First Month Stats

We’ve finished our first month on the road, and it was a big one, most of it spent in the wilds of South Dakota and Wyoming without cell phone service (hence the lack of updates). Still, we wanted to share some details from the beginning of our trip.


Total miles driven so far, as of Oct. 1st: 4,800

States we've been in: 13 (New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah)

States we've spent the night in: 7 (New York, Ohio, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Pennsylvania)

Biggest place we've been in: Chicago (pop. 2.7 million)

Smallest place we've been in: Kirby, Wyoming (pop. 92)

Most beautiful drive: Beartooth Pass, leading into Yellowstone

Most difficult drive: 50 miles on gravel roads in the Pine Ridge reservation, heading toward the Black Hills from the Badlands

Mammals we've seen: Buffalo, black bear, grizzly bear, moose, elk, mule deer, regular deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, regular dogs, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, cats, humans

Mammals we might have seen but didn't: Wolves, mountain lions, lynx, mountain goats, black-footed ferrets, Bigfoot

Number of National Parks visited: 4 (Badlands, Wind Cave, Yellowstone, Grand Teton)

Number of other parks visited: Lots (Custer State Park, Devils Tower National Monument, and lots of National Forests)

Number of podcasts listened to (Adam edition): Way too many

Number of podcasts listened to (Nora edition): Not nearly enough

Favorite places so far: Custer State Park, the Black Hills, Beartooth Pass, Grand Teton, Wind River Canyon

Number of distilleries visited so far: 1 (Wyoming Whiskey)

State we've spent the most time in: Wyoming

State we spent the least time in: Idaho

Places we liked far more than we expected and are telling everyone to go to: South Dakota

Number of places that smelled like rotten eggs: Way too many

Bottles of Whiskey Consumed: 1 (Buffalo Trace)

Thing we miss the most: Places that have actual coffee instead of just little things of creamer (also, friends and family)

Highest elevation reached: 10,947' (Beartooth Pass)

Trip highlight of the month: Getting engaged!!!!!!!! A kind stranger took this photo of us about a minute before I asked Nora to marry me, and we’ll always have it as a reminder of that special sunny day in Grand Teton.

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