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Old 07-18-2016, 08:56 AM   #1
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7700 mile in 31 days! Kids will never forget!

Just finished our longest family trip with the Berk. Cleveland-Denver-steamboat Springs-Arches N.P-Grand Canyon-sedona-Indio Ca-Ventura-Sequoia N.P.-Yosemite-San Francisco-Redwoods N.P.-Mt Hood Or.-Seattle Wa.-Anacortes Wa.-Yellowstone N.P.-Devils Tower-Mount Rushmore-Badlands N.P-Cleveland.

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Old 07-18-2016, 09:12 AM   #2
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Wow, what a trip Mike! That would indeed be an epic journey and one the family will never forget. So...sounds like the family enjoyed it, how did the Berk do? -Glenn
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Sounds like you had a great time with lots of memories, camping is a great way for a family to bond
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340 hp engine was fine. You only went 40-45mph up some mountain passes but it was not that bad. I wasn't be passed by any RVS going up the hills!! I averaged 9.2 miles per gallon for entire trip. Great first step in having that "full time" discussion for retirement, even though that is 10+ years away.


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Old 07-19-2016, 12:41 PM   #5
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Nice trip!

I'm 4000 miles into my trip from Phoenix to the east coast Civil and revolutionary war fields and head back next week. I'll detail any issues that had occurred upon return.

Mike - did you have any problems along the way that you could share?

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Only issues were a chip in the windshield that caused a 2 hour delay at Safelight to fix, and forgetting to turn on engine break going down one mountain pass. I was worried about the mountains, but they were not a problem.


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Old 07-19-2016, 12:51 PM   #7
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Great photos! Thanks for taking the time to share them.
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Great photos!
Mike -- could you PM me or post your route, places you stayed, and number of nights at each location?
We are going to do a very similar trip next summer, and want to get planning now. Only difference would be cutting out California and heading up/down through Utah, etc...
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Thanks for the pics! Looked like an awesome trip!
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I did that trip in the opposite direction in 1985 in a rented U-Haul 27' Southwind with my family, including my 8 and 12 year old daughters. It was a great trip and we have family memories we'll never forget.

The two scariest parts were Mt. St. Helens where we had 2-way traffic on a 1 lane road with nothing but fully loaded logging trucks coming down the mountain at us and night time driving on the Pacific coast highway in California.

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