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    imported_Bob Miller Guest

    Default 48 in 2005

    My daughter and I are planning the 48 in 2005, starting when she graduates college in May. We have a tenative course from Illinois to Wisconsin, then West and coming back the southern route. She did her sophomore college year in Australia, having gone to Thailand on spring break, and is taking this semester in Austria, having done London, Paris and other cities before starting school, and now wants to do the USA. We are thinking three months. Her timing may be altered by work possibilties though she wants to plan that around the timing need of the trip. My activity may be limited as a retired guy nearing 70 though I will have walked over 100 rounds of golf when 2004 is over. I do need stability under foot. We are the kind who will enjoy improptu diversions from our basic plan. Sleep may happen when the other drives, at a rest stop if we both need it, a Motel 6 every few nights and we have friends. We'll eat out of grocery stores though things like lobster dining on the east coast will happen. I have a golden age passport for national parks. We want to experience as much as we can. I am wondering if experienced "Roadtrippers" have any cautions, directives or encouragements. Thanks.

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    Default That is a big undertaking

    Bob,

    Three months to explore the lower 48 sounds like heaven to most of us. It is a reasonable span of time to see much of the country -- it sounds like your and your daughter are experienced travelers. The first suggestion I would make is to check out the various sites we have listed on the <a href = "http://www.roadtripamerica.com/links/travelogs.htm">Journals<a/> page -- several of them document other cross country adventures and they will provide ample intel for planning your trip.

    Mark

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    imported_Bob Miller Guest

    Default A Couple of Side Trips

    Mark, thanks for your reply and additional direction. It is most helpful. Two more thoughts. We want to hit Canada and Mexico while we are at it. I think will will go from Niagara Falls direct to Detroit. On the other end we will be in San Diego but think Mexicali would be a better entry than Tijuana. It makes it a little tougher to our next stop in Las Vegas but we are thinking it perhaps a better choice. Your thoughts would be helpful.

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    Default "Hit Canada and Mexico"?

    Hmmm. Htting Canada and Mexico as sidetrips is a little beyond what I can imagine. What do you have in mind? A shrimp dinner at San Felipe in Baja should be considered. But it would be easy to spend three months in Mexico -- ditto for Canada. I really don't know how to advise on this one. How long would such a "side trip" be?

    Mark

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    imported_Bob Miller Guest

    Default We should have time!

    Mark, We are not expecting to "do" Canada or Mexico. I think Courtney's idea is to be able to say, "48 plus Canada and Mexico" when we get back. When this girl gets back from this semester in Austria, she will only have three continents yet to visit. Not bad for a 21 year old. So a day each for a flavor is my guess. Our time table is pretty free. I am retired with a part time job on hold till I get back. We picked three months out of the air but unless she has a job lined up after college, this could extend to four or more. Thanks for your thought. Bob

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    Default Canada part

    For the Canada part, cross the border from New York on #138 to CORNWALL Ontario.
    Drive #138 to #417 to OTTAWA (the capital city of Canada). (Cornwall to Ottawa - 1-1/2 hrs)
    Lots to see & do here including a free tour of our Parliament Buildings.

    From Ottawa, take #7 west to Peterborough (3-1/2 - 4 hrs). This is a nice drive, 2 lanes (1 each way) through several cute small villages & towns & farm country.
    Then #7 / #115 to Hwy #401 west.

    #401 will take you into TORONTO (2 hrs drive, depending on traffic).
    You might want to spend a day in Toronto- go up the C.N. Tower (world's tallest)!

    Toronto to NIAGARA FALLS is 1-1/2 hrs.

    From Niagara Falls - go back towards Hamilton to #403 west, to #401 west, to #402 west, & cross back into Michigan at SARNIA Ontario (3-1/2 - 4 hrs).

    If you need to skip Ottawa & Toronto & just see the Falls, cross at Niagara Falls - view from Canadian side, then follow the above paragraph to cross at Sarnia rather than Detroit.


    You may also want to skip back over into Canada from Seattle to see Vancouver British Columbia,

    OR from Glacier National Park, Montana, drive up through Calgary Alberta to BANFF National Park, YOHO Nat'l Park, COLUMBIA ICE FIELDS, & across the Okanagan Valley (Kelowna British Columbia area) to come back down to into Washington state at MT. RAINIER or SEATTLE.

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    Default US Travel

    Having just returned from a 3-month trip around the US, Western Canada, and Alaska, I can honestly tell you that I just skimmed the surface of whats out there. Buy a roadmap, and draw-up a list of cities, parks, and areas you want to see. Then look here for which routes are scenic. Then simply connect the dots on the map. Allow 1 day per point of interest, and usually 1 day of travel between each point (depending on distance). When you travel between points take the time to stop in towns. There are so many things to discover on the road between the usual tourist ditches. And it's usually those places that make the memories. 3 months = 90 days = 45 "Location Points" and 45 "Road-Trip Days". This is just from my experience.

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    imported_Bob Miller Guest

    Default cargo

    As we continue designing our summer travel we plan to carry a small Coleman gas burner to cook a few simple meals along the way. Are you aware of any restrictions for carrying such fuel in the car in the states or if crossing into Mexico or Canada?

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    Default Never heard of one

    Bob,

    Never heard of any such restriction.

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    Default Canada

    Yes - slip across to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. It is much better view, things to do, etc. Then go up to TORONTO for a day or two.

    Or if in a rush to get back to Michigan - go across #403, #402 from Niagara Falls, across London, Ontario to SARNIA border crossing - instead of Detroit. This is a quieter, more scenic route - calm farmland -- especially if you get off the highways and take some sideroads.

    Wish I could come...

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