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RE: Sometime we win...National Forests and Wildlife Refuge

So in effect. There will be a higher risk of forest fires, due to a lack of Land Management.Don't know about what they do in that part of Alaska, but here in CO, the forest service sends out crews to remove beetle-killed trees. They also do lots of controlled burns, where the primary thing that burns is the grasses and brush which are usually the first thing to really get going in a forest fire. Clear cutting is not only unsightly, it has adverse effects on wildlife including game animals like deer and elk and also results in degradation of fisheries.
4runnerguy 09/04/19 08:53pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Heading to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks.

We frequently boondock so internet is pretty much not a thing unless we stop at a restaurant along the way.Some mornings we stop for $1 coffee at McDonalds just to use their Wifi (and bathrooms!).
4runnerguy 09/04/19 08:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado 114 from Sillsville to Saguache

Had to look up Sillsville and finally found it on a topo map. CO 114 is one of the easiest ways across the Continental Divide in Colorado.
4runnerguy 09/04/19 08:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route Advice Estes Park to Great Basin and then Utah

Leave Estes Park on CO 7 and head to Allenspark. Just past Allenspark, CO 72 splits off from CO7. These 2 roads are part of the Peak to Peak Highway which is a great drive. CO 7 to Allenspark is a bit rough and narrow, but no drop offs; you're in the forest. Once on CO 72, the road is generally good with shoulders. Yes there are curves and hills but nothing overly challenging. You'll take CO 72 to Nederland where you'll pick up CO 119, still the Peak to Peak Highway. That will take you to Black Hawk/Central City. You can continue on CO 119 down to I-70 (follow the signs) and then just take I-70 westbound to your next destination.Do this continuing west on I-70. Lots of RV's on this all the time. Use your transmission to keep your speed in check on the downhill side of Eisenhower Tunnel and Vail Pass. Both are 7% for seven miles. Join US 50 at Salina, UT and follow it to Great Basin NP.
4runnerguy 08/27/19 06:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Taking Hwy50 form Montrose to Colorado Springs~

Heading east up the pass is mostly three lane with a passing lane in the uphill direction. Use tranny to keep speed in check downhill. Nothing scary about this pass. There is a tram and gift shop at the top of the pass.
4runnerguy 08/27/19 06:33pm Roads and Routes
RE: 70 through Colorado

IIRC you also have a fairly full van of people, too, so your weight is pretty high. I'd add two hours to the projected time from Google Maps, etc. Maybe more as there are a variety of places you'll probably want to stop for pictures, etc. If there's one rest stop not to miss it's Grizzly Creek in Glenwood Canyon. Room for large rigs there. Going up isn't necessarily the issue. Keeping your speed under control without burning your brakes is more important. Use your gears. The downhill parts from the Eisenhower Tunnel and the top of Vail Pass are 7% grades for something like seven miles. Most interstates have a maximum of 6% grades. Fill with gas in Summit County as it doesn't get cheap again until Grand Junction.
4runnerguy 08/26/19 10:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado to Maine

do I take I70 instead of I80? We have found I-70 preferable to I-80 across the middle of the country. Generally a lot less truck traffic and the road seems in better shape (probably because of less truck traffic). There's more to do in Springfield than just Lincoln's Grave. Lincoln Home NHS is definitely worth your time, as is the Lincoln Library. If you're going to Acadia from Niagara Falls, head east through the Adirondacks and the White Mountains (maybe take the Kancamagus Highway or US 302 through Crawford Notch). We're not big fans of big cities, esp. when towing. To visit Boston, we stayed at Shawme-Crowell State Forest not far from the Cape Cod Canal. (Scusset Beach State Reservation was closed at the time). Took the train into Boston. Also could visit the Cape. Took a day trip on the ferry to Martha's Vineyard. Rented some cruiser bicycles to tour the beaches. Newport RI has some amazing "cottages" (OK, mansions) right along the coast. The Cliff Walk allows you to walk along the amazing shoreline and look up at these amazing homes. Mystic Seaport, CT is an interesting place to stop and get a primer on seafaring in the 18th and 19th centuries. Great for mountain dwellers like us. Lots of historic vessels. Of all the big east coast cities to visit, Washington D.C. is #1 on our list. If you have the time and haven't been there, go! Plan on several days and just pick a few museums and monuments to visit. You can't see it all even with lots of days to do it. Other places to consider: Williamsburg, VA Steamtown NHS near Scranton, PA Monicello (what an amazing diversity of interests Jefferson had) Gettyburg, PA Since you "only" have a month, I'd make a beeline across the central part of the country out and back to concentrate on the sites in the east (although Springfield, IL is definitely a must do). The last time we went out, we rode Amtrak and took our tent and sleeping bags. Two days of train travel each direction then rented a car for a month. Still rushed (did spend five full days in D.C.).
4runnerguy 08/26/19 09:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Diesel fuel stop on I25 between Cheyenne Wy. Casper Wy.

