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Old 03-27-2015, 01:07 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Cyclone Rich View Post
This is an amazing trip in the makings, I hope you start a blog about it so I can pretend I'm on the trip as well, instead of stuck in cube-land-hell from 9-5.

BTW... don't exclude Iowa from your trip.
You may think its only corn and pig farming, but we got soy beans and cows too.

Plan on an August or September stop in Ames, Iowa during football season. You'll see my rig up there with a dozen people and their kids enjoying some tailgating festivities. 55,000 of my closest friends will also be in attendance.

Good luck and have fun.
There will definitely be a blog! It's how I roll.

But, my plan is to spiral through the states in the middle of the country after next winter - Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Or in some order- I'm not sure how or when I can start to go north before working about cold and snow.

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Old 03-27-2015, 03:19 PM   #32
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I did this with my boys when they were 9 and 15. We spent just 3 months but only targeted the western states. I still get comments from my grown sons about memories from that trip! I recommend changing your travel schedule some to spend more time at places like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon and less at other spots. I stayed 2-3 days at places like the Alamo so I could throw in a day at a kid's activity like Six Flags. Some places such as Cody, Wyoming didn't take a whole week but my boys sure loved the rodeo. We all had assigned roles during set up and break down from the campsites so that part never took too long. I tried never to drive more than 200-300 miles a day. I envy you! Have fun! PS: Make your Yellowstone and Grand Canyon campground reservations well in advance.

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Old 03-27-2015, 03:45 PM   #33
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There are several things we do as we plan our yearly excursions:

1. We target state capitols, state museums, presidential museums and locations marked as "GEMS" in the AAA books. All very educational. We have a booklet that gets stamped as we visit each capitol. The "GEMS" are usually the best of the good sites to visit.

2. We try not to travel the interstate. The state highways makes for a more relaxing drive and a person gets a closer and better view of he country.

3. We try not to drive too many miles a day or follow strict time lines. These just create stress.

4. When finished with a guided tour we'll ask the docent what's interesting to see nearby. We find hidden treasures that are not advertised.

5. We prefer public campgrounds. More relaxing, cost less, more room. But since your working as you go this may not be a good choice for you.

Main thing is to relax and enjoy. You want to create pleasant memories for your kids.
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:58 PM   #34
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Consider NE and East Oklahoma, can take you into western Arkansas, Branson Missouri. Many lakes, Ozarks. Don't know your plans but beautiful in the fall.
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:52 PM   #35
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There is a website of blogs of families doing just what you propose. You can find ideas and info from the people currently doing it. Also, you can post a link to your blog there so others can follow your journey.
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:16 PM   #36
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Can't believe that no one from Wisconsin is helping you out with this. If you want to stay on the main interstate from Chicago to Minnesota, after your stop at Devils Lake State Park (reservations are needed) you can continue up I90 and just before you cross into Minnesota, turn north along the Mississippi and spend a day or 2 at Interstate State Park. It is right on the river and not far off of your planned trip.
You can cross the Mississippi there and continue on to the Mall of America. If it was me I would skip the hassle of the Dells area and the interstate altogether and instead drive up the "Great River Road" from Dubuque to Lacrosse WI. Beautiful drive up the river and several nice State Parks along the way. Just a thought.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:22 PM   #37
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I've got some old school mapping going on! Now, let's hope that my almost 3 year old doesn't pick off the post it stickers!

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Old 03-31-2015, 01:11 AM   #38
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A couple stops DW and I found interesting.

Historic Auto Attractions, Roscoe, IL, a museum that has a little of everything. Worth the stop.

House on the Rock, Spring Green, WI, a strange place with a lot to see.

We have been trying to see the states 2 weeks at a time. Would love to do what you are planning. Will have to wait for retirement.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:39 AM   #39
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Oh you suck. (Mumbled dripping with jealousy)

And I thought I was ambitious taking two weeks to go to Yellowstone and Colorado this summer. Good for you! While I work from home I couldn't get away with more than a few days working on the road.

I noticed you'll be 45 miles from me in July. When you get here let me know.
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Old 03-31-2015, 05:18 AM   #40
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I guess the Sabre will be a Full Time rig then. From a 5er/TV perspective you should get sponsors for your adventure.Goodyear/Kraft Foods/FIAT/Geo Method etc...Sounds like fun! Maybe a HGTV Show about Stezers Great American Adventures..

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