The Silver Anniversary Express covered 2319.7 miles in 13 days, 12 hrs, and 20 minutes. The truck consumed 145.2 gallons of gas costing $2.458 per gallon delivering 16 mpg at 15.4 cents/mile. Out of pocket expenses were $68.64 per day, gas costing $25.50.
The temperature never rose above the low 70s and stayed mostly in the 50s and 60s (except at night). However, it rained 10 days of 14 and nearly all day for six. This affected wildlife sightings and photo opportunities, but ticks and bug bites were zero.
Woodthrush soundings were very low this year heard infrequently in only 10 days. Usually their crystalline songs would be heard at every stop on all days. Nonetheless, Doc sighted 5 wild turkeys one hen with chicks, 4 ground hogs, 23 deer (2 does with spindly drinking straw wobbly leg fawns only a few hours old.), 15 chipmunks, 6 rabbits, a red-headed woodpecker, 6 box turtles, an alligator snapping turtle, 2 goldfinch groups, 2 bluebirds, 2 hawks, a black snake, a grouse hen with chicks, 7 shoulder dogs, and 24 dead possums.
Two new wildflowers were keyed out: wild monkshood, and a saxifrage called mountain lettuce. The monkshood was cream colored instead of blue; the Tennessee wildflower book mentioned this one as 'rare', but who the hell knows.
There were 117 picture stops harvesting 490 shots, about 2-5 percent rising to the status of 'photograph' which is normal for film and digital backroads photography. Motifs collected include: 5 triple crosses, no race cars, no barber shops, no fire trucks, 9 old stores, 28 country churches, 1 court house, 1 post office, 1 train, 4 bridges (3 covered), 1 motel, 1 grist mill, 2 diners, 1 log truck, 1 authentic pure sign, and a cat in the upstairs window.
© d090604-004 Cat in Window
Glenville, West Virginia
Thursday 4 June 2009