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    Company vs. experts.

    Ask each person with whom you speak when they last roadtripped in the US, and for how long, If it is not in the last 24 months, for at least a month or so, I doubt they would have anything like the...
  2. Looking back.

    And all of that earlier advice is still relevant...... especially booking your accommodation within the park early.

    Lifey
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    A saying so true.

    That should not be difficult. Just tell your boss, you would rather be late, than DEAD on time!

    Lifey
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    Hear! hear!!

    My thoughts are the same as landmariner. Your time together will be much more memorable if you spend quality time in Yellowstone - at least three full days - in The Tetons and maybe Glacier NP. ...
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    If you are not sure how far you can get, why not...

    If you are not sure how far you can get, why not head out and go as far as you can get until it is time to turn around and head home? possibly via I-5.

    Lifey
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    What I like to do.

    Read up about the history of the areas through which you will be travelling. Who lived there before Éuropean settlement, what was their life like. How did the pioneers cope breaking uniknown...
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    Hear! hear!!

    I'd have to agree, 301 is a lovely drive. Drove it some years ago, and have never forgotten it.

    Lifey
  8. So many choices.

    If you plan to drive the gulf coast road, east of NOLA, I suggest you do it on the east bound leg. It will put you on the side of the ocean, and give you opportunities to pull in to the parking...
  9. Epirbs and other personal locators.

    This concern can be overcome simply by carrying an Epirb or similar personal locator. They are inexpensive and bring great peace of mind. I carry mine whenever I am on the road, be it in the US...
  10. You'll never be alone!

    Hi, and Welcome to the Great American Roadtrip Forum.

    Let me tell you a little about myself, so perhaps some of your concerns will be put to rest.

    I am a septuagenarian grandmother who has...
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    Not really

    It is relatively easy to avoid the tolls on the way to Boston, and in Boston, especially if you are staying at a hotel outside the city, and use the train to commute for sightseeing. Does not make...
  12. That is easier said than done. Right now I pay...

    That is easier said than done. Right now I pay $1000 for medical insurance and personal liability alone. I only ever pay for the medical insurance part of travel insurance, as I don't make...
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    Yes, but.....

    I'd have to thoroughly agree with all that; and we all use them. But for someone on their first long roadtrip, to get a good grip on the distances, and where things are in relation to the others,...
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    Good maps will help you.

    The best thing you can do before you go any further with your planning is get hold of some good maps of the South West US, or a good road atlas such as Rand McNally. If these are not available...
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    Sticky: Beware the Grim Reaper!

    Thanks for the comments at the start of your posts. Glad you have found the information helpful. It is why we love sharing our experineces.

    Not only Memorial Day, but that whole weekend will...
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    It is in your hands.

    It will, so long as you take note of the long-roadtrip advice above. It may also be a really good idea if you got hold of some good paper maps, and see just how many other routes there are along...
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    By all means take I-81. It may be a few miles...

    By all means take I-81. It may be a few miles further but it the time you are likely to save will be worth it. Taking I-95 south of Philly is a nightmare - as you no doubt know.

    When you book...
  18. It's free!

    To my knowledge it does not cost anything to get a transponder. Mine was certainly given to me for nothing. All I did was put as little as $20 in it. Not sure if you can put in $10, but it...
  19. The things you stumble upon.

    There is also a walkway underneath the bridge. Park at the south west end.




    One time when I was there, there were emergency services practicing, rescuing a 'patient' up the cliff on the...
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    It would be a shame to miss the route 66 section...

    It would be a shame to miss the route 66 section through Oatman. It is by far the most authentic. Try to make it if you can adjust your time.

    You can walk the last section into Bodie, about two...
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    If not for you, then for others.

    If not for your own well-being and safety, then think of all the other road users who would be involved in an accident caused by such a wreckless plan.

    Fatigue is the enemy of long distance...
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    BLM information.

    From my experience the best place to get accurate information on BLM lands is at BLM offices. In the past I have found information on the web inaccurate and insufficient. In most places...
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    The value of those maps.

    That is the greatest benefit, to have that large map on the wall where you see it all the time. However, for more detailed information than what a large map of the whole country will give you, may I...
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    A couple which I enjoyed.

    Hi, and Welcome to the Great American Roadtrip Forum

    In northern California there are several places where the magnificent Redwoods can be seen. One which I think your children in particular...
  25. Thinking long term.

    If per chance you purchased a road atlas, such as the Rand McNally, on your last trip, you will find that most, if not all the sites you are looking for, are marked on the maps. Once you locate...
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