May 15 - Montana, Idaho, Washington : Done

Our last day of the road trip. It was agreed that if we did this again, we wouldn't start 2,100 miles away.

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Another day, another breakfast buffet.

Another day, another breakfast buffet.

The prevailing mood was much better than captured here.

The prevailing mood was much better than captured here.

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The scenic route was pleasant. At this point we were nursing the car along with a check engine light, required maintenance light, broken fuel gauge, low coolant light, engine system control failure light, brake assist service required light, malfunctioning cruise control, and fuel pressure cutting in and out. Come on, Volvo, you can make it!

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Lunch at Panda Express.

Lunch at Panda Express.

Standard road trip positions.

Standard road trip positions.

Last gas stop before Seattle!

Last gas stop before Seattle!

We made it! Right back to where we started nearly two weeks previously. 7,500+ miles driven. Exhausted, but elated, we set about unpacking so Tom could be returned.

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Yay!

Yay!

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I took this photo to remind myself that the trailer was fully unloaded.

I took this photo to remind myself that the trailer was fully unloaded.

Dad and Taylor continued to get unpacked while I returned the trailer. Adios, Tom, you served us well.

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After getting back to Taylor's apartment, we took this final photo before setting off for dinner at Duke's Chowder House across the parking lot. For the first time in two weeks, we took our time, without the specter of a monster drive ahead. It felt good.

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Damen Hattori

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