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Old 03-20-2016, 08:45 PM   #31
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Two nights at each stop

We try to stay under 300 miles per day and stop for two nights at each stop. This gives us a chance to do some hiking or touristing along the way. We always want to be set up at a campsite well before dark. We do drive longer to get in and out of Massachusetts.
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:52 PM   #32
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. The prairee really does not stimulate my sense of adventure. Perhaps if we were full timing, it might be different.
Everybody is stimulated by different things or " Different strokes for different folks." . We don"t find Florida stimulating or adventurous even during a Wisconsin winter. There are a lot of great things to see in the Midwest and the Prairie States if one wants to look .
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Old 03-20-2016, 09:19 PM   #33
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6 hours on the road is about my limit for a good day traveling.
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Old 03-20-2016, 09:21 PM   #34
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For those of us headed to attend events or visit people in another city, the prairie tends to be a big stretch of flat nothing. Get down into the river valleys, or off the main highways and into the lake country that doesn't make for easy roads, and there's lots out there to see.

This gets back to a key point in travel planning: what's the objective?
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Old 03-20-2016, 10:17 PM   #35
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Everybody is stimulated by different things or " Different strokes for different folks." . We don"t find Florida stimulating or adventurous even during a Wisconsin winter. There are a lot of great things to see in the Midwest and the Prairie States if one wants to look .
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I'm glad you said that Steve, because I have said many times in previous posts that what is good for one person is not necessarily good for another. I guess we agree on that. And for the record, I said I was not stimulated by the prairee, I did not say there wasn't anything to do in the prairee states. And I never mentioned the Midwest. Frankly, I don't find Florida particularly stimulating either; I only live here because after 37 years in New England, I was sick of snow, cold, and road salt, etc. And frankly I do not find Wisconsin particularly intriguing either. So I avoid the place in much the same way as I am sure you avoid Florida. I also find fishing and baseball extremely boring, but I would not critcize anyone who enjoys those activities. Nor would I "lecture" anyone who doesn't like the places and things that I do. So yes, different strokes for different folks with the caveat that each and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, such as my dislike for Georgia's state parks......even if that opinion may be somewhat distasteful to others.
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I'm glad you said that Steve, because I have said many times in previous posts that what is good for one person is not necessarily good for another. I guess we agree on that. And for the record, I said I was not stimulated by the prairee, I did not say there wasn't anything to do in the prairee states. And I never mentioned the Midwest. Frankly, I don't find Florida particularly stimulating either; I only live here because after 37 years in New England, I was sick of snow, cold, and road salt, etc. And frankly I do not find Wisconsin particularly intriguing either. So I avoid the place in much the same way as I am sure you avoid Florida. I also find fishing and baseball extremely boring, but I would not critcize anyone who enjoys those activities. Nor would I "lecture" anyone who doesn't like the places and things that I do. So yes, different strokes for different folks with the caveat that each and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, such as my dislike for Georgia's state parks......even if that opinion may be somewhat distasteful to others.
I have to agree , I find Wisconsin neither intriguing , stimulating ,facinating or particularly interesting so we are on the same page.
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Old 03-20-2016, 10:55 PM   #37
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Day length effects travel time too

Last year was our first year with our trailer. We had two trips that involved 1500 miles or so one way and we had committed arrival dates. We tended to do 2 long (greater than 8 hours) days on the road with easy in and easy out type campgrounds then a stop of two nights with using the day to see something or do laundry and grocery shopping, Then we started the pattern again.

Our last trip ended in September and we noticed that the "long" days meant that we were arriving to campgrounds at or after dark. (Can't seem to leave camp before 10 a.m.) Even with the same number of hours of driving (I am the only driver), the nightfall made the day much more tiring. On the interstate, I normally keep it to around 70 mph, on the side roads, it depends on the conditions. We have done some mountain roads where averaging 20 mph was plenty.

This year, we have planned our trips to include mostly 3 nights in one place. Although, like many have noted, the urge is to do a few one night stops in the beginning to get out of familiar territory. We are just getting used to being retired and learning that we CAN take the time if we just let ourselves.

This fall we can compare our satisfaction with this years style to last year's. The bottom line seems to be that each driver/ passenger pair has their own "right" travel mode.
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While I try to do no more then 7 hours or so, the exceptions are if I have a deadline, it's winter and I want to get as far south as fast as I can, and the day closest to home. We'll drive further on a long trip the first day out just because everything close by is old hat, and I just want to eat up some miles while I'm fresh. We'll push it on the way home, seem to be ready to be home after a month or 2 and feel no need to camp a couple hours from home when we could be home instead.
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While I try to do no more then 7 hours or so, the exceptions are if I have a deadline, it's winter and I want to get as far south as fast as I can, and the day closest to home. We'll drive further on a long trip the first day out just because everything close by is old hat, and I just want to eat up some miles while I'm fresh. We'll push it on the way home, seem to be ready to be home after a month or 2 and feel no need to camp a couple hours from home when we could be home instead.
Interesting that you made the winter comment, Bob. When it's summer in Florida, I want to get to the higher elevations where it is typically cooler and less humid as fast as I can. 7 hours will only get me as far as Hotlanta, as the residents of Atlanta call it. 12 hours will get me to Knoxville or Nashville so my first day out is generally a marathon. Where I stop may not be much cooler, but it is always less humid.
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For those of us headed to attend events or visit people in another city, the prairie tends to be a big stretch of flat nothing. Get down into the river valleys, or off the main highways and into the lake country that doesn't make for easy roads, and there's lots out there to see.

This gets back to a key point in travel planning: what's the objective?
100% in agreement with you Brian. I think that is the major problem with the US interstate highway system and its counterpart in Canada. They were designed to get you from point A to Point B as quick as possible. "Blue Highways" are almost always more interesting, but as you so aptly stated, travel planning usually revolves around the objective which, more often than not, is the final destination.
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