7 NYC -> Boston trips)


Ecuador (current location)

Days traveled - 16 (5.8months)
Miles driven - 534 (2.4 NYC -> Boston trips)



National Parks:

  • US (Nat'l Parks, Nat'l Monuments & Nat'l Historic Sites) - 123
  • Canada (National Parks & National Historic Sites) -43
  • Mexico (National Parks & Bioshpere Reserves) - 47
  • Belize (National Parks, Monuments & Protected Areas) - 10
  • Guatemala (National Parks & Bioshpere Reserves) - 8
  • Honduras (National Parks & Bioshpere Reserves) - 5
  • El Salvador (National Parks) - 3
  • Nicaragua (National Parks & Reserves) - 2
  • Costa Rica (National Parks) - 12
  • Panama (National Parks) - 5

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
    
Visited so far: 68

  • US - 15 of 20
  • Canada - 9 of 15
  • Mexico - 27 of 31
  • Belize - 1 (there's only 1, the Belize Barrier Reef System)
  • Guatemala - 3 of 3
  • Honduras - 1 of 2
  • El Salvador - 1 of 1
  • Nicaragua - 1 of 1
  • Costa Rica - 3 of 3
  • Panama - 4 0f 5
  • Colombia - 2 of 7
  • Ecuador - 1 of 4

Cool Wild Animals Spotted:

Land:
Wolf, Bison, Elk, Red Fox, Rattlesnake, Coyote, Beaver, Hoary Marmot (actual name), North American Pronghorn, Mountain Goat, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, Boreal Toad, Pine Martin, Nutria
, Caribou, Stone Sheep, Snowshoe Hare, Porcupine, Pika, Dall Sheep, Arctic Fox, Musk Ox, Wolverine, Sitka Black-Tailed Deer, Armadillo, Peccary/Javelina, Bobcat, Coati, Tarantula, Scorpion, Iguana, Probiscous Bat, Yucatan Banded Geko, Grey-Tailed Fox, Spider Monkey, Howler Monkey, Tiger Rat Snake, Coral Snake, Agouti, Gibnut, Paca, Margay/Ocelot?, Red Brocket Deer, Boa Constrictor, Two-Toed Sloth, Three-Toed Sloth, White Face Capuchin Monkey, Squirrel Monkey, Northern Tamandua Anteater, Red-Eyed Tree Frog, Poison Dart Frogs (Strawberry, Blue Jean, Geen & Black), Eyelash Viper, Blue Lasso Spider, Jaguarundi, White Lipped Pecary, Fir de Lance, Chunkhead Snake, Smokey Jungle Frog, Cane Toad, Geoffrey's Tamarin, Panamanian Night Monkey, Tent Bat, Hog Nose Viper, Mexican Jumping Viper

Water: Whale Shark, Alligator, Humpback Whale, Grey Whale, Stellar Sea Lion, Harbor Seal, Sea Otter, Manatee, Harbour Porpoise, Dall's Porpoise, Bottlenose Dolphin, Spinner Dolphin, Tropical Spotted Dolphin, Elephant Seals, Crocodile, Nurse shark, Bull Shark, Spotted Eagle Ray, Southern Stingray, Hawksbill Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Green Turtle, Octopus, Squid, Frog Fish, Guitar Fish, Electric Ray, Hammerhead Shark, Tiger Shark, Mobula Ray, Spotted Marble Ray,

Air: Monarch Butterfly migration, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Osprey, Banded Kingfisher, Puffin, Loon, Ptarmigan, Sandhill Crane, Boreal Owl, Ghyrfalcon, Snowy Owl, Short-Eared Owl, Rough Legged Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Perigrine Falcon, Grouse, Booby (Blue-Footed & Brown), Harris' Hawk, California Condor, Florida Cooter, Ibis, Heron (various), Egret, Flamingo, Roseatte Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Purple Gallinule, Toucan (Keel Billed & Chestnut Mandible), Aracari (Collared & Fierey Billed), Resplendant Quetzal, Snail Kite, Black-Collard Hawk, Limpkin, Mottled Owl, Pygmy Owl, Chachalaka, Red-Lored Parrot, Pygmy Kingfisher, Yucatan Jay, Black Catbird, Great Curassow, Ocellated Turkey, Olive-Throated Parakeet, Northern Potoo, Rufus-Tailed Hummingbird (and many others), Motmot, Emerald Tucanette, Red-Legged Honeycreeper, Scarlet Macaw, Montezema Oropendola, Red-Footed Booby, Mealy Parrot, Olive Throated Parakeet, Great Black Hawk, White Hawk, Green Parrot, Black & White Hawk Eagle, Ornate Hawk Eagle, Laughing Falcon, Orange Breasted Falcon, Umbrella Bird, Blue Morpho Butterfly, Trogan (Black Throated, Slaty tailed, Violacious)


Red Barns with silo - 293

Mini Golf Courses - 225 (27 in Myrtle Beach, SC alone)

Drive-In Movie Theaters open for business - 27

Taxidermy Shops - 94

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