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Old 07-11-2020, 12:39 PM   #1
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On the Road again..

Heading out tomorrow for either 3 weeks or 3 months depending on Covid or whim. Well prepared for minimal human contact(). We are just gonna enjoy what we can see and experience along the way. Map shown is the tentative route. The heat wave is sending us due north for at least the next week or so. I have never toured the upper Great Lakes so this will be a brand new experience.

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Old 07-11-2020, 12:46 PM   #2
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You’ll love the upper Great Lakes, but then we’re kinda biased up here. Looks like a great route with lots of fun things to see and do. If you like wineries Traverse City MI and Door Co WI are best bets (Von Steihl Winery in Algoma WI is a favorite). You’ll drive by not far from us here in MN, we’ll be waving. Have fun!!!
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Old 07-11-2020, 01:03 PM   #3
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Every place you picked will give you a great trip! Enjoy!!

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I would probably leave off ND and drop down into SD. IMO the Badlands are well named, especially coming from NC...no trees.
I would include Cody, Ystone, & the Tetons.
After Steamboat I’d include Grand Lake for RMNP.
I would not cut the corner of NM... maybe by the time you get there you will not have to quarantine for 14 days.
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I personally enjoyed the drive across ND. Based in MN...since '77. Lots of wide open spaces, good state parks, and quaint small towns.
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I would probably leave off ND and drop down into SD. IMO the Badlands are well named, especially coming from NC...no trees.
I would include Cody, Ystone, & the Tetons.
After Steamboat I’d include Grand Lake for RMNP.
I would not cut the corner of NM... maybe by the time you get there you will not have to quarantine for 14 days.


North Dakota is oddly one of our primary destinations . There is quite a bit to see there if you can find out where to look. Yellowstone is looking pretty crowded so far, if we end up in that region after Labor Day we will definitely go. We have both been to RMNP before so unlikely we will go there this trip. More interested in central Colorado since DW hasn’t been there.
New Mexico we are planning on probably next year as a part of a Texas, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona tour.
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I personally enjoyed the drive across ND. Based in MN...since '77. Lots of wide open spaces, good state parks, and quaint small towns.
North Dakota also has some nice city parks in the small towns.
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Looks like a great trip Rick. I may borrow some of your itinerary. We’re in your area this week (Brunswick Beaches) then to the NC mtns and not sure where after that. Have a great trip!
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Looks great! Would like to do a similar trip.
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Thanks for sharing - these are fun types of posts.
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Old 07-13-2020, 12:51 PM   #11
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Keep us posted Rick. It looks like an ambitious trip. I printed the map a completely different route from what we had planned.
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Just an FYI. I was supposed to volunteer as a camp host at Teddy Roosevelt NP for July, Aug and Sept 2020. The park is now open but the camp grounds will remain closed to the public until 2021. My job was canceled. I believe they are using the camp ground to house staff rather than place them in the dorms, some type of social distancing. Hopefully you have reserved a private camp ground nearby.
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Looks like the trip we were planning, but in reverse. The plan was to start in TX in April an work North as things warmed up. As it worked out, we started in June and went north along the BRP and into MA. Later this week, we head west as far as IL and the south to arrive back in FL in October. Except for our 2 week stay on Cape Cod, we have not booked anything more than a week in advance. We have not had any trouble finding campsites, nor encountered any issues crossing state lines. But I'm sure that could change at any time.
Have a safe trip!
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On the Road again..

Back home again..... Yesterday the chassis a/c quit on us just over 300 miles from home. With this summers heat there is no way we would rely on the coach a/c alone nor would we want to put that much additional wear and tear on the coach a/c and generator. Being only a day’s drive from home we elected to return rather than wait out the repair in. a campground.

Just got the compressor out (bad clutch)and it will be 7 days before the new one gets here.

We will try this again in a couple of weeks.
Thanks for all the well wishes and advice
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