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Old 05-23-2004, 12:51 AM   #1
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OK! Here's our tentative route

We're doing the fast route to Wisconsin, via 80 East. A stop in Reno, (of course, so my husband can win some spending money), through Utah, to Wyoming, then Nebraska, Iowa, a shortcut through Minnesota, then we're there, to Hillsboro, WI. It's not the exact city where the trailer is, but I want to keep the owner's location a tad private.

Any suggestions on what to stop and see on the road? I realize this isn't the scenic route really, or the most interesting one...it's the practical one...but then, I just want to give my trailer a hug finally.
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Old 05-23-2004, 06:50 AM   #2
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Ingrid,

Wow!

You are certainly taking the most direct route.

From SLC on, you are going to need something to keep you busy (even though you will get a respite in western WY and Lincoln, NE). Don't forget to experience the feedlots in NE and IA (trust me, you'll know when you are near one - breathe deep!)... I've done the I80 trip across WY, NE, and IA before... "Uff da", pretty long! I once averaged 85 MPH from Sterling, CO to Omaha on I80 on my Harley. You'll make good time.

Maybe you can do something more fun on the way home... Camp!

Congrats on the delivery of your new bundle of joy! Very exciting!
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It's not the exact city where the trailer is, but I want to keep the owner's location a tad private.
i know where it is hiding! but i aint telling!

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Is there any way you can spend another day and head up through the Black Hills and see Custer state park, Mt Rushmore and the Badlands. Its well worth a trip just to go there and back, more than worth it if you are on the way to Chicago anyway
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Since you are traveling I80 through Wyoming, you might take the scenic byway just south of Laramie through the Snowy Mountains. This will put you up about 9-10,000 feet with beautiful vistas, snowy caps, and alpine lakes. It won't eat much of your road time (maybe a couple of hours), but will give you that "Ah-h-h" feeling to practice before you see your new beauty! Just a suggestion, but I think you would enjoy it if you like the high mountains or haven't been in them. Such a secretyou are keeping! We're all waiting for the pics
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LOL

Peek-a-boo!!
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Ingrid,

I can give you a campground recommendation. If you get tired around Lincoln, Nebraska, stop at Camp-A-Way Campground. It's right off I80 but is a beautiful, quiet campground (think fireflies, grass, trees) with the nicest owners.

If you have time, drop down from I80 at Salt Lake or Wendover and take US 50. It takes a little longer but I love that drive. They call it the "world's loniest road" but it's not. Try it.

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A few years ago, my wife and I camped in Ogagala(?), Nebraska on our way home from a big camping trip. The campground was flat and rather uninteresting, but a good stop-over. Just up the road from the campground was one of the most incredible places to eat called Juney May's.

We had dinner there: BBQ Ribs, unbelievable fried chicken, and I don't even ussually like fried chicken! We also got the last piece of June's choclate cake.

We went back for breakfast less than twelve hours later, around when they opened at 7:00AM for their cinnamon rolls, eggs and more. Unbelievable!

Ogagala is in the pan-handle part of NE, so it looks like you might pass around that way.

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Jonathan, was Juney May's a hole-in-the-wall, rustic, dark kind of place in town, but with incredible food? If so, that is where we stopped in Ogalalla also. We still talk about it when we head West, but between the two of us, we forgot the name of the place. That reminds me that I need to get a new journal to put in the AS so that I have somewhere to jot down all that "trivia" that is REALLY important later when you want to return or tell someone else about it! I have a journal of about 18 years of camping, but it's filled and I've just not jotted down trips during the past two summers. Trip J's are really fun to read back over when you get cabin fever in January! My trip J was also the tool I used to learn to pack minimally instead of for a major move! I listed all I packed (clothes, kitchen, food, etc), and then on the way home, I listed all we actually used. What a lesson! I recommend this for everyone who has never done it.
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Maxandgeorgia.

Yes, Juney Mays was/is a little hole in the wall place that seems to cater mostly locals. I believe it had a gravel parking area. There were less than a dozen tables in the place.

We were chatting with the owners, and it turns out they were from San Francisco, and decided to open this place up. The co-owner took me out to see the smoker, which was a big upright Oklahoma-Joe, which is now new Braunfils.

My wife and I are going to try to do a better job at keeping journals, as we are now getting one camp ground mixed up with other places. Old age at 48 I guess.

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Oh, and the campground was called the Lake McConaughy St. Rec. Area...

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This is getting more exciting by the minute! I'm taking notes.

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I'm a little bit jealous! I want to take my trips and everybody else's too. Does that mean I really want to be on the road full timing???
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Lake McConnaugy was where my husband and son stopped after picking up our trailer in Canada. They thought it was quite nice, altho be sure to have the bug spray (the mosquitoes were OUT and the WEST NILE is definitely something to watch out for!!!

PS Also, I think, somewhere around there is the big Cabelas Sporting Goods store. The men just LOVE that place.
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