30 ballparks, Boston to San Francisco, in one rental car. Ok, ok, so there was that quick flight up to Seattle and back, but the vast majority of the time was spent in one rental Ford Taurus.
While I’d originally thought that the car was perhaps a little bigger than I needed, the further the trip went along, the more I realized that having a car with plenty of room was quite nice to avoid feeling cramped, especially on the longer drives. Furthermore, the large trunk was a critical factor, as I left the majority of my luggage in the car throughout the trip, only bringing inside what I needed each night. And, as Adara was happy to demonstrate, the trunk really did have plenty of room:
Meanwhile, how far did I go? Well, it’s shown on the stats to the right, and in the title to this posting, so it’s not giving anything away by highlighting that I put 12,442 miles on the car in less than 2 months. For some perspective, that’s 4 times the distance from Boston to San Francisco had I simply driven directly. Not bad. The rental car return woman did a double take when she recorded the mileage, and asked me if it was correct. But, hey, she’s being paid an hourly wage, so when I confirmed that I had, indeed, almost doubled the car’s mileage, she just printed a receipt and wished me a good flight.