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Old 09-09-2011, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default What places have you visited in your B this year?

What places have you visited in your B this year?

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Old 09-09-2011, 01:11 AM   #2
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with our roadtrek 210 popular we have visited the lincoln museum in springfield, il; howard steamboat museum in jeffersonville, in; louisville slugger museum in louisville, ky; and plan a hot air ballon festival in harrison, ar (sep); smoky mountains (oct); bluegrass festival in mountain view, ar (nov).

next june we both retire and plan to tear up the roads - 3 month trip to nova scotia, labrador, newfoundland, maine, new england (leaves), florida, and back home. 3 month trip 2013 to bc canada, alaska, northwest coast, yosemite, albuquerque balloon festival.

i rest my case.

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Old 09-09-2011, 02:53 AM   #3
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Headed south twice: Feb/March to Southern Arizona for a break from Calgary winter -Vegas (to "dewinterize"), Parker, Phoenix, Tucson, Tombstone, Yuma, St George (Snow Canyon) on way home, Ogden (to "rewinterize") - mostly state parks, favourite place to lay over for a few days was Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. In May/June headed south again - Montana, west to Oregon coast and down to N California, across Nevada to Utah (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches) south to Arizona (Monument Valley), north to Colorado (Mesa Verde), Denver, South Dakota (Mount Rushmore), up to Little Big Horn National Memorial, southwest to Yellowstone and home again. 15K Km total, but great road trips.
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:05 AM   #4
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In May 2011, we traveled from Wisconsin Dells, WI to Las Vegas, NV. Along the way, we visited Mesa Verde, Four Corners, Grand Canyon, Laughlin NV, Las Vegas, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon, Arches NP, and a few other stops in between. It was a fantastic trip that we will be doing again. I wish I could say we are heading out again soon, but during our trip, we had to buy 4 new tires ($1200) and a battery . Since then we've had to replace our ABS module ($1200) , and now our macerator pump needs replacing after 17 months ($400-500) . We have a squealing sound coming from our engine that is being investigated as to what that is (maybe air conditioner compressor...$900, or fan belt wheel bearings?) . Our next long trip we will be heading for FL in January ....let's hope nothing else comes up in repairs . In a couple of weeks we will be heading for Upper Michigan .
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:31 AM   #5
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Halifax N.S. round the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Island, through New Brunswick to Montreal and on to the Halliburton Highlands about three hours north of Toronto. About 1600 miles. The '88 Xplorer behaved well.
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:32 AM   #6
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We went to Marti Gras and of course a few stops in between. I would still like to head out for someplace else though but that doesn't look to promising
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:00 PM   #7
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We did four trips this year.
The first was to St. Louis. I had a business meeting so we left from NW Ohio a couple days early and camped our way across Indiana and Illinois. The weather was scortching hot but we had a nice bonus in St. Louis. Thanks to the size or our "B", we were able to parallel park on the street right across from the Gateway Arch. Everyone needs to go to the top of the Arch at least ones don't they? A nice surprise - the Gateway Arch is a National Park so our geezer pass got us a nice discount.

In July, we headed to the western side of Michigan (Ludington) for a family get together. We drove the RT and did some driveway camping.

Over the past few weeks, we made two trips to SE North Carolina. Actually, Camp Lejeune. Our youngest son's Marine Corps battalion came home from Afghanistan in early August so we were there to welcome them home . The 2nd trip was last week to attend the battalion memorial service. We discovered a great campground (Stoney Fork) in Jefferson National Forest just north of Wythesville, VA. It's only 4 miles off I-77. It's quiet, has large/private camping spots, nice showers and best of all, only $12 with the geezer pass. Are you getting the idea I like my geezer pass?

On the 2nd trip to NC, we were able to visit friends in Wilmington and decided to use a different route to come home so we headed toward Ashville, NC and the nice ride through the mountains of western NC. I was getting the urge to do the Dragons Tail but decided that would be best for another day so we kept going and stayed at Cove Lake State Park in northern TN. It's another nice park close to the highway. Just a mile off I-75.

We might do a fall color tour next month. Maybe Michigan since we have family there or maybe the hills of SE Ohio.
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Old 09-10-2011, 02:33 PM   #8
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In late March/April we went to Arizona and California with stops in New Mexico, Colorado and Nebraska. We covered Arizona top to bottom putting over 3,000 miles on their roads and also attended a BEE van Social in Tombstone, AZ.

Our Arizona routes marked in yellow.

We took another trip to Springfield, IL for the B8 Rally followed up with our annual trip to the Indianapolis 500 and then coming back to Minnesota via Michigan and the UP.

Driving on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track.

Our third trip was to Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. We took our son and two grandsons (6 & 2) from La Crosse, WI along on that trip to visit our daughter and granddaughter ( for a rare get together.

Lastly, we've made local trips to Northern Minnesota both the Brainerd Lakes area and the Lake Superior North Shore.

Next week we head out for Lake of the Pines in NE Texas for a fall BEE van Social. We'll then head on to Houston for visits, then over to New Orleans. We'll probably stay out until about the first of November and hope to head down the Gulf Coast of Florida for a while before heading back to Minnesota. We have over 70 nights and 12,000 miles on the road so far this year. I imagine we will finish up with over 100 nights and close to 20,000 miles.
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:33 AM   #9
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In March we toured south towards Kentucky and scoped out Churchill Downs. Then just headed south towards
Atlanta, then west towards Houston an Austin Texas. Looped back towards Myrtle Beach, and then north on a
mostly meandering route and home. Just looking at stuff and places and people along the way. And we did some
shopping while the loonie was a few cents above par.

On a current events note, we always head from Houston to Austin via Bastrop, TX. We've always liked Bastrop,
it's quiet and friendly, and we are absolutely shocked by the damage we've seen in that area, by these wild fires.

Beginning of August we headed east to do Gaspe, but it wasn't a very pleasant trip, as construction season and
the slowdowns and traffic it caused were the worst in the 3 years we've been out there. After one particularly
rough piece of roadway (gravel and mud with potholes like canyons) I noticed some wiring hanging down from
under the passenger side door. It was probably monitor panel leads from the tanks, and when I was able to find
a curb high enough to "bump" the nose up onto, I was able to get underneath and secure it again. PITA. I don't
think we''ll head back there again without first checking the road closures and construction maps to see which
routes to avoid. Hwy 132 was a hit and miss mess from end to end. We'd just clear one construction zone, turn
a corner, and be faced with another, it seemed.
We got fed up with it, but decided to return via Providence, Hartford, and Albany. 3 more State Capitols off the
list. Boston was there for the taking, but we were so disappointed with the Maritimes, we decided it would have to
wait for another time, probably the Washigton DC and surrounding "StatCaps 2012" tour next year. We only need
the DC area StatCaps, and we've got almost all of the lower 48. We still need one or two out west, and one along
the Gulf Coast.
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:30 AM   #10
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I have not been to "special" places this year but have been out 13 nights in the surrounding area mostly boondocking. I have had a blast and hope to get out more before it gets too cold.

Here was a boondocking campsite with a fire pit and picnic table ($10 a night)

The next two pictures below were at a friends farm house who invited RVers over for 4th of July Weekend. (Free)

The next two pictures were at friends property near a creek bank. (Free)


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