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Tell Us Where You're At As you travel around the country, why not take the time to tell our members where you have settled for the night, week, or month. There may be another member close by, that would like to meet you, so put that information right here.

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Old 02-19-2013
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Default From the East Coast to The West Coast - In our New to us '78 'Bird!

We're getting pretty excited about hitting the road in our new to us, 1978 BlueBird. Trip planning, maps, markers, and a billion google searches makes for one heck of a night. A beer in the hand made it brilliant.

So, we're shoving off from Clarksboro, NJ around March 12 and planning on reaching the sunny shores of California in June. Just in time to catch Lake Shasta full and warm on the toes. Not to mention a music festival maybe and lots of family and friends (Jeanette grew up in Northern California).

Driving across country NEVER GETS OLD! We've done it a few times now, only this time will be our first in the bus. What an amazing thought, that this huge (in comparison to our class c), fuel tank can get us about all the way over. Still, we're planning dozens of stops that should take us a whole three months to enjoy.

We usually don't go more than 200 miles in any one day, so at that speed, we'll have time to 'bird watch or hang out the window to photograph the scenery... cool neon signs!

So, if any of you will be/are near to our path, we'd really enjoy a hello! A meet up, a coffee, a beer together... What'dya say?


Here's our rough itinerary:

March to April
Clarksboro, NJ
Baltimore, MD
The Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville, NC
Great Smoky Mountains NP
Nashville, TN

April to May
Bowling Green, KY
Louisville, KY
St. Louis, MO
Lawrence, KS
Colorado Springs, Co

May to June
Somewhere between the Rockies and the the PCH... TBD

We'll keep this updated with our Road Trip whereabouts and maybe some stories to go along with it.

Until then, we have a few more things to literally hammer-out around here before getting going... see you on the boards.

Cheers everyone.
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Old 02-20-2013
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We usually don't go more than 200 miles in any one day,

Listen Dennis and Jeanette we oldies live vicariously through you kids so buckup and give us some saddle time. We do 200 miles a day. You do 400 miles a day. That would be four hundred travelling in all directions sight-seeing, smelling the flowers, tasting the wine etc etc. and reporting back VBG. We're looking forward to and envy your travels.
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We're getting pretty excited about hitting the road in our new to us, 1978 BlueBird. Trip planning, maps, markers, and a billion google searches makes for one heck of a night. A beer in the hand made it brilliant.

So, we're shoving off from Clarksboro, NJ around March 12 and planning on reaching the sunny shores of California in June. Just in time to catch Lake Shasta full and warm on the toes. Not to mention a music festival maybe and lots of family and friends (Jeanette grew up in Northern California).

Driving across country NEVER GETS OLD! We've done it a few times now, only this time will be our first in the bus. What an amazing thought, that this huge (in comparison to our class c), fuel tank can get us about all the way over. Still, we're planning dozens of stops that should take us a whole three months to enjoy.

We usually don't go more than 200 miles in any one day, so at that speed, we'll have time to 'bird watch or hang out the window to photograph the scenery... cool neon signs!

So, if any of you will be/are near to our path, we'd really enjoy a hello! A meet up, a coffee, a beer together... What'dya say?


Here's our rough itinerary:

March to April
Clarksboro, NJ
Baltimore, MD
The Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville, NC
Great Smoky Mountains NP
Nashville, TN

April to May
Bowling Green, KY
Louisville, KY
St. Louis, MO
Lawrence, KS
Colorado Springs, Co

May to June
Somewhere between the Rockies and the the PCH... TBD

We'll keep this updated with our Road Trip whereabouts and maybe some stories to go along with it.

Until then, we have a few more things to literally hammer-out around here before getting going... see you on the boards.

Cheers everyone.

All the best! Looking forward to following your trip. We enjoyed our 78 and you will too!
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If you get on the BRP at the northern terminus, I'd be happy to meet up with you.
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Blue ridge parkway tunnels. With round tops some are very low on the sides (near the end of the chart) . Perhaps others can talk about experiences. Measure your coach and add 6 inches for safety (the 78 is probably 11'5 or 6). Sometimes they re-pave roads and don't forget a couple of inches of bounce. We stopped at campgrounds and drove the car on that road. The roads leading to towns are often very steep and winding. They are great rides as well, in the car. It is a fine ride and different in both directions so don't worry about backtracking in the car.
Here is a chart.

http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisi...el-heights.htm

From the side of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia somewhere.


On the road leading down from the Blue Ridge Parkway
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Leaving GSMNP on your way to Nashville you will pass right past us and our new Bird Barn. Feel free to plan to stop in for as long as you need. Would love to have you. 50A, water, dump, and all the bar-b-q you can eat.

865-789-3130 or davisgr2@yahoo.com.
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Ok, from the top..

Rob, we'll do our best to not let you down!

Steve, we'd enjoy that. We'll be coming from Baltimore area towards the BRP, so as it gets closer, we'll be in touch.

Gardner - YES! We've read about those tunnels and decided to avoid them in the bus. So we're thinking driving the I-81, stopping at campgrounds off that road and taking day drives as you suggest up and down the scenic hwy. This is so we BOTH can enjoy it... Good tips, we'll have to share some photos of that drive too!!

Rick - WOW sounds great! And BBQ... we're suckers for the stuff.

Cheers!
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I like you, two.

Loved your intro the other day! You write very well.

Went to your CheddarYeti website and watched your video 'We live in a motor home ' That was really cute and very well done! As is your site.

Am a bit of an insomniac so I watched the video in the middle of the night with the volume muted, and it looked like an old fashioned silent film. Have you watched it that way? Very self-explanatory. Today I will re-watch w the sound.

Hope you guys have a great trip! Sounds like so much fun and 3 whole months to do it. Fabulous!

If you are ever our way, come visit us. You can stay at our blueberry farm in N.Florida as long as you would like.

Safe travels.

Jen
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We will be in Gunnison, CO for the summer starting May 15. We will be at Mesa RV Resort if you make it through there.
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Dennis & Jeanette,

This is going to be fun for all of us.
We follow your repairs & we will be following your trip,
there are many willing helper owners along the way
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