Statstravaganza – facts and stats about my vacation

While on vacation (and actually a little bit before, too) I thought it might be cool to gather random statistics and facts for a random-facts-about-my-holiday-blog-post. The one thing I am going to omit is money, I guess. Because I’m not that kind of guy, and, while I was able to afford the trip without getting into too much trouble, looking at those kind of numbers always freaks me out.

transportation stats

So let’s sRoadtrip 2014tart with distance. The whole trip, going from Jacksonville, FL to Niagara Falls, NY and back down to the airport in B uffalo, NY is about 1700 miles. There’s a train journey between Philly and NYC hidden in there, but we did enough detours and randomly driving around to clock in at about 2000 miles between the two rental cars we had.

But wait, there were boat trips, train trips and a lot of walking (not to mention public transportation and cab rides in cities which I will not count).

Between the boat trips (ferry rides in North Carolina and the Maid of the Mist boat tour at the Niagara Falls we can add 22 miles of boat tripping to our road trip. Neat, huh?

Next up, trains: Philly to NYC: let’s give it a hundred miles, from Manhattan to Long Island and back maybe another 50.

So that’s 150 miles of train. Let’s just add it up to 250 and include public transportation in travelD.C. and NYC.

On a whim I’ll also guesstimate cab rides. Maybe 3 miles in Virginia Beach, 3 miles in Philly and a whopping 16 miles in New York City.

The touristy bus in Philadelphia took us on rides worth may 5 miles I’d say.

Next and last: walking. Oh dear, @wacie will hate me for this. I won’t bore you with the details of walking 30 blocks because of miscalculation subway things in NYC, but all said and done, including museums and stuff…we probably did about 32 miles of walking around or more.

I am not going to split this up into a statistic based on how much time we spent with each type of transportation.

On our trip we visited seven museums, two related to art, one a mixed bag of history, science and art, the rest mostly history and science.

We did see a few animals ((not counting the Virginia Beach Aquarium)) on our trip.

– 2 or 3 alligators (I think I saw one cross the road ((why did the ‘gator cross the road?)) )
– 1 deer ((almost ran over it))
– loads of turtles
– 3 squirrels
– roadkill ((raccoons, armadillos, various other animals))

All that travelling got us through ten US states, and one Canadian. Not Bad. ((Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Ontario))

Cellphone trouble

Times @wacie’s cellphone died after half a day of checking into every location on foursquare:
– seeing how we were on the road about 14 days, I’d say 14.
Times we thought the phone had died for good but I miraculously got it to work again:
– one
Times @wacie lost her phone:
– two
Times we got it back:
– two ((the second time they stole her 8GB microSD Card, which is kinda hilarious))
Times my phone caused me trouble:
– none ((well, okay, in NYC the texts from and two one friend took about 30 minutes to go through))


Shopping spree

Times we had to stop/look for a drugstore because @wacie forgot something ((and once because roomkeeping stole her tampons from the hotel bathroom)):
– four or five
Times we stopped into a beauty/makeup-related store for mostly exclusively nailpolish:
– can’t say, most nailpolish shopping actually was drive-by-shopping ((popped a bottle of polish in someone’s ass?))
Number of bottles of nailpolish @wacie (check out her blog. bought while on the trip:
– 67 ((sixty-seven)) – 40 of which were bought in stores, 27 online from hotel rooms and what-not
Number of t-shirts I bought:
– six
Number of hard rock café’s I had to keep myself out of:
– five

Food trip

Part of this vacation was about food. Doing my first US american road trip I was kind of bent on trying as much typical American food-places as possible. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t. I “missed” quite a few of the typical fast food places, but here’s a list of stuff I ate and the places I ate them.

I finally had gatortail. At Gator’s Dockside in Jacksonville, Florida
Georgia saw me eat Spinach & Strawberry salad at the district café
a delicious steak at the Peddler Steak House in South of the Border, SC
pecan waffles at Waffle House somewhere in NC
Should I count the Bomb Burrito I heated up in the hotel microwave on the Outer Banks in NC?
Bob’s Grill ((the one that we stopped at just to take a picture of the sign saying “Eat and get the hell out)) served us delicious seafood benedict.
fried oysters and crabcakes were had at Abbey Road, a Beatles themed pub in Virginia Beach
Fried chicken at Nando’s in Washington D.C.
I ate at a McDonalds at the Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. ((I am deeply ashamed of this, but we were hungry and out of options))
Taco Tuesday in Washington D.C. gave us… tacos!
Pancakes at IHOP
Hot dogs at the Lincoln Memorial, some more hot dogs in NYC
A Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia ((in an Irish pub. And it was good.))
Shrimp Shumai, Beef Negimaki and a perfect tuna steak and some Sake at a Japanese restaurant in Philadelphia ((the Aki Japanese Fusion)). Don’t forget the green tea tempura ice cream.
Some tasty pizza calzone at John’s Pizza, a converted church in Manhattan
Hamburgers and hot dogs at my friend’s Memorial Day BBQ in Long Island
A bagel at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Brooklyn
Funnel cake and deep fried Oreo on a Manhattan street fair
Lobster roll on a rooftop bar
Korean BBQ Burger at the Madison Square Park eats food festival
Another Taco Tuesday in Poughkeepsie, NY, where I had Mole Abuelita ((delicious chicken breast in a spice, chocolate & almond sauce))
Lobster, shrimp and fish ad Ruby Tuesday
Florentine benedict at a diner in Kingston
Buffalo chicken pizza for dinner in Niagara Falls, NY ((and leftover pizza for breakfast, because GARGANTUAN))
A maple donut at Tim Horton’s in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Poutine in Niagara Falls, Ontario

