Michigan – By the Numbers:

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Michigan, state forty, by the numbers:

Total miles: 742

Total money gained: $11.36 (A host gave me $10 to go to a museum, and another had me drop something off at the post office and there was $1.36 leftover.)

Total money spent: $116.56
    Gas: $68.50
    Other transport: $5.00 (parking and toll)
    Food: $37.06
    Attractions: $0
    Other: $6.00

Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $114.28

Total over budget: $2.28

Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $25

North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $0 ($189.50 from $100)

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

Number of free meals: 6

Total nights spent with people I already knew: 0

Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 5

Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing hosts: 0

Total nights spent in the car: 0

Total number of hosts/homes stayed in: 4

Total number of Couchsurfing hosts/homes: 4

Total number of family/friend hosts/homes: 0

Total dates: 0

Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 2 (1 -basil)

Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 13

Total “Am I Done yet…?” moments: 1

Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 12


Detroit – Pewabic Pottery – super cool pottery.

Detroit – Belle Isle – it’s just really beautiful.

Detroit Historical Museum – good history and information about Detroit.

Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park – I couldn’t afford it and it was cold, but it looked great.

Traverse City – The Cherry Republic – try all the cherry flavored foods!

Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore – I recommend Pyramid Point, it’s beautiful.

Family Video – I didn’t actually go to one, but I appreciated that I saw at least three while in Michigan.


Heidelberg Park – maybe it was just because Hillbilly Garden in Kentucky was so good that I just really wasn’t feeling this recycled material folk art.

Petoskey – cute small town, not much going on though.

Marquette – though if you are there go to Ore Dock and get a $2 beer and watch the sunrise over Lake Superior in the morning.

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