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Old 08-13-2014, 08:17 PM   #1
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Trip Ca, Okla, Tenn, La., Tx, N.M, Az, Ca.

I will be going next Sept leaving Bakersfield, Calif Hwy 58 . to I-40 going East.

Must go to Shawnee, Okla, & Siloam Springs, Ark,
Thinking about planning the rest of my trip via these cities which I have never been to:
Branson, Mo.
Memphis & Nashville, Tenn, go down the Nachez Trace, New Orleans, La.
Galvaston, Port Arnasas, San Antonio, Tx., Roswell, N.M., Alamagordo, N.M.

then don't know.. was thinking about going up I-25 to Albq and stopping on
some of the Route 66 stuff coming back home to Calif.

I will not be doing much siteseeing on my way to Shawnee, Okla. thus overnite stays.

I like to drive between 4-5 hours.. can do 6 hrs. So I need overnite stops Until Shawnee.
After Shawnee, Okla. I can slow down and
smell the roses. As you can see by the cities, I will be spending a few days or week? in each.
I really don't have a plan or timeframe.. think this will poss be about 2 months.

One question is I don't know if I should do Memphis or Nahsville first from Branson.

That's where I hope you folks will come in. What routes have you been on in these areas and
where did you stay, what did you see?

I have a 35' Class A and have a tow car. I'd like to have pull thrus for my "overnite" stops or
Walmart, Casino etc. so I don't have to unhook toad. I will be traveling alone so would like to keep
the hook/unhook to a minimum on "traveling" days.

I have PassPort America and Escapees and Senior National Parks Pass
. so I should be able to get discounts as I will be off season.
This is not a requirement, I just want Water/Elect min. when I stay for days/week.
Would like your info, I'll also be checking RVparkreviews.com

I've done the I-8 to San Diego and I-10 to Palm Springs many times so would like to do some I-40
stuff coming home.

Thanks for your help.


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Old 08-13-2014, 08:44 PM   #2
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Isn't if fun to plan a trip like that??
I am from New Mexico, so I will be partial to that state, but there is so much to see there. The bird migration will be going on at Bosque del Apache, the Very Large Arry, White Sands, Lincoln County Tres Rioe Petroghyphs, the Valley of Fires, and Ft. Stanton. Farther sout, Carlsbad Caverns and Old Meseilla. If you can spare two months away from home, then try to make it 4 or 5. Enjoy yourself. There is so much to see.

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Old 08-14-2014, 08:05 AM   #3
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I would go to Nashville first and then down to Memphis to pick up the Natchez Trace.
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:15 AM   #4
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Don't mean to be disagreeable but I would go to Memphis first, visit Graceland then to Nashville, Natchez Trace heads south out of Nashville if you plan on traveling it.
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:56 AM   #5
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By the way, we might see you on the Natchez Trace. We will be leaving our volunteer job at Beech Fork Lake West Virginia on Sept. 3. We will be slowly going south to Harlingen TX for a winter work-for-site job. I am going to follow the trace its whole length. We have 2 months to make the trip. Then, next spring, 6 weeks to go from Harlingen to Steamboat Lake Colorado.We will work there next summer.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:24 AM   #6
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When in Branson we stay at Welcome to Branson Stagecoach Campground - WELCOME HOME Stayed 11 nights last year and will stay 4 nights next month. PA park $22 night.

From Branson, we will be going to Memphis and stay at T.O. Fuller SP for $15 night as senior. Have Elect. and water with dump site.

From Memphis, we will be going to Nashville and stay at J. Percy Priest Lake, COE, for $12 night as senior. Have Elect. and water with dump site.

From Nashville, we will be going to Smokey Mts. and pay an arm and leg in commercial park, peak season. lol

So maybe the above will answer some of your questions. Sounds like you have a great trip ahead.
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Since you plan on visiting NOLA, you should plan a stay in Lafayette and enjoy Cajun Country. Nice parks near Breaux Bridge, good food and good music. Visit the Cafe de Amis in Breaux Bridge on Saturday morning for fantastic entertainment and good food.


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