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Do you like to drive?

I do.  As a matter of fact I just returned to St. Petersburg, Florida from my 3rd coast-to-coast trip since last October.  I must admit these trips were paid for by my former employer for whom I was doing some consulting/training work for.  Every time I stayed about two months out in Los Angeles before returning.  I tried to take different routes each time.  As far as interstate driving is concerned my observation is that much of our interstate system is in dire need of repairs and upgrades.  Overall I found I-10 to be one of the best maintained all across the country.  If you love dodging semi-trailer rigs from coast to coast then I-40 is your baby.  I've never seen as many rigs in my life!  In many places it is one nasty highway to drive on.  On many stretches of I-40 all the trucks drive in the left lane because the right lane is so chewed up and rough.  I really like to drive the back roads and stay in smaller towns and there are plenty to choose from.  Not trying to get political but I've found myself, on numerous occasions, thinking how great it would be if we could start spending more tax dollars on our highways and infrastructure and less on endless wars halfway around the planet.  There's lots to see out there....just hop in your car and go see it.

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My aunt, her daughter, & my mother used to go on trips to see the Fall colors from Wisconsin into Iowa.  I moved to Wisconsin before my mother died & was able to go on her last trip with her. It's a wonderful memory.

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Absolutely! Point me in a direction primarily in the west such as Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico,  or Montana and I’m your guy. Because of where we live (Fayetteville, Arkansas) we also travel to see our grandchildren and daughter in New Orleans quite often.

Last year we drove from here to Steamboat Springs, Durango, and Flagstaff to see the Grand Canyon.

The time behind the wheel goes much faster when I have a good book that I’m listening to.  Regrettably, I do not share the wheel with my loving wife she suffers from a mild form Narcolepsy. Let’s go somewhere now.

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Over the past year I've driven three round trips from Tampa to Los Angeles.  All that driving gave me a great opportunity to see first hand how badly our interstate system is in need of repair.  Parts of Interstate 40 west of the Mississippi are in such bad shape the semi trucks ride in the left lane because the right lane is so chewed up they're afraid of damaging their cargo.  Fortunately I like to drive the back roads as well.  There are some spectacular sections of highway in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.  Just pick a road and give it a try.  Some will turn out to be boring but others will blow your mind.  One of the latest scenic drives I took was from Las Vegas to Page, Arizona.  From Page take Highway 98 to Highway 160 and follow it all the way to Cortez, Colorado.  You'll pass by some of Monument Valley where many John Ford/John Wayne movies were filmed.  Happy Trails to you in 2018.

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Hi Chazbo1948.

Over the years, we have taken many trips thruout the areas you mentioned.  Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and  Arizona.  Did you happen to take the road down to Paria Utah?  It's kinda "off-road".  In the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument area. 

From the abandoned "Western town" movie set, you have views of some of the most unusual colored geological formations   I've ever seen.  This place is really way off the beaten track.

 

 

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No, I've never liked driving. Even when I was young.   For better and for worse, I'm very cautious and I  try to obey all of the rules.    

 

Years ago, I was pulled off the highway - the slow lane, if you're curious - by a young trooper in Massachusetts.     "How come you're only driving 55 miles per hour?" asked the officer.

 

"Because that's the posted speed limit," was my response.

 

End of conversation.   No ticket or warning.   Other drivers were roaring down the highway at speeds beyond the legal limit.    Maybe that's expected in Massachusetts.        

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In the early 70's my husband, Michael, and I bought a Chevy step-van and converted it to an RV. We called it our "hippie van". We left San Diego and travelled around the US and Canada for about 18 months. Gas was a lot less expensive then and we felt very safe on the road. One of the best parts of this trip was meeting so many wonderful people. Michael died four years ago, but I have wonderful memories of this trip with him.

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My wife and I were trying to do the 50ty states and almost made it until her cancer came and broke up our beautiful trips.  The best State in our fun fill time together was Tenn.  We would spend two weeks in each State traveling the back roads with my wife doing the pans and Looking at the our beautiful country.  All our States have something that is different and beautiful.  We were never disappointed in what we saw.  Sure do miss her still but the memories are still there.  Charlie

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I love to drive!  We have had conversion vans for over 30 years and this is my vehicle to get around in.  Some friends say, "how can you drive this big vehicle?", but I love it.  I feel like King (queen) of the road!  I don't like small cars.  Feel like I am sitting on the road.  We have the 37 ft. class A motorhome and I love driving that, too.  You feel like you are floating in that big rig. 

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Me too! I'm a road trip kinda gal!  Gimme a map, a buncha music and the open road! (DH uses GPS and Apple maps, but I luvs me a road atlas.)

 

 

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We use the GPS sometimes, but I agree about the maps.  I just like to take out the US Road Atlas (I carry one in the van and in the motorhome!) and look at all the wonderful places to go and see.  We laugh at some of the names of towns we see, and sometimes just fo to one so we can say we've been there.  Our RV is in for service, and I really wanted to go leaf peeping, however I guess that's in the plans for next year.  Thought of going to the Catskills in NY.

