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Old 05-07-2017, 06:24 PM   #1
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Hello please tell me where to go.

Alan from Virginia. Been staying in a nice park in Santa Paula CA this week. Gonna drive back to va now. Probably take 4 months or so. Mainly highway 50 I think. Will spend at least a month in Colorado. Suggestions welcome. Once I check my mail and clear the brush at home, I will turnaround and come back west on a new route cause what the heck else is there to do but drive back and forth til I can't no more?

Tell me where to go, I appreciate your thoughts. I like quiet places and nature and beautiful places and small towns and don't care for crowds, big cities or tourist traps.

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Get the Allstays app for your phone or tablet. You can use it to get user reviews of places to stay on your route. It will also show you things like rv repair, truck stops, large stores like Cabelas and Walmarts...

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Old 05-07-2017, 07:54 PM   #3
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Thank you Mike I will download that app. What is your favorite highway? Not the big ones like 40, 70, 80, 10, I've done those. Prefer small ones. Thank you.
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While CO seems interesting and I've got to do some fishing there, it is just not tourist free. So, proceed with care. We'll keep an open ear to what you find.

Do the 50. It is a unique experience and better than mile after mile on I80. The exception was the Utah section that seemed to be as boring as our historic trips through the desert plains. Maybe we were just ready to be down the road.

You might check out the Great Basin National Park. We moved on without the drive through we had planned, but it appears to be one of those less traveled places.

There is some interesting camping along the 128 to the East of Arches NP. The whole Moab area is very tourist intensive so you will have to look a bit to find something that matches your taste.

Sounds like some of the COE campgrounds might be interesting to you. AW posted a link, but I'm not finding it. Try this one.

https://www.recreation.gov/campgroun...agencyID=70902

Favorite highway - We saved a piece of time off our schedule between Wichita and Tucumcari. We cut the corner with HW54. It's not perfect, but worked for us. We will see if 50 or 96 works between CO and Wichita, the next time we pass through. There is a short cut in Utah between I15 and I70. HW6 is recommended as good road that saves time over the Interstate corner. We have not tried it, but will next time through.

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Thank you Pat that is a lot of interesting information to ponder. I am driving through Great Basin. there seem to be plenty of blm Land to pull off onto and make camp for a few days around those parts.

I don't mind if I take the long way or short way, long as it's interesting and "off the beaten path" so to speak. Sometimes I'll fix on a tiny town on the google map and go there just to see it. Sometimes I spend a night or 10 and sometimes I just turn around cause it ain't nothing.
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I can give a second vote for Great Basin National Park. If remote, quiet, peaceful and beautiful is what you are after, you will find it at Great Basin. Also an amazing place for night skies. An International Dark Sky Park.
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You mentioned Colorado, if you haven't been to Red Rocks just outside of Denver, you really should go and if possible, if there is a concert playing, try to get tickets. Red Rocks is a place that musicians love to play and it really shows. It doesn't matter who, classical, jazz, rock....they all love to play there. Of course that all depends on if you are into music. Watching and listening to folks that play there is amazing, when the group is having fun and enjoying the event as much as the ticket holders it is magical. It is also a cool place just to go see even when there isn't a concert. Just an idea.
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Anywhere you want to!
Take a different route every time!
I have courtesy parking in my front yard. Come stay a night or two!
Eat up some good local cuisine and then mosey on down the road...
Try to cover as many states and as many campgrounds, attractions, sights, attractions, and museums as you can.
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Alan from Virginia. Been staying in a nice park in Santa Paula CA this week. Gonna drive back to va now. Probably take 4 months or so. Mainly highway 50 I think. Will spend at least a month in Colorado. Suggestions welcome. Once I check my mail and clear the brush at home, I will turnaround and come back west on a new route cause what the heck else is there to do but drive back and forth til I can't no more?

Tell me where to go, I appreciate your thoughts. I like quiet places and nature and beautiful places and small towns and don't care for crowds, big cities or tourist traps.

Thank you.
My favorite spot...Carrizozo, New Mexico....there is a little State Park there...El Malpais...

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Rocky Mountain National Park...I like the KOA in Estes Park nearby..yes, there are tourists...but so am I.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison--just do it.
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Alan, you may find that you need to check your mail more often than every 4 months. You could consider joining Escapees RV club. It runs a good mail forwarding service @ reasonable rates. Club has a lot of members who use trailers and travel for long periods or full time RV.
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between CA and CO and REALLY cool

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U.S. Highways!

