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Cross Country RV Road Trip Planner - Plan Your Route!!
During a 3 ½ week trip each summer with our two boys we've...
- Crossed the country 9 times in 14 years, covering 99,800 miles in our Lazy Daze motorhome
- Traveled through 49 states and 10 Canadian Provinces
- Visited 61 National Parks and over 50 State Parks
- Hiked, mountain biked, fished, and rafted in some of the most beautiful places in North America
- Made enough memories to last 4 lifetimes!
Contents of this 400 + page site include...
- Best Cross Country Driving Routes and Itineraries - with stops and mileages for each trip
- Travelogues - our personal experiences at each stop
- Overview Map - of the USA and Canada with push pin links to each stop we've been to
- Activities - that we have done (such as hikes, mountain biking, etc.)
- Best Cross Country Travel Books - references we've used in planning our trips
- Photographs & Videos - of the various places we've visited
- Motorhome Rentals - Why and How you can rent a motorhome of your own
- Top Highlights - places and activities not to be missed
- Tips - to maximize your travel experience
January 1, 2015 Update
At New Years, it’s typical to reflect on the events of the previous year, and to make plans for the current year.
2014 brought us three wonderful trips out to the west coast. In May, after a five month absence from seeing the boys, we headed out to Bend and the Pacific Northwest to spend time with them and also some time on our own.
Then in August we returned to explore Yosemite and the Eastern Sierras.
Upon the return from this trip we found that Lorry’s 94 year old Mom had taken a significant turn for the worse, and we mourned her passing after a long bout with Alzheimer’s on September 10. Previous readers of this website might recall that Lorry’s Mom was always an underlying concern for all trips of the past few years. For the first time in our lives, Lorry and I were both without any living parents. This new status, while in some sense liberating, also threw into focus the stark reality that time is certainly of the essence. The ability to take the kind of physically demanding trips that Lorry and I both enjoy cannot be expected to continue indefinitely.
So, we headed back out west for the month of November to hike the Southern California Deserts, and rock climb with the boys in Red Rocks Canyon outside of Vegas, and later in Yosemite for Thanksgiving. The next week I celebrated my 59th birthday.
While, on a broad scale, it does seem that the years are passing at an accelerating pace, it also seems to me that there are a few ways to slow them down, and/or minimize the adverse impacts.
Firstly, stay physically fit. Lorry and I work out aerobically, and with load bearing exercises most every day of the week. At this point we are both better climbers than in our 20’s.
Secondly, keep traveling and/or doing something different on a daily basis. The last month long trip where every day was a new adventure felt like more like 3 to 6 months of routine life. If you can find the time to take a trip, the varied experiences will pay back handsomely with a greatly enhanced richness of life.
For 2015, we’re planning a trip to Central Europe, as well as multiple trips, and/or relocation to the west coast. It should be an exciting year!
I continue to be negligent in updating the videos, but for now the list of my favorites remains unchanged at:
- Sliding on Saucers down the sand dunes of White Sands National Monument
- Boating and Camping on Heron Lake State Park
- Sliding down the rocks in Slide Rock State Park
- Boating in a raft on Lake Powell
- Rafting the Colorado River north of Moab, UT
On a personal note... something that this website has given our entire family that was not part of the original goal is an awareness of how documenting one's travels will both preserve and enhance your appreciation of the experience, for years after the trip was taken. I am regularly amazed at how little of our previous travels we can recall, unless they were preserved with photos, videos, and hopefully a compelling narrative. While it might initially seem a bit of bother to pose the family photos or stage a video shoot, the value of these moments seems to grow exponentially with the passage of time. This is especially true when the subjects include children that rapidly evolve into adolescents and adults with the passing of every year.
Finally, if anyone is reading this, we would love to hear from you, especially if you are planning your own road trip adventure. Comments from experienced travelers on each of the stops are also greatly appreciated. We plan on revisiting many of our favorite locations, and if you could add a bit of local knowledge beyond that which we have already included, it would help us to continue our explorations.
A word of warning
This mode of travel is not for everyone. Some of the daily mileages are well above what many would consider recreational, and the pace of activities could be described as frenetic, so you might want to add a few days or remove a few stops to make your trip more relaxing. Still if you like..
- Exploring natural wonders
- Being physically active - hiking, biking, swimming, etc.
- Getting away from the crowds
- Bonding with your offspring or significant other
then you might find something of use in this site. Check out the routes we traveled by hovering your mouse over the year links on the map, and then select one that might be of interest. From that trip's itinerary, select a place of interest.
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