For the first time in our nine, well eight because of COVID, years going south we had clear blue skies all the way home, with the exception of a downpour while in line at the border crossing but it stopped before we started driving again. Usually we hit rain as we get further north and sometimes snow, so this was a very nice change.
Over the past five months:
We spent time in five states; Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Nevada.
We covered 6,530 mi (10,509 km), up slightly from 2019/2020. Our first winter away still showed the most distance, when we travelled 14,093 mi (22,663 km) from Kelowna, B.C. to Key West, Florida.
This is where I always talk about fuel costs and I expected it to be our most expensive year yet given the crazy prices we encountered on our way home! Well we definitely spent more on fuel coming home than we did heading south, but all totalled it was not as expensive as I expected 🙂 On the way south we averaged $4.013 USD per gallon ($1.32 CND per litre) and on the way north we averaged $5.022 USD per gallon ($1.65 CND per litre), more than a dollar more a gallon! This winter we spent $2,549 on fuel compared to $1,681 in 2019/2020 and yet we only travelled an extra 537 miles this year.
On average we paid $4.436 USD per gallon ($1.36 CND per litre) for diesel, which is a $1.18 USD per gallon ($.39 CND per litre) higher than our previous high in 2018/2019.
Our most expensive diesel was $5.299 USD per gallon ($1.74 CND per litre) in Omak, WA. Every other year our most expensive fuel has been in California, so I guess I should welcome Washington to the group 😀 Our cheapest diesel was $3.199 USD per gallon ($1.05 CND per litre) and once again it was at Sam’s Club in Bullhead City, AZ on our way south … and surprisingly that is the same price we paid at the same location on our way north in 2019/2020. But here is a shocker … I checked the Gas Buddy app and Sam’s Club in Bullhead City, AZ is now $4.779 USD per gallon ($1.57 CND per litre), a huge jump, but sadly still a good price right now 😦
For a little local perspective for our US friends, currently our cheapest diesel in Kelowna is $5.657 USD per gallon ($1.859 CND per litre).
We had a stormy, windy, evening the day after we reurned from Abbotsford.
Okanagan Lake was very angry!
Hopefully we are now home for a while 😀 Over the next few weeks we will be busy unpacking, reorganizing, cleaning up our site, and most importantly catching up with family and friends.
There are definitely signs that spring is approaching.
I have two blogs from Tucson which I will post over the next week and then I will go back to posting weekly, if there is something interesting to share 😀
Until next time …