We're Home - October 4, 1998
This page will, sadly, be the last one of the saga. We thought we'd use it to lay down some final summaries, thoughts and comments.
Distance Traveled - everybody knows from grade school that the US measures about 3000 miles from coast to coast. And, if you look at our US map on the main Saga page, it looks like we went nearly straight across the country. So why did it take us 4500 miles to make the trip?!? The answer, of course, lies in the roads we chose - twists and turns, and things to stop and see. Could also explain why it took us 11 days!
Weather - We were really, really fortunate with the weather we enjoyed, especially with the leaky windshield. After the snow the first day and a few showers that followed (that resulted in that fantastic rainbow - the picture doesn't do it justice!), we had dry weather the whole rest of the trip. It was hot and summery until we got to Cincinnati, and then it became cooler and fall-like. We wore shorts every day!
The Car - For the Alfisti among you, we realize that we may not have provided as much nuts-and-bolts info as you'd like, so here is some nitty-gritty (if you have any questions, just email us): Overall, the car is in excellent mechanical shape and cosmetically has a super-excellent body and very good interior. Absolutely nothing failed or even deteriorated noticeably during our cross-country jaunt (although it would have made a more interesting story if it had). Here are some details:
We were told near the end of the trip that some people were having trouble sending
email to us en route by clicking on the email link, although we did receive LOTS of mail!
(Many thanks to all of you from all over the world who contacted us on the road -
it was fun being in touch!) We never could determine what the problem was, so if you
were having trouble and would like to send either (or both) of us a message, just copy the
following email addresses to the "To" box in your email program:
Alfa Spotting - We were disappointed, but not all that surprised, to encounter just that one other Alfa during the entire journey. John's GTV, though, turned LOTS of heads! It was fun to watch people's expressions, ranging from delight (pre-teen girls), to awe (must be other Alfisti), to dreaminess (middle-aged guys driving company cars), to scorn (rednecks driving pickup trucks).
The Fish, of course, was fake, and the descriptions of John's fishing exploits were, well, fish stories.
Here are a few parting shots, taken somewhere along the way, that we thought were appropriate for this final page.
We know that you couldn't possibly have enjoyed these pages as much as we did experiencing the trip first-hand, but we hope that they've provided at least a pleasant diversion for you over the past week and a half. Thanks for watching! Until the next trip . . .
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