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Old 12-13-2003, 01:43 PM   #1
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The South in March/April?

I'm not trying to compete with Uwe and you people going the MX in March but was wondering if any of you would consider a caravan from the SW/W to Savannah & Charleston--sorta a "U" I-10 going east and return on something "higher" on the map with for sure stops in Nashville and Memphis.

Having never been east of El Paso or south of Virginia Beach that "quadrant" seems like fun to explore. Open for suggestions about everything.....would really like company.
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Old 12-13-2003, 03:27 PM   #2
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We're planning a spring trip to visit family in Oklahoma. I think we might go down I5 to So Cal and catch as much of Route 66 as possible on the way out to Oklahoma. We haven't decided the return route yet until I do a little more research on the weather/driving conditions, but I was thinking of coming home through CO, UT, ID. Anyway, if you get something planned and we can join you for a portion of the trip it would be great to meet up with some other forum members on the road.
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Old 12-13-2003, 03:53 PM   #3
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I wish you were going east on I-10, Tucson, El Paso, Ozona, San Antonio, Lafayette, New Orleans......then you could turn north.

We would like to travel with you also.

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Old 12-13-2003, 06:14 PM   #4
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Well, I'm still figuring out the route, but a visit to Pheonix is in order along the way, because we have friends there to visit as well. They'd never forgive us if we came that close and didn't stop to say hello!
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We had been talking about going to North Carolina in March or April. Since it is our first long journey, it might be nice to link up along the way. Please keep us informed.
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Old 12-13-2003, 07:20 PM   #6
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What kind of things are you interested in ??

For me a trip to Nashville requires a stop at Greuns Guitar shop, Tooties Orchid Lounge :} Maybe CW and the Harley shop. You won't see many country stars in town, they are either on the road or in Branson Mo The Hall of Fame is interesting. And you MUST go to the Grand Ole Opery.

Memphis is home to Graceland, the Pink Palace musium, Beal Street with BB Kings Club & the Rum Boogie Cafe, National Civil rights Museum, and the Ornimential Metal museum. Great Harley shop, and nice retail shopping on the east side of the city. Downtown is no place for a MH after dark unless you're staying at the Peabody Hotel, then it's fun.

Don't forget OK City, Cowboy Hall of Fame, Avaitation Museum, several western Art galleries, etc. Brick Town has some nice resturants.

You MUST visit the site of the OK City bombing, it's just a few blocks off I-40, You WILL be moved. I've seen bikers with tears on their cheeks.

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Old 12-13-2003, 10:51 PM   #7
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I 40 ( old Rte 66) is in very bad condition after you leave NM. I would NOT pull my trailer that way. It has a lot of road work going on, and is very crowded with 18wheelers.
I drove to Nashville last year, and it was the worst fwy in recent memory. I was not towing, the whole time thinking "man am I glad I'm not towing".
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Thanks, uwe, that's good to know. I'll plan to make a limited visit to old 66 then. The goal is to get to OK and back in one piece, I just figured 66 was another thing to be sure to see along the way.

Once we get ot OKC we have friends who are going to show us around and take us up to Tulsa to see the old family home. We're very excited about the whole thing, we haven't been to that part of the country at all.
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We were in Albuquerque in October and took I-40 to Oklahoma City where we picked up I-44 to tulsa and on through Missouri.
I did not find the route a problem with the trailer, truck traffic no worse than most interstates and very little construction with no delays. Along the route there are several exits marked with route 66 attractions or sections of the old road. Take old 66 through Tucumcari, several old motels and gas stations, easy off and back on I-40. Nice museum in Clinton Ok. about 3/4 mile off I-40. Pick up map at museum and use 66 from Oklahomma City to Tulsa. Old road is still used. Many other spots along the way. Large web ring for Route 66 with lists by state. Enjoy your trip.
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Hit Ashville NC o the way. The Biltmore house is well worth the stop and tour. It can be done in one day but 2 would be easier. Unfortunatly the gardens will not be in Bloom that time of year and they are incredible!

Be sure to wear your walking shoes. If you take the Guided tour it's going to be 8 HOUR on your feet to give you an idea of how big the place is......This was a private residence at one time LOL.

Weather is still flaky that time of year. One of the worst snow storms I remember here in Atlanta was in March. I also remember some T-shirt warm March day's. Mid April I'm usualy taking the hard top off the truck and putting on the soft top for the year. It's warm enough to handle no top with a warm Jacket with a tall collar.
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I drove I-40 from about Santa Rosa, N.M. to Ok city twice last summer, and it is now in excellent shape. The worst problem areas seem to have been the stretch through Arkansas. Hwever, I confess I am not at all current on the condition from Memphis east. I drove the section from Ft. Smith to Clarksville about a month ago and it is now has brand new pavement. There is still a lot of work going on east of there and the old pavement (was?) is unspeakably bad.

At Ok City, I-40 goes well south of the old Route 66. I-44 roughly parallels it to St. Louis, through Tulsa, Joplin, Springfield, and Rolla. The remaining pieces of the old road vary considerably in quality. You can drive very long sections of Route 66 without ever getting on the interstate, and it can be a lot more interesting. If you decide to come up to Missouri, let me know and I'll suggest some places to see and stay.

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Old 12-14-2003, 03:57 PM   #12
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59toaster, I can endorse that. Two years ago I got the deluxe tour through all the back rooms, unrestored rooms and even the attic. The Biltmore is not quite snugged away from civilization now, but when it was built, it was built out in the middle of nowhere. It was quite a feat.
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i took the biltmore tour in the early 80's....i was overcome by the largesse....saying this was toooo much..too much....by the end of the tour i was saying.....yes...yes...i can dig it..i can live this way.... .. . for you energy maniacs...the fireplaces were somewhere around 100...the oil burner in the boiler ran at 35 g.p.h......i recomend this tour...its worth whatever they are charging now and i wont say anything more to spoil it for anyone that wants to go there....it is most awesome....and part of our history......btw... they were shootin Being There when i went through...
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The South in March/April?

If you are going to stop in Asheville, don't forget about Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg/Townsend area. There is an Airstream campground in Townsend called Little River Village right on the river. There is another nice campground called Tuckaleechee. Both can be accessed on the web. Lots of shopping at outlet malls, amusement parks, and shows to see. Then if you are going down to Charleston or Savannah from Asheville, don't forget to stop in Cherokee, NC. If you come through Chattanooga, let me know. Would love to hook up with you!
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