HiAll, need a fuel stop with access for 30 foot 5th wheel trailer. Thanks 2007Jim. Why - it's only 180 miles? What kind of mileage are you getting? Fuel at FJ in Cheyenne and if needed top it off in CasperKind of what I was thinking. I'd think the only reason to stop between Cheyenne and Casper is my bladder fills before my fuel tank empties. ;)
4runnerguy 08/13/19 09:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yet another great mapping resource -- NFS topo PDFs

Ken, if you want to capture a topo using that Peakbagger app, I think you can take a screen shot and then save the image as a PDF.Oh yeah, I can do that. But downloading the whole quad is what I liked. With the Peakbagger site I listed above, I go to the map of the place we are heading and get the topo. Then even if I lose connectivity (common in the mountains) I can still refer to it while on the trail as long as I haven't closed that tab. The PDF come in handy at home. It's gotten to the point that I rarely take a paper copy into the backcountry anymore. Of course I can't do the backpacking thing anymore (shoulder injury and all :( ) so I'm not out multiple days.
4runnerguy 08/09/19 12:10pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Yet another great mapping resource -- NFS topo PDFs

Thanks for the link. Haven't seen it before. I often use Peakbagger to get to a continuous topo map of the U.S. Just search for a name of a nearby peak (top right) or just use their random peak and click on it. When you get to a peak page, go to the lower right where you'll see a "Dynamic Map". Below that map click on the full screen link. You can then move the map to anywhere in the U.S., even places where there aren't any "peaks" and zoom in. Upper right is a drop down menu allowing one to shift between several topo options plus a satellite view. No ability to download the individual topos, but a handy reference.
4runnerguy 08/08/19 11:00am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

We always go to FL over the holidays to visit my parents. We always stop in TN and GA, so not looking forward to going east in November, just to go that way again in Dec.How about heading south and west? Springfield IL the first night. (200 miles, 4 hours) See the Lincoln Museum, etc. if you haven't already. Eureka Springs, AR. (400 miles, <7 hours). A very romantic little town with lots to see and do. Great restaurants, too. Did I mention that it is romantic? On to Hot Springs AR or somewhere around Lake Ouachita (200 miles, 4 hours). If history is an indication, the leaves in northern Arkansas should be near their peak in early November. Austin and/or San Antonio, TX (500-600 miles, 8-10 hours) Austin is the hip, younger city with lots of nightlife, music, etc. San Antonio is more historic. There are several other missions besides the Alamo and all are worth spending time at. The River Walk is quite romantic also. Big Bend NP (450-500 miles, 7-8 hours). November is an ideal time to visit Big Bend. While we go to Utah quite frequently, Big Bend really surprised DW with its beauty. Leaving Big Bend, head north to Carlsbad Caverns (240 miles, 4 hours). Been in lots of caves, and as they say, there's only one Carlsbad Caverns. Then off to Palo Duro Canyon out of Amarillo (300 miles, 5 hours). At that point, you're around 1000 miles from home. Pick the fastest route, drive it in two days and parks your rig. If that seems like too much driving, cut the trip off at San Antonio and head east toward New Orleans. Maybe stop and see NASA Space Center near Houston. From NO, head north on the River Road through Vicksburg, Memphis, etc. I've listed lots of ideas here so pick and choose which appeal to you most. For me, Eureka Springs and San Antonio would be highest on my list for romance. Big Bend and Carlsbad for wonderful outdoor experiences unlike anything around Chicago.
4runnerguy 08/07/19 09:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nevada Hwy 50

Enjoy. It's our preferred route when heading to CA. Not really that lonely as there is a fair amount of traffic for being in the middle of no where. Just a long ways between towns. There are fuel stations at all the towns along the way. But not many 24 hour stations.
4runnerguy 08/07/19 07:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Dry camping on the way from page to Las Vegas

