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Old 01-21-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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Road Trip 2012, 58 days, 10,225 miles 18 states

Last winter (2011-12) we started planning a road trip for the spring of '12. It started out as a trip along Route 66, with side trips to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, and then spending some time in southern California. Then we saw the PBS series on America's National Parks and decided that we had to see Yosemite and Yellowstone, which meant spending less time on Route 66. Re-planning, we ended up with a trip leaving from from Montreal at the beginning of April (soon after the snow melted) to pick up Route 66 at Joliette, IL then parts of Route 66 and I-40 to the Grand Canyon and Kingman, AZ, Then up to Vegas, down to San Diego and up the Pacific Coast Highway (with a side trip to Yosemite) to Oregon then to Seattle , and yes we drove past Big Sur with a long wheel-base F-150 and a 23ft trailer! Continued through Montana stopping in Butte and went on to Yellowstone, where we had some snow. Then on to Deadwood SD (with a stop at Little Big Horn) and Mount Rushmore. Continued to Pierre SD, Bismark ND, Duluth MN and back to Canada through Michigan's Upper Peninsular.
A really great trip which we thoroughly enjoyed.
A few random observations --
The best big campground – San Diego Metro KOA (Chula Vista)
The best small campground – Country Campground, Detroit Lakes MN
Also recommended - Farm Island Rec. Area, Pierre SD
Worst roads – Concrete expressways around Los Angeles. The combination of the F-150's wheel base, the distance between the expansion joints and the 55mph speed limit set up a bouncing that was making me physically ill!!!!


If anyone is interested here is a link to our Picasa photo album:--


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Old 01-21-2013, 05:22 PM   #2
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wow - so how long did you spend at yellowstone and yosemite, respectively? Did you feel like you could have stayed longer - just right - too long?
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:56 PM   #3
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We only visited Yosemite for one day, some parts of the park were not open, but we got to see most of the scenic views including Glacier Point which had only recently opened for the season. The plan for Yellowstone was to do the South loop one day and the North loop the next, but one of the high passes on the North Loop was closed by snow. Again we did see as much as we could,including Old Faithful, but certainly Yellowstone deserves more time. The wildlife in Yellowstone is amazing - so many bison, and at that time of year lots of calves. We were there the second week in May and left just before a major snow storm!

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Old 01-22-2013, 07:53 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing - all on my bucket list.

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Phew,I'm tired already . :0)
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:30 PM   #6
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Great pics, Robin and Gloria. We did parts of your trip in the fall of '12: Albuquerque (including the cable car up Sandia Peak), Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, and Vegas (stayed at the Circus Circus KOA, as well.) Your entire trip must have been spectacular - the pictures certainly are. Thanks for sharing.

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