Illinois – By the Numbers:

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Illinois, state forty-two, by the numbers:

Total miles: 193

Total money gained: $0

Total money spent: $39.12
    Gas: $23.75
    Other transport: $0
    Food: $6.87
    Attractions: $6
    Other: $2.50

Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $85.71

Total under budget: $46.59

Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $47

North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $0 ($206.50 from $100)

National Park Interagency pass: $0 ($325 from $80)

Number of free meals: 9

Total nights spent with people I already knew: 2

Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 1

Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing hosts: 0

Total nights spent in the car: 0

Total number of hosts/homes stayed in: 2

Total number of Couchsurfing hosts/homes: 1

Total number of family/friend hosts/homes: 1

Total dates: 0

Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 1

Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 7

Total “Am I done yet…?” moments: 1

Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 7


Chicago – Maggie Daley Park – especially if you are under the age of 12.

Chicago – Crown Fountain – cool installation art/fountain – especially nice on hot summer days.

Chicago Cultural Center – Tiffany glass dome – so freaking cool.

Blue Man Group – though you can also see them elsewhere…

Rockford – Anderson Japanese Gardens – especially on a sunny day.


Rockford bike path…pretty walk, some cool art, not worth a special trip though.

Are there any other number related things or best’s or whatnot you’d like to know? Leave me a comment below!