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The final tally for Ben’s cross-country roadtrip: From Memorial Day in May, clean through the end of June

The final tally for Ben’s cross-country roadtrip: From Memorial Day in May, clean through the end of June

Well, here we are.

We’re at the end of my roadtrip – I’ve packed up my house in Cambridge, loaded up a car, and bid adieu to my friends and family.  I’ve seen more friends along the way, and said both hello and goodbye to them all in succession.

We’ve ate, drank, and made merry.

We had a going away party.

I’ve added a few states to my list of places that I’ve climbed, and visited a few more national parks.

I ate my last brunch at the Foundry, and said goodbye to Ringo for the last time.

So what happened on that trip?  Well.



Total miles traveled: 5,733

States traversed: 15

Cost of Gas: $659.63

Miles per Gallon, for a Mustang, with a bike rack and a ton of gear: 23.9, est.



Nights spent in Hotels: 1

Nights spent in houses: 4

Nights spent camping under the stars: 23

Cost of Camping for a month: $426



Major climbing locations explored: Chattanooga, Zion, Yosemite

Days spent climbing: 6, plus some partials

Guide books purchased: 4



Memories made: uncountable

Regrets: Breaking the rear window of the Mustang. Aside from that, nothing!

Driving from Davis to Tree of Heaven


Monday, 15-Jun-2015

So on Monday, basically everyone was slightly hung over. I… yeah. I definitely was. Good life decisions aside, it’d been a wild night at Casa-De-Levasseur. Pool parties are not my area of expertise, but I can confidently state that it was an excellent example.

So while I did wake up at my usual early time, I didn’t get out of bed for a while. I spent the morning relaxing and browsing imgur, enjoying the last wifi that I’d be getting for a good while. A little under a week. Hush. I enjoyed it.

Then Mike woke up, I mobilized, Liz came over, and we rocked our way out to a diner called Black Bear Diner.

We actually went to a diner farther away from Davis – the one right in town was packed full of people, even on a Monday morning… damn college kids, and their “moving out” shenanigans.

But diners are diners, and breakfast is breakfasts. And Ben + Pancakes + Bacon = happy, and ready for a drive from Davis up into Northern California. We did make a quick stop into a town called Redding (pronounced same as “Reading” in Mass…) to grab some last minute gear, and hear an impromptu lecture on the evils of REI from the store owner, but aside from that it was a clean drive.

And that’s a big thing that I came to accept on this roadtrip. I knew it about myself already, but I never really put it to words – I love driving. The serenity of the road, especially driving a car that doesn’t really let you space out too much, really makes me happy.

Hanging out in Davis (California, not Square) – Part 3


Sunday, 14-June-2015

The whole “sleep cycle reset” held pretty well for me – Sunday saw me awake pretty early again. It was nice, and I got a chance to catch up on a few blog posts (Ed Note: Yeah yeah, I know. These things are getting posted… what, a month late? Hush. Editing takes a while. The sheer number of pictures that Ben took would blow you mind. BLOW. YOUR. MIND.)

But Mike did finally get mobile, which meant that chill time was over, and Serious Business Time was begun. Specifically, getting smoothies at the nearby grocery store.

The smoothies were brain food, since Mike had to get into the lab to finish up some work before he could run away for the next week of roadtrip adventure. I just relaxed. Maybe went through OKCupid a bit, checking out the landscape for Hood River. Maybe.

What I will admit to is that after everything was done, Mike gave me a tour of the lab – the main working area and the cleanroom. We couldn’t go into the cleanroom itself, but I did get to see some of the basic MEMS tech that he works on day to day. It was pretty awesome. I actually understood the basics of what he was describing, thanks to the internship that I had in a MEMS/Nanotech lab – but that doesn’t mean that I could have actually done any of the work… it’s sort of like how people can understand the basics of “planets orbit around the sun”, but can’t actually calculate out orbital trajectories.

Anyways, we hung out and did a tour and then went home. Stopped by the grocery again on the way back to grab some stuff for dinner, but that’s really it.

Then: more party! Allow me to, again, give a quick synopsis:

  • Pool party!
  • Cooking!
  • Grilling!
  • Huge pitchers of drinks!
  • Poor life decisions on my part, in regards to the number of drinks consumed!
  • Swimming!
  • Pulling my Cast Iron skillet out of the car, and grilling a set of obscenely delicious steaks!
  • Doing the above while making poor life decisions in regard to the number of drinks consumed!
  • Not hurting myself or anyone else during the two above bullet points, thankfully!
  • More partying!
  • Making good life decisions in regard to drinking lots of water, knocking back a few asprin, and going to sleep early!
  • Writing this list before falling asleep!