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markopolo 10-20-2012 01:54 PM

Extended trip 60 to 90 days
 
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What are your thoughts about an extended trip in the 60 to 90 day range?



I plugged in some places in Street and Trips and limited my pace to average 3 hours driving per day. Streets and trips reported 52 days and $2,500 fuel cost at 17 mpg. So in 60 to 90 days you could see a lot of the US at a leisurely pace. Mix in some longer driving days and longer stops at the places you really like. With some boon-docking, campsite fees could be less than the total fuel cost.

If you were thinking of a mega trip, what places would be on your must see list?

booster 10-20-2012 05:16 PM

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That is a little more travel per day than we usually go for, but still pretty good. We shoot for 100 miles per day average, so it if we drive all day one day, we can stay a week, if we choose. It has worked out well for us, but everyone's needs are different. We are planning our first, post retirement, trip along the north side of the Great Lakes, Nova Scotia, LLBean. Blue Ridge mountains for next August/Sept/Oct time frame and are looking at about 6K miles in 60 days, with the option of adding up to 30 days if we really like someplace we happen upon.

Andiamo11 10-20-2012 10:42 PM

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Like the idea of an extended trip. Leisurely cruise to see family and friends on my agenda when I find the B of my dreams. But your itinerary misses some of the most scenic parts of the US. May be biased since I moved from SoCal to PNW a few years ago. Coast above San Francisco is a must see. Could go on about OR and WA and BC.

markopolo 10-20-2012 10:57 PM

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Welcome to the forum Andiamo11. :wave: Thanks for replying.

I agree with you 100% about the visiting the coast above San Francisco and visiting OR, WA and BC. I lived out that way (BC) for 16 years so I got to see a lot of it. That's the only reason I skipped that area in my sample route.

markopolo 10-21-2012 01:03 AM

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Originally Posted by booster
................ We shoot for 100 miles per day average, so it if we drive all day one day, we can stay a week, if we choose.....................

Good point. That sample above is 200 miles per day. I'll play with some routes and shorten the distance etc. to see what it looks like. Maybe a winter trip map and a summer trip map.

I'd definitely like to hear some suggestions and specific places to visit and what time of year is best, are they closed for winter etc.

markopolo 10-31-2012 03:07 AM

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Progress :D Inlaws will stay in the house if we go. That makes it easier. So, I need some help with places to see.

Where would you go / what would you see in South Carolina and Georgia in December or January?

g1g 10-31-2012 11:51 PM

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Looks like a nice trip. Personally I would do a lot of meandering as I am passing through an area taking a lot more time. in areas where there isn't as much I may drive straight through on the interstate. I have been compiling a list of places to see whenever I hear about them in a list under the state it is located. When I plan on going someplace I will look at the list and surrounding states to see what I can sneek into the trip to see while in that direction. The list is to big to post and some may be personal preferance to our likes.

markopolo 11-01-2012 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by g1g
........... I have been compiling a list of places to see whenever I hear about them in a list under the state it is located. When I plan on going someplace I will look at the list and surrounding states to see what I can sneek into the trip to see while in that direction.........................

Very smart idea - good tip :thumbup:

Davydd 11-01-2012 07:58 PM

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You have a very boring route through Minnesota and Wisconsin unless your intent is to visit the Spam Museum in Austin, MN. :mrgreen:

I would angle up to Itasca State Park near Bemidji and visit the headwaters of the Mississippi then go east over to the Lake Superior North Shore, back down to Duluth, cut over through northern Wisconsin to Door County and then down along Lake Michigan and rejoin your proposed route.

markopolo 11-01-2012 09:32 PM

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Thanks Davydd - is mid to late March too early for those areas?


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