Week 1

Let's Go!

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We made it through the first leg of our trip – Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska.  We rolled into Sheridan, WY late and set up camp in the dark.  For our wedding we registered at REI.  We always imagined that we would back pack our way around the world.  Then we had children, and we imagined that we would car camp around the world.  Then they got cold.  So we got a pop up camper.  Not at all something we pictured ourselves in on our wedding day.  Yet, here we are traveling the country.  Back to Sheridan, we camped in a KOA.  First timers.  We cooked outside by ourselves, while everyone else in that place lit up their rigs and fired up their generators.  I’m a person who has learned never to say never.  Just consider my mind totally blown.

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We chose this crazy rinky dink route around Grand Teton and Yellowstone because of driving time…and also one of the kids was dying to see Devil’s Tower National Monument.  So, we said goodbye to Sheridan and made our way to North Eastern Wyoming.  Devil’s Tower is spectacular.  We used our expeditionary learning skills to explore a new to us place.  We observed the “tower”, we wondered how it was formed and then we learned as much as anyone can in a few short hours.  We hiked and thought about Mr. Doug and the belay contract as we heard real life climbers yelling, “On Belay.  Belay On.”

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That night we slept in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which led to the Mammoth Excavation site in Hot Springs.  Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska.  Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse in Paxton, Nebraska.  And a real bed in North Platte.  We budgeted for a hotel/ motel stay every third day so we can shower, launder and shop.  We took Hwy 34 that runs north of I-80 all the way to Malcolm, Nebraska and Aunt Bonnie.  You really see a lot more on the less traveled road.  And more tractors.  And corn.

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The Route

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Click here to link to the actual map/ itinerary on roadtrippers.com.

I am posting this map with a bit of trepidation.  Mostly because last night we considered scrapping everything and thought about heading to the Florida Keys for the next little bit.  Then heading west for ski season.  Our map is ambitious and we know it.  We just wanted to see what was possible.  We wanted to know if we were to hit all of the major places we ever dreamed of if that was physically possible in three months.  In the last week we took Chicago off the route.  Last night we added back St. Louis.  We debated long past our bedtime, knowing we were leaving in the morning. We are still working out our goals and expectations.

Our trip is not set in stone.  But this is our plan for now.  I think we have ultimately decided to go where we are interested and stay where we are comfortable.  We hope to never travel more than 10 hours a day, and never have two long travel days back to back.  The Broncos game in Cleveland may get the ax and so might the Hockey Hall of Fame.  We will have sad little sports fans, but it may mean an extra night in The Big Apple.

We have been using Roadtrippers to map our course.  It is a bit glitchy for this big of a trip.  We are not able to add points of interest, and it is forever changing our trip dates.  However, I do appreciate knowing what kind of driving day we have ahead of us and if I want to map out a hypothetical route, it’s very simple.

Keep us in your thoughts as we head out later today.  Our first big stop is a special birthday in Malcolm, NE.  We have 3 1/2 days to get there.  Please feel free to comment and continue to make suggestions about our route and places to see!  Bon Voyage!