August 6, 2016

Retirement Travel: 2 Month RV Trip Coming Up

In just a few weeks Betty, Bailey, and I will embark on a two month, 5,000 mile satisfying retirement journey trip back east to see family in Kansas and Tennessee. Along the way we will explore areas not yet experienced during an RV trip, as well as stop by places we have visited before and liked enough to see again. At least eight new state map decals will be added to the U.S. map on the side of our rolling home.

When we return in late October, the temperatures at home will finally be more reasonable. The winter lawn will have been started and it will be time to replant all the pots for a fall and winter time of color. The outdoor dining room will again be usable for most of our lunches and dinners. Football season will be well underway, meaning family Sunday gatherings at our house for TV and meals.

While this doesn't include all our planned stops, this should give you a general idea of our upcoming adventure.



We will head east from home through New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma before heading north to Kansas. Then, we will continue southeast until reaching Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and western North Carolina before turning back toward home. A family visit in the Nashville area, then through Memphis, Little Rock, Waco, and San Antonio before a revisit to one of our favorite small towns, Fredericksburg, Texas. 

From there we head across the windy, wide open spaces of West Texas before crossing through southern New Mexico and re-entering Arizona.

I plan on continuing to blog during this trip, though probably not on the same 3 day schedule you may be used to. Postings will be a bit more sporadic. Expect lots of photos from Betty, some reactions to what we see and the highs and lows of the journey. 

Preparing the RV and the house, plus working on our packing list begins in earnest in a few days.

How much fun!


23 comments:

  1. The planning and anticipation is so much fun, almost as much as the trip itself. I imagine you are an accomplished list maker. Where would we be without our lists? So happy for you and Betty. So much to look forward to!

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    1. I am more than ready to get going! Last summer's big trip was cancelled because of our move, so it has been too long. And, yes, I have lots of lists!

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  2. Sounds like a great trip, Bob. Looks like you'll be slipping right across I-40 in TN. If you would like a place to bunk for a night or so, and just chill on the Cumberland Plateau for awhile, let me know. We won't start our traveling until next month so we can show you guys around this area as well.

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    1. WE will be in Gatlinburg for several days and then to Asheville for a few nights. I think that takes us near you. Drop me an email (satisfyingretirement@gmail.com) with the name of your town and the dates you will be around and maybe we can finally meet!

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  3. Too bad you're not venturing further East, but that could be a new route for next trip! Just a thought. Have tons of fun planning and then hittin' the road!
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    1. The mid Atlantic area and New England are still big gaps on the RV map.

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  4. Do not miss Dollywood when in Gatlinburg.

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    1. We were there several years ago...once was enough, I think.

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  5. Looks like a great trip you have coming up and it sounds like you are ready to get away. I'm sure you'll have a great time. I'm looking forward to your on the road blogs. I will be traveling with you vicariously.

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    1. Yes, I am anxious to get going. We will visit all sorts of new places as well as some old favorites.

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  6. Have a wonderful trip and wave to my home state of Iowa as you pass by.

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    1. Own our trip to Wisconsin two years ago we drove through Cedar Rapids, where Betty and I lived for a few years. We enjoyed everything about eastern Iowa except the cold.

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  7. Sounds like a great trip! We covered some of that two years ago when we came back to AZ from MN via CT(grandkids)- 4800 miles. Headed down Shenandoah Parkway to Ashville and the Great Smoky Mountains NP (beautiful.) But try to avoid the park on the weekend - a lesson we learned the hard way.

    We then took a different route back to AZ. Took the Natchez Trace from Nashville to Jackson MS. Gorgeous drive. Stopped at Shiloh TN and Vicksburg MS. I loved the history but Mary was kind of bored. Probably a guy thing.

    Memphis and Little Rock are fun to visit. And Fredericksburg is a favorite of ours too. If you have time in Kansas City, we sure enjoyed the Truman Library in Independence. (Can you tell I'm a history buff?)

    Travel safe and keep us all posted on your adventures.

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    1. I have a post about forging a new path coming up in a few weeks. Sound familiar?

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  8. Bob, if you get hungry for a burger in Fredericksburg you might want to try the Fredericksburg Brewing Company. It's right on Route 290, the main street. If you get close to New Braunfels you might want to stop at the Gruene Gristmill River Restaurant. Everything I've had there has been very good.

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    1. Thanks, Gary. We will add them to our list.

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  9. My daughter just left Asheville last November when she got married. Any questions about that area she might be a good resource. She moved there right out of college and loved it...she worked for HomeTrust Bank and part-time for the Biltmore for many years...if you love waterfalls, there are many in the Sapphire Valley/Cashiers area...get a map...there is even one you can drive under.

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    1. Great info. We are waterfall lovers. I will check it out.

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  10. Have fun ... I look forward to your reports from the road!

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    1. Thanks, Tom. We will be sure to post pictures and updates.

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  11. Does that northern Texas stop include Palo Duro Canyon?

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    1. We will be in Amarillo for 2 nights so it certainly could.

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