All that food makes me thirsty, so let’s move on to the beertistic.
While on my road trip I tried 26 different beers.  I thought about turning this into a neat graph, but it would be very American-IPA heavy.
There was one beer I had tried before, one Japanese Ales, one Belgian beer and a German one. The German one was NOT the one I’d had before.
So here’s a list so you can revel in my vacation boozing:
– Dukes
– Sam Adams
– Flagship IPA
– Sunken City IPA
– Hoptopus IPA
– Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen
– Brew Free or Die IPA
– Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
– Raging Bitch IPA
– Port City Optiuma Wit
– Green Eyed Devil
– Roge Dead Guy
– Entire Butt Porter
– Riverhorse Summer Blonde
– Evil Genius IPA
– Allagash White
– Hitachino Red Ale
– Brooklyn Lager
– Stella
– Würzburger Hofbräu
– Hurricane Kitty
– Sam Adams Summer Ale
– Molson Canadian ((I drank that in Canada))

And now let’s finish this post with

leftover random stats

– @wacie argued with 3 talking crossroads. While being sober.
– I met four internet friends on this trip, none of which I’d ever seen in person before, one of which I spent the whole 15 days with
– I mailed 25 postcards










– I expressed my adoration for the southern dialect countless times
– we saw 1 space shuttle (not actually in use)
– we saw 1 aircraft carrier (actually in use)
– we tried taking a picture of that “speed limit enforced by aircraft” sign a dozen times
– never got pulled over
– got asked ((or people just implied)) if we were a couple/on our honeymoon five times
– ran into Germans countless times
– @wacie verbed all the nouns ((most notably: bench, Canada, gatortail and beer))
– times I tried to open the wrong door with my key: two ((hey, all those doors look the same))


All in all, a good vacation!

every trip has an inside joke – @wacie – #gatortail

And it’s true. On pretty much all the trips I took with friends we had an inside joke of sorts.

Fun fact: I don’t think I had an inside joke on the trip I took with my ex.

One of the inside jokes I will always remember fondly is “Miss Death Valley”.

In 2007 I went to the United States for the first time.

The story of how I ended up going with one of my internet friends (we’d met twice in person before going on that trip) is funny enough on its own.

Here’s the short version:

Jess via IM: “Hey, what are you doing?”
Me: “Looking up offers for holidays, but the single room surcharge is kind of off-putting”
Jess: “Where to, and when?”
Me: “Western US, this summer”
Jess: “I’ll come with ya.”
Me: “Yay!”

Said and done, we’d synchronized time off, booked, met up at the airport, shared rooms, saved US$350 each and had a blast. ((we had enough fun to do it again when I had to find a replacement to go on an already booked holiday with me instead of my ex))

We flew into Las Vegas and had a day off to explore while part of the group ((yes, it was one of those prebooked group trips, don’t judge me)) had booked a day trip to Death Valley.

At breakfast next day we overheard part of the group chatting.
“So how was Death Valley?” – “Uh, ok, I guess. A little boring. Nothing but heat, sand and rocks.”

We really did have trouble containing our…let’s say glee. And Miss Death Valley ((who turned out to not be the brightest, but very entertaining at times)) was born.

It still comes up in conversations 7 years later. “Remember Miss Death Valley?” – “Yeah, haha! What did she expect? Rollercoasters? It’s not called Death Valley for nothing. ”

For those who are still not clear about the subject here’s a visual guide:

Not Death Valley

Not Death Valley


Actually Death Valley

Actually Death Valley

The trip I’ll be starting tomorrow ((I’M SO EXCITED)) won’t have Miss Death Valley, but it will have gatortail. Yup. An Alligator’s tail. Battered and deep fried.
There’s not really much to it, I guess, if you look at it from an objective point of view.

But it is something exotic to me, and when @wacie promised to take me to eat gatortail, it became a symbol of my pre-trip excitement.