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Posted: 05/08/19 06:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On our spring trip we did not have the luxury of no time table. We did enjoy taking out the map and deciding how we were to get to Houston and what we wanted to see. As always on our journeys we ran out of time on each of our stops.

We live at the beach and have no interest in beach locations unless it is something a little different. We are interested in history and love going to museums and historic sites.

The planner plodder in me is only going to give up so much control.


Looking forward to new adventures and new friends.

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Posted: 05/08/19 06:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Problems with such detailed planning for a trip:

I have no desire to spend hours researching details of CG after CG.

We hate to get pinned down to definite dates to be certain places. If we like a spot, we'll often extend our stay; if we don't like it, we move along after a day or two.

We prefer small, out-of-the-way places and enjoy boondocking, so finding a spot is rarely a problem.

A few years ago we did an 8-month trip around the US - from New England to FL to CA to WA to the UP and home. I can't tell you how many times we changed our plans and took off in a new direction.

A lot of our changes came after talking to people we met along the way who suggested interesting places to visit.

Semper Gumby is our travel motto.


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There are many options for finding cheap or free overnight spots. Days End Directory is one but requires an Escapees membership. Cabelas usually has a parking lot set aside for ON parking. Look for county or small town parks, usually free or low cost. Search the Inet for other apps.

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Posted: 05/08/19 08:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I needed to plan out trips too often at the job to enjoy it during retirement. Now it's pick a direction, and see how it goes!


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Reality is in the middle...
- Most of the time, you can show up and get a site.
- Prime time (weekends, holidays, special events), get reservations.

As others have said, it helps to travel earlier in the day and be looking to stop early afternoon. If you wait until 6pm and your first choice is full, it starts to add pressure as the sun is going down.


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We started as junior road warriors back in the 1950s traveling with the family in a 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser. Dad never made any arrangements ahead of time. He trained us.

If you avoid the peak times to visit the most poplular places, most of your troubles will be over. Good to start and end early. Good to call ahead for a reservation on the same day. Once in awhile you can get stuck. There are always alternatives. I could never go on a long trip with all the places to stay mapped out. Same thing traveling out of the country. My brother has been everywhere and traveled for years around the world. He is in the Phillipines right now. His motto "the worst that can happen is that you sleep in your rental car and have rice and tea for dinner."

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Tom/Barb wrote:

We get going early, and quit early, always get a spot in the camp grounds.


Unless we know where we plan on staying for an extended period, this is what we do. There's no wrong answer- everyone has different tolerances and spirits.

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We are early starters also and in by 1-2.

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I’m a bit of a planner too. Haven’t been much of a boon docker. Occasional wal Marts. We’re taking our longest trip in June. Ohio to glacier. I have an idea of area we want to stop each day but I’m not making reservations and I want to be free to roam each day while on the road. Lol it’s terrifying. I’ve got a generator now and fifth wheel with big tanks. We’re gonna be fine however it’s so different!

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Posted: 05/08/19 08:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been here done this before. Oak Harbor > -> Texas . No map, no plans, no schedule. 4 days out and we're,
Tucumcari tonight and we were set for the night by 4:00 PM


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