Facts & Figures Road SHot

Our Road Trip Facts & Figures

Updated as of: January 11, 2019

By the Numbers

Days on the Road:  4,333 days (11.8 years)

Miles Driven:  200,722 miles/323,022 km (8.1 times around the earth or 72.3 NYC -> LA trips)

Driving Time:  6,379.5 hours (265.8 days – based on engine hours)

Highest Point On the Road:
Paved – 16,109 feet/4,910 meters  (highway to Colca Canyon, Arequipa, Peru)
Unpaved – 16,447 feet/5,013 meters (Bolivia’s SW Circuit near Sol de Mañana)

Vehicle Ferries:  39

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Out of the 23 continent-based countries in the Americas so far we have visited:

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Belize
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • El Salvador
  • Nicaragua
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Brazil
  • Bolivia
  • Argentina
  • Chile

Plus, non-land-based:

  • Domincan Republic

And:

  • Antarctica

What’s left?
We’re still working on Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
Which leaves Uraguay, Paraguay, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana

  1.   June 2006  –  Niagra Falls, NY, USA   >   Queenston, Ontario, Canada
  2.   June 2006  –  Sarnia, Ontario, Canada   >   Port Huron, Michigan, USA  [I-94]
  3.   July 2006   –  Sweet Grass, Montana, USA   >   Coutts, Alberta, Canada  [I-15] 
  4.   July 2006   –  Alberta, Canada   >   Chief Mountain, Montana, USA 
  5.   July 2006   –  Porthill, Idaho, USA   >   Creston, Alberta, Canada
  6.   Aug. 2006  –  British Columbia, Canada   >   Skagway, Alaska, USA  [White Pass]
  7.   Sept. 2006 –   Haines, Alaska, USA   >   Pleasant Camp, BC, Canada
  8.   Sept. 2006 –   Yukon, Canada   >   Alaska, USA  [ALCAN Highway]
  9.   Oct. 2006   –   Poker Creek, Alaska, USA   >   Little Gold Creek, Yukon, Canada
  10.   Oct. 2006   –   Little Gold Creek, Yukon, Canada   >   Poker Creek, Alaska, USA  [Top of the World Highway]
  11.   Oct. 2006   –   Alaska, USA   >   Yukon, Canada  [ALCAN Highway]
  12.   Oct. 2006   –   Pleasant Camp, BC, Canada   >    Haines, Alaska, USA
  13.   Nov. 2006  –   Blaine, Washington, USA   >   Douglas, BC, Canada  [I-5 – Peace Arch]   
  14.   Dec. 2006  –    Douglas, BC, Canada   >   Blaine, Washington, USA  [I-5 – Peace Arch]
  15.   Feb. 2007   –   Calexico, California, USA   >   Mexicali, Mexico
  16.   Feb. 2007   –   Mexicali, Mexico   >   Calexico, California, USA 
  17.   Oct. 2007   –   Lubec, Maine, USA   >   Campobello Island, New Brunsick, Canada
  18.   Oct. 2007   –   Campobello Island, New Brunsick, Canada   >   Lubec, Maine, USA
  19.   Oct. 2007   –   Maine, USA   >   St. Stephen, New Brunsick, Canada
  20.   Nov. 2007  –   Quebec, Canada   >   Vermont, USA  [I-89]
  21.   Nov. 2007  –   Alburg, Vermont, USA   >   Noyan, Quebec, Canada
  22.   Nov. 2007  –   Quebec, Canada   >   Champlain, New York, USA [I-87]  *Yep, that makes 20 US/Canada border crossings
  23.   Dec. 2008  –   Presidio, Texas, USA   >   Ojinaga, Mexico
  24.   June 2009 –   Ciudad Juarez, Mexico   >   El Paso, Texas, USA
  25.   Oct. 2009  –    Santa Teresa, New Mexico, USA   >   Chihuahua State, Mexico
  26.   April 2010 –    Chetumal, Mexico   >   Corozal, Belize
  27.   May 2010  –    Corozal, Belize   >   Chetumal, Mexico
  28.   Oct. 2010   –   Chiapas, Mexico   >   Talisman, Guatemala
  29.   Jan. 2011   –   Melchor, Guatemala   >   Benque Viejo, Belize
  30.   Mar. 2011  –   Benque Viejo, Belize   >   Melchor, Guatemala
  31.   June 2011     Guatemala   >   El Florido, Honduras  [Copan]
  32.   Oct. 2011    –   Ocotepeque, Honduras   >   El Poy, El Salvador
  33.   Dec. 2011   –   El Amatillo, El Salvador   >   Honduras  [Puente La Amistad]
  34.   Dec. 2011   –   Honduras   >   Las Manos, Nicaragua
