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Rocky Mountain High Cost of Travel

I looked at my finances, and I should be able to swing going out to Colorado from the 19th to the 28th. Well, I'd leave from work on the 19th and get there early morning on the 20th. Yahoo! Maps says it is around a 12 hour drive, but I gain an hour going. :) I checked out flights online and the cheapest I could find was around $300 round-trip if I drove to Moline for departure. I figured out that I can probably drive there and back for around $125 round-trip. I'm in need of an oil change anyway (~$25), so I'd get one before I leave, and figuring an average cost of gas around $2.40/gal ($2.30 here and $2.50 there, high prices for regular), and around 40mpg for Tinkerbelle the Metro, over 820 miles one-way gives me about $50 each way (probably more on the way and less on the way back, due to it being a bit of a change in elevation). So, about $125. I can use the othe $175 to splurge on fun stuff with my dear friends and presents for my new li'l brother (or sister, but I'm almost positive it's a boy). I won't get paid for the time I'm gone :( so I need to make sure I have a place to crash while I'm there. :) I requested the time off via email this afternoon and my manager should be back tomorrow to okay it. The only other person taking time off that week is her, so it shouldn't be a problem. I'm going to Colorado! I'm really going to go!! Yay!!!

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flower76
Aug. 8th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
You are? That's awesome!

You are travelling so much these days!
mandydax
Aug. 9th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Yep, wish I could Apparate, tho. That would simplify things.
ladypentacles
Aug. 8th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
Is this for real? Are you really coming, like in a week? I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mandydax
Aug. 9th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
In like, 2, no 1½ weeks :D
ladypentacles
Aug. 9th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
Yay yay yay yay yay yay yay!!!!

It is like a 12 hour drive, but it's not too bad...especially in the dark.

I'm sure we could put you up for a night or two, depending on what's going on that week. Between me, Charly, and Shaun, we'll make it work. Yippee!!!!
mandydax
Aug. 9th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think the dark will make it easier going thru Nebraska. At least I can't see how boring it is. ;D
amherstbelle
Aug. 9th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
Ah, Nebraska. The best thing about our drive through Nebraska was that we happened to collide with Shaun at a Super 8.
klaus_weg
Aug. 12th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
Well, every time we've done that drive (sort of - from Ft. Collins instead of Denver) it's been about 13 hours of actual drive time. Factor in time change depending on which way you're going.

Don't fall asleep. Nebraska isn't much different, interest-wise, day or night. But people tend to be more tired at night.

Oh, and I doubt we'll be able to put you up. For starters, new baby. Secondly, that's basically when my parents will be here, occupying the guest room.
mandydax
Aug. 12th, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC)
No problem. Shaun has said she'd figure out something, but I would like to visit... Dad! ;D
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