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    I think one thing that is a puzzlement to all of...

    I think one thing that is a puzzlement to all of us regulars, that hasn't been addressed: are you driving from home (and where is that)? That has to be accounted for, in your planning. If you're...
  2. At Yellowstone, you'd probably want to allot at...

    At Yellowstone, you'd probably want to allot at least 3 days, if not 4. The place is HUGE. We took 3 days on our previous trip and wished we'd allotted 4, as we missed an entire geyser field plus...
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    Mark is right - this is definitely not something...

    Mark is right - this is definitely not something to do with one overnight. It's about 2250 miles, figured from Roanoke, VA, which is at least 4 days of driving. (Depends on where you start from, so...
  4. Thread: Summer trip

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    Chiming in here... If you are having trouble...

    Chiming in here...

    If you are having trouble deciding which trip to make when, other than rock-paper-scissors, you could start making phone calls or doing research online for air schedules and...
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    Welcome to RTA! My husband and I did our very...

    Welcome to RTA!

    My husband and I did our very first tent-camping trip in a 1979 Subaru with a car top carrier. It was only the two of us then, so the backseat, trunk and car-top carrier (borrowed...
  6. If this is a round trip, to be gone "about 3...

    If this is a round trip, to be gone "about 3 weeks" means that you are either going to have to shorten your trip expectations or drive a little more each day. As SWDave pointed out, under the...
  7. Welcome to RTA! I guess the biggest question...

    Welcome to RTA!

    I guess the biggest question one could ask would be: how long do you have for this trip?

    By the most *direct route* Orlando to The Badlands (in South Dakota), you are looking...
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    My husband and I regularly travel in a 21+ year...

    My husband and I regularly travel in a 21+ year old pickup. We feel very comfortable with that, ONLY because we know how it's been maintained over its life. (It was my dad's before it became ours,...
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    This sounds like a lovely plan! I can't speak...

    This sounds like a lovely plan! I can't speak for the mileages/kilometers in Mexico (I don't have a map), but in the US, those are reasonable distances.

    From OK City to Joplin, you can follow...
  10. I, too, use a spreadsheet when planning a trip....

    I, too, use a spreadsheet when planning a trip. However, I leave Google time out of it completely! I put the mileage in (very helpful), and then estimated hours of my own -- usually taking the...
  11. You might want to check out Six Suitcase Travel...

    You might want to check out Six Suitcase Travel, which talks about big family travels and accommodations to fit.

    My husband and I have the Rand McNally atlases -- several of them, as we rarely...
  12. As far as lodging choices go, Sterling and Omaha...

    As far as lodging choices go, Sterling and Omaha have a number of chains and some mom-and-pops. Sterling is a wee-bit more limited, but I see them having a Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, First...
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    FWIW, one of our auto mechanics suggested we sell...

    FWIW, one of our auto mechanics suggested we sell a vehicle out of California. Said we'd probably get more for it and the buyer wouldn't have so much hassle outside of the state. I'm not sure you'd...
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    UPDATE, 2021: That February trip in 2020 was...

    UPDATE, 2021:

    That February trip in 2020 was our final trip on those passes. We were so disgusted with the huge crowds that weekend, and didn't want to go back. Four days later, my husband had a...
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    UPDATE in 2021: Knowing that folks sometimes...

    UPDATE in 2021:

    Knowing that folks sometimes read older trip reports, here are some updates:

    Econo Lodge at Osage Beach is now a mom-and-pop owned place. It still has the same owners, but they...
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    There's one issue that I see with surface roads,...

    There's one issue that I see with surface roads, and that's the unpredictability of climbing (and down) grades. Surface roads, such as those on US and state highways, are allowed far more leeway...
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    I'm not sure why this was sent to moderation, but...

    I'm not sure why this was sent to moderation, but I'll respond anyway.

    I "get" what you're saying. You know you have to go slow and mountains, which you will have to get over somehow, make you...
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    Hi, and welcome to RTA! First thing I would...

    Hi, and welcome to RTA!

    First thing I would recommend is to grab a road atlas and open it up. Look at what's between Boulder CO and Connecticut. If you have 10 days in Boulder, a total of 21...
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    I cited a few of the articles about the rental...

    I cited a few of the articles about the rental car issue in this thread.

    We are moving to an area this summer that is highly touristy. We are going to have to stay in a hotel for about a week...
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    Our daughters are coming for a quick trip in...

    Our daughters are coming for a quick trip in mid-June, mostly to say goodbye to the house and to the California area that they grew up in. They found pretty reasonable rates for fares, as long as...
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    Car rentals difficult in 2021

    Here are some articles that point to the difficulty in renting a car this year:

    The Points Guy, Why Renting a Car is Tough

    NY Times, How to Rent a Car, Despite Shortages

    Washington Post,...
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    I was reading an article about the shortages of...

    I was reading an article about the shortages of rental cars, due to the Pandemic. Many car rental places sold off much of their fleet and are finding it difficult to replace said fleet with the newer...
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    Click here to be taken to the US-101 listing for...

    Click here to be taken to the US-101 listing for campgrounds. Scroll down some. The last 4 parks have camping facilities AND redwoods: Redwoods National Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del...
  24. What we did with the "nature's call" issue, when...

    What we did with the "nature's call" issue, when our kids were growing up, is call out when we'd see a sign for a rest area, "Does anyone need to go?" We would stop if one of us needed to go, but...
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    On our trips up the 5, when we've gone that route...

    On our trips up the 5, when we've gone that route instead of our "new favorite" through Tehachapi, we stop at that particular rest area. A lot of folks stay overnight there.


    Donna
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