Our final drive was a 733-mile one, traveling through Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois, finally bringing ourselves back home to Indiana just before midnight. The only sights we really saw today were the Mississippi River, St. Louis from afar, and a billboard for Uranus Fudge Factory with the horrible slogan of "The best fudge is found in Uranus" (photo is from the Internet, not my own). Since there isn't really much to report for our last day, I'll leave you with some general facts, opinions, and observations from the trip as a whole.
By the NumbersNumber of miles traveled: 6289.1
Number of days: 21
Number of states visited: 16
Number of flat tires: 1
Number of times Bailey peed next to a "No pets in this area" sign: 2
HotelsBest hotel breakfast: Quality Inn Homestead Park, Billings
Best hotel location: Comfort Inn University, Missoula
Best hotel pool: Paris, Las Vegas
Nicest overall hotel: Comfort Suites, Moses Lake
Hotel that most resembled an insane asylum: Comfort Inn & Suites, Seattle
RestaurantsBest overall restaurant: tie between Brickhouse and Whiskey Cake (both had an outstanding interior and atmosphere; Brickhouse had better food, but Whiskey Cake had better service)
Restaurant that served the least appetizing food: Steelhead Diner (unappealing green oil for bread and fish served whole, head and eyes included)
Best dessert: Madonna Inn Café (we recommend the chocolate cream pie)
Rest areasBest rest area: Missouri Welcome Center traveling eastbound on I-44
Scariest rest area: somewhere in Arizona (sign next to pet area that read, "Poisonous snakes and insects inhabit this area")
Simplest rest area: various rest areas in Iowa (only dumpsters)
DrivesMost scenic drive: western Montana and Idaho
Most boring drive: desert areas from California to New Mexico
Best company interstate marketing: Wall Drug
Scariest place to get lost/break down: Wyoming (no cell phone service and no gas stations nor signs of real civilization for miles)
ObservationsEverything west of the Mississippi is historic (e.g. historic routes, historic landmarks, historic districts, historic parks, etc.).
The reflectors on the road go from in-ground to glued on above the ground a few miles after low elevation traveling south down I-5 in Redding, California.
Strangers in Washington are the friendliest (I received three compliments in one day).
One will see more junkyards in a day driving through the Mojave Desert than he/she will see in his/her entire lifetime.
More people were interested in reading/watching updates on our trip than I anticipated, so thank you for following along.