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Old 12-11-2012, 07:31 AM   #29
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since I/we are semi retired (work 1000hrs from may to OCT) we do short trips when its hot then about Feb we head for Fla. till May 1st we do mostly STATE parks & alot of COE parks-You better have reservations on these BUT we take 8-9 days to get there from ILL (by way of Nathez trail) and usually that many days to get home by May 1st--90 days on the road is about right for us-We free lance CG's going down and our first reservation is Mar 1st so we end up in Nathez MS then start working our way east towards Sarasota for our first 14 day stay-We haven't pulled up to any CG yet that didn't have a spot open-we look for Passport CG's--Rich & Aud

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:16 AM   #30
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We have only a very general plan and ad lib as we go. We usually start thinking about where we will stay in the mid afternoon. I can't tell you how many times we have made great adjustments and seen such wonderful things along the way. The advent of Smart phones has made this much more rewarding. We are big users of Wal-Marts and Passport America also. We generally like to stay in the same area for two days with the middle one being used for exploring. Off the beaten path is the way for us. Some folks have a rigid schedule and I think they miss a lot that way. We usually put about the same mileage on the toad as the coach.

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:21 AM   #31
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Still working and all trips have to be planned....
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:30 AM   #32
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I like to attend rallies, so some planning is necessary, however I rarely make reservations other than the rallies. Before a trip I put together a list of the places I'd like to see, check it as I travel & try to hit those I'm close to. My "plans" don't include any time schedules, just places.

Has worked so far on trips of 111 days & 138 days!
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:44 AM   #33
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We have only a very general plan and ad lib as we go. We usually start thinking about where we will stay in the mid afternoon. I can't tell you how many times we have made great adjustments and seen such wonderful things along the way. The advent of Smart phones has made this much more rewarding. We are big users of Wal-Marts and Passport America also. We generally like to stay in the same area for two days with the middle one being used for exploring. Off the beaten path is the way for us. Some folks have a rigid schedule and I think they miss a lot that way. We usually put about the same mileage on the toad as the coach.

We do 2x the miles of the MoHo with our toad. Sometime 3x
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:06 AM   #34
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I do a little of both, I run a "loose plan" For example a one day drive, I allow at least a day and a half, I have no set time (Generally) so if I'm a day early or a day late getting there, Who cares. The only things I truly plan are doctor's appointments.

Here is how that works.. Heading south on I-75 in earlier this fall I was around oh, MM 70 something high when I heard on ye-old CB about a couple of acidents, over turned truck, road fully blocked.. Exit 76 was fast approaching and I took it... Got to the top of the exit ramp just as the police closed the freeway I was no longer on.

Got to Corwin the next morning, still in plenty of time for when I needed to be there (That evening) and had a good night's sleep in betteween courtesy of Wal-mart (or I could have gone to the truck stop).

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Old 12-12-2012, 12:31 PM   #35
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Back when we had a company to run I did good to be able to take 10 days off. Now that we've sold the company and retired, it's a whole different ballgame! The only really long trip we've taken since then was a 2-month trip out west back in the spring. We planned it one stopover at a time. When we got to a place where there were several things we wanted to see, we stayed there until we had seen them all and THEN decided where we were going next. We had a great time and plan to do the same thing next spring! Happy trails and God bless!

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Old 12-12-2012, 12:57 PM   #36
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We are in transition from being "planners" to a hybrid plan/no plan method. For all these long years of worklife it was necessary to plan our RV trips because of the restrictions on our time and desire to see certain people and do certain things. But now that we are fulltimers, and work as we have known it the last 40 years, will come to an end in 2013. We will only be "planning" to be in a general area at a general time.

We look forward to setting our GPS to "No Freeways" and meandering around between our general destinations. At our general destinations we hope to do volunteer work and hang-out for two or three months so that we can really get to know an area.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:36 PM   #37
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I collected all 50 of the State Quarters, and I'm working on the National Park Quarters. In the future, we'll be choosing our next destination by pulling a quarter out of a bag ...
Before retiring, I had a similar plan. It was only a short time before the reality called high gas prices caused me to change the way I plan. Basically, I'm at my daughter's place in Seattle in the summer and I head south when the fall gray and gloomy skies appear.

I take a different route each trip and visit different National Parks, sights and friends along the way. The best part is telling folks I'll be there when I get there. It drives those type A personalities nuts, but I've always been type B.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:34 AM   #38
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Currently, we plan. We do allow some flexibility, but sometimes, as others have said, if you are going somewhere popular, you have to make reservations. We are already planning a one month trip up the east coast in May, and planning a 6 month trip in 2014. I love the planning part. I have a folder already of over 150 places/things to do for our 6 month. I don't think 6 months is going to be enough.
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We travel from mid October to Mid April to escape the cold in Alberta, but our destinations are pretty vague. We just zig zag around checking out places we have heard about from others, seen on National Geographic, read about in books, etc. while heading in a generally southerly directions. This fall we left Alberta and went straight down to Ogden, Utah to check it out. My husbands 4th great grandfather was Peter Skene Ogden, the man the city is named after, and we had never been there before. We stopped in Casinos, Walmarts and truck stops along the way because we really didn't have a destination in mind. We then decided we wanted to visit relatives in Arizona, so stopped a couple of nights in Cottonwood Cove, Mesa and Benson. Went to Tombstone and Bisbee, saw the Biosphere2 and lots of other things that we wanted to. Then went straight across Texas except for a 2 night stop at the Caverns of Sedona and hit Lake Charles and decided we were going to spend Christmas in New Orleans. Went all over LA taking in sights and meeting great people. We are now back in Benson visiting relatives, then on to Parker for a month and after that?????

We like to have a general schedule, but then we start every morning over breakfast asking each other "where to today" We get on the internet to see what is within a days drive in any direction and go from there. If we stop, it is sometimes just overnight, sometimes a week or more, sometimes a month. It all depends on how we feel.

I owned and ran 3 businesses at the same time (still run 2) and my hubby worked for the Gov., so our time was not our own for many years. Now we do what we want, when we want and don't worry about being at a specific campground. That is what having a motorhome means to us - being totally independant for several days if need be.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:42 PM   #40
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:53 AM   #41
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Retirees here too. Love planning for the next stop the day before we plan on being there, and that based on a very loose itinerary/general direction. As much as I hate to plan much in advance of the next day, if you're going to be anywhere near a popular "spring break" destination, and you enjoy state parks like we do, suggest you consider at least checking to see how busy the campgrounds in that area are going to be? That, and weekends in popular tourist areas, especially in the East. They can be a hassle as well.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:26 PM   #42
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The breauty of being retired allows us to enjoy our new found flexibility. It is more fun to travel when you are not tied to a specific schedule. We plan for a destination and then wing it as we go.

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