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Old 08-03-2012, 02:04 PM   #15
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While in the UP go see Tequamenon Falls. Niagra is the only water fall larger and there is the upper falls and at the lower falls you can row around in a boat and go swimming. There is a camp ground at the lower falls too. Plenty off casinos in the UP for a free nights stay in an RV too along with State and National parks. Swing by the Soo locks before heading to the Mackinac bridge. Have fun.
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:01 PM   #16
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While in the UP go see Tequamenon Falls. Niagra is the only water fall larger and there is the upper falls and at the lower falls you can row around in a boat and go swimming. There is a camp ground at the lower falls too. Plenty off casinos in the UP for a free nights stay in an RV too along with State and National parks. Swing by the Soo locks before heading to the Mackinac bridge. Have fun.
Thank you, you're the first to suggest the waterfalls, I'd have completely missed them otherwise . Don't know how warm and swimable the water will be come late september, but won't know till I get there .

Last prediction I heard was the hot weather and drought was going to extended into september and october, but I never expect meteorologists to get it right .
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:10 PM   #17
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Redneck, on your way to the UP I see you're planning a drive up what looks like M35 along the lake. Between Menominee and Escanaba is a great state park, JW Wells State Park, which is right on the lake (Green Bay). There are sites along the water with electric and water, but there are also 3 rustic sites with no hookups that are quite nice on the lake.
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Be aware that Michigan parks now require a "Passport" which is $8 per vehicle for non-residents, in addition to the regular rate.
There are also a few county parks along M35 also along the lake but we haven't stayed in any of those.
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I envy you! Please post some pics. I'd love to see 'em.
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Near Devils Tower, you might want to look into camping at Cook Lake Recreation Area. It's just above Sundance. My friend Hosts there in season. The fee is $17.00 in season and $10.00 after Labor Day. They tell me it's about 30 - 40 miles to Devils Tower. Great Boondocking location. FAR away from anything!
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I envy you! Please post some pics. I'd love to see 'em.
I will be running concurrent posts on a variety of forums as well as my blog being the master repository, which will get the updates first as I can batch post those from offline mode as I get online during the drive, the forum reproductions take a little extra time .

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Near Devils Tower, you might want to look into camping at Cook Lake Recreation Area. It's just above Sundance. My friend Hosts there in season. The fee is $17.00 in season and $10.00 after Labor Day. They tell me it's about 30 - 40 miles to Devils Tower. Great Boondocking location. FAR away from anything!
I'll take a look at it was we go .
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Hey Matt,

I have been reading your blog, and wish you a great trip. There's nothing like a cross country journey. Whatever you do, do not miss
A Michigan Family Attraction : The Henry Ford

Here's a couple more items for your list ...

Mackinac Island, Michigan Things to Do, Vacations and Packages | Pure Michigan

Legs Inn - Cross Village, Michigan

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If you get anywhere Detroit, here's a bargain campground: Wayne County Fairgrounds - Belleville Michigan

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So, now, that you know the route and what I've got on my plate so far, it's time for all of youins to offer up what I'm missing, the Diners, Drive Ins, Dives, Tourist Traps, Corny Road Side Attractions, and so on....
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You will be right at Spearfish Canyon which is an amazingly beautiful drive. It is close to Devils Tower. Take it to Deadwood if you have time. Be sure you have Passport America.
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I live in the UP between the Soo Locks and The Mackinac Bridge. You could spend a week in this area taking in the history and the sights. If you wish,When you get close, PM me and I'll give you more info on the area.
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Not far from Wall Drug is the Corn Palace. I found that much more interesting than the Wall Drug. You might check it out.
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You will be right at Spearfish Canyon which is an amazingly beautiful drive. It is close to Devils Tower. Take it to Deadwood if you have time. Be sure you have Passport America.
agree on spearfish canyon, great drive from rapid city to rushmore.
then you can tale the new highway east and out.
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Due to the limitations of Google maps, I ended up having to break the map into two pieces, the route east and the route west to add anything more.

So far, here's the update general route going west, it's still fairly basic.

Westward Bound - The Great Northern Redneck Adventure

And here's a couple maps I'd like to do, but are kinda near the pipe dream range due to raising the extra money ($500 over my original budget to go all the way to Charleston, providing gas stays at an average for $4.009) needed to add the extra miles.

Westward Bound and Down - Tennessee added

Altantic, Ho! Eastern Seaboard at last!
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Looks like maybe you are recovering the same ground on your trip North and back South. Might be more interesting to take another route. It is also more interesting off the expressways, but each to his own. We have taken a whole lot of that trip and I am sure you will find it great. Lots of America out there to see.
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