  35.   Dec. 2011   –   Sapoa, Nicaragua   >   Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica
  36.   Feb. 2012   –   Sixaola, Costa Rica   >   Guabito, Panama
  37.   Mar. 2012  –   Progreso, Panama   >   Paso Canoas, Costa Rica
  38.   April 2012  –   Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica   >   Sapoa, Nicaragua
  39.   July 2012   –   Sapoa, Nicaragua   >   Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica
  40.   Dec. 2012   –   Paso Canoas, Costa Rica   >   Progreso, Panama
  41.   Mar. 2013  –    Guabito, Panama   >   Sixaola, Costa Rica
  42.   Mar. 2013  –    Sixaola, Costa Rica   >   Guabito, Panama
  43.   July 2013   –   Container shipping:  Colon, Panama   >   Cartagena, Colombia
  44.   Dec. 2013   –   Ipiales, Colombia   >   Tulcan, Ecuador
  45.   Mar. 2014  –   Tulcan, Ecuador   >   Ipiales, Colombia
  46.   Oct. 2014    –  Ipiales, Colombia   >   Tulcan, Ecuador
  47.   Jan. 2015   –  Tulcan, Ecuador   >   Ipiales, Colombia
  48.   Sept. 2015  –  Ipiales, Colombia   >   Tulcan, Ecuador  *Record 5x same border
  49.   Oct. 2015   –   Las Balsa, Ecuador   >   La Balza, Peru
  50.   Dec. 2015   –   Zarumilla/Tumbes, Peru   >   Haquilles, Ecuador
  51.   Mar. 2016  –   Haquilles, Ecuador   >   Zarumilla/Tumbes, Peru
  52.   June 2016  –   Tacna, Peru   >   Arica, Chile
  53.   June 2016  –   Arica, Chile   >   Tacna, Peru
  54.   Sept. 2016  –   Iñapari, Peru   >   Assis Brasil, Brazil  [Amazon]
  55.   Dec. 2016   –   Corumbá, Brazil   >   Puerto Quijarro, Bolivia
  56.   Dec. 2016   –   Yacuíba, Bolivia   >   Salvador Mazza, Argentina
  57.   Mar. 2017  –   Argentina   >   San Pedro de Atacama, Chile  [Jama Pass]
  58.   Apr. 2017   –   Arica, Chile   >   Tacna, Peru
  59.   July 2017   –   Kasani, Peru  >  Copacabana, Bolivia  [Lake Titicaca] 
  60.   Oct. 2017    –   Pisiga, Bolivia  >  Colchane, Chile
  61.   Oct. 2017    –   Arica, Chile  >  Tacna, Peru
  62.   Jan. 2018   –   Desaguadero, Peru  >  Desaguadero, Bolivia
  63.   Mar. 2018  –   Copacabana, Bolivia  [Lake Titicaca] > Kasani, Peru 
  64.   June 2018  –   Kasani, Peru  >  Copacabana, Bolivia  [Lake Titicaca] 
  65.   June 2018  –   Copacabana, Bolivia  [Lake Titicaca] > Kasani, Peru
  66.   Dec. 2018   –   Kasani, Peru  >  Copacabana, Bolivia  [Lake Titicaca] 
  67.   Jan. 2019   –   Desaguadero, Bolivia  >  Desaguadero, Peru
  68.   Jan. 2019   –   Desaguadero, Peru  >  Desaguadero, Bolivia
  69.   Feb. 2019   –   Villazon, Bolivia  >  La Quiaca, Argentina
  • Mexico – 6 (1 legit for running a red light cost us 100 pesos; 3 occurred in the Mexico City region, and 2 in Cancun)
  • Ecuador -1
  •  Baja, Mexico
  •  Durango, Mexico
  •  Death Valley National Park
  •  Key Largo, FL
  •  Mexico City
  •  Copan, Honduras
  •  San Jose, Costa Rica
  •  Salento, Colombia (vandalism)
  •  Peru x4 (2 blowouts on Pan-American Highway, Yungay, Nasca)
  •  Salar de Pocitos, Argentina
  • Sajama, Bolivia
  •  US   (Nat’l Parks, Nat’l Monuments & Nat’l Historic Sites) – 123
  •  Canada   (National Parks & National Historic Sites) –43
  •  Mexico   (National Parks & Biosphere Reserves) – 47
  •  Belize   (National Parks, Monuments & Protected Areas) – 10
  •  Guatemala   (National Parks & Biosphere Reserves) – 8
  •  Honduras   (National Parks & Biosphere Reserves) – 5
  •  El Salvador   (National Parks) – 3
  •  Nicaragua   (National Parks & Reserves) – 2
  •  Costa Rica   (National Parks) – 12
  •  Panama   (National Parks) – 5
  •  Colombia   (National Parks) – 6
  •  Ecuador   (National Parks & Reserves) – 11
  •  Peru   (National Parks & Reserves) – 11
  •  Bolivia  (National Parks) – 3
  •  Brazil    (National Parks) – 4
  •  Argentina   ( National Parks) – 1
  •  Chile   ( National Parks, Reserves & Monuments) – 7

