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Old 03-23-2005, 12:41 PM   #15
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eubank, Sorry I missed New Mexico. Actually I have been there twice this year and plan on stopping in Albuquerque on the way. The company I work for has a facility there I will visit to see some of my friends there. It will be fun driving through I normally fly into places and fly out within a day or two and never really get to see anything. Which brings me to Chuck's topic of Boston to Orlando... We (my wife and I and two guinea pigs) were planning to stay in Hilton Head last year on our first big Airstream trip. It was very nice but when we got there it was a bit chilly for swimming at this time of the year so after 2 days we hooked up the trailer and completed the treck to Orlando. In terms of timing we actually drove from Boston to Hilton Head in 20 hours with only a 45 minute rest stop. For the most part I drove 55 - 60 miles an hour with the trailer. On the return if I remember correctly we drove from Orlando to Virgina (I think around 12 hrs), Virginia - Albany NY (visiting) another 12 hrs then home (3 Hours). I would plan on at least a 2 day trip, the 20 hour run was tough and I probably will never do that again. I fly about 100,000 miles a year for business and bought the Airstream to have a diffrent way of vacationing. We went to Orlando a few weeks ago and the flights were no picnic. I really like the freedom the Airstream brings to be able to change plans on a whim.
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Old 03-23-2005, 02:01 PM   #16
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Oh, another consideration is that you cannot take the tunnels through Baltimore on your way down with propane tanks (nor, for that matter, through the tunnels in NYC, but they're not on your route). So, you'll have to take 695 around Baltimore.

One route alternative is to head out over the Delmarva Penninsula after you pass Wilmington DE on 95--I think it's Route 15. That road will bypass Washington DC and send you past Ocean City, Assateague, etc. Eventually, you take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to Norfolk. Folks connect back up with 95 somewhere in NC.

One caveat--avoid this route like the plague any weekend in the summer. It's blocked up with beachgoers. Off season or off hours, it is supposed to be pretty good.

But for going to Tuscon, you still have to get over the Appalachians. So, this may not be good for you.

12 hours Orlando to the VA border sounds a bit too good to be true. I haven't gone all the way to Orlando, but that just sounds like a heck of a long distance to cover in that much time. For instance, without a trailer, it takes us 11 hours doing a steady 70 to get to Asheville, NC (we are 2.5 hours north of the VA border). Orlando is a lot farther down.

With trailer and good traffic, it's 10-11 hours from DC (where we are) to Boston.

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Old 03-23-2005, 05:42 PM   #17
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eubank, Sorry I missed New Mexico. (snip)
Oh, I was just kiddin'! It's not often that I get to post a link to the "one of our 50 is missing" page, so just couldn't resist!

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Yes in XX we have vanity plates and in fact my wife has one. The Airstream will also have one, OVER59 (1959 Overlander) or Bat0Cave

Indeed we Love New York. I bought 4 dozen of the I Love New York T Shirts and sent them to my nephew in Iraq for his guys in MI. Actually sent 47, kept one for myself. It's New Yorker's we love to make fun with.
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Old 04-16-2005, 06:47 AM   #21
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Just got back from our trip from Boston to Tucson and back. Had a great time in Tucson. Drove a total of 6000 miles. I will post details of the trip and the routing later this week. I was very pleased with the route we took even though the weather didn't cooperate with us for the first two days of travel. I some notes about roads and road conditions which will hopefully help others. I did learn a few things on the trip....

1.) I need more vacation time.

2.) I need a bigger truck (going shopping this weekend)

3.) I would do it again...
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Old 04-23-2005, 04:12 PM   #22
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Boston To Tucson and Back - 1 Boston to New Market VA

Someone expressed interest in the final route we chose so I took some notes during our trip and will post our route taken and some comments which I hope are helpful to others who may be planning a trip on a similar route. When I asked the initial question I was most concerned about quality of roads and how many big hills we would have to climb. We left on Saturday April 2 at about 5:00 am we decided to take the Mass Pike (Route 90) West to 84 South and finally to route 81 South. We chose that route to avoid traffic and anything close to NYC. We found some hills were pretty testy in Penn and ended up in the climbing lane with the trucks (I need a bigger pickup as I learned on this trip). It rained hard that day and we averaged about 50 MPH pretty much the whole day. We arrived in New Market VA at about 5:30 PM. Stayed at the KOA there (It had some of the cleanest rest rooms I have ever seen at a campground) I think the road to the campground was one of the most difficult parts of the trip. Once off the highway it is about 4 miles of twisty narrow road but it is quite doable.
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Old 04-23-2005, 04:26 PM   #23
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Boston to Tucson and Back - Day 2 New Market VA to Nashville

Sunday April 3rd. We left New Market Va at about 6:00 am and drove route 81 South to 40 West. About 550 miles.

