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  1. State DOT webcams

    The states of CO, WY, UT, MT, and ID, and likely all others in the Mountain West and PNW, have a network of real-time roadway conditions and webcams, enabling you to see exactly what the roads are...
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    Us 93

    Brigid and gang,

    I've had the pleasure of driving all of US 93 from Glacier to Wells, NV, excepting a short segment from Twin Falls to Arco, ID. It's a great route.

    There is one major pass...
  3. Help yourself

    If you were to do that, you'd probably want to drop down I-77 to US 421 to reach Boone, a place near to my heart in that my alma mater is there, Appalachian State U. You will definitely have an...
  4. Concur

    I concur with glc here. MB back to I-95 and all the way up to the Balto 'burbs is a long day by any measure. I run pretty hard and stop pretty little, and about the best I can do from my north side...
  5. That's the route

    Maestro,

    Johnson City is a nice enough town and a college town (East Tennessee State U), but is not high on the list of tourist or traveler destinations, or so I think. That said, I have a...
  6. A "bridge too far"?

    Hello Maestro,

    Like AZ Buck, the Biltmore Estate isn't an attraction which interests me, so I can't speak to the value of including it in your plans. If you do, however, I can offer a suggestion...
  7. Thread: Michigan's UP

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    The Superior shoreline

    From Pictured Rocks I'd be most tempted to pass through Marquette and drive along the lake up to Big Bay for a close-up look at the Huron Mountains. From there I'd head to Houghton and on up the...
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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...
  13. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. Thread: Rocky Mountains

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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...
  19. Thread: Rocky Mountains

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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...
  23. 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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