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RVMommaTo6

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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #30 on: September 18, 2018, 12:11:42 PM »
I started out knowing that I wanted to be up north all summer and head south all winter. I have a notebook (I write everything down) and researched top must sees or must dos of each state. (We're skipping the NE states that we've already been to) I did lots of Google searches. I made a tentative plan and then added a lot to it after getting advice here on this forum. If you read through this thread and the one on bucket lists, people have awesome suggestions. That's where I started.
There's so much to cram into such a short period of time lol, you realize how much there is to see and do once you try to plan it all in a 10 month period. You also need to remember to plan on time for laundry and "house keeping" like vehicle maintenance. I have a cram packed schedule, HOWEVER, I am using that as a suggestion and over planned instead of under planned. So there are things on our itinerary that we will probably not wind up doing if I need a down day or aren't up to driving, if someone gets sick (there are 7 of us so it's bound to happen at some point), if we have vehicle issues, if we decide to stay somewhere longer than planned to see more there, if we hit bad weather, if places are closed etc etc etc.
Also, like Tom said (and he is an AWESOME source of information, he's been a huge help to me over and over again) I also don't re-cross my path.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #31 on: September 18, 2018, 01:03:50 PM »
Also, like Tom said (and he is an AWESOME source of information, he's been a huge help to me over and over again) I also don't re-cross my path.
Thanks Amanda but you shouldn't say things like that here. You might get tarred and feathered by one of my critics. :o

The reason I don't cross my path is due to planning. I find it much easier to look at a map with a circular route than one where you travel willy nilly all over. After I plan a route I spend at least 15 minutes a day reviewing my route and making adjustments. I go over the route section by section and look for ways I can cut some unnecessary mileage from the trip. I also look for interesting places to stop on my route. For my money the planning is about 1/2 the fun of a trip.
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RVMommaTo6

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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #32 on: September 18, 2018, 02:59:50 PM »
Thanks Amanda but you shouldn't say things like that here. You might get tarred and feathered by one of my critics

Lol I can handle it
Amanda
Mommy to 6 great kids who love camping and traveling
July 31, 2019- begin our 10 month cross country trip
2015 Thor Motor Coach A.C.E. 30.2
2010 35ft Springdale bunkhouse TT
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #33 on: September 18, 2018, 07:05:30 PM »
I've been traveling the lower 48 for 16 months now, admittedly without much of a plan...I've avoided backtracking for the most part, but have crossed paths a few times.  I think I have 9 states left.

It looks like you've got a good plan, it may definitely be a hustle in some places.  I think you need to reconsider December though.  I lived in Northern AZ for 17 years, you could end up in some cruddy weather for sure in December.  Flagstaff is usually snow skiing by then, and if not timed right you could end up in some good storms.  Same goes for CO, UT, and NM. 

Enjoy the trip!
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #34 on: September 18, 2018, 07:09:27 PM »
Lol I can handle it
You are such an angel. If you lived in Florida and I was 20 years younger I would challenge your boyfriend to a duel. :o
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RVMommaTo6

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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #35 on: September 18, 2018, 09:13:44 PM »
I think you need to reconsider December though.  I lived in Northern AZ for 17 years, you could end up in some cruddy weather for sure in December.
I'll definitely be keeping an eye on the weather. We may have to park one place and do day trips in the car if need be. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Amanda
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2015 Thor Motor Coach A.C.E. 30.2
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #36 on: September 18, 2018, 09:14:53 PM »
You are such an angel. If you lived in Florida and I was 20 years younger I would challenge your boyfriend to a duel. :o
Lol thanks, but no boyfriend- too busy doing the mom thing
Amanda
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July 31, 2019- begin our 10 month cross country trip
2015 Thor Motor Coach A.C.E. 30.2
2010 35ft Springdale bunkhouse TT
2001 Jayco Pop-up
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #37 on: September 19, 2018, 04:11:31 AM »
Lol thanks, but no boyfriend- too busy doing the mom thing
There is something seriously wrong with the men in Rochester.  :o
I wonder if I can move my fiver with my Veloster :o
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #38 on: September 19, 2018, 09:08:05 AM »
Lol thanks, but it's very much by choice
Amanda
Mommy to 6 great kids who love camping and traveling
July 31, 2019- begin our 10 month cross country trip
2015 Thor Motor Coach A.C.E. 30.2
2010 35ft Springdale bunkhouse TT
2001 Jayco Pop-up
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #39 on: September 19, 2018, 10:16:07 AM »
Well if you ever change your mind then sell your house, move into the RV and come live in Florida. I will get a phony drivers license listing my age as 39.  ;D
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #40 on: April 28, 2019, 09:24:55 AM »
Amanda,

Is everything ready for  your family trip? 