Visited so far on our Journey:  104
Lifetime total:  212

  •  US  –  18 of 23 (not including Hawaii & Puerto Rico)
  •  Canada  –  10 of 19
  •  Mexico  –  29 of 35
  •  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  –  2 of 2
  •  Costa Rica  –  3 of 4
  •  Panama  –  5 0f 5
  •  Colombia  –  6 of 9
  •  Ecuador  –  5 of 5
  •  Peru  –  10 of 12
  •  Brazil  –  4 of 21
  •  Bolivia  –  6 of 7
  •  Argentina  –  1 of 11
  •  Chile  –  1 of 6

Facts & Figures by Country

Days traveled  –  936  (30.8 months)
Miles driven  –  85,825  (3.5 times around the earth or 30.9 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

Days traveled  –  94  (3.1 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, Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon Territories, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
Missed – Manitoba, Saskatchewan

Days traveled  –  548  (18 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/CDMX/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

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.

Days traveled  –  140   (4.6 months)
Miles driven  –  3,194
   (14.5 NYC -> Boston trips)

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

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

Days traveled  –  174   (5.7 months)
Miles driven  –  3,723   ( 16.9 NYC -> Boston trips)

Days traveled  –  162   (5.3 months)
Miles driven  –  5,122   ( 23.3 NYC -> Boston trips)

Days traveled  –  212   (7.0 months)
Miles driven  –  5,336   (24.3 NYC -> Boston trips)

Days traveled  –  607   (20 months)
Miles driven  –  10,318   (3.7 NYC -> LA)

Days traveled  –  293   (9.6 months)
Miles driven  –  9,119   (3.3 NYC -> LA trips)

Days traveled  –  507   (16.7 months)
Miles driven  –  16,455   (5.9 NYC -> LA trips)

Days traveled  –  186   (6.1 months)
Miles driven  –  6,255   (2.3 NYC -> Boston trips)

Days traveled  –  97   (3.2 months)
Miles driven  –  5,995   (2.2 NYC -> LA trips)

Days traveled  –  82   (2.7 months)
Miles driven  –  2,812   (1,0 NYC -> LA trips)

Days traveled  –  49   (1.6 months)
Miles driven  –  2,683   (1.0 NYC -> LA trips)