We thought we were out of the woods in that we got past the rain yesterday but conditions got worse... Wind gusts driving today were 40 plus miles per hour... That was lots of fun... We ended up driving about 45 - 50 miles per hour to avoid getting blown off the road. So far we had driven 1100 miles. My wife was getting grumpy and the guinea pigs which we travel with were beginning to get a bit tired too. My hands were getting tired from the death grip on the steering wheel.

Se stayed at Two Rivers Campground near Opryland. It would have been fun to spend some time there but time was short and the goal was to get to Tucson. The roads in Tennessee were pretty good even though the wind slowed us down.. One other note once again one of the most difficult parts of the day was the drive from the interstate to the campground. They are doing a lot of construction in that area and you have to drive in one lane with concrete barriers verrrrry close to you for about 5 miles before getting to the campground.
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Old 04-23-2005, 04:38 PM   #24
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Boston to Tucson and Back - Day 3 Nashville to Sallisaw OK

Monday, April 4

Once again a very windy day so we had to keep things slooow. We left at appx. 7:00 am and arrived in Sallisaw KOA at about 5 pm. Mileage so far appx 1600 miles.

We continued on Route 40 through Arkansas once again a very windy ride. All in all the route was pretty good so far. The truck was getting about 11 miles per gallon and with the price of gas where it is now this was not a cheap trip. My wife (who was getting grumpier) made the point that it would have been faster and less expensive to fly to Tucson... But where is the fun in that ? Good thing we have a good marriage we were starting to test it...

The KOA in Sallisaw was very nice we had a chance to take out the basket ball and shoot some hoops and play horseshoes. We also joined the KOA value kard club to get the discount. At this point it would pay for itself and ultimately it did.
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Old 04-23-2005, 05:02 PM   #25
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Boston to Tucson and Back - Day 4 Sallisaw Ok to Midland Tx

Tuesday April 5

When we woke up on Tuesday we looked at the local weather and they were predicting Golf Ball sized hail !! We were going to continue on route 40 through New Mexico and stay in Albuquerque but as we looked at the forecasts the weather was coming from west to east and we felt we could beat the storm if we took a southern route.

Ultimately we took route 35 South to 280 West to 20 West. The total drive lasted about 14 hours and we covered about 700 miles ... I think if I have been adding correctly we had covered about 2300 miles so far.

I have to say the roads in Texas seemed the best in about any state we traveled in. It's nice and flat there too.

We stayed at Midessa Oil Patch RV park. We liked the park and it was nice for the overnite stay.
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Boston to Tucson and Back - Day 5 Midland Tx to Tucson

Wednesday April 6

Who knew that El Passo was so big and had so much traffic ?

I guess the one thing I have learned in life is how little you really know. We tried to time our departure times so that we would not reach busy traffic areas during rush hour but we managed to reach El Passo at a busy time. Once again the Texas roads were really good so it was not so bad.
The remaining directions were quite simple Route 20 W to Route 10 W Total mileage was 2900 miles.

In this thread (or maybe another) I asked about RV parks in Tucson. We decided to stay at Voyager RV park I am under 55 and my wife is considerably under 55 but after April 1 it seems that the parks there clear out. The great thing was this park had excellent facilities (2 outdoor and 1 indoor pool) 2 large spas / basket ball / a nice little par 3 golf course of which we played / mini golf / and more and more. The park was in south Tucson so we had to drive a bit to get anywhere but all in all we really enjoyed the city and plan to come back (via airplane) soon.

We particularly enjoyed Saguaro National park my wife bicycled from the campground to the park the roads were very bumpy but she liked the scenery. We also went to the biosphere 2 (interesting) and the Arizona Desert museum
(verrry nice ).... I guess that's enough for today. I am in Shanghai China on business this week so I finally have sometime to put all this in... I will post some notes on the return trip from Tucson to Boston later this week.
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Here are some Pictures

Here are some pictures from the trip. I guess I can only attach a few at a time so I will add two replies
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More pics

The last picture is of our traveling guinea pigs. They have now traveled through 20 states. Thanks for the help on the posting tips !!
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