Have you made all your reservations?

So exciting!
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #41 on: April 30, 2019, 10:27:21 AM »
Amanda,

Is everything ready for  your family trip? 

Have you made all your reservations?

So exciting!
I'm so excited! Every day is a little more prep work, but I'm getting there. The trip plans are done for the most part. Reservations are made, tickets are bought, route is planned. RV is bought and set up, the weekend of May 11, I'm getting it inspected and un-winterizing it. I bought the toad, but still have to purchase the dolly. We've done an inventory of everyone's clothes and got everything we need. The biggest thing I've been working on lately is packing up my house. I'm storing everything in the attic and renting it out. So in the next couple weeks I'm installing locks on doors and have to do some repairs. Slowly but surely, emotionally I'm beyond ready!
Amanda
Mommy to 6 great kids who love camping and traveling
July 31, 2019- begin our 10 month cross country trip
2015 Thor Motor Coach A.C.E. 30.2
2010 35ft Springdale bunkhouse TT
2001 Jayco Pop-up
https://rvmama6.home.blog/

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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #42 on: June 02, 2019, 01:49:33 PM »
I've tweaked my original itinerary. Here's what I'm planning now.
July 31 Presque Isle, PA
Aug 7 Cuyahoga Valley NP
Aug 8 Cedar Point
Aug 9 Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Aug 14 Green Bay
Aug 16 Minneapolis
Aug 19 Fargo
Aug 20 Bismarck
Aug 21 Badlands NP
Aug 25 Mt Rushmore
Aug 26 Grand Teton NP
Aug 28 Yellowstone NP
Sept 8 Missoula, Montana
Sept 10 Glacier NP
Sept 14 Spokane
Sept 15 North Cascades NP
Sept 17 Seattle
Sept 23 Mt Rainier NP
Sept 25 Olympic NP
Sept 29 Portland
Oct 1 Crater Lake NP
Oct 2 Redwood NP
Oct 5 Lassen Volcanic NP
Oct 7 Lake Tahoe
Oct 12 San Francisco
Oct 18 Yosemite NP
Oct 24 King Canyon/Sequoia NPs
Oct 27 Big Sur and Pacific Highway
Oct 29 Hearst Castle
Oct 29 L.A./ Hollywood/ Disneyland
Nov 10 San Diego
Nov 20 Joshua Tree NP
Nov 22 Death Valley NP
Nov 24 Las Vegas
Dec 3 Hoover Dam
Dec 4 Grand Canyon NP
Dec 10 Canyon de Chelly
Dec 11 Four Corners
Dec 12 Mesa Verde NP
Dec 14 Canyonland NP
Dec 15 Arches NP, Moab
Dec 17 Capitol Reef NP
Dec 18 Bryce Canyon NP
Dec 20 Zion NP
Dec 22 Salt Lake City
Dec 26 Black Canyon NP
Dec 27 Great Sand Dunes NP
Dec 29 Albuquerque
Jan 1 Roswell
Jan 2 Carlsbad Caverns NP
Jan 3 Guadalupe Mtns NP
Jan 4 Big Bend NP
Jan 5 San Antonio
Jan 10 Austin
Jan 11 Houston
Jan 17 New Orleans
Jan 28 Tampa
Feb 4 Everglades NP
Feb 6 Key West
Feb 7 Ft Lauderdale
Feb 14 St Augustine
Feb 18 Savannah
Feb 25 Nashville
March 3 Memphis
March 9 Arkansas
March 11 Oklahoma
March 14 Kansas
March 18 Nebraska
March 22 Iowa
March 26 St Louis
April 2 Mammoth Cave NP
April 5 Lexington
April 13 Charlotte, NC
April 14 Myrtle beach
April 20 Outer Banks, NC
April 22 Virginia Beach
May 5 Dewey/ Rehoboth beach
May 13 Six Flags NJ
May 19 Lancaster/ Hershey/ Gettysburg

Let's see how close I get to actually following it!
Amanda
Mommy to 6 great kids who love camping and traveling
July 31, 2019- begin our 10 month cross country trip
2015 Thor Motor Coach A.C.E. 30.2
2010 35ft Springdale bunkhouse TT
2001 Jayco Pop-up
https://rvmama6.home.blog/