The Final Days of Our Grand Adventure

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Nov 19 ~ Day #193
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$19300
$31.47
$16915.10
$87.64
Miles by Road
Miles by Sea
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Miles
16064.8
12056.7
7662
196
35979.5
Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Nov 20 ~ Day #194
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$19400
$48.67
$16963.77
$87.44
Miles by Road
Miles by Sea
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Miles
16064.8
12056.7
7662
196
35979.5
Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Nov 21 ~ Day #195
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$19500
$31.47
$16995.24
$87.16
Miles by Road
Miles by Sea
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Miles
16064.8
12056.7
7662
196
35979.5
Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Nov 22 ~ Day #196
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$19600
$31.47
$17026.71
$86.87
Miles by Road
Miles by Sea
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Miles
16064.8
12056.7
7662
196
35979.5
Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Nov 23 ~ Day #197
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$19700
$15.00
$17041.71
$86.51
Miles by Road
Miles by Sea
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Miles
16064.8+19.8=16084.6
12056.7
7662
196
35999.3

Current Location: Heading Home to Eleuthera, Bahamas

Combining Days

We have decided to combine our last few days into one post because we are really now just marking time until we head home to Eleuthera.

We will not be including our flight back to Eleuthera in our costs as we began our trip in Fort Lauderdale on May 11th and we will end it in Fort Lauderdale on November 23rd.

We will be including all the costs right up to our flight home, including the cost to get to the airport.

Each day’s expenses are itemized below and, of course, in the grids above that we have been including in each post.

Day 193, Friday, November 19, 2010

Accommodation: $31.47 (Camping)

Day 194, Saturday, November 20, 2010

Accommodations: $31.47 (Camping)
Food: $17.20 (Groceries)
Total: $48.67

We are trying to keep our grocery buying down to a minimum as we don’t want anything fresh left over on the day we leave.

Day 195, Sunday, November 21, 2010

Accommodations: $31.47 (Camping)

Day 196, Monday, November 22, 2010

Accommodations: $31.47 (Camping)

Day 197, Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Transportation: $18.00 consisting of:
Cab to TriRail – $15.00
TriRail to Airport $3.00

Mileage: 19.8

The Adventure Ends

It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of our almost seven month long adventure. And yet, it’s going to be good to get home.

One hundred and ninety-seven days is a long time to be traveling and living out of a suitcase or, in our case, backpacks.

We have had a terrific time and certainly enjoyed the journey. We will now enjoy the familiarity of our home in Eleuthera.

It will good to see old friends again and reconnect. Our very dear friends, V and B, will be picking us up at the airport when we arrive back in Eleuthera. It will be wonderful to see them again.

Recap Tomorrow

Stay tuned for the recap of our adventure in our post tomorrow.

Relaxing in the Florida Sun

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Nov 09 ~ Day #183
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$18300
$31.47
$16354.86
$89.37
Miles by Road
Miles by Sea
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Miles
15566
12056.7
7662
196
35480.7
Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Nov 10 ~ Day #184
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$18400
$31.47
$16386.33
$89.06
Miles by Road
Miles by Sea
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Miles
15566
12056.7
7662
196
35480.7

Current Location: Davie, Florida

Today’s Total Expenses:
Nov. 9 – Accommodation: $31.47
Nov. 10 – Accommodation: $31.47

Miles Traveled Today:
Zero

Combining Days

Once again, we are combining a couple of days into one post.

We are camping again, for a couple of days, and are spending our time sorting out the stuff we had left in the car and the stuff we brought with us from our trip.

In addition to that we reconnected with a few friends we had made before we left and just relaxed around the pool and soaked up some Florida Sun.

End of Our TransAtlantic Cruise

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Nov 08 ~ Day #182
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$18200
$61.47
$16323.39
$89.69
Miles by Road
Miles by Sea
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Miles
15551+15=15566
8185.5+3871.2=12056.7
7662
168+28=196
35480.7

Current Location: Davie, Florida

Today’s Total Expenses: $51.47

Transportation: $30.00
consisting of:
$10.00 – cab from cruise port to TriRail
$5.00 – TriRail
$15.00 – cab from TriRail to pick up our car

Accommodation: $31.47 (camping)

Miles Traveled Today:
Road Miles: 15 (Fort Lauderdale to Davie, Florida)
Sea Miles: 3871.2 (3364 Nautical Miles – La Palma to Miami)
Train Miles: 28 (TriRail Miami to Fort Lauderdale)

Disembarking in Miami

Our ship had actually arrived in Miami late last night, so the disembarkation process was able to start very early in the morning – 7:00am!

If you wanted your luggage taken off the ship for you, you needed to have it outside your stateroom door the night before.

Fortunately, we were traveling with backpacks so when we disembarked we were able to carry all our luggage with us and not have to wait for our group to be called. People that had put their luggage out the night before had been sorted into groups and had to leave their staterooms and wait in designated areas for their group to be called. We could get off when we liked because we could take our luggage with us.

