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Old 04-30-2015, 06:14 AM   #21
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DW and I want to do a long car trip like that with the bikes on board. We will probably do it after our aging Golden Retrievers die and before we get puppies.
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Sounds like fun. I'm planning to do a significant road trip next year. Probably 1 1/2-2 months. I won't book anything ahead of time so I can go wherever I want with no time constraints. What do you do with your mail for such a long time?
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Have a safe and enjoyable trip.
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Fritto Misto is a great place to eat in Santa Monica.


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Old 04-30-2015, 07:44 AM   #25
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That sounds like the perfect trip. Seeing new places, visiting with family and friends. I love the team effort for the traveling plans. Have a fantastic time and do keep us updated, when you have the time.
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Wow, what a trip! Hopefully you'll have a scrapbook full of photos and menus and other miscellaneous memorabilia when this is done.
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Have fun Alan and the Missus. I confess that if it were me I'd be heading west on the Santa Monica Freeway till I hit the Pacific Coast hiway, then I'd drive north looking for the closest nice place to stay and I would come home five or 6 months later, or whenever the vacation time runs out. Luckily you are not as dull as I am.


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Wow, what a trip! Hopefully you'll have a scrapbook full of photos and menus and other miscellaneous memorabilia when this is done.
+1 Sounds like an amazing trip! I agree, your wife planned it brilliantly. Have a good time, drive safely, and fill us in on the details when you have a chance.
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I'm jealous that you can get away for so long.

We have a single daughter with 2 kids that keep us from leaving longer than 2 weeks at at a time.

It simply is a trip of a lifetime for most people. The great thing about retirement is that you can go and do another comparable trip next year--if the stock market holds up.
Thanks to Mr Market this is the 6th year of doing these very long vacations since retiring. Next year will hopefully be the UK and Europe, last year was Australia and New Zealand
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We just completed our first day of travel. 11 hours from home to Van Horn, Texas, 650 miles. Mountains all around us, close to Mexico. Will press onto Phoenix tomorrow.
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Wow! Great itinerary! Have a great experience.
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Van Horn - Big Bend country. Hey, there's no place to stay in Van Horn. Is there?

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650 miles on day 1. That's quite a start!


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That's why I fly. I'll never forget that stretch!
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We had a great run, moving average was 69mph. We had intended to stop at Fort Stockton, but looked ahead and found there were several hotels at Van Horn, somehere I'd never heard of as we've never driven west of Fort Stockton before. Hampton Inn, even has WiFi!!
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For some reason, I have always been fascinated by Van Horn! Don't ask me why, because I don't know.

Glad you made it so far the first day. Texas is so huge.... it just never ends.
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That sounds like an awesome itinerary.

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What a great trip! I can see my DH and I doing a very similar itinerary when DD goes off to college.
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Enjoy, sounds like a lot of fun. Never did anything that long 3 weeks was the longest. We did spend some time in the Northwest as you are. We loved Vancouver and Vancouver Island, stayed on another small gulf island, nice too. Guess maybe next year.

My wife and I love Chilli Relleno. We had a blast trying them at different parts of the country. Some very unique dishes.




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We just completed our first day of travel. 11 hours from home to Van Horn, Texas, 650 miles. Mountains all around us, close to Mexico. Will press onto Phoenix tomorrow.
Wow Van Horn is a haul from Houston! You must've had some really nice driving weather yesterday.
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