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@ps4326  Yeah, it's a good thing to have the technology: it is often quite useful. But back in the day, I fell in love with maps (had an actual account with Metzger!) Those maps showed EVERYTHING! This was when knowing exacting detail about an area was part of my work. Now that I'm riding around looking at rock outcrops and trying to spot apple trees in the forest (signs of settler encampments) I like something that shows terrain as well as various levels of road surfaces. And I think it's good to keep map reading skill honed. Fun too. 🙂

 

BTW your rig sounds like a blast!

 

 

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To answer the question: No.

 

DW and I have done, towing a popup camper for a number of years across country. But that's over, and we always fly and rent a car in order to do our national park hiking trips.

  We do take at least one trip a year, where we drive, in order to carry our bicycles. But, we don't drive further than a day away.

  When I go to the UK every year, it's all public transportation for me.


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my husband and I love driving on Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Pkwy during the fall foliage...very beautiful and peaceful!

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I'm a truck driver so yeah, I guess I do. On the weekends even though I drive all week I still take the occasional road trip. I take my little dog and we go check out historical sites or just grab lunch in a different city. My last road trip took me to the Hill Country of Texas where I climbed to the top of Enchanted Rock. That was another item checked off my bucket list.

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Once I decided to drive from D.C. to NYC.  My cousin decided to fly and we would meet there.  I beat him there because his flight was delayed two or three times due to maintenance issues!  Don't always assume flying is faster!

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@2Papa wrote:

Once I decided to drive from D.C. to NYC.  My cousin decided to fly and we would meet there.  I beat him there because his flight was delayed two or three times due to maintenance issues!  Don't always assume flying is faster!


So what did you do with your car in Manhatten?

 

 

 

 

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I love driving vacations, but not in the USA.  Give me Europe any day.  Drivers in the USA are angry when they get in their cars.  Drivers in Europe are much more considerate and tolerant.  I spent three months driving all over Europe including ex-Soviet block countries with no problems.  When I got back to the USA I was terrified.  We have crazy agressive drivers here.  

 

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Now that I am retired I enjoy road trips...I have gone across Canada and then returned via U.S.  I traveled up through BC and the Yukon and into Alaska this spring...I have lived in the southeast  Ak. for 27 years, but had not been into the interior...I went to Anchorage and Fairbanks and back down...You have to rely

on the Ferry system to get to the mainland, but that is the only inconvienience. I travel with my 11 pound dog who is a very good co-pilot... I would like to travel back down to Calf next year...I used to live there..

I enjoy all the sights and stay at hotels along the way.

 

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My partner and I enjoy taking our motorcycles across country as often as we can. On our trip to Colorado from Ohio this summer I proposed to her on the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mtn. National Park. We. Usually cover around 5,000 miles on a trip. She'd rather travel by motorcycle than a car or camper. Next year we're planning a visit to Yellowstone. 

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We love road trips!  My husband and I have another couple we go on road trips with every year.  We live in Utah and went to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado this year.  Went to Durango and ended up coming home through southern Utah.  We enjoy seeing the scenery and bring able to stop and explore.  Our favorite place to explore is Utah, but we do like to try new places.

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My bride and I both like driving a lot.  For many years - I did all the driving; not because she was not a good driver - but, because I was the man - I figured it was my duty.  Things have changed.  Starting about 15 years ago - we commenced splitting the driving.  Then - maybe 6 years ago - she started taking the wheel more and more - and now -she does all the driving.  And - I must admit - she really is an excellent driver.  Smiley Happy

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My wife and I love to take the truck and our travel trailer and head out. Generally we keep our driving to 4-6 hours a day camping along the way. Our trips are less about the destination than about all we can see along the way. Next up is South Dakota and Mount Rushmore. Trying to live simply and experiencing all we can.

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Yes!.  We have a Class A - 37 ft. motor home and have done some long distance trips.  We stop whenever we are tired, hungry or need to use our lavatory.  So convenient and fun to stop whenever we see something interesting along the way.  We went from New Jersey to South Dakota and back - took 3 weeks in September 2 years ago and loved it.  My husband is an amputee.  Lost his left leg but can still drive.  This is a comfortable way for him to travel.  Before we owned our RV we have flown to a far destination and rented a motor home to see the area, then return the RV and fly back home.  Before that we had a pop-up camper when the kids were youngsters.  Nice for the kids!

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I like to go places, but I wish I didn't have to drive.  I want to be able to teleport.  I just want to be there.  I don't enjoy the process of going there.  I wish someone else could do the driving so I could enjoy the sights along the way for a change.  My sister (who doesn't have a car) is always pointing out interesting things she sees, but I usually can't see them because I'm driving.

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@rockaria wrote:

I like to go places, but I wish I didn't have to drive.  I want to be able to teleport.  I just want to be there.  I don't enjoy the process of going there.  I wish someone else could do the driving so I could enjoy the sights along the way for a change.  My sister (who doesn't have a car) is always pointing out interesting things she sees, but I usually can't see them because I'm driving.


I like the teleport idea  but have you ever considered alternatives?  Bus, train, other drivers?

 

 

 

 

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