That makes my 2-month trip (since Sept 15) worth 10200 miles on the rental car, and almost the same amount in the air.
Good things on this last leg of the trip:
I got to see a great-aunt and uncle I hadn't seen since the youngest was born.
I got to meet the blogger Borepatch in person. Summary estimate: The gruffness is a facade. He is, in person, one of the most genuinely kind human beings one is liable to run into in a year.
I saw a good friend in LA, and talked demigod cats, and met a new potential programmer-buddy.
I met an online-only programmer buddy in person finally in Indianapolis.
I got to see some good friends in Phoenix...who I haven't seen in a year.
It's a real shame that my friends (the closest thing I have to a community) are scattered all over the USA...and I only see them once in a while. And it's a shame that I've been so in a hurry that I was unable to stop for the 2 extra days it'd take to do the Texas Blogshoot, or even to announce where I was going to be in time to meet folks who might have been on the route.