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Old 07-16-2012, 08:53 PM   #15
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The Journey is the destination

As Long Distance Travelers, now in our 244th consecutive day on the road, the journey is the destination. Though we may have destinations, getting their safely and with adventure is our method. This year one of our three destinations was the July Oregon Rally. It was a great rally with wonderfully embracing people, however getting here was equally a blast, a summer adventure of two old chuildren exploring America hand in hand.

We do no all day driving and never drive at night. We travel many places where moose dominate the night, and for us, at our age, all day driving is unsafe and no fun.

We never drive more than 150 miles in a day and never at high speed. We are now on the coast of Oregon. Last week after spending 4th of July week in 'downtown' Port Orford we moved 7 miles to Cape Blanco State Park for a couple of days and then drove 23 miles to the rally in Bandon where we've stayed a couple of extra days.

Tomorrow it's 23 miles back to Cape Blanco to investigate the black sand that often contains gold on Oregon beaches, something we learned in the little town of Langlois (where at LaLa Bells you can get absolutely the best scones and muffins but only between 8 -12 AM, M-F and also read the history of the area or drive up Langlois Mt Road and see a 1000 sheep or on select days visit the off Rt. 101 organic farm that supplies most of the areas better restuarants and pick your own berries).

We wake at 6 am get out of bed at 7 AM and usually are on the road between 8-9 AM. We always try to stop by 1 PM. This gives us the opportunity to talk to people before exploring the area. In Port Orford we drove the China Mt road (long beach vistas), the Sixes River Road and the Elks River Road, often driving by mining claims, river camping spots and discovering those dirt roads the Honda and I so love. If there's something of interest we stay for a day or even a week.

We have found that often these stops on the journey are often more interesting then our destination.

We usually get in bed by 9PM and usually are asleep by 11PM and often before. We find we sleep really well on the road.

The magic of Long Duration Travel is that you can take your time, learn about the little places that stick with you when your home in your living room that beckon you back to the road.

We really enjoy the journey to the destination and are in no rush to destinations. We rise early with anticipation, stop early with questions, and sleep well with answers.

Lucky to have chosen retirement.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:08 PM   #16
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When on vacation I go to sleep when I'm tired, wake up when I'm not. And eat when I'm hungry.

If I have to travel long distances I've been as inclined to sleep in the evening and start driving at midnight as to leave in the morning. Depends on what gets me through Atlanta, Denver etc. at off peak hours.

Less inclined to do that as we get older but really have 0.00 interest in rushing to get on the road, it will be there when I get to it.

Moose in road might discourage me from night driving just a bit. Would not like to be the meat in the sandwich between camper and moose at 60 mph.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:16 AM   #17
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As Long Distance Travelers, now in our 244th consecutive day on the road, the journey is the destination. Though we may have destinations, getting their safely and with adventure is our method. This year one of our three destinations was the July Oregon Rally. It was a great rally with wonderfully embracing people, however getting here was equally a blast, a summer adventure of two old chuildren exploring America hand in hand.

We do no all day driving and never drive at night. We travel many places where moose dominate the night, and for us, at our age, all day driving is unsafe and no fun.

We never drive more than 150 miles in a day and never at high speed. We are now on the coast of Oregon. Last week after spending 4th of July week in 'downtown' Port Orford we moved 7 miles to Cape Blanco State Park for a couple of days and then drove 23 miles to the rally in Bandon where we've stayed a couple of extra days.

Tomorrow it's 23 miles back to Cape Blanco to investigate the black sand that often contains gold on Oregon beaches, something we learned in the little town of Langlois (where at LaLa Bells you can get absolutely the best scones and muffins but only between 8 -12 AM, M-F and also read the history of the area or drive up Langlois Mt Road and see a 1000 sheep or on select days visit the off Rt. 101 organic farm that supplies most of the areas better restuarants and pick your own berries).

We wake at 6 am get out of bed at 7 AM and usually are on the road between 8-9 AM. We always try to stop by 1 PM. This gives us the opportunity to talk to people before exploring the area. In Port Orford we drove the China Mt road (long beach vistas), the Sixes River Road and the Elks River Road, often driving by mining claims, river camping spots and discovering those dirt roads the Honda and I so love. If there's something of interest we stay for a day or even a week.

We have found that often these stops on the journey are often more interesting then our destination.

We usually get in bed by 9PM and usually are asleep by 11PM and often before. We find we sleep really well on the road.

The magic of Long Duration Travel is that you can take your time, learn about the little places that stick with you when your home in your living room that beckon you back to the road.

We really enjoy the journey to the destination and are in no rush to destinations. We rise early with anticipation, stop early with questions, and sleep well with answers.

Lucky to have chosen retirement.
^5 thats the way to get er done.


i love getting up early,,so quiet enjoy my coffee and watching the suun come up.
never drive till it hurts,,,whats the point in that?
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:18 AM   #18
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I look forward to the day when we don't have to rush back home to jobs. Right now, we try to maximize our time out with the trailer by driving long days to get to interesting destinations. On our upcoming trip to the Charlottesville, VA and Cumberland Gap NHP areas, we will average about 350 miles each day of travel with stops of either 2 or 3 nights at each site. We've gone as far as 900 miles in one non-stop driving trip to get us to our next spot (Chicago to Pine Ridge, SD). With limited vacation days, we carefully plan each trip and spot. We love having the VT since we've now been able to visit so many neat areas east of the Rockies (west is in the future) that we couldn't have afforded if we had to stay in motels all the time.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:55 AM   #19
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We too are like Kevin, and must decide how best to spend our holiday time. If we only traveled a couple hours a day, we would never get far and see the same thing over and over again.

