Saturday, July 19, 2008

I'm here.

Alright, I'm safe and sound in Yellowstone. The drive up was fantastic. My 2008 Toyota Prius with Nav was pretty much designed to be the defining road trip car. It can even fold every single seat down for camping. Here, take a look:
I put all my gear behind me, and then laid out my sleeping pad/bag along the passenger side. Somewhere around Colorado Springs I just tucked into a Wal-Mart parking lot and slept for the night. Then just got up and kept right on going. It's a camper that gets 50 mpg on a bad day.

This is a shot of me up around 12,000 feet on a little sliver of the Beartooth Highway, which was named the most scenic byway in the United States.

The mountain roads can get a bit crazy, but they're great for this type of car. The batteries charge heavily down the mountains, then help out on the way up. With it being cold enough not to need A/C, I was easily getting 60 mpg despite the car being loaded down with two weeks of provisions.

This is a bad picture, but it shows me getting four bars - equal to 20 straight minutes - of mileage above 100 miles per gallon.

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