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Old 07-31-2011, 09:01 PM   #1
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Soloing across America

I'm right in the middle of a solo trip across the Heartland and thought I'd post some highlights from time to time. I'm a single Airstreamer, retired, sixty, and I'm heading back west after a year in South Carolina. My plan is to check out several western cities and towns to figure out a really nice place to base camp between trips. On the way I'm visiting relatives and friends and just generally wandering around. After a delightful two days sans hookups in Great Smoky Mountain National Park on the NC/Tennessee border, I stayed three days at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. Also a nice area. I stayed three nights in a really great county park on the outskirts of Davenport, Iowa (no reservations, full hookups, $19/night). Rest and recuperation and fixing stuff on the Airstream. Now I'm staying in Wayne, Ne. while visiting my daughter's family. I'm at the Wayne Lion's Club RV Park ($8/night, 30/50 amp electrical and water hookups, no sewer or restroom) and it's really nice except for the sewer situation. That catches us up to the present. The heat is hitting the middle of the country hard and I'm really grateful for the stellar Airstream environment. Crossing the Missouri River was interesting; I turned north at Council Bluffs, Iowa intending to cross at Lewis and Clark State Park. The bridge was closed due to flooding so I crossed just north of Council Bluffs. There's a lot of water in that river right now!
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:11 PM   #2
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I'd love to hear more of your adventures as you go. I usually go solo myself ... there's an upside: I like to boondock and usually do, and being by myself makes the fresh and gray water and black water tankage last longer!

Hope you have a great trip, and do keep on posting.
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:15 PM   #3
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I like boondocking too, AirsDream, but the heat has been killer the last couple of weeks and I've needed the hookups for the AC except in the Great Smokies. It's getting better as I get further west, though.
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jdb,

Sounds like you are having a great trip. Hope you keep us updated. What is the name of the park outside Davenport? I'm heading that way later in August.

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Enjoying your posts and hope you keep it up. I was going to take a similar trip this summer but in reverse but my dear MH has been in the shop eating up my travel $$$. Are you planning on being in Q, AZ this winter?
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If you are headed via the northerly routes don't miss Missoula, MT. On your way catch Pomey's Pillar near Billings. If you're working your way through Idaho and the town of Mountain Home is a timely stop, use the Mountain Home RV Park on Veterans for one of the nicest places on the western road.
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:16 PM   #7
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Stan, the park outside Davenport is West Lake Park, not far of US 61. I was well pleased with it.

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LuvRVing, I'm planning to do a bit of downhill skiing this winter (Bend, Or/Durango/Crested Butte Co/) but that doesn't rule out a spell at Q. I am not sure yet.
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:26 PM   #9
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Greg, I'm going to be in that region and greatly appreciate the advice on destinations and places to stay.

I'm leaving Wayne, Ne. tomorrow after a stellar week+ with the kids and grandkids. I'm heading over to Chadron Ne. and plan to see the Black Hills area if I can avoid the Sturgis crowd. Could be tense. I don't do well in the midst of hordes of drunks and nekkid women. Drunks, anyway. I've done 8 good days in Wayne at the Lion's RV Park. A good time was had by all!
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I also visited a nice state park on the Nebraska northern border called Niobrara State Park that had a great swimming pool with wonderful views of the Niobrara and Missouri rivers. The RV part had electric with water available but no water or sewer hookup. $18/night but I didn't stay there. Lovely park with a lot of activities out in the middle of nowhere. The grandkids and I went swimming there.
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The bikes are all through the hills. The Bandidos used to camp up in Custer Park. Not sure about this year. Your party towns will be Sturgis of course, and Deadwood, but there's action all over the hills. If I want a quiet family vacation, the hills ain't it the first two weeks of August.

Are most bikers there safe? You bet! Noisy? Yup! Personally, if I'm doing a travel trailer campground thing, I'll either park 100 miles away and drive through the hills for the day, or I'll skip it during the rally.
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If you like skiing don't forget Ca's Sierra's. You can work your way west & south by making Utah, hitting Tahoe & China Peak outside of Fresno. Lots of great skiing along the way to AZ by swinging really west.
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Stan, the park outside Davenport is West Lake Park, not far of US 61. I was well pleased with it.

I was also at West Lake Park last week for one night. It is the best bargain in camping.
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Hey jdb, where in S.C. were you? Safe and happy travels. John
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