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Bernie

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07-23-2011 06:02 AM

Hi every body – Just thought I would shoot this out. My wife Diana and I are taking our 2nd road trip across the USA. She has two sisters and a brother in the LA area we want to visit. We did this 2 years ago for an 18 day trek. We saw Kansas, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Las Vegas (sorry we only saw the strip and you didn’t get any of our money) and more. Our return trip took us through the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and more. This trip will take us from New Hampshire through the Bad lands, Black Hills, Deadwood, San Fransisco and more. On our return trip, we will see the Petrified Forest, Mesa Verde, Arches and more. We could fly over but prefer to see this great country. The only possible way we might ever meet is if by some chance, we visit a local market and I spot your table set up and we chat. Our last trip high points was visiting local outdoor markets. We enjoyed that!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 07-23-2011 02:57 PM

That is going to be a lot of driving but you both should have a good time. Have fun and enjoy.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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ksSlim

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#2 posted 07-24-2011 05:40 AM

Plan well, it is difficult to cross the Missouri river in some areas. Enjoy the badlands and don’t miss Rushmore.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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live4ever

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#3 posted 07-24-2011 08:39 AM

If you are getting out to CA, Yosemite is worth seeing.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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WayneC

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#4 posted 07-24-2011 08:47 AM

Also a drive around the west side of Lake Tahoe is nice. Highway 49 is interesting….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Bernie

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#5 posted 07-25-2011 05:59 AM

Yesterday we saw the Bennington Battlefield where New Hampshire militia, led by General John Stak led his men and fought alongside Seth Warner and his Green Mountain boys. General Stark said “There are the Red Coats; they will be ours tonight or Molly Stark sleeps a widow. They defeated the Red Coats and set up the scene for Saratoga!

We slept in Cleveland and visited the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame (all 6 stories but spent more time in the early days section because my wife is old. We made it past Chicago and are bedding in Rockford Ill. We Americans are blest with the a superb highway system… thank you Ike!

Sorry to keep you waiting Ca… but South Dakota is in our sight and we will spend time in the Black Hills.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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WayneC

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#6 posted 07-25-2011 06:05 AM

We will keep the light on for ya. : ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 07-25-2011 08:13 AM

We have done several trips around the US on wheels. Airplanes are for people who can’t afford the gas to see the country ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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HorizontalMike

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#8 posted 07-25-2011 02:32 PM

You didn’t say if this trip is on either 2 or 4 wheels. Either should be fun to do. I bisected America N-S this past April-May on 2-wheels and had a great time. Looks like you have taken the time to plan well and THAT does make all the difference. Enjoy…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 07-25-2011 08:33 PM

8 wheels is the best way to go; pulling a 5th wheel. No plan, just a single destination to turn around to head home, 6 to 8 weeks to get there and back ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Bernie

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#10 posted 07-26-2011 06:18 AM

Trip is only getting better. Thanks for the tips and to answer a few questions, we are traveling via 4 wheels – a 2009 Chevy Colorado extended cab with a hardcover lock down bed area for the extras. Never had a bike but have admoration for most bikers, As for a pull along thing-a-ma-jig – spent 35 years hawling an 18 wheeler for a living (2 years over the road with my wife before kids and 33 years local P&D Teamster.

Spent some time along the Missippi mostly in Winona Mn, just walking the river bank and downtown area. We tend to visit “off the beaten path” places when we can and we try to get a feel of the area. Winona is a wonderful town and loved the short roadtrip along the river. Tonight we are in Sioux Falls SD and we are ready for this very intriguing state. I was talking to a gent at the pool. He works for the SD Agricultural Dept and I got some good insight about SD. We hope to do 50% of what we really want to do most of all.

Thanks for the good wishes and sugestions. I feel like I’m talking to friends who want the best for me.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 07-26-2011 07:31 AM

What did the SD ag man have to say?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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William

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#12 posted 07-26-2011 02:41 PM

Where is the Petrified Forest?
I know there is a petrified forest about fifteen miles from me, but I doubt that is the one you’re referring to.
Anyway, I would like to throw out the same invitation I do for anyone who might be coming near my way. I live in Vicksburg, Mississippi. My health doesn’t allow me to do much traveling, but any Lumbejocks who are ever passing through, let me know ahead of time so we can exchange phone numbe and maybe set up a meet. I love showing off my work with fellow wood workers and shooting the breeze with them over a pot of coffee or two.
I can always be contacted:
through Lumberjocks..
greasemonkeyredneck@yahoo.com
and I now have a facebook profile too:
wdwoodworks
I try to check on all these contact sources daily.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 07-26-2011 07:42 PM

Hey Bernie, You are only a state below me. We don’t go there as often as we should. As stated earlier, Mt Rushmore is quite the sight to see. I’m sure you will enjoy all there is to see in SD. Be safe and enjoy the rest of your trip.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 07-27-2011 04:40 AM

If you pass through Mitchell ,SD, take a look at the Corn Palace. The outside facade is made entirely of corn and it is changed each year, I believe/ we watched them change it one year. What a lot of work and designing!!!
If you pas through Michigan on your return trip, stop in to see us in Grand Rapids. Our scenery is pretty but does not compare to the mountains in my estimation. We have the Gerald R Ford museum downtown on the banks of the Grand River.

We have been through all the states by car, bus, train or motor home except Hawaii. The ones I like the best are Colorado, Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho and New Hampshire. Traveling on the ground is the only way to go. Flying over does not even count.

I think Australia is one of the best places I’ve ever been for just traveling to, but we had to fly there.

Enjoy your trip, Bernie and take lost of pictures….....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Bernie

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#15 posted 07-28-2011 06:23 AM

Did visit Mitchell and Jim is right. Today I’m posting from Rapid City SD. Spent last night in the Twilight Zone – Wall SD. It’s a great place to visit but we had no cell phone connection or internet acess. We also visit the Lakota museum in Chamberlain. Trip so far is great… I’m forever meeting local folks who are collorful, interesting, and down right nice.
Today we spent a lot of time hiking the Bad Lands. A park ranger asked a group why they were visiting the park and I told her it’s because I wanted to escape planet earth for a bit. From a New Englender… the Bad Lands is like a whole different world. My wife and I did enjoy some strenous hiking. We did alright for a couple who have grandkids.
Thanks for all the invites, good sugestions and good wishes from you all. I’m at home amongst friends as I travel.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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