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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
July 1, 2015 Update
Sometimes, even the best laid travel plans need to adapt to the current realities of life. While Lorry and I were thinking that this June might be the time for her to first see Europe, the challenges of preparing our home of 30 years for sale were a bit greater than we anticipated. It didn’t seem to make sense vacationing in Europe for a month, when we still didn’t have our home situation finalized, and we hadn’t seen the boys since our last meeting over the Christmas Holiday.
The boys were both ready for a long climbing weekend in the Eastern Sierras over the Memorial Day Holiday, so that provided the anchor for another RV climbing trip out west. But this time, Lorry and I would travel separately cross the country and meet in Petaluma.
Since we are in the slow motion process of transporting our stuff west, one of the next candidates for the move would be my Honda ST-1100 motorcycle. The most efficient, but least fun way of getting the bike there would be to have it shipped. The “better way”, I hoped, would be for me to pilot it along some of the most beautiful motorcycle roads on the east coast, before heading west. While I wasn’t sure at the start of my solo trip on April 25th whether the reality would be as good as the dream, at this point I can assuredly say it was. After over 4,000 miles, and 3 weeks of solo travel down the classic roads of: Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains, Route 40/66, Death Valley, Eastern Sierras, and Yosemite I almost didn’t want it to stop.
Lolo, while not up for that much time on a motorcycle, was more than ready for time enjoying the cities of Seattle and San Francisco with our boys. Two weeks prior to our scheduled rendezvous in Petaluma she spent nearly a week with Tommy in Seattle while lodging on a houseboat, and then met Andrew and Celeste for a chance to get further acquainted with San Francisco.
Reunited once more, the trip continued with a long weekend climbing with the boys out of Bishop, followed by another 10 days of quality spousal time, and concluding with Lorry’s 59th birthday celebration in Sonoma.
We’ve never done separate trips before so it might take a bit before we can both update the website with the details of our latest travels. And, since this is hopefully our last summer on the east coast, we plan to make the best of it.
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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Thanks for visiting!!