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Good afternoon everyone.
I have been thinking of a trip. Traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail.
Start in St. Louis, MO, which is only 35 miles away from where we live, all the way to the Pacific ocean.
Has anyone traveled the trail pulling a fifth wheel?
If so, did you just follow the roadside markers, or did you use a guide book?
Also, how about the Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail?
I think that any of these trails would be one heck of an adventure.
Just read a short blog. The folks that wrote it, took the Oregon Trail west, took 3 weeks, and then the Lewis and Clark Trail back to St. Louis, also took 3 weeks. My kind of travel, NO RUSH.
Maybe in a year or two.
But of course gotta due Route 66 from Chicago to the Pacific.
Any thoughts, ideas, etc appreciated.


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Adventure Caravans tour follows that route and takes 47 days. Leave the planning to them to paraphrase a familiar saying.


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We looked at doing the Mormon Trail which mostly follows the Oregon Trail at least in NE and WY. But it was very twisty following local 3 digit roads frequently and the stops, in NE didn't look at that interesting. Inadvertantly we have alreadt been to most of the WY parts of the trail when we spent a couple weeks in central WY a few yeears ago. So we did not do it.

We've been to a number of L&C locations just traveling around the mountain west. It may be more interesting.


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Posted: 08/22/19 05:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You are not that far from the Natchez Trace Click here and Here.

It's RV friendly but does have a height limit of 14 feet. My Fifth Wheel just makes it at 13 feet 4 inches. It says there is a 55 foot total length limit, but I'm right at 60 foot and didn't have any problems. The speed limit is 50 mph and enforced. It's a very leisurly drive, so don't get into any hurries. Also, lots of stops along the way for historical information. Great drive! Want to do it again some day.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did (and still do).

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Dick_B,thanks for the info on Adventure Tours. I will check it out.
I have some friends that have taken numerous tours with Adventure.

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agesilaus, thinks for the reply. I was thinking about maybe just wandering around out that way and check out the trail in bits and pieces.

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DutchmanSport, thanks for the reply. I forgot about the Natchez Trace. Yes we are fairly close. That would be a neat adventure also. I know folks that have driven the whole length and were very happy that they did. I will put it on the list.

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I've done the Natchez Trace, nice drive with just a few bad miles of poor road conditions, but that may be better or worse now. I also did much of L&C, there are many interesting stops. In either case, get a guide book so that you can find things that may be slightly off route.

I only did a small portion of Route 66, seeing all those failed small businesses was a bit depressing.





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There is also a movement to mark and recognize the old Jefferson Highway "Pine to Palm," which goes from Winnepeg to New Orleans.

You probably know that 66 is marked in many places in Missouri.

I hope that you are able to make your journey, and that you will report back on this forum. We are always interested in a new adventure, since it's all about the journey, not the destination.

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Hi Lynmor. I am leaning towards the Natchez Trace as our first big adventure.
my Sweetheart and I have together a little over 2 years. Two seniors who have found a Life Partner to share the adventures. Me being 75, Brenda being 68. We realize that we are so blessed and lucky to have been introduced by a mutual friend. The rest is history.
We rally want to do these trips. And we will. Starting next year. Redong my house now, so this summer is gone. Then heading to FL for the winter.
LOVE THE RV LIFESTYLE.
Safe Travels.
Just thought of a question.
Did you have a guidebook when you did the Trace?j
If so, which one?

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