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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Route south

Well it's only 10 days until we leave so we were looking at our route south. We have a few things we want to see along the way, and I've included some of them on the map below, but we've been known to stray as we find things to do that are close to our plan.

Here's the route as far as the Mexico border...

3600 kms (2,200 miles) in 18 days.

We normally like to travel no more than 200 kms (120 miles) per day. So on average, this trip plan works perfectly. However we're going to do the first half of the trip very quickly because we would rather spend more time in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

So, the first half of the trip takes us to (D) to visit Sam and Donna near St. Louis. They've been following our travels for a long time and we're looking forward to meeting them. Plus, we've never been to St. Louis before! It's 1,800 kms (1,100 miles) from here, so it's about half way but we're going to do that first half in five days. Along the way we hope to stop in and see John and Ellen in New York State before heading to (B) Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. Then, we're going to (C) the town of Zoar, Ohio where there is a bike trail we want to use.

After St. Louis, we want to go to (E) Ozark National Scenic Riverways National Park and spend a few days there. Then, we'll meander our way south to the border!

If any of you readers see that we're going to be close to you, don't hesitate to send us a note and we'd love to stop in and say hello!

Can't wait to get on the road again, but before we do we're looking forward to seeing daughter Lindsey and grandson Cameron who arrive here this coming Wednesday!


  1. Now we are really getting itchy feet! Still two months before our departure can't wait. Looks like a great plan so far.

  2. Kevin and Ruth, we would love it if you are able to stop. We may be at Cranberry Lake (full hookups there) in the Adirondacks or we could be home here in Florence (Camden area). Either way, we can easily accommodate you, Whiskey, and Sherman. We are already looking forward to your visit!


  3. Just wanted to let you know while your here, Jim & Dee from Tumbleweed will be at Scott AFB Fam Camp just across the river from St Louis in Belleville Il. We will try to get them to meet us when we are downtown and you will be able to meet two more bloggers,We are all anxiously awaiting your arrival here in Dardenne Prairie. If you use Streets and trips just put in Weeb Ln O'Fallon MO. and that should bring up our driveway.That can be your target.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

  4. Looks like a really great travel plan to me. And being able to meet fellow bloggers along the way is even better. We won't be near your line of travel this year but maybe next time.

  5. Do you know when you will be in the Zoar area? I have to have eye surgery, and we possibly will be here for a while. I find out on Thursday when I am scheduled. Do you know where you are staying when in this area?
    When you are in St. Louis, DO NOT MISS the "The Big Bang Bar"! Entertainers take a seat on stage behind two grand pianos and combine music, comedy and audience interaction. It is so much fun. Get there early...the place gets packed!

  6. Too bad you aren't coming out west! Oh well, not really on the way anyway.

    Maybe we will hook up next year in Mexico!


  7. what a great travel route and bloggers along the way! fun..!!!

  8. Looks like a great plan but sadly it is no where near us... we winter in our home state of FLorida. We'll be keeping an eye on your adventures!
    Have fun travel safe

  9. You'll love Ozark National Riverways! The rivers a crystal clear and Alley Spring is a must! Here's a link to when I visited there last Fall:

  10. George and Suzie...You will be surprised at how fast the time will fly.

    John and Ellen...I am sure Kevin will keep in touch and we will work a visit out. Look forward to seeing you again.

    Sam and Donna...Looking forward to our visit with you and always look forward meeting more bloggers.

    Jim and Sandie...I am sure that sometime over the years our paths will cross.

    FULL-TIMERS...OCT. 17, 2009...Too bad we will miss each other. We are going to try and bike the Towpath Bike Trail that you wrote about on your blog and we will keep "The Big Bang Bar" in mind.

    Chuck and Anneke...Sure hope so.

    WBY...Yep, Alberta is a little out of our way.

    Sue and Doug...Love meeting fellow bloggers there will never be a lack of something to talk about.

    Donna...We are looking forward to exploring parts unknown. Maybe we will meet up sometime in the future.

    Lynne...Your link is great. The spring definitely looks beautiful, love your pictures. Thanks for the suggestion, we will definitely try to make it there.

    Kenny and Angela...Sorry, you will be a few hundred miles off our route and that is just a little too much of a detour for us as we are headed toward the Ozarks.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey


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