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Old 02-19-2015, 02:14 PM   #15
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I find it very hard to relax while MHing.

Yep its time to relax and enjoy it.
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:12 PM   #16
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This may be moot, but your OP, Donut, reminded me of what the full-timers utilize in their travels known as the 2-2-2 Rule. Don't drive more than 200 miles in one day. Arrive by 2 PM. Stay for at least two nights. I realize that your time constraints are such that you wouldn't find that feasible. But... At a future point it could be something to consider.

When we head out to Burning Man, it takes us more than a week to get there from Alabama; involving six campgrounds and only three of them overnight... The rest are two, three and even four nights. Again, we don't have a time clock to punch and can take our time getting there. The one big "push" we make is from Albuquerque to Las Vegas non-stop (for my own reasons) which makes for an 8-hour driving day. But we spend three nights there to enjoy some of the city and to decompress from such a long driving day through the desert.

Meanwhile, pick a few places you really want to see on this trip and try to promise yourself that you'll hit others on another trip. If you're returning on I-40, stop by the old Route 66 town of Glenrio TX/NM. I think your wife will like it. Just remember: If you're rushing so much that you're no longer having fun, you're doing it wrong!
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:26 AM   #17
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This may be moot, but your OP, Donut, reminded me of what the full-timers utilize in their travels known as the 2-2-2 Rule. Don't drive more than 200 miles in one day. Arrive by 2 PM. Stay for at least two nights. I realize that your time constraints are such that you wouldn't find that feasible. But... At a future point it could be something to consider.

When we head out to Burning Man, it takes us more than a week to get there from Alabama; involving six campgrounds and only three of them overnight... The rest are two, three and even four nights. Again, we don't have a time clock to punch and can take our time getting there. The one big "push" we make is from Albuquerque to Las Vegas non-stop (for my own reasons) which makes for an 8-hour driving day. But we spend three nights there to enjoy some of the city and to decompress from such a long driving day through the desert.

Meanwhile, pick a few places you really want to see on this trip and try to promise yourself that you'll hit others on another trip. If you're returning on I-40, stop by the old Route 66 town of Glenrio TX/NM. I think your wife will like it. Just remember: If you're rushing so much that you're no longer having fun, you're doing it wrong!
Hmmmm, I actually like the sound of that 2-2-2 rule. Also, good advice about promising to hit points down the road not do-able on this trip. Thanks so much for laying that all out for me.
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Another rule of thumb is the 3-3-3 Drive 300 miles, stop by 3 PM, stay 3 days. You could combine these ideas, drive 300, stop at 2 PM[early depart], stay 2 days.. or Drive 200[late depart], stop at 3 PM...etc etc you get the drift. We did the route that your wife likes. You will be glad you did it...
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3-3-3

We use a hybrid of the 3-3-3 rule. When in transit to someplace, we just use the first two 3's. Drive no more than 300 miles and arrive no later than 3:00 pm. But if we are in an area we are not interested in exploring, we will stay over just 1 night.

When at a destination, we stay at least 3 nights. That gives you two full days of exploring. We actually prefer to stay even longer when possible.

We are teachers - so sort of the retiree mode during the summer, but we still feel some time constraints. In a year or so we will both retired and can take it even more leisurely.
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And now a response from the hyper active type. Rule of thumb is 400 miles per day (8 hours). Will drive two day in a row but will take a day off the third day. NEVER stay more that 5 days in any location Run out of things to do and get bored!!!! Three days is better.

I concur with GaryKD's list of New Mexico-Arizona stops. Carlsbad Cavern was the best stop of a one month trip. While in Albuquerque try to go to Sandia Mountain to ride the tram and eat at the High Finance restaurant on top of the mountain. DW insists we go each time we are in New Mexico. Usually dry camp at the Casino.

If you have time make the short trip from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. Only about 50-60 miles north of Albuquerque and well worth the drive.

And one not mentioned but great for history buffs, Vicksburg Ms. Camped at the Ameristar Casino and had a great time exploring Vicksburg.

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Wow...such great ideas. I'm still quite excited about the 2-2-2, 3-3-3 or 3-3-1...Basically, the idea of structuring how much time on the road vs relaxation time. Up 'till now, I wasn't sure how to lay out our trips, i.e., how long to drive and to where and how long to stay there while enroute to somewhere else...great stuff to think about. This will make it so much easier for us, especially my wife who won't have to wonder how far we're going to drive before she starts looking thru our books/apps for a place to put up for the night or for two/three days for that matter.

It's so great being able to bounce ideas off of folks who've "been there-done that" We'd be pretty lost without this group...thank you all so much!
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Some great advice. , remember if your just stopping to sleep , stretch legs
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