Fuel Facts

Total spent on fuel:  US $42,856

Total gallons used:   13,922

Total Spent on Fuel – $33,582
Gallons Used – 10,632

  • Average Price Per Gallon (diesel) – $3.16
    — $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    — $4.40 in Nicaragua      — $4.64 in Costa Rica
    — $3.79 Panama           — $3.73 in Colombia       — $1.03 in Ecuador
    — $3.08 Peru                 — $2.72 in Bolivia            — $3.47 in Brazil
    — $2.77 Chile                 — $4.61 in Argentina
  • Highest Price Per Gallon in US – $4.75 (7/15/08 – Klamath Falls, OR)
  • Lowest Price Per Gallon in US  – $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 
  • 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 $1.82 – $4.79
    -low price is an anomaly due to black market gas near Venezuela border
  • Ecuador price ranged from $1.02-$1.04   (lowest price so far)
    – fuel highly subsidized by the government
  • Peru price ranged from $2.27 – $4.13
  • Bolivia price ranged from $2.05 – $3.94  (gov’t subsidized)
    – gov’t fixed at $2.05 for citizens, $4.89 for foreigners
  • Brazil price ranged from $3.13 – $4.22
  • Chile price ranged from $2,46 – 2.98
  • Argentina price ranged from $4.35 – $5.82
    – highest price so far, remote corner of Argentine Puna

Total Spent on Fuel:   $9,274.15
Gallons Used:   3290.4

  • 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

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.

Cool Animal Sightings

Wolf
Bear (Black, Brown, Grizzly)
Musk Ox
Caribou
Bobcat
Puma
Jaguar
Bison
Elk
Fox (red fox, arctic fox, Grey-Tailed fox, Crab-eating fox, Andean fox)
Coyote
Beaver

Hoary Marmot (actual name)
North American Pronghorn
Mountain Goat
Sheep (Big Horn sheep, Stone sheep, Dall sheep)
Deer (Sitka Black-Tailed Deer, Muke deer, Red Brocket deer)
Moose
Wolverine
Pine Martin
Nutria
Snowshoe Hare
Porcupine
Armadillo
Peccary (White-Lipped peccary, Collared peccary)
Pika
Coati
Monkey (Spider monkey, Howler monkey, Saki monkey, Yellow-handed Titi, Capuchin monkey, Squirrel monkey, Wooly monkey, Panamanian Night monkey, Red Titi, Duski Titi)
Tamarin ( Geoffrey’s, Black-mantled, Golden-mantled)
Pygmy Marmoset
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
Agouti
Paca
Marga
Jaguarundi
Camalid (Llama, Alpaca, Vicuña, Guanaco)
Anteater (Giant Anteater, Tamandua)
Viscacha
Tapir
Capibara
Tyra
Snake (Rattlesnake, Tiger Rat snake, Coral snake, Boa Constrictor, Fer-de-lance, Eyelash viper, Hog Nose viper, Mexican Jumping viper, Chunkhead snake)
Iguana (Land iguana, Marine iguana
Spider (Tarantula, Blue Lasso Spider)
Scorpion
Yucatan Banded Geko
Poison Dart Frogs (Strawberry, Blue Jean, Geen & Black)
Frog (Red-Eyed Tree frog, Smokey Jungle frog, Glass frog)
Toad (Boreal toad, Cane toad)
Galapagos Tortoise
Lava Lizard

Eagles (Bald, Golden, Black-and-White hawk-eagle, Ornate hawk-eagle)
Hawks (Rough-legged, Harris’s, Black-Collard, White, Great Black, Common Black, Roadside ,Galapagos, Grey, Sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, Northern goshawk, Savannah, Red-shouldered, Red-tailed,Short-tailed, Swainson’s, Harrier)
Falcons (Perigrine, Prarie, Laughing, Orange-breasted, Bat, Barred Forest-falcon, Gyrfalcon, Aplomado, Kestral)
Kites (Snail, Hook-billed)

