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  1. Default How safe is a solo drive?

    Next summer, I am considering a solo drive from Oklahoma City to Dodge City, and on to Fort Laramie. How safe is it to drive that route alone?

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Solo roadtrips can be perfectly safe and are done by thousands of people every day.

    What questions and concerns do you have that would make you think otherwise?

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    As long as there is an overnight stop involved then it will be as safe as any other drive.

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    Thank you very much for the reassuring feedback, folks. I am a foreigner and I guess I have just watched too many Hollywood dramas for my own good! Actually, I am planning a month-long solo road trip to visit major Native American sites on the Great Plains - from Tulsa to Tahquelah, Lawton, Oklahoma City, Dodge City, Forts Laramie & Robinson, the Pine Ridge / Black Hills Area, Rapid City, Little Bighorn & Rosebud, and on to the Yellowstone National Park. It seems to be about 3000 miles.
    This newby would love any advice or tips from you veteran road trippers!

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    What sort of advice are you looking for ? If you have any specific questions or concerns or just want help with your itinerary just ask in this thread. As an overseas visitor presumably you will be renting a vehicle, costs can be eased by shopping around on-line and consider doing a loop trip ending back where you started which will save one way drop off charges and possibly cheaper flights.

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    Is your interest in Native Americans limited only to the Great Plains? You might consider also looking at some of the many interesting sites of the Southwestern tribes in the Four Corners region, with several parks like Mesa Verde highlighting the unique culture of that area.

    As Dave mentioned, it will probably be worthwhile to consider doing a loop, so something like that might not end up being too far out of your way, either.

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    Default Don't believe everything you read and hear.

    Over eight trips, for a total of more than two years, I have driven more than 200000 miles in North America - US and Canada. I have crisscrossed the great plains dozens of times and visited all States except Hawaii. Never have I been subject to any of the stories you have heard. Common sense and your own good judgement will keep you save. .Be yourself, just as you are at home. Be friendly to all you meet, and you will find that the vast majority of the folk you meet are only too pleased to see you, and answer any questions you have. Of course they may have questions of you too. I always have a small flag of my country in the rear window of my vehicle.

    All police I have had interaction with have been polite. When I have been pulled over for doing something incorrectly, they have explained it to me. When I see a law enforcement officer anywhere, where I am, I will always introduce myself and have a chat with them. They are always helpful when I want to know something. They know the place like no one else, and their advice is always the best. Regardless which race they belong to, they are all the same. Treat them with respect and you will get the same in return.

    Me thinks you worry too much!!

    Lifey

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    Lifey, thanks buddy! On the road, if I meet people half as nice and helpful as you, it will be a really great trip! Yes, me too thinks me worries too much!
    By the way, if you know of any cheap but decent lodgings on that route, or a source for the most cost effective one way rentals out of Tulsa airport, do please advise.
    I am so glad I stumbled on this forum - it clearly has great people with lots of experience and encouragement!

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    Default Maybe I am not the best person to ask - I rarely rent cars or go to hotels/motels.

    For car rental, the best way is to go through one of the consolidators.... find them on the internet. However, renting at the airport is always going to be more expensive. The best way is to rent from an off airport location. (I rarely rent, I have my own vehicle over there.)

    When on the road you will find at rest areas, welcome centres and some fuel outlets, hotel and motel discount coupon books. Sometimes there are good deals to be had in those. Others prefer to stick to one chain and benefit from their loyalty programs. (I rarely use accommodation, as I have some family to stay with - and my van has a bed etc in it, so when I travel I sleep in my van.)

    Lifey

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    To answer the lodging issue:

    My husband and I, over the years, have relied on the coupon books that Lifey mentions. We find them at any of the places she mentions, and they're usually for accommodations on the interstates rather than the US or state highways. That can be a drawback if you're planning to get off the interstate. Coupons can introduce you to a number of different chains; sometimes the mom-and-pops (independents) will advertise in them, but often not. The nice thing about the coupon books is that the ad will usually state whether there is a pool, if it's pet friendly or not, and often will say "restaurant next door" or "restaurant nearby".

    We are members of Choice, Wyndham, and Best Western, these days. This past trip we did all Choice and Best Western with a couple of mom-and-pops thrown in, and managed to build enough Choice points to get a free night on the last one of our trip and some leftover for a getaway this school year, if we want one. Maybe we are just getting pickier as we get older, but we enjoy the Quality Inn and Comfort Inn/Suites of the Choice chain, and the Best Westerns was a new thing for us to try this past trip.


    Donna

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