Our first day, we logged 14 hours. The total round trip tally was more than 1500 miles. We crossed five states (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida) and even more rivers. Seth kept track of our border crossings and wondered how we knew we had entered a new state--the magic of traversing the map. The refuse pile on the floor of the Odyssey grew as did the filth in the gas station bathrooms. But, so did the anticipation of seeing those with whom we would reunite and the end of our road.