Long Line Up for U.S. Customs and Immigration

After a leisurely breakfast, we headed back to our room, picked up our loaded backpacks, a carry-on bag and our laptop computer, also in its own bag, and headed to the gangway to leave the ship.

The line up for customs and immigration was HUGE!

Standing there with fully loaded backpacks got pretty tired after the first half hour. Mine wasn’t too bad as it is actually smaller than Geoff’s. However, Geoff has a bad back and just standing around is difficult for him. But, standing around with a heavy backpack was just too much. He needed to take his backpack off.

The line was pretty bunched up so I had to ask the people behind us to back up a little bit so Geoff could actually get his backpack off.

We then edged our way up to Immigration for the next little while, pushing our luggage along bit by bit.

Best U.S. Immigration Officer EVER

Some people may not know this, but the immigration lines that say U.S. Citizens can also be used by Canadians. That’s because Canadians don’t need to be finger printed or have their photos taken.

So, as we got closer to the front of the line, I mentioned to the person that was directing people to various immigration officers that we were Canadian.

We were immediately whisked out of the long line and right to an available immigration officer.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I never like dealing with government officials. You never know what they’ll be like. With some people, if you put them in a uniform, they feel like they have to be officious and obnoxious.

Well, not this guy. He was smiling and happy and pleasant.

As he scanned our passports he actually started joking with us. And then he said, “Oh, Wait a minute. We can’t let you through too fast. We can’t have any Americans thinking that Canadians can get through the lines faster than they can.” And he then started to tap his fingers on the counter and whistle. Then he said, smiling, “I guess that’s long enough.”

We told him that this was our best experience ever and he said he thought Canadians were great. He said, “I’ve never gotten any attitude from a Canadian.” And, after a short pause, a little smirk passed over his face and he said, “Of course, that could have something to do with the fact that I carry a gun!”

We all chuckled. Geoff and I thanked him again and we were on our way. He had even marked our card so that we didn’t have to stop at Customs.

Camping Again

Before leaving Florida in early September we had prepaid our camping fees so we didn’t have to worry when we came back. The receipt was a little cryptic, though, so I had said to the manager, “You had better be here when we get back.” And he had assured us that he would be.

Well, as I’m sure you’ve already guessed, he wasn’t there any more.

It took a little sorting out but the new management accepted the receipt (that goodness we had one and that we’d kept it) and all was well.

Moving Day

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Aug 27 ~ Day #109
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$10900
$93.19
$9376.57
$86.02
Miles by Road
Miles by Sea
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Miles
13580+273=13853
4451
000
69
18373

Current Location: Davie, Florida

Transportation: $30.00
Accommodation: $27.20
Food: $35.99

Today’s Total Expenses: $93.19

Condo to Camping

Today we made the transition from a one-bedroom condo back to our tent. It actually isn’t as difficult as you might think.

With all the tenting we’ve done on this trip the tent and inflatable mattress have become quite familiar and comfortable.

Geoff is now an expert at setting the tent up quickly and getting the mattress in place in the back of the Jeep.

We are here now until we leave for Europe in just a little over a week’s time.

We’re staying in another naturist resort. Yes, we’re very comfortable with that and, hey, it means a lot less laundry! 🙂

However, this resort was established in the late 60s and at that time it was out in the middle of nowhere. Now it’s actually surrounded by subdivisions with lots of houses.

Trying to Find the Cheapest Gas

We always try to make sure we get the best deal on gas whenever we need to fill up but this time we left it a little late and spent a little too much time trying to find the best price.

We pushed it so far this time that we almost ran out of gas! And, the gas station we did stop at had pretty high prices compared to what we had seen in the Orlando area and on the drive down to Fort Lauderdale. So, we just put $30 worth and headed back to the campground.

We aren’t planning to do much in the way of driving during this stay anyway. I expect we’ll head out for groceries in a few days and then the car will go into storage while we’re in Europe.

Torrential Rain and Wind

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

July 14 ~ Day #65
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$6500
$48.40
$6798.19
$104.58
Miles by Road
Nautical Miles
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Statute Miles
8257
3856 [4437]
000
69
12763

Current Location: Campground, Sandstone, Minnesota

Rain
Sure glad we set up the tent yesterday because today the sky opened up and poured buckets of water on us – about 3 1/2 inches. The rain was accompanied by strong winds that did quite a bit of damage.

We came through OK in our Sportz SUV tent but the tent next to us got flattened when their support poles buckled under the weight of some trapped water. Also an RV nearby had an awning out and the support got twisted.

We stayed warm and dry but the ground underneath us turned pretty squishy and we had to lay some planks of wood around the outside to avoid slipping in the mud.

Road Repairs
The campground is on several levels and the rain managed to cut quite a few deep ruts in the access roads as the water poured down the hills. There are still many people arriving in huge RV’s and the staff have done a marvelous job of fixing the roads.

Fortunately the rain was all over by the afternoon and the sun came out to dry things up a bit.