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Old 02-20-2016, 08:08 PM   #71
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I know it's been a while, but the revised trip is now (almost) fully booked up for the summer. Just got a few jobs to do on the camper first, but can't wait.

The revised itinerary is: -
(note all times are my estimates, including gas-stops and rest-stops, based on experience so far)

Day 1 - Central FL -> Paul B Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg, MS (likely an 11hr drive)
+1 day stop

Day 3 - Hattiesburg, MS to Sunset, TX (10 hr drive)
Day 4 - Sunset, TX to Alburquerque, NM (10 hr drive)
+ 1 day stop (Sandia Peak etc)

Day 6 - Alburquerque, NM to Glendale, UT (9 hr drive)
+ 5 day stop (Bryce Canyon, Zion, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon north rim)

Day 12 - Glendale, UT to Sequoia Natl Park, CA (10 hr drive)
+ 2 day stop (for Sequoia)

Day 15 - Sequoia to near Yosemite (4 hr drive)
+ 3 day stop

Day 19 - Yosemite to Crater Lake, OR (9 hr drive)
+ 1 day stop

Day 21 - Crater Lake, OR to Mt Rainer, WA (8 hr drive)
+ 1 day stop

Day 23 - Mt Rainier, WA to Revelstoke, BC (10.5 hr drive)
+ 1 day stop (Revelstoke/Glacier parks)

Day 25 - Revelstoke, BC to Jasper, AB (7 hr drive)
+ 3 day stop

Day 29 - Jasper, AB to Banff/Canmore, AB (6 hr drive)
+ 3 day stop

Day 33 - Banff, AB to Glacier Natl Park/St Mary, MT (5 hr drive)
+ 3 day stop

Day 37 - Glacier, MT to Yellowstone (9 hr drive)
+ 2 day stop

Day 40 - Yellowstone to Teton Valley (4 hr drive)
+ 2 day stop

Day 43 - Teton Valley to Estes Park, CO (9.5 hr drive)
+ 3 day stop

Day 47 - Estes Park, CO to Buena Vista, CO (4.5hr drive)
+ 3 day stop

Day 51 - Buena Vista, CO to Salina, KS (9 hr drive)
Day 52 - Salina, KS to Whittington, IL (9 hr drive)
+ 1 day stop

Day 54 - Whittington, IL to Chatanooga, TN (6 hr drive)
+ 2 day stop

Day 57 - Chatanooga, TN to Central FL (10 hr)

Roughly 8500 towing (+ a lot of other miles sightseeing), 8 weeks + 1 day

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Old 02-20-2016, 08:17 PM   #72
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You've been warned by others, and it does not seem to affect your planning. But just for old times sake and speaking from long experience, you are trying to do too much too fast, traveling too far in too short a time. 9, 10 and 11 hour days traveling are absolutely nuts. What are you doing, a marathon? For what? To check off some list? why not slow down and enjoy some things. Many spots you are visiting for nothing - one or two days in special places is ludicrous.

Wish you well, but you will wear yourself and your companions out and will be a wreck when you get home - IF you get home.
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Old 02-20-2016, 11:08 PM   #73
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If it was me I would skip Mt Rainier and do one of the Coast Campground that Olympic National Park has. The only other that come to mind is Craters of the Moon National Monument but you do not have enough time for Yellowstone as it is. Looks like a great trip.
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:47 AM   #74
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Nice map. Be prepared; New Mexico has the worst roads we have ever traveled. What passes for an interstate hwy there is pitiful. Add more time 'cause it can be slow going.
Thanks for the warning.
I tend to think I-4 through Orlando, and parts of I-95 and I-75 here in FL are pretty awful (especially compared to the FL stretch of I-10 which is actually pretty good).
Anything worse than those must be bad !
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If you're talking about doing this in 2016, reservations this late are going to be a problem. Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion are a mob scene in the summer. They all set attendance records in 2015. You might look at spending some time in the Black Hills.
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Old 02-21-2016, 12:53 PM   #76
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In Yellowstone go to Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone. In Zion stay in Zion RV park just outside the park. Your close enough to drive the park and see Bryce Nat Park.
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Old 02-21-2016, 07:55 PM   #77
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I've been accused of planning some "very ambitious trips" in the past. In the future, I shall show your trip planning as a form of defense.

The trip looks awesome and also exhausting! FWIW, I'm 32!

Anyways, in Washington- there's a cute little town called Leavenworth that looks like a cool place to stop. Being a Floridian myself, I'm not sure how close to Spokane it is.

Many of the areas you plan on visiting are just gorgeous.

Instead of Florida Caverns since you've already been- maybe try Falling Rocks State Park? They are only like 30-45 minutes apart IIRC.

Also, in NM there's White Sands National monument which looks amazing as well and is on our agenda for our next trip. Between NM and Florida- there's lots of places to stay- what do you like? You could spend a day or so in New Orleans or Baton Rouge.

It will be hot as all get out in many of the places that you plan on being at that time frame.

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Old 02-21-2016, 11:50 PM   #78
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When you book so far ahead do you have to pay for all the campsites ahead of time. I am wondering if your sched. does get behind will it cost you a lot more?
I have done your Day 25 - Revelstoke, BC to Jasper, AB (7 hr drive)
+ 3 day stop
also your Day 29 - Jasper, AB to Banff/Canmore, AB (6 hr drive)
+ 3 day stop ...... YOUR HOURS ARE CORRECT but do not allow for bad traffic, stopping to see the awesome sights on those roads The Jasper Banff road is the best sights I have ever seen in the mountain's at least you will be doing it twice once up to Jasper then back down to Banff
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You've been warned by others, and it does not seem to affect your planning. But just for old times sake and speaking from long experience, you are trying to do too much too fast, traveling too far in too short a time. 9, 10 and 11 hour days traveling are absolutely nuts. What are you doing, a marathon? For what? To check off some list? why not slow down and enjoy some things. Many spots you are visiting for nothing - one or two days in special places is ludicrous.

Wish you well, but you will wear yourself and your companions out and will be a wreck when you get home - IF you get home.
Appreciate the concern, but I honestly have no issue with the long days driving (and those hours are taking rest-stops etc into consideration). I've driven across most of Europe, often many more miles than that in a day.
This is a once-in-lifetime (or at least once before retirement) opportunity of taking 8 weeks off work in one go, and enjoying an adventure with the kids before they leave home.
Many of these spots we'll try to visit again, but we're focusing on the main stops of Bryce/Zion, Sequoia, Yosemite, Jasper, Banff and Colorado. One of the disadvantages of living in FL is how far it is to get to the W / NW of the country.
We're all looking forward to the trip
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