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    Infact . In light of her indoors recent illness weve decided to sell the gaff in Vientiane with a view to living a better lifestyle. Australias expensive more money = equals less stress less work . If all this comes aboutva trip to the states is the priority.

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    Im thinking i will do the same again next time just buy a big ole winnebago and cruise around. When i bought that one americans thought that $1.00 a litre was expensive. Hence. They were selling gas guzzlers cheap

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    Damn good idea mate. I knew a bloke who did the same thing, except with a proverbial old yank tank- a Cadillac Eldorado. He slept in the back seat, except when it was freezing. Great way to see America, and sometimes he didn't have that spacious back seat to himself.

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    I did parts, have a look at Billy Connoly's Route 66. Its a bit of a historic trail with some "Towns" hanging on and some great people trying to ensure they and their history don't disappear - like all made for TV its a bit contrived but he does some good stops and meets some characters

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    he did this over a decade after i did bits of it and i think some places got rejuvenated after i was there which is great.

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    Ignore Snub, he lives is a place which doesn't have the same challenges the dirt poor bypassed towns along some of that route have - the people i met were genuinely friendly, interesting and just trying to make an honest crust and not disappear into irrelevance. I can't tell you where to visit as i didn't do the whole route but Billy will give you a flavour in his own unique style. Go for it.

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    Sounds like a great trip and I hope the experience meets all the expectations of your Dad Hal.

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    Ignore Snub, he lives is a place which
    .... votes differently.

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    I did the Route 66 thing back in May. Picked it up in Memphis, though. It was great.

    Stay away from the big chain restaurants and opt for the local restaurants and you will have some great food. My best enchiladas were in New Mexico, steak in Texas, barbecue in Memphis.

    Sad to say, the same is not true of lodgings. The older hotels and motels are hit and miss. Some of the big hotel chains have discounts for members, so choose a chain and stick with them for good room rates. La Quinta allows dogs, so I used them.

    Do stop at every tourist trap and sight seeing area you find. You won’t regret it.

    Tucumcari is a ghost town to see. There are a few little motels that have been restored but the most part is deserted, left to die when the interstate highway bypassed it.

    The Grand Canyon was the crown of the trip, with the Petrified Forest close behind. They are HUGE. A drive through won’t do. Plan to spend some time.

    There is also a lot of nothing out there to see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Has anyone done this?
    Did it in 1959 in a 1957 Chevy convertable pulling a trailer. Dad n mom in the front seat with me and 2 younger brothers in the back. Was a house move of sorts that started in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and ended in our house in Long Beach.

    Wasn't yet really historical. One hell of a long trip as I recall. Sort of a Beverly Hillbillies thing.

    Looked a bit like this.

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    Go for it Hal. You won't regret it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Did it in 1959 in a 1957 Chevy convertable pulling a trailer. Dad n mom in the front seat with me and 2 younger brothers in the back. Was a house move of sorts that started in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and ended in our house in Long Beach.
    Thats crazy, we moved back to the states in 1963, bought this thing in Detroit and drove it to Texas where my dads dad, and my mom's sister lived. Bought the pop up trailer there and continued on to California on 66.

    The car.

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    The pop up, both photos are from the net, almost the same.

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    i was in the bay area a few years ago but at the time my old dear and her husband did the big sur and really enjoyed it. we were actucally in SF at the same time but couldnt meet as i was in Palo Alto the night they were free.

    point being if it works for arl arses from the hundred of west derby, those from the hundred of salford should enjoy it
    they mentions San Joaquin as nice for some reason.

    personally thought the climate was great, and would have liked to have gone looking for mythical Charming as i have a friend from o'town

    thought Colorado was nicer however but no idea of driving through it
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    Never been west of the Mississippi.
    I hear "Dragons be there"

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    I apologize. Saw boys outing in the opening post.



    Whitewater river rafting wouldn’t be a good idea for a 72-year-old, even with a helmet and life vest on.

    But he might enjoy a visit to the Grand Canyon.
    Definitely. Is there a pub nearby?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLD View Post
    Do it. The states is probably THE most hospitable place to travel.ive ever been..americans will treat ya right if your not an asshole.
    This is very true. I think Brits and Americans are quite different in many aspects (how can you NOT have beans for breakfast? ), but whenever I visit, I find them to be really helpful and friendly. It's always an absolute pleasure going there and something I look forward to immensely.

    Hell, even immigration are nice to us!

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    I've always liked the idea of living in a backward US town.

    It probably helps that I'm a white male I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    I've always liked the idea of living in a backward US town.

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    Me too, but I'm a northerner, so maybe adapting wouldn't be so difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Is there a pub nearby?
    As I understand you can purchase beer and wine at the Grand Canyon Skywalk, but please be careful. Most of us would like to see/read your full report.

    They have a very nice (large shaded) seating area outside, with different pavilions.

    DO NOT DO AS WE DO. Safety first

    I have two pictures (taken during our first trip years ago) of whatshername posing very close to the edge of two different cliffs next to the Skywalk before they put up safety barriers. One area (thin ledge) had a wooden sign that read “Danger. Do Not Cross This Point”. She gets behind the sign, hugs it and requests the picture be taken. No one can even get to that spot any longer. It has been blocked off. It was a great place to get a picture with the beautiful background.
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    The South Rim of the park has hotels with pubs inside of the park. There is a supermarket there where you can buy beer and wine.

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    A suggestion (others might be more helpful). I don’t think anyone has mentioned it yet.

    When you get to Chicago try contacting a Verizon phone store. Look at their monthly prepaid plans using your smart phone. They might be able to help you.

    Safety and google maps. Go to maps and type in your destination and it’ll tell you the fastest/best route to your destination. It’ll also show you where the accidents (how to avoid them) and speed traps are at.


    The cost of the monthly plan will pay for itself. Fuel and time saved.

    Because you’re going out west you might not get a signal everywhere. Verizon coverage below.


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    Google has come on leaps and bounds if it can now predict the next mass shooting

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Route 66 has always been a dream of his and he is approaching 72 now.
    Yup, do it soon. My dad passed away at 71.5 years. He had a major stroke at 58 and had BP issues so we knew that the clock was ticking. Good luck on your trip & am looking forward to the pics.

    @AO - great pics. Thnx for sharing them. Your wife is very lovely.

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