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Old 05-07-2008, 05:05 PM   #15
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Any suggestions for a non-vendor, generator ok camp that will fit a 29' (27' if the ask , 26' if that's all that's available ) Airstream?
how about Yellowstone National Park - Campgrounds in Yellowstone (U.S. National Park Service)
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Old 05-07-2008, 06:33 PM   #16
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An alternate route for the initial stage of the voyage is to run up I-55 to old US-82 and follow it all the way into Texas where it meets with US-287 which will take you all the way to Yellowstone if you like, but I'd leave it before I-70.

I rode these roads as a professional driver, and 287 my whole life. It runs you across the southern Plains; you could have a look at Palo Duro Canyon, Alibates Flint Quarry and Bent's Fort. Both are good roads from the standpoint of being able to handle big trucks (signage and strong shoulders) and is, IMO, more "scenic" than the route chosen.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site - Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)
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Forgot to mention that it is about 100 miles shorter as well. No Interstates at all once you're off of I-55 to Yazoo City. Google maps shows 23-hours travel time with this route.

Bridge at Greenville across the Mississippi
YouTube - US 82 crossing the Mississippi River

Zoie Clift, travel writer for southern Arkansas:
"I've always found U.S. 82 to be interesting. It traverses the whole southern section of the state providing an opportunity to see varied terrain, small towns, nice state parks (Logoly, Moro Bay, Lake Chicot) in the region. I think if you stay on it the whole width of the state, starting at Texarkana to the Mississippi River, it's around 200 miles in length


U.S. Route 82 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Texas @ AARoads - U.S. Highway 82

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U.S. Route 287 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Wichita Falls, Texas is about 600 miles per this route. Lake Arrowhead State Park is probably a good overnight.
TPWD: Lake Arrowhead State Park

I'd start by running 55 to the cutoff to Yazoo City and Belzoni and picking up 82 at Indianola. Greenville, MS is 139 miles [3' 7"] from Brandon. Drive time to W-F, Texas is 12 hours plus.
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:28 PM   #18
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A vote for 2 lanes

If you are going to drive across the US, why not see America?
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:20 PM   #19
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Great advice. I'll look at the details but REDNAX and the Gen have hit on the bullseye of what I was looking for . The cool part is I can hit the Natchez Trace near my house, loop up HWY 49 directly to HWY 82, a common route for us to visit family in Greenville.
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On your way back, I would recommend going straight south after Yellowstone/Grand Tetons (this is what we did a few years ago) and hit Bryce Canyon in Utah and then make a quick stop at the Grand Canyon (I forgot Mrs. Hi Ho doesn't like to look down). You could swing up into southern Colorado after that. Mesa Verde and the Sand Dunes Natl Parks are great stops. Or stay in Arizona/New Mexico as you head east. Once in Texas, REDNAX beat me to the punch when he recommended Palo Duro Canyon State Park. They have a great outdoor play. We've done the 3 week trips out west twice before (from Florida). A lot of miles and not enough time. Enjoy the trip!
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Sooo envious of your trip.... Keep us all posted and post pictures pleeeeeze!!!!!
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Epiphany is packed and ready, the check lists are almost complete but this mornings Yellowstone road report is giving us some concerns- only 2 roads and 2 campgrounds are open . I can only guess the snowpack has the plowing schedule behind. We are now thinking about delaying two weeks...

Anyone have some insight?
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Vernon, Have a great trip out West and back home to Mississippi.
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Ok, we decided to go for it. T minus 4 days and counting!
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We went to Yellowstone one year and the snow in the campsite was just even with the top of the picnic tables, they ran the blower through the pull throughs so you could park.
Even so the roads on the west side and south side were open, a couple days later thay opened the road to Roosevelt, the snow pack was 3 feet higher than our trailer when we went over the mountain.
That's when we learned why they have 2 stop signs on each pole, one at the usual height and one about 12 feet up, it's there for the snowmobilers.
Yellowstone is awesome, there are 'tour' CD's available that take you on a talking book tour around the park and give you a bit of history as you drive, we really enjoyed that and it kept the kids interested with the tales of the indians and early discovery.
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Today the road status inside Yellowstone is all roads are open except Dunraven pass, soo...
Saturday we will head for Amarillo and then choose to continue west and up to Salt Lake then the west entrance or hang a right and go up thru Denver.

Any good wineries along the route? I might be willing to spend the big money and go for three buck chuck in a, say, Merlot....
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36 hours to launch! Epiphany got her bath this afternoon, sorry but no photos - no sense in making her angry by posting lathered up bathing images .

The truck is loaded and tomorrow consists of relocating all of my stuff at work to the new office, locking the door and sneeking out .
When we hatched this crazy outing a few weeks back I thought I would outsmart Wall Street and budget $4.20/gallon for diesel, it's $4.25 here today and climbing daily.

We are using the Luhr method of planning, i.e. no reservations (sounds like an Anthony Bordain show ) so we very well could be boondocking!
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Day 1

We made it to Sherman Tx today. 7:30 am to 5:00pm for a 450 mile day. 65 mph made for about 15 mpg average.

High point of the day was an Elk sighting , the bad part is they are a fenced herd about 30 miles from home
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