Sunday, July 1, 2007
6/30 (Day 22 - Final Day):
In the great immortal words of Jerry Garcia, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” An unforgettably fun one at that.
Thank you to all the faithful blog followers whose phone calls, e-mails, and blog postings have made this such a memorable trip. Unbeknownst to many, ‘Big Brother’ was watching the anonymous blog viewings at SlomeAdventure.blogspot.com via traffic meter software we installed on our laptop halfway through the trip. To our surprise, interest steadily built and peaked at 327 daily page views, with at least people in four countries periodically peeking. Although no Google equivalent, as far as site traffic goes, the blog still gave us the voyeuristic opportunity to track site interest.
Returning alive with all limbs after covering an extensive 5,048 miles journey like this engenders a great deal of gratitude to both people and aspects of the trip that we couldn’t fully describe in a relatively short daily entry. So in a laundry list format, here are some of the people/things that deserve further recognition:
-Robin (Editor-in-Chief of blog, along with Vice President of RV Kid Management)
-Hospitable hosts (i.e. Schullers, Magnussens, Jenkins, Tomlinsons, Schipfers, among others)
-Dodie & Norm (for all their postings)
-DVD Player (Digital crack for the kids)
-Garmin GPS Device (Our guide-dog for the blind)
-SiteMeter (Our ‘Big Brother’ software)
-Deodorant (Active bodies will perspire)
-Stick (See day eight of blog)
-Fruit Snacks (Hayley’s heroin)
-Double Smores (Whitney’s invention)
-WiFi (For without this our blog would not be possible)
-Baseball Hats (Bed-head mitigation)
-Boo-Boo Kitty (Pink cat-shaped ice pack for RV adventure bumps/bruises)
-Books on Tape (Ace on the River – Barry Greenstein; A little History of the World – E.H. Gombrich; and Grammar Girls Quick & Dirty Tips – Mignon Fogarty)
-iPod (For mind-numbing 400 mile drives)
-Con Te Partiro (Andrea Bocelli – morning music to soothe the savage beasts)
-Toilet sanitizer (Self explanatory)
Thanks again to all the blog-ees and we will look forward to documenting our adventures in the future. Perhaps we will see you next year….for Slome Adventure 2008???
Patch-Meter: Unfortunately, I have to face the music…with a razor. The “Soul Patch” didn’t progress as expected, but I remain steadfast that given more time the patch could have blossomed into something very special (next time I won’t wait until day twelve to start my growth).