Now we would like to spend the next days in some forrest or what else there is on the way from page to LA. Your title says Las Vegas but in your text you say LA. Makes a difference as to recommendations!
4runnerguy 07/20/19 02:15pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Routes north from Denver

Have you tried State Route 85 to Greeley?On our recent trip we took 85 to Greeley and north to its junction with I-80. It was a huge improvement over I-25. Thanks for the suggestion!If you're willing to do the US 85 route, instead of turning off I-76 at US 85, continue on I-76 to exit 34 ("Kersey Road"). Head north on CR 49 (a four lane road) up to US 34 and head back east four miles to US 85 north. Quicker and you miss all the stop lights on US 85 through Brighton, Ft. Lupton, Evans, etc. It's our preferred route to Greeley from the south.
4runnerguy 07/18/19 09:40am Roads and Routes
RE: Cortez, Co/Canyon of the Ancients

Not boondocking but we'll often dry camp at McPhee Reservoir. Rarely full. But they did just raise the rates to $24. (1/2 price with the senior pass) Does have flush toilets which makes DW happy. A few sites have electric, nice if you need a/c in the middle of the summer. A few miles from the Canyon of the Ancients Visitors Center and centrally located between Mesa Verde and the main part of Canyon of the Ancients. We've also visited Hovenweep NM in Utah as a day trip from McPhee CG.
4runnerguy 07/15/19 08:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: BLM considering restrictions on dispersed camping in Utah

By bringing tour busses in, it seems like this discussion has gotten a little off topic from the article referenced by the OP. At least with tour busses, they are generally pulling up to designated stops. Besides the on-board toilets in the busses, they also stop at visitors centers or pit toilets. There may be lots of people, but at least they are generally confined to certain areas. The problems listed in the referenced article are more about boondockers and the damage inflicted by overuse. Actually one of the worst areas now is out on the Willow Springs Road north of Moab. There can be hundreds of campers in a pretty confined area. It's a popular place to go as it is land owned by the State of Utah so it doesn't have the same restrictions as the BLM land. On busy weekends, one can easily see people who have driven out were no one has before to set up camp. Motorcycles and ATV's are driven off road (not by everyone by any means, but just a few bad apples.) The problem with the Moab area is the environment. It's a desert. Even if you properly dig a hole for your human waste, once the soil is disturbed, it can blow away exposing TP and waste. So even doing it the "right way" doesn't prevent problems. Currently, dispersed camping is prohibited within a mile or two of the paved roads and large areas in the Castle Valley area are closed to camping altogether. See a map here These restrictions have been in place for several years now. It is good that the BLM is adding more campgrounds. They do need to figure out how to provide places to get water more conveniently. I've been going to the Moab area since the mid-60's and currently we go out there four to five weeks a year, and I've seen a lot of changes in that time.
4runnerguy 07/07/19 04:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Happy Canada Day

Ah, brings back with fond memories when we were in Banff for the 150th a couple of years ago. Had a wonderful time. Never seen so many bagpipes in a parade! So Happy Canada Day and thanks for sharing with your neighbors to the south.
4runnerguy 07/01/19 09:08am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Estes Park CO to Grand Lake CO

My advice is to skip Estes Park (biggest tourist trap around) and go straight to Grand Lake by another route. Yeah, Estes Park is a zoo no doubt. But for shorter access hiking to incredible mountain lakes, the east side of the park is better, although the hiking trails themselves are also packed. The town of Grand Lake is much more quaint, kind of like EP 50 years ago. But the pine beetle has ravaged the trees in the Grand Lake area. Plenty of RV's go over Trail Ridge every year. As noted, disconnect toad and drive it separately. Don't sightsee, as parking for large RV's is very limited. Start very early in the day to avoid the traffic.
4runnerguy 07/01/19 07:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Campgrounds

Not a list but I like to use this campground map. Shows public and private CG's. Zoom into the area of interest.
4runnerguy 07/01/19 07:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling without a car

It partly depends on what sights you are wanting to see. In some places, there are CG's right in town so you can use public transit to get around. If you stay in some of the National Parks, they have free shuttle systems that get you around even easier than if you had your own vehicle. Zion, Bryce, Glacier, and the Grand Canyon come to mind. I'm sure others will chime in. The downside is that NPS campsites with FHU are either few in number or non-exitant in most parks. Although at Bryce and Zion, the free shuttle system also services nearby areas with private CG's w/FHU.
4runnerguy 06/28/19 11:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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