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Old 11-04-2014, 03:59 PM   #29
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Didn't Wally say it's not so much about the destination as it is the journey? IMHO things last longer at lower RPMs. Me included.

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Old 11-04-2014, 04:32 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by lsbrodsky View Post
I am retired and in no hurry. I prefer no more than 5 hours per day; the mileage varies based on the route. I can do more but I find my reactions have dulled after 5 hours and driving a trailer in most places requires awareness.
I agree sir. No longer will I do 70mph for 10 hours. My route is planned from State Park to State Park on secondary roads. No Interstate highways anymore for me.

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Old 11-04-2014, 05:14 PM   #31
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In Colorado we tend to use vertical distance instead of horizontal. One 12500 foot pass per day!
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:23 PM   #32
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We try to stay around 400 miles per day. With stops for food and gas we average 50 mph - which makes for an 8 hour day. I like to start by 8 am and finish by 4 pm.
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:31 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by slowmover View Post
Plan itinerary Pharm. We travelled distance only 1-2 days/time then spent time

Here's an idea. You want to go west. Stop at Amarillo for two days to see Palo Duro and Alibates. Then up to Bents fort for a day. Go fishing at lake. Then a long day en route

Time to read up on Ranald McKenzie plus Gwynne on Comanche. The Dust Bowl. Etc

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Old 11-04-2014, 06:51 PM   #34
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Well this working stiff would never be able to get anywhere only plugging 400 miles a day. We tend to do the 1 long icky day, and second reward day. That is for outgoing. Especially since I live in the dead center of the continental USA.

When we drove (not towing) to Yellowstone/Tetons a few years ago we went across Kansas and to Laramie WY in 1 day. Left a bit before sunrise on familiar local roads, saw the beautiful sunrise over the flint hills near Manhattan, and were enjoying Laramie's finest dinner (that would be Applebee's) by 6 pm. Then the next day had a lovely drive through the Wind River Range, with lunch in Dubois, and into the Tetons. Perfect amount each day.

For coming home, it needs to be done more slowly. I guess it is the excitement wearing off and the va-cay chill kicking in. We took it Yellowstone to Denver, and that was about 2 hours too long. Mountain driving combined with rush hour is not a good way to end a long day of driving. But flatland interstate driving is much easier.

It will be interesting once we finally get our trailer how this all pans out. DH loves to drive, and to get an early start. And now that my phone can get wi fi along the interstate, I can surf the web. That with Springsteen and Jam Bands on Sirius makes for a fun day.

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Old 11-05-2014, 05:40 AM   #35
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I generally do it the other way around.
I'm forced to travel great distances to get back home for work because I lag around and drag around and enjoy it too long.
I have had to drive from Vegas to Greenwood, MS in 2 days. I did have a co-driver. We drove in shifts- one sleeps while the other drives-
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:09 AM   #36
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We are lucky to live within a couple hours of a lot of great places to camp here in Colorado. The best and most relaxing trips we take are local or ones that we can take our time on. Once a year we trek back to Michigan and get committed to 500+ mile days. I find them exhausting. Especially when the winds don't cooperate which seems to be the norm. One trip we did 900 miles on I-80 with a good 30 kt tailwind and were able to stay ahead of a storm. 75-80 mph and 14 mpg. When I retire we will travel with the winds. Back in my sailing days an old guy I crewed for gave me a good piece of advice. "Gentlemen don't beat into the wind".
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:32 AM   #37
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300-350 per day. That said we camped next to another retired couple, we are newly retired and they had been retired for 20 years, yep 85 years old. They said years ago they had someone tell them that they do 200 miles per day or 2:00PM which ever comes first and they stop every two hours for a break. And that they had been doing just that for the past 15 years. They do it in a 42' Newmar Diesel motorhome. Must be something to it as we tried it for a while and each day felt great. Then we needed to get home so it was back to the OLD mileage of 400 + per day - exhausting. From now on except in an emergency we are going to try and hold to 250 per day.

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Old 11-05-2014, 09:59 AM   #38
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Taking my time....

Well I'm more in lsbrodsky's mode.

My aim is more like 200- 250 per day starting about 9ish and arriving 2ish. If there is a 'destination' type campground in route along the way then we'll even make smaller jumps rather than try for a 350-400 mile day.

This gives us a good afternoon to scout around and decide if we spend another day- likely not usually .
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:44 AM   #39
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Our most enjoyable days are in the 200 - 250 mile range, non-interstate hwy, spontaneous detours, frequent stops, and deciding on our overnight stopover just a few hours out. More than 300 miles begins to feel like a chore. My log spreadsheet shows an average day of 207 miles (yes, this Skipper keeps a log just like on our sailboat). There are a few 20 mile days as well as that memorable 732 mile all nighter down thru Texas.

I would expect a difference between Retired (us) and Working Airstreamers. Even on our cross country trips to see Family or to/from the Boat (2000 mi), we allow time to enjoy the journey. Couldn't generally manage that pre-retirement😊

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Old 11-05-2014, 11:13 AM   #40
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Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions to camping areas! It is reassuring that our ideas are similar to your experiences. I was a bit worried about preplanning too much and will try a bit more laid back approach to finding our next campsite. I have the Allstays iPad app and it looks very helpful. I have found a campsite in Phoenix next door to our family's housing community, so now on to getting the new tires and shocks for the Jeep!

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