Yes I understand your desire to travel the U.S. and not be involved with the Interstate rat race! I have trucked for many years in the western half of the country. Every chance I got whether it being for a shortcut or just not a time critical load I would travel the old U.S. highways! I have been on most of them both north south and east west. This is where a lot of the history of the country happened. Nowadays a lot of them have been redone and safer than they used to be while still following the same route. I remember in the early 80s even I-80 I-15 and I-90 were about half two-lane in the western states. Some of my favorites are U.S. 160 and U.S. 550 through Colorado, U.S. 395 end to end, U.S. 95, U.S. 93, U.S. 6, U.S. 20/26 through Wyoming and Idaho and U.S. 90 across Texas. State route 140 through Nevada and Oregon is cool too! Then of course there's U.S. 2, the "Highline". Happy Travels!!!!
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Alan from Virginia. Been staying in a nice park in Santa Paula CA this week. Gonna drive back to va now. Probably take 4 months or so. Mainly highway 50 I think. Will spend at least a month in Colorado. Suggestions welcome. Once I check my mail and clear the brush at home, I will turnaround and come back west on a new route cause what the heck else is there to do but drive back and forth til I can't no more?

Tell me where to go, I appreciate your thoughts. I like quiet places and nature and beautiful places and small towns and don't care for crowds, big cities or tourist traps. Thank you.
You could take your chances on breaking an axle bouncing around on county roads and lesser used state highways, or try crossing the continent on Highway 1 through southern Canada. Drive north from Virginia and pick it up near Ottawa. You may have to put up with cities and big tourist crowds on your way there--like, for example, Niagara Falls. But once you turn onto Hy.1 just west of Ottawa, you'll travel a couple of thousand miles before you reach the next town of any size--Winnipeg (pop. 705K). There is a highway bypass around the city, though, so you don't have to stop. You'd be missing some interesting history, though. On the western end, you'll arrive in Vancouver, but population density is fairly sparse until you hit the city limits...at least by U.S. standards.

Gotta warn you, though, unless you consider Nebraska to be great scenery, that middle 1K across central Canada between Winnipeg and Calgary is not much to see.
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Stan - thank you, I am very excited for Great Basin now.

Lauri - I have seen a concert at red rocks long ago and it was a surreal kind of experience. i very much enjoyed that. i always said i would go back but never did. maybe i will do it on a weekday does that park have a campground?

m. hony - thank you i have heard of courtesy parking before but i have never known how one finds such a thing. Do y'all have a registry of sorts? I would like to visit you in mississippi one day thank you.

Sherrylynne - Black Canyon of the Gunnison. I will do this.

Wolf - I thank you for your your suggestion, though I suspect I will arrive to a pile of junk that will serve as kindling for future campfires, as per usual!

mykytiukr - exactly my kind of info, thank you. Hwy 395 and 95 are two i am very interested in. I am going to take 395 up to 50 soon. Thank you.

USAtraveler -I was thinking of making 2018 canada year and doing all of canada. i have taken the airstream on plenty of back roads. i recently did a lot of exploring of california's anza borrego desert. Nebraska ain't that bad.
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Old 05-30-2017, 06:29 AM   #15
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Well i've been on my way and so far so good. Took hwy 126 out of santa paula to hwy 14 which turn into 395. took that up to carson city, nevada. california sure is pretty. i don't think i paid for a single night of camping yet, there's so much boondocking around those parts. next i'll spend a few weeks here in this great state of nevada on hwy 50. Looks like BLM land and dirt roads as far as these eyes can see. mighty nice.
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Old 05-31-2017, 07:52 AM   #16
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Another thread is making me wonder if I should not do hwy 50 through Colorado in July due to hail?? Anyone have thoughts on that? Should I adjust my plans?

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If you stick with US 50, Vincennes IN has the Lewis and Clark Memorial. Also, it is Red Skelton's home town, with great information on his formative years.
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:26 PM   #18
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Thank you tvketchum that sounds great I enjoy Lewis and Clark history. I believe I will stay on 50, as I called my insurance rep and he assured me hail damage... and all other non-negligent damage like wind or trees blowing down, etc... Are covered under my comprehensive plan so I will continue as planned and not worry cause what fun is worrying?
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Hello all. It's a calm and pleasant day in western Colorado. I would like to know your thoughts on this route I'm gonna take. There are several small Colorado towns I'd like to visit for a spell but they require a good deal of detouring. I'm ok with that, since I got time. I think I'm avoiding towin the trailer all the way down to Durango cause some of that route sounds hairy. But I'm thinkin that's often the case here in Colorado. So now I am gonna attempt to include a screen shot. Wish me luck. Thank you.Click image for larger version

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I should say I plan on stayin in each town for a while so day trips are possible.
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