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Old 09-22-2022, 09:44 PM   #15
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Thank you for all of those suggestions. I've made note of each one of them. I also appreciate the insights and everyone's commitment to keeping this conversation informative and non-political. Nice to know we can all follow the rules and play nicely in the sandbox.

I realize 6 weeks is not a long time to travel from NY to AZ to GA! My original plan was just TX - until I became concerned about some of the things I was reading, especially the sad news about folks who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande. But as my husband wisely pointed out - how many incidents of campers getting bothered by illegal immigrants have I read about - and the answer was none. I started to expand my trip beyond TX to AZ as a result of my probably ungrounded fears. Plus.... there's something about that desert that calls to me.

I've done the math - 2600 miles from home to Quartzite, then 2200 miles from Quartzite to GA. Figuring 300 miles/day that would be about 16 days of driving, leaving me almost 4 weeks to play. I'm not sure if I'll end up in Quartzite this year, but it's nice to be able to include that in my possible plans. San Padre Island at 2100 miles is actually not that much closer. I'm figuring we'll make the journey part of the experience, and applying the 3/3/3/ rule should make it feel a bit more spacious and less like a race.

Ah! How fortunate I feel that I have the luxury of choosing from so many beautiful places. I once had a mentor call too much of a good thing a high class problem. Those are the sorts of problems we all like to have.
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The atlas I love is Benchmark.
What is it about the Benchmark atlases that you prefer about DeLorme?
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What is it about the Benchmark atlases that you prefer about DeLorme?
If you're into public lands, state parks, public landmarks then Benchmark has DeLorme beat. The maps are so much clearer and easy to read. There are notations for campgrounds, rv parks, hiking, fishing, zoo, museum, natural wonders, birdwatching, etc.

The map scale is large. Off pavement roads are easy to read with differences of a thin line or heavy line (for an better maintained road)

It is geared more to the outdoor enthusiast.

Public land boundaries are easy to read (national forest, BLM, tribal)

We started off with Delorme but always thought it was difficult to read the public land roads.
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If you're into public lands, state parks, public landmarks then Benchmark has DeLorme beat. The maps are so much clearer and easy to read. There are notations for campgrounds, rv parks, hiking, fishing, zoo, museum, natural wonders, birdwatching, etc.

The map scale is large. Off pavement roads are easy to read with differences of a thin line or heavy line (for an better maintained road)

It is geared more to the outdoor enthusiast.

Public land boundaries are easy to read (national forest, BLM, tribal)

We started off with Delorme but always thought it was difficult to read the public land roads.
Thatís all the convincing I needed. Ordered!

Gratitude, as always, for so generously sharing your knowledge, allowing others to follow in your tire tracks!💜
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Old 09-23-2022, 12:29 PM   #19
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Southwest Boondocking

Boondocking out in the far west Texas desert is plenty safe. Quite different than places like Laredo or El Paso where you hear about drug trafficking etc.
Many of the ranchers and folks living off-grid around the Big Bend area leave water setting out so an illegal dying of thirst after a dreadful trek through the desert wonít be tempted to look for water inside a building etc.

The last time we were out there visiting a friend on Terlingua Ranch his neighbor found this poor fellow from Guatemala looking for water up close to his house. Perfectly harmless trying to find a better life.
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If you make it as far as Nevada, I stayed at a great place on the west side of Lake Mojave just north of Laughlin. It was 4 miles of washboard road, but I backed up to the water and could watch the sunrise from the dinette. It was mid 90s, and I couldn't power my A/C, but the MaxAire fan pulling night air onto the bed and the bathroom and dinette fans on exhaust made it tolerable.
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If you tire of the crowds at Quartzite, head south about 100 mi on US 95 to Imperial Dunes BLM. There will be some other rigs, but you can setup 200 yards from anybody else. Very peaceful and quiet.
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If you tire of the crowds at Quartzite, head south about 100 mi on US 95 to Imperial Dunes BLM. There will be some other rigs, but you can setup 200 yards from anybody else. Very peaceful and quiet.
You can find nice sites like that in Quartzsite, also. Trouble is... many plop down in the first crowded grouping they see instead of driving farther back.
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