Supernatural Trip Planning

So, one of the things that Audrey and I are considering doing is travelling the roads traveled by Sam and Dean Winchester in the WB/CW series Supernatural.

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Alana is Reading on Tumblr created maps to the best of their ability, and I wanted to draft a post on what that would look like. Prices are from August 2014, and the Calendar presumes starting the first week of 2015, both of which are fairly unlikely targets.

Season 1 – If we start from Season 1, Episode 1, we’ll want to pick up an RV in Northern California. This is OK with us, as our current plan is to establish residency in South Dakota, and that’s along the way…

29 December, 2014
Season 1, Episode 1 (and a half)
Palo Alto to “Jericho”, California – 200 miles, 4 Hours
Wikipedia says that Jericho, CA is a ghost town near Moores Flat, CA. I think I found the spot on Google Earth, and it looks like it’s no more difficult to travel to than it would be driving up Rampart Range Road here in Colorado – Plenty of pavement to the last couple of miles, then broad graded dirt. There’s not a lot to see here, but it is public land, so woohoo for free boondocking on the first night of a very long  and strange trip!

5 January 2015
Season 1, Episode 2
Jericho, CA to “Just outside of Grand Junction” to “Blackwater Ridge, CO” – 887 miles, 13.5 hours
“Blackwater Ridge” is the first fictional destination in the series. There is a “Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness” just outside of Grand Junction, and the location is 39.1 N by -108.9311 W. The road is gnarly as hell going out that far, and it’s a Wilderness Area that we’ll have to hike or horseback ride into, though, so it’s likely we’ll wind up staying at the Saddlehorn Campground at the Colorado National Monument, instead…

12 January 2015
Season 1, Episode 3
Grand Junction, CO to Omro, Wisconsin – 1317 miles, 20 hours
The location used by the Supernatural Fictional Places Wiki Page is near Wausau. I think I’d rather see Oshkosh, on the shores of…Lake Winnebago. Also, there’s a lake connected to Lake Winnebago called Lake Butte des Morts, or “Hill of the Dead”. That seems VERY appropriate for the setting.

19 January 2015
Season 1, Episode 4
Omro, Wisconsin to Kittaning, PA – 659 miles, 10h 44m

26 January, 2015
Season 1, Episode 5
Kittaning, PA to Toledo, OH – 251 miles, 4h

2 February, 2015
Season 1, Episode 6
Toledo, OH to Tucumcari, NM or St. Louis or Austin, TX – 471 miles, 7h

9 February 2015
Season 1, Episode 7
St. Louis, MO to Ankeny, IA – 347 miles, 6 hours

16 February 2015
Season 1, Episode 8
Ankeny, IA to Oasis Plains (Atoka County), OK – 579 miles, 9h

23 February 2015
Season 1, Episode 9
Oasis Plains, OK, to Lawrence, KS – 350 miles, 6 hours

2 March 2015
Season 1, Episode 10
Lawrence, KS to Rockford, IL – 518 miles, 8 hours

9 March 2015
Season 1, Episode 11
Rockford IL to Burkittsville, IN (Near Scottsburg) – 389 miles, 6 hours

16 March 2015
Season 1, Episode 12
Burkittsville, IN to “Nebraska” (North Platte) – 951 Miles, 15 hours

23 March 2015
Season 1, Episode 13
“Nebraska” to Cape Girardeau, MO – 770 miles, 11.5 hours

30 March 2015
Season 1, Episode 14
Cape Girardeau, MO to Saginaw, MI – 628 miles, 9.5 hours

6 April 2015
Season 1, Episode 15
Saginaw, MI to Hibbing, MN – 682 miles, 11.5 hours

13 April 2015
Season 1, Episode 16
Hibbing, MN to Chicago, IL – 542 Miles, 9 hours

20 April 2015
Season 1, Episode 17
Chicago, IL to Richardson, TX – 912 miles, 15 hours

27 April 2015
Season 1, Episode 18
Richardson, TX to Fitchburg, WI – 970 miles, 15 hours

4 May 2015
Season 1, Episode 19
Fitchburg, WI to New Paltz, NY – 965 miles, 15.5 hours

11 May 2015
Season 1, Episode 20
New Paltz, NY to (Peyton) “Manning”, CO – 1800 miles, 27 hours

18 May 2015
Season 1, Episode 21
(Peyton) Manning, CO to Lincoln, NE – 488 miles, 7.5 hours

25 May 2015
Season 1, Episode 22
Lincoln, NE to Sioux Falls, SD – 236 miles, 4 hours

Total for Season One:
14,912 miles, 235 hours driving.
1491 gallons of diesel @3.87 = 5770.17 or $1049.12/mo.