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Old 02-13-2015, 09:54 PM   #1
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Patience is a must have

Old news for you experienced dp owners but learning slowly for me.

Drove 1200 miles from Oklahoma to Tucson, AZ just to look at mhs. Pedata to be exact. We went I-40 to I-25 to I-10. 40 & 25 was so boring, nothing but desert and mountains for 800 miles, that I wanted to turn around and go back home. Keep in mind I was in my car doing 75 mph. I cannot imagine doing it at 62-65 mph.

But alas
We bought a dp and now we are going to learn patience and stop and smell the desert flowers.
If you pass a guy walking around his dp kicking rocks you will know I am still learning patience.
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:32 PM   #2
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Driving slower gives you that much more time to enjoy both your motorhome and the ride it provides you! For some of us, the journey is the destination.

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Old 02-13-2015, 11:49 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by bokobird View Post
Driving slower gives you that much more time to enjoy both your motorhome and the ride it provides you! For some of us, the journey is the destination.
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Old 02-14-2015, 12:02 AM   #4
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You have to clear your mind of the destination and the driving need to get there as close to the time you started as you can. Then you may start to see some of the beautiful things around you. If you do not see the things around you leave the MH at home and stay in the S&B. The benefits of camping are lost on you.

All of the road ways have things to see if you look. At times you will see antelope on the prairies. Have to keep a sharp eye. There are lots of things even in the desert. You may see catus blooming, or interesting rock formations.

Our kids are like that, always running to the next place. I like to say they leave 10 minutes late on a 10 minute drive and try to get there 10 minutes early.
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A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it also misses the point of traveling in an RV in the first place. What you described was a commute, but what you missed was the experience of enjoying where you were instead of hurrying to get where you were going. The southwest might not be everyone's cup of tea, but you're already there... it wouldn't be that hard to make the most of it.

Get off the interstates, explore the roads less traveled and discover something you've never seen before. You might not ever want to drive back there to see it again, but you won't be sorry for that once-in-a-lifetime experience.

And, who knows...?

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Old 02-14-2015, 01:49 AM   #6
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It's hard as a passenger too! I feel like it's twilight zone, lol. Good thing there's music!
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Old 02-14-2015, 05:01 AM   #7
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I love driving through the desert I think its beautiful.
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Old 02-14-2015, 05:35 AM   #8
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The desert can incredibly beautiful, especially at night with a full moon. It can also be a long intimidating drive. Having to run through Death Valley without AC to avoid engine failure in 115 degree heat, or crossing the Mojave in the early evening when the temperature is still above 100 degrees is a reality check. We once stopped after the sun had gone down to let the pups do their business. The silence was amazing. Not a car or truck to be seen for miles and no jets overhead to break the quiet. We had to stand there and take it all in for a good 30 minutes before getting back on the road. The stars merged with the horizon it was so dark, yet you could see forever.

Deserts have their own special beauty day, or night if only you give them a chance. I do agree, I40 can be a drag. Follow what's left of old Route 66 someday. There are still some of the old roadside curio shops and diners left here and there. To me the drive from El Paso to Dallas TX is perhaps one of the most mind numbing drives around. 10 and 20 has its moments of sheer boredom. As stated earlier, the backroads can be rewarding, as long as there are gas stations.
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I have none and never had none I guess I'll get some 6ft under.
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Who say's you cannot drive a MH 75 mph? I see it on I-75 all the time especially snowbirds headed north!
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My wife is from south eastern Kentucky. Ever drive the rough the smokies? I mean get off the interstate and travel 100 miles on the little 2 lane roads that curve round and round. Where the locals don't know how to stay on their own side of the road. on one side of the road the hill is straight up with no ditch. The other side of the road is a 100 foot drop off with no guard rail into a river. Just drops off the edge of the road. Yea that's where you need patience. As soon as we get off the interstate I stop and get a 6 pack. The wife takes over I buckle my seat belt tight and try not to say a word.
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You don't say what age group you fit into. But I was a type "A" personality when I was younger, always going a 100mph with my hair on fire. After retirement it took me a good year to finally slow down. Time & distance don't mean a thing now. I'll be there, when I get there.
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You can run at 75 mph just be ready to make a lot of fuel stops.

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