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Old 07-16-2011, 09:02 PM   #1
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Taking the back roads...

We finished a camping trip to Jackson Lake State Park, here in Colorado. Decided to minimize Interstates, just for the adventure of it. I preplanned the route, because I knew the GPS would have a fit about my route. The primary route was south off of I-76 on CO-79 to Bennet, CO. Then went west on CO-36, finally being forced to get on I-70 at Watkins, CO (after having to stop for some bicyclists "sharing" the road). Continued west on I-70 until I-225, exiting shortly on CO-83. Continued south on CO-83 until our Black Forest turn off.

Overall, very enjoyable route and it only took about a half an hour longer than the express route. As I drove, I thought that this is what Wally would have done (WWWD?).
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:05 PM   #2
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we returned from Yellowstone to Mississippi and basically avoided the interstate...rural 2 lanes are different in the west than here in the south east...
Crossing Kansas on the rural roads was real enjoyable.
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:21 AM   #3
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Freeways are for those that have a job and a strict time schedule.
Back roads are for those that the journey is more important than the destination.
I now prefer to take two or three days to get to where the freeway could take me in 5 hours.
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:49 AM   #4
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Freeways are for those that have a job and a strict time schedule.
Back roads are for those that the journey is more important than the destination.
I now prefer to take two or three days to get to where the freeway could take me in 5 hours.
Sam
Usually referred to as taking the blue line. We have found off the freeways better if roads have some minimum standards, full lane and has the white line and a foot extra beyond. My best off freeway has been the red lines used on most state maps, giving two lanes in each direction allows slower driving without impeding the fast traffic.
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:16 PM   #5
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Ooooooo---"taking the blue line"---never heard that one! I like it!

We are back roads enthusiasts, love nothing better than getting up in the morning and deciding which road to take which direction, meandering through all the little old towns and seeing the old houses and buildings.

Pure, unadulterated bliss.


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We try to take a different route each time we travel. Easier to do in the US than Canada.
Some routes are the only choice, but then you get to stop at your favourite restaurant,
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We just bought a Garmin Nuvi GPS, and used it for the first time to tow the trailer from Houston to Dallas. The GPS setup let me tell it to not use interstates, toll roads, congested area, etc. I clicked on ALL the filters to see what would happen. It took us all day to zig zag our way back and forth across Texas avoiding major highways, but we did it. Saw some neat towns, great courthouses, and backroads barbeque restaurants we would never have seen from the straight shot. It was nice to be able to program it like that. It also has a feature that lets you program a route via an intermediate town or location, so you can just pick an out of the way spot someplace and call that the intermediate point and it will happily lead you over hill and dale with no dead end turnarounds.
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We just bought a Garmin Nuvi GPS, and used it for the first time to tow the trailer from Houston to Dallas. The GPS setup let me tell it to not use interstates, toll roads, congested area, etc. I clicked on ALL the filters to see what would happen. It took us all day to zig zag our way back and forth across Texas avoiding major highways, but we did it. Saw some neat towns, great courthouses, and backroads barbeque restaurants we would never have seen from the straight shot. It was nice to be able to program it like that. It also has a feature that lets you program a route via an intermediate town or location, so you can just pick an out of the way spot someplace and call that the intermediate point and it will happily lead you over hill and dale with no dead end turnarounds.
Or, you can just use an ol' paper map and drive.

We just can't get excited about and become part of the GPS thing, only use them directional gadgets when we are driving into a big city looking for a specific address. Why not just use a paper map, and see the little historic sites and museums marked on them.

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Wow, another retro-grouch!! We're a dying breed.......chortle chortle... Those historic places are on the GPS, too if you get the right chart. GPS is a big part of our life. We are on the ocean several days a week, and use them to mark things or get back to things we previously marked. My career involved tying underwater navigation systems to surface navigation systems, so GPS is a natural.

I tried pretty hard to find some good maps of Colorado and Wyoming last summer. The best I could find were pretty crummy. Oh, they're printed on nice glossy stock and have the main roads, but for really getting around in the back country they're useless. Have both of them sitting right here at my desk. Junk. Last few trips to Texas we stopped at convenience stores and gas stations looking for good road maps. Nope. The maps that the rental agencies give you are about as good as we could find.

Paper maps are dated by definition. I get free mapupgrades forever with the Garmin, just plug it into the laptop and sign onto Garmins website. And anyhow, I can never fold them paper ones back the right way.
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