I prefer to spend a holiday primarily in one or two locations, which will see us driving long days to get there, and getting to spend more time at that location.

I actually enjoy driving, as long as it is not stupidly busy, and doing at least the speed limit am willing to put in a 12 hour day on the road no problem. We do take some short breaks along the way too.

Once I get to retire and go on extended trips, I will likely do a lot more shorter days of driving, though still imagine there will be some long days. If you did a couple hours a day of travel on an Alaska trip, and did multiple days in one area, you just might not make it there before your life expires.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:10 AM   #20
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Most people will do the Alaska trip once or twice in your life. I'm sure we averaged no more than 150 miles a day.

The roads are not designed for speed, curves often slope in the wrong direction. There is often construction and waiting to follow the pilot car thru construction is common. Probably most important the Milepost with all the information provided and the vistas available, particularly in the Yukon and Alaska, encourages stopping.

When we visit these marvelous out of the way places it's almost not possible to escape taking your time. We did the trip in 3 months and wished we had 4 months.

If you were only having sex once or twice in your life wouldn't you take your time ..... LOL
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If you were only having sex once or twice in your life wouldn't you take your time ..... LOL
Love the analogy.
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Our camping group ( 6 retired couples) has a 2500 mile trip planned for September.( Siren Wi to Niagara falls via Michigan's UP and Ontario Canada) We have planned to be on the road for 16 days or approx 150 miles / day. I think Norm is right in that you pass up too many great sites and people in the rush to get to your final destination. Retirement does lend itself to solving this problem. I saw a lot of things when I was younger at 60 MPH through a windshield now that I am retired I can stop and take a better look.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:26 AM   #23
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I have three teenagers. They want to stay up all night long and roast marshmallows. I hit the sack around 10-12 pm. I get up with the five year old for a bathroom run around 8 am. I am inclined to have a nap some time during the day as well. The teens get up late, and they are none to happy about it.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:37 AM   #24
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Our camping group ( 6 retired couples) has a 2500 mile trip planned for September.( Siren Wi to Niagara falls via Michigan's UP and Ontario Canada) We have planned to be on the road for 16 days or approx 150 miles / day. I think Norm is right in that you pass up too many great sites and people in the rush to get to your final destination. Retirement does lend itself to solving this problem. I saw a lot of things when I was younger at 60 MPH through a windshield now that I am retired I can stop and take a better look.
hmmmm not really sure if you will make it past the U.P. that place is heaven.

we take one or two long trips per year, washington d.c. is a fav and its a long drive, so we add an extra day each way to break it up. some cool place like hershy pa,, something that oneor the other of us might like to visit,, a bicycle museum,, or the spam museum,, or a civil war site.

but most of our travel is in michigan and a two or three hours is all it takes to get there. there are so many things to see and do here that its not fair to the rest of you i guess.this week we will go to the dulcimer festival in evart. about three hours from home. beautiful campground. great music. an hour from lake michigan and ludington so we will pop over there for an evening out. some great fishing all around. and our grand son will be along with us.
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I have three teenagers. They want to stay up all night long and roast marshmallows. I hit the sack around 10-12 pm. I get up with the five year old for a bathroom run around 8 am. I am inclined to have a nap some time during the day as well. The teens get up late, and they are none to happy about it.
my kids hated the fact that i woke them up when i said it was time to get up.lol they can stay up as late as they want if they are quiet,,, but when i say get up,,,,, you better be on your way up when you ask what time it is,,,,lol. its a fathers job to irritate his children
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my kids hated the fact that i woke them up when i said it was time to get up.lol they can stay up as late as they want if they are quiet,,, but when i say get up,,,,, you better be on your way up when you ask what time it is,,,,lol. its a fathers job to irritate his children
As a child our family would stay in pop up camper on trips to see relatives in Kansas and Colo. On the road mom made it easy, get up when called and get breakfast or roll over and miss it. Let us just say my brother and myself had a very short learning curve on that score.

Fast forward, we make a thermos of coffee the night before for our morning cup. DW is the early riser, if I roll over and go back to sleep I'm going to miss most of that thermos. Miss it a lot I might add. No wonder wife and mother got along so well.
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Love the analogy.
hmmmm strikes a little too close to ome....i'll pass
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The differences in philosophies is always refreshing and interesting.

When I was working I would do everything in my power to avoid taking any vacations at all, ever. (only got coerced into taking 5 in 30 years!)

Now that I am retired, my fav mode is to fly to a destination, rent a car and see THAT attraction, and then fly home.

When driving, I do my best to emulate the plane. The concept of ever getting off the interstate puzzles me, and driving at less than the limit irritates the hell outta me. If you are going to XXXX, then GO THERE!
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