When we first started planning our yearlong perimeter trip along the Edges of America, we wondered just how many miles we were talking about.
If we were to just do the interstates nearest the country’s borders, our preliminary research indicated, it might be 10,000 to 15,000 miles.
But we’re not about interstates. We want to do the smaller, more scenic roads. And we want to stick closer to the edges of America. How many additional miles will these goals add?
Not an easy question to answer.
It’s complicated by the fact that so much of the country’s border is coastline and so much of that coastline is jagged. Then there’s the hundreds and hundreds of miles of marshland that is part land and part water…. How to estimate the number of inlets we’ll explore, causeways we’ll canvass, ferries we’ll frequent and marshlands we’ll meander?
Bottom line? We’ve not a clue how many miles we’ll traverse this year.
Here’s what we do know: As of May 22, we’re on our ninth state and have clocked 6,140 miles. We left Dallas on March 1 and have been on the road for 12 weeks, so we’ve averaged 512 miles a week so far.
Georges thinks we’ll hit 30,000 miles by the time we pull back into our downtown Dallas driveway on or about next March 1. I’m guessing it will be closer to 35,000 – and depending on how many excursions inland from the border or into Canada and, later, into Mexico, we take, even that could be a conservative estimate.
What do you think?
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