Road Trip 2007 – Part 4

Saturday, T-Bone and I headed into Houston for the day.  We drove around and saw the sights:

The Houston skyline…

Houston Skyline

A statue for George the First…

Scope & The Prez.

Some topiary doing Kung-Fu… (River Oaks Plant House)

HOU-Kung-Fu Beer is a gateway drug...
Then we stopped at the "Beer Can House".  Oh my lord.  This has to been seen to be believed.  Besides the flattened beer cans serving as aluminum siding, there are pull tab linked curtains, marbles and stones set in the concrete.  It was closed when we were there, but it is now open on weekends for tours.

Next time I'm in town, I am so checking this out.  And you have to love that some people, we'll call them "idiots" built brand new condo buildings on either side of this tourist destination.  Too bad there wasn't a "gift shop." We were thirsty.

Amazing what BEER CAN doIt's a sign...HOU-TEXASHOU-SAN-JACINTOThen we headed out to the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site to see the World War I/II battle ship USS Texas (BB-35), one of the few surviving ships to have served in both big wars, and the San Jacinto Monument, the world's tallest memorial column in the world.

But Sunday came and it was time for me head home.  I wasn't going to try to do it all in one day, I had taken Monday off, too, so there was no hurry to push all the way.

Up through Texarkana.  I then picked up the Interstate, a steady rain, and Sporting News Radio's 'Around the NFL' to help me pass the drive through Arkansas.  I finally stopped for the night in the "bootheel" of Missouri in the town of Hayti.  The thrill of driving the road trip was long over, and I just wanted to get home.  Monday, I met my parents in Tuscola, IL.  They were taking off to visit my brother in Virginia, and so we planned to meet somewhere along I-57 and did.  From then on, I was on familiar ground, having driven on this road a few time, and things kept getting more and more familiar.

Finally, around 5:00, I rolled back into my parking spot, and the adventure was over.  Except for the counting.  Yes, I'm a geek, and I had my PDA with me, and every gas stop, I plugged in the mileage, gallons of gas, price of gas, etc.   As you can see, the PT Cruiser is not the world's most fuel efficient vehicle.

Starting Odometer


Ending Odometer


Total Miles


Total Gallons


Total Cost


Average MPG


Average Price

$ 2.72

Cost Per Mile

$ 0.11

Since Ellie Mae asked, I just inched over 43,000 miles this Labor Day weekend.  So in two years, I put about 9,500 miles on my car.  Like I've said, I don't really drive all that much every day.

Hope you all enjoyed this little road trip with me.  What was your big road trip?


Cora said...

That topiary Kung Fu shot is the BEST picture of you EVER!! I love it!!


As for my biggest road trip?.... Well, I've been to Portland Oregon and back. Pathetic, I know. Like I've said before, I don't like driving.

Cora said...

Hey, one more thing - I'm curious which CDs sustained you all that time. What were you listening to? And were you utterly sick of them by the time you got home?

Jan @ Struck by Serendipity said...

Did you take the topiary Kung Fu shot using your timer then running to "pose?" That would have been entertaining to watch, especially if it took several takes.

Scope said...

Ladies - The topiart picture was actually shot by my friend, T-Bone. And I do get that they are really Greatful Deadesque dancing bears, I just thought kung-fu was funnier.

Cora - Probably, Low Millions, plenty of Buffett, and Cheap Trick's greatest hits. After that, I don't remember.

Vodka Mom said...

i loved this! However, 43 THOUSAND miles? Sweet jesus.

SkylersDad said...

You obviously have major kung fu skills, and regularly sweep the knee!

J.J. in L.A. said...

I've mentioned it before but my BIG road trip was in summer 1974 with 9 people in a station wagon for 2 months. Going from CA, to Wash DC, to CT, to New England, to MN, to CO, and home.


And I'll always 'win' in the mileage game...

11 year old car
32,500 miles : )

~E said...

That dude in the second picture is taller than you?!?!

Did you notice?

Did ya?