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Don"t know if it is your kind of boondocking, but Metropolis IL has a casino where you can park (but also semi trucks in there -= noise)
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So almost all of the reservable spots at land between the lakes are taken. Since I started doing this I've come to realize that most popular campgrounds are all reserved during late winter. They have spots open for drive-ups, but there's no info about them posted online. I don't think showing up at noon on a Saturday will be wise for trying to find a drive-up spot or a good boondocking spot so I don't know what I'm doing.
Did you go online to reserve? I just checked here and there was plenty of availability around the dates we talked about!

https://www.usedirect.com/CampLBL/Fa...earchView.aspx
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Don"t know if it is your kind of boondocking, but Metropolis IL has a casino where you can park (but also semi trucks in there -= noise)
Boondicking is good, but we're going to be there a few days and with the dogs and outdoor stuff to do it would be nice to get to LBL or something like that.

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Did you go online to reserve? I just checked here and there was plenty of availability around the dates we talked about!

https://www.usedirect.com/CampLBL/Fa...earchView.aspx
Yes, there's literally maybe 5 spots available between all of those campgrounds, with power. For basic sites there are a few more available, but no power. Not that I need power, I guess, but if I'm paying to camp I should have some power unless it's 70 degrees out or I am in the sun. This week it's in the 90's and going down into the 70's. I can go for a week in the shade if I don't run the A/C and don't charge at all.

All my searches were Sat 3 nights. We could do Sunday and Monday night there, tons of availability then. Then we still have to find a place for Sat night, maybe just chance it at LBL? Eek! We are without towed, so we can't go scout things out quite as much.

We are still planning to leave home on Friday (11th) around 2pm and drive to Tuscan Hills winery in Effingham, IL. They have a band playing and a standup guy ($10 ticket) so they are going until 11pm and we can arrive a bit later than normal for a HH (I asked them).
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Never stayed at Harmonie State Park in Indiana / New Harmony(near Evansville IN) but a friend told us one time that was their go to place (they lived in Evansville). It is on the shores of the great Wabash River, about 7 miles from Interstate 64 and the Indiana/Illinois border.
From there you could travel via the Pennyrile Pkwy thru Kentucky, connects with Interstate 24 in Hopkinsville KY (no toll).
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Boondicking is good, but we're going to be there a few days and with the dogs and outdoor stuff to do it would be nice to get to LBL or something like that.



Yes, there's literally maybe 5 spots available between all of those campgrounds, with power. For basic sites there are a few more available, but no power. Not that I need power, I guess, but if I'm paying to camp I should have some power unless it's 70 degrees out or I am in the sun. This week it's in the 90's and going down into the 70's. I can go for a week in the shade if I don't run the A/C and don't charge at all.

All my searches were Sat 3 nights. We could do Sunday and Monday night there, tons of availability then. Then we still have to find a place for Sat night, maybe just chance it at LBL? Eek! We are without towed, so we can't go scout things out quite as much.

We are still planning to leave home on Friday (11th) around 2pm and drive to Tuscan Hills winery in Effingham, IL. They have a band playing and a standup guy ($10 ticket) so they are going until 11pm and we can arrive a bit later than normal for a HH (I asked them).
So did you find a spot? How are your plans shaping up?
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We are leaving today and i got a spot at the hillman ferry campground for sat/sun/mon nights. There is a good chance we won't get all the way down there today, we're still packing. Then we are staying at a winery in Alabama Tues night, and then PM on Wed morning. I watched the spots open up, there were a couple of cancellations at LBL, but that was it!
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I finally got to Nebraska today. After driving two back to back 500 mile days. I will talk to dear wife and let you what’s our plan tomorrow.

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Shahin , Back to back 500 mile days is strong . If your still strong and your feet haven't swollen to Fred Flintstone I say do another strong day then take one day off . Once you cross the Miss River you might be lucky to do 300 miles a day . Take your time enjoy the corn fields Another thing I do when I get farther east is start driving 4-4:30 am till around 5pm . If you drive after 5 or so your not going to get any spots at rest stops . That's another thing I do when driving point A to point B . I never exit the highway except for fuel . Not sure what your goals are but back to back 500 days tells me your a man on a mission again be safe and see you on the Mountain
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I also do much best to enter big cities around 5 or 6 am at the latest . Time your runs . Like Boating in the old days use waypoints . You have some nice ones coming your way .
Kansas City
St Louis
Nashville
Atlanta
timing these cities correctly can save you 2 days of driving easy .I just did that run back in Sept and did pretty good for the most part . Some days you may want to run a little longer to avoid big cities and just take your chances on a spot to get some rest .
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I also do much best to enter big cities around 5 or 6 am at the latest . Time your runs . Like Boating in the old days use waypoints . You have some nice ones coming your way .
Kansas City
St Louis
Nashville
Atlanta
timing these cities correctly can save you 2 days of driving easy .I just did that run back in Sept and did pretty good for the most part . Some days you may want to run a little longer to avoid big cities and just take your chances on a spot to get some rest .
Thank you Al, good suggestions! I was on a mission to get to grandkids and spend a day or two with them, pick up my dear wife who flew from Washington last week to get more grandma time.

My preference is 300 mile days. But on a mission I have done as much as 950 a day and not on as nice of a roads as we have in US albeit in much smaller vehicle. Not to forget, I was a lot younger and more alert.

We haven’t made a travel plan to Pine Mountain yet. But I’ll take your good advice into consideration. Thanks again.
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