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    Your route, vehicle prep, and watching the weather

    Hello Keaira,

    I'd probably want to start a long trip like that with a fresh oil and oil filter change in addition to the other maintenance items already discussed. A new pair of windshield wiper...
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    Cross-country from and back to Boone, NC

    Hello Asian,

    I have fond memories of several ASU Geology field trips to Wyoming and Montana, all done during the 1970s during the 55mph speed limit days, with multiple drivers, and stops only for...
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    Towing heavy

    I'm with George. I'd be more concerned with cooking the automatic transmission than a relatively benign overheating on long grades. If your Dodge doesn't already have a transmission cooler, or if...
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    Geysers, etc

    Hi Sara,

    If there are Yellowstone-type geysers, hot springs, and mudpots outside of YNP, and located in places one can drive an RV to it's news to me. There are a number of natural hot springs,...
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    Bayside cruising

    Hello Sprinter Fan,

    I have the great good fortune to spend time on and around the Bay. In addition to my friend AZ Buck's fine recommendations, I offer the following:

    Virginia Beach: About 4...
  6. Thread: 2 week trip/MI WI

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    Huron Mountains, Copper Country

    Hello dinesh75,

    Good to know you're headed for the UP. In October 2013 I visited Copper Country and the Iron Mountain/Crystal Falls area for the first time in 30 years. Wife and I had spent the...
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    Yes, for a mini hot springs tour!

    Thanks AZ Buck! Taking US 12 from near Missoula into Idaho is a great idea (but be sure to spend a night or a day in the Garden City of Missoula). The commercially developed Lolo Hot Springs are on...
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    Small town cruising

    There are several slow, winding options for crossing the Cumberland Plateau north and west of Knoxville. Absent that, you can follow AZ Buck's suggestion for I-40 to Nashville, a route which is...
  9. A loaded 5 x 8 is a LOAD to tow

    I share my friend glc's curiosity as to UHaul permitting a 5 x 8 to be towed by a Malibu. I'd be most interested in hearing about that. UHaul has a strict and heavily enforced set of policies...
  10. Thread: Rocky Mountains

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    I think you've got it now

    I'm not with my Benchmark Montana Road and Recreation Atlas at the moment, but I am recalling that Medicine Lodge Road forms the northern segment of the Big Sheep Creek Backcountry Byway.

    I...
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    Good point, Lifey

    That IS quite the scenic descent down the ID side of Lemhi Pass, isn't it?

    Rah Rah should be aware that there are two routes from Lemhi Pass down to ID 28 south of Salmon. A steeper and curvier...
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    And now for something COMPLETELY different............

    ....with apologies to The Monty Python.

    Take US 93 south from Missoula to Lost Trail Pass, topping your fuel by Hamilton or Darby, MT, thence east on MT 43 at Lost Trail Pass to Wisdom, entering...
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    And one more.........

    Since a 3 night stay a year ago, only with my hiking buddy rather than my wife of 35 years, I've often contemplated a long weekend in Hot Springs, NC. It's about 45 minutes to an hour northwest of...
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    Damascus, VA

    AZ Buck has offered, as always, some fine ideas for a closer-to-home weekend, thus enabling more "we time" and less travel time. I have another suggestion: Damascus or Abingdon, VA.

    Damascus is...
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    Get ready for Love's

    My first experience with seeking advice here on RTA was in advance of an October 2007 trip from Raleigh, NC to Oxnard, CA. We crossed all of TN, AR, OK, and NM on I-40. The Love's chain of travel...
  16. Thread: Ice for coolers

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    They're the only ones I've seen

    The Ice Houses of America, dba "Twice the Ice", have 4 locations near to my home,including a new one just 1.5 miles away. As messy as it can often be, there is often no substitute for lots and lots...
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    Love the BRP

    John has a nice suggestion concerning the BRP. Just be aware of three factors:

    1) Under the best of conditions, the BRP is slow going. The I-77 crossing at Fancy Gap, VA is at mile 200 and the...
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    For a real adventure in map study and planning.........

    .......there are the DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer and the Benchmark Road and Recreation Atlases. Each publisher offers very detailed maps on a state-by-state basis. DeLorme covers all 50 states...
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    Marginally worth it, at best

    Mike,

    In January 2011 and again in January 2012, I drove from Raleigh, NC to Park City, UT for a family ski trip, first with one of my adult sons, then with both of them. The womenfolk flew while...
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    Two little suggestions--

    Hello (soon to be former) neighbor,

    This is a completely do-able 2 day drive.

    I'm all for missing the (always heavy) traffic from 50 miles south of DC all the way to Boston, I've done the route...
  21. Traverse the Sandhills!

    By entering Nebraska on I-80 and staying on it until Grand Island, you can ramp up to NE-2 for a long diagonal to the west/northwest and enjoy a part of the US which few people know about and even...
  22. Just a couple of quick comments (from a Southerner!)

    Hello, and Welcome Back, from North Carolina,

    AZ Buck has given you some great feedback. I'd just add a bit from personal experience:

    The last 10 days of August can be anywhere between fairly...
  23. Tough sledding, either way

    John,

    I normally avoid I-95 between Richmond and points north of NYC at all costs, so advice to avoid it is normally music to my ears.

    That being said, your rental truck/car carrier combo...
  24. Bonner Bridge re-opened 12/14/2013

    The NCDOT re-opened the Bonner Bridge linking Hatteras Island to the NC mainland on Sunday, December 14. Dredging emplaced enough sand around the scoured-out supports to allow re-opening...
  25. Bonner Bridge accessing Hatteras Island via NC 12 closed for emergency repairs

    Today the NC DOT announced immediate closure of the Bonner Bridge, the sole bridge linking Hatteras Island to the mainland. The Bonner Bridge carries NC 12 over Oregon Inlet at a point approximately...
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