Osprey
Owls (Snowy, Boreal, Mottled, Pygmy, Tropical Screech, Short-eared, Burrowing, Spectacled)
King Vulture
Condors (California, Andean)
Caracaras (Crested, Yellow-headed, Red-throated)
Lots of Ducks, Swans & Geese
Tinamou
Guan
Curassow (Great, Bare-faced)
Chachalaka
Hoatzin
Southern Screamer
Guineafowl
Quail & Wood-quail
Turkey (Wild, Ocellated)
Pheasant, Grouse & Partridge
Ptarmigan
Grouse
Junglefowl
Sunbittern
Oilbird
Potoos (Northern, Common, Pygmy)
Nightjars & Nighthawks
Hummingbird (dozens including Marvelous Spatuletail, Giant hummingdbird, Hermits)
Cookoos (Common, Guira, Smooth-billed Ani, Groove-billed Ani, Greater Ani, Roadrunner)
Coot
Purple Gallinule
Wood Rail
Limpkin
Sandhill Crane
Loon
Penguins (Galapagos, Magellanic, Gentoo, Chinstrap, Humbolt, Emperor)
Albatross (Wandering, Waved)
Petrel & Storm petrel
Shearwater
Flamingos (American, Chilean, James’s, Andean)
Red-billed Tropicbird
Storks (Wood, Jabiru)
Pelicans (American White, Brown)
Herons (Agami, Cappped, Boat-billed, Great Blue, Little Blue, Green, Bare-throated Tiger, Rufescent Tiger, Cucoi, Striated, Yellow-crowned Night, Lava, Bittern)
Egrets (Great, Snowy, Cattle)
Ibis (White, Scarlet, Buff-necked, Green)
Roseatte Spoonbill
Frigatebirds (Great, Magnificent)
Boobies (Blue-footed, Red-footed, Brown, Nazca)
Cormorant (Neotropic, Flightless, Magellanic)
Anhinga
American Oystercatcher
Jacana (Northern, Wattled)
Puffin
Trogans (Black-throated, Slaty-tailed, Violacious, Blue-crowned, Mountain)
Quetzals (Resplendant, Povonine)
Cock-of-the-Rock
Motmots (Blue-capped, Turquoise-browed ,Tody, Broad-billed)
Kingfishers (Ringed, Belted, Pygmy, Amazon, Green)
Puffbird & Ninbird
Rufous-tailed Jacamar
Woodpeckers & Flickers
Toucans (Keel Billed, Chestnut Mandible, White-throated, Toco, Mountain-toucan, Emerald Toucanet, Crimson-rumped Toucanet)
Aracari (Collared, Many-banded, Ivory-billed)
Toucan Barbet
Parrots (Mealy, Red-lored, Green, Blue-headed, Golden Crown, Yellow Cheeked, Scaly-headed,…)
Parakeets (Olive-Throated, Dusky, Scarlet-Shouldered Parrotlet,…)
Macaws (Scarlet, Blue & Yellow, Red-Bellied, Hyacinth, Military, Red & Green, Chestnut-fronted)
Manakins (Green, Wire-tailed, Helmeted)
Cotingas
Long-wattled Umbrella bird
Flycatchers , Tyrant, Kingbirds & Kiskadees
Antbirds, Antwrens & Antshrikes
Antipittas
Woodcreepers
Vireos
Jays (Yucatan, Green, Purplish, Blue, Steller’s)
Crows & Ravens
Darwin Finches
Galapagos Mockingbird
Meadowlark
Cacique
Oropendola (Montezema,Chestnut-headed)
Grackle
Orioles
Cowbird
Black Catbird
Euphonias
Tanagers (Black-fronted, Flame-colored, Silver-throated, Blue-grey, Paradise, Moss-backed, Scarlet…)
Saltators
Red-Legged Honeycreeper
Cardinal
Bats (tent, White-striped, Probiscous, Mexican Long-nosed, vampire)

Rhea (even though it can’t fly)

Butterflies (Monarch Butterfly migration in Mexico, Blue Morpho…)

Sharks (Scalloped Hammerhead, Tiger, Nurse, Bull, Galapagos, Whitetip, Blacktip)
Whale Shark
Whales (Humpback, Grey, Killer)
Sea Lion (Stellar, California)
Seal (Harbor, Fur, Elephant, Leopard, Crabeater)
Otter (Sea, Giant River)
Manatee
Dolphin (Bottlenose, Spinner, Tropical Spotted, Harbour Porpoise, Dall’s Porpoise, Amazon River Dolphin)
Turtles (Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead, Green)

Alligator, Crocodile & Caiman
Rays (Spotted Eagle, Manta, Mobula, Southern Stingray  Electric Ray, Spotted Marble)
Octopus
Squid
Frog Fish
Guitar Fish
Sun Fish (Mola-mola)
Paiche or Pirarucu (Lung Fish)

Random Observations

Red barns with silo – 293

Mini golf courses – 226 (27 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina alone)

Drive-in movie theaters open for business – 27

Taxidermy shops – 94