We've turned the corner now, and are heading back East. It's been about a week and a half, so we're right on track. We've also used about half of our fuel budget, so we're on target there too. We had planned on getting 8.5 mpg, and paying $3.19 per gallon, but we're getting closer to 9.5 mpg and paying closer to $3.00 per gallon. Those factors make up for the fact that we're driving way more miles than we had planned on. We're up to about 4,800 miles so far and we had planned on about 6,200 total (or about 3,300 up to this point).
This trip has really been exceeding our expectations, and we are really experiencing a lot of new and exciting things.