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    Welcome to RTA! Which rim of the Grand Canyon...

    Welcome to RTA!

    Which rim of the Grand Canyon National Park are you planning to visit? Coming out of Palm Springs and Las Vegas, you could really do either one. Right now, the South Rim is...
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    More Photos from our Trip

    Beautiful downtown Lake Ozark - aka "The Old Strip":

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51108240648_0295319b94_c.jpg0402Strip

    Driving down Bagnell Dam. They can't do much about the width,...
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    Final Costs for a 12-day Speed Run: Lodging...

    Final Costs for a 12-day Speed Run:

    Lodging (11 nights): $ 660.58 *
    Fuel - 3979 miles $ 689.44 (diesel, about 18c/mi)
    Food $ 891.54 (about $75/day)
    Sundries ...
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    Mostly, I like the idea of reservations for Yosemite and other places that get so crowded you can't enjoy them very much (Disneyland, some beaches in CA). The lines, the waits for transportation,...
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    Other than the section that is closed, the other...

    Other than the section that is closed, the other thing I can add is that campsites and RV parks along the beach are EXPENSIVE.

    This post lists camping along the PCH, aka CA-1.

    This post lists...
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    I'm going to chime in with a "they're correct!" here. Raleigh to SF is 2840 miles, give or take a few on each end depending on exactly where you're starting/ending. That equates to about 5-1/2 days...
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    That's what we're told too. However, this past...

    That's what we're told too. However, this past winter, the lake froze -- that only happens once a decade or so. There's probably more of a chance of a tornado than the Big Freeze Up, most years. ...
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    Weather, yes, definitely. But hubby is...

    Weather, yes, definitely. But hubby is Missouri-born-and-raised and is glad to be getting back to a more laid back area. I know the weather will be a learning curve for both of us, especially me. I...
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    We always joke about 72 oz of meat. That's about...

    We always joke about 72 oz of meat. That's about 4-1/2 lbs of full beef -- quite a load of cholesterol! My husband and I could each barely eat the 12 oz ribeye, much less 6x that amount.

    There...
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    Day 12 - Saturday, April 10 - We were awake...

    Day 12 - Saturday, April 10 - We were awake early, so we just decided to get ready and depart. We left Lordsburg a little after 7, buying ice for the ice chest before we left.

    I enjoyed this...
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    Day 11 - Friday, April 9 - This was another...

    Day 11 - Friday, April 9 - This was another travel day, but not quite so long as Thursday.

    We set out from Amarillo with two more delays. One was a problem with trying to pay with one card when...
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    Day 10 - Thursday, April 8 - This was the start...

    Day 10 - Thursday, April 8 - This was the start of the return trip. It had been a successful trip as far as we were concerned. Now there were about 28-30 hours to fill in the vehicle, talking about...
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    Days 5 to 9, April 3rd to 7th - These days were...

    Days 5 to 9, April 3rd to 7th - These days were filled with appointments, shopping, and enjoying a place where we were free to roam without a mask on (in most places).

    Saturday, April 3 - Our...
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    Day 4 - Friday, April 2 - This was our first full...

    Day 4 - Friday, April 2 - This was our first full day at the Lake, and it started in the morning with a ton of research online regarding house rentals. There were plenty of condos and apartments...
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    Day 3 - Thursday April 1st (and this is...

    Day 3 - Thursday April 1st (and this is no-foolin'!) - We left Shamrock close to 7 am, knowing that we didn't have as long a drive as Wednesday and no time changes. We also knew that our daughter was...
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    AZBuck suggested short hikes at small state parks...

    AZBuck suggested short hikes at small state parks near the interstate.

    Though this list particularly focuses on camping, the listings can lead you to some nice short hiking trails as well: I-80...
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    Day 2

    Day 2 - Wednesday, March 31 -

    We attempted to leave Holbrook by 5 am, knowing that we had a long drive ahead and twice, we'd have to change time zones (losing 2 hours). We were thwarted by the...
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    12-Day Speed Run House-Hunting Trip

    My husband and I just got home from a last-minute, somewhat spontaneous trip to Missouri and back. Its purpose was to find a house for us to move to, in June. Though it seems early to do that, when...
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    Please realize that sightseeing with a U-Haul...

    Please realize that sightseeing with a U-Haul trailer in tow might not be too much fun. While many hotels (mostly those along the interstates) have long-rig parking, that's not necessarily true if...
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    Driving a fifth-wheel.....my husband and I owned...

    Driving a fifth-wheel.....my husband and I owned one for over 12 years. I don't think we ever ran into a low-clearance situation on an Interstate or US highway. But the trucker's atlas marks highways...
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    I will "second" the suggestion of the trucker's...

    I will "second" the suggestion of the trucker's atlas. It is full of that information for the price of that book, plus a lot of maps and other information. You can buy it in paper or laminated. We...
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    Flying with puppies may be another kind of stress...

    Flying with puppies may be another kind of stress altogether! If my husband and I have or can make the time to drive, we do so. We start looking at the cons of flying (especially these days):

    *...
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    You'll be going through Ely, NV, most likely, on...

    You'll be going through Ely, NV, most likely, on your way to Great Basin. If you like history, there are ghost towns around the area. There are also several museums, including an old railroad depot....
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    There's a Naval base in Meridian. Between that...

    There's a Naval base in Meridian. Between that and its proximity to I-20, it's of decent size and you'll find about 20 different lodging places in all budget ranges, plus quite a few chain and...
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    If you made it to Reno, the 2nd evening, there's...

    If you made it to Reno, the 2nd evening, there's Circus Circus Reno . Circus acts, though no amusement park like the one in Las Vegas.

    Other than that, my kids were always happy if the motel had...
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