We’re 4 days away from leaving on our big 6-month RV trip, so we should probably have at-least a vague idea where we’re headed. Plans will likely change, but here’s what we’re currently thinking.
The loop is 8,600 miles. Over 6 months, that’s an average of 50 miles per day of travel (this, of-course, doesn’t include excursions, which I’m sure will add significant mileage). When we came up with the idea for this trip 6-months sounded like an eternity. Once I started mapping out routes it started feeling like a short amount of time to see everything we’d like to see.
Here’s a brief outline of where we think we might go, month-by-month:
- Make our way from Portland to the Utah National Parks, stopping along the way in Boise & Salt Lake City
- Visit Zion, Bryce, Grand Escalante, Capitol Reef & Arches before it gets too cold
- Tour through New Mexico– visit Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell.
- Go to Carlsbad Caverns
- Head into Texas and visit Big Bend National Park
- Make our way to the warmer parts of Texas (Corpus Christi?)
- Enjoy some warmer weather in Southern Texas
- Possibly take a there-and-back trip to New Orleans
- Visit Austin
- Head up to Denver to stay with friends for Christmas
- Head from Denver down through New Mexico to Arizona
- Possibly attend an Xscapers Convergence (RV group meetup) at Lake Havasu City, AZ … or maybe the one in Mexico?
- Possibly attend Full Time Families meetup at the Quartzite RV show
- Hang out in the San Diego area
- Check out Joshua Tree
- Slowly make our way up through California and back to Oregon
- Hit up Lassen Volcanic National Park on the way
If, after some time on the road, we decide this is all too fast paced, then we could cut out the Texas / New Orleans loop of the trip and really slow things down.
I’m guessing that our actual path will bear little resemblance to this map, but it feels good to have a rough plan none-the-less– it makes the seemingly infinite possibilities of where we could go feel a little less overwhelming!
7 Comments on “The big trip: drafting a route”
Your travel plans are similar to ours (except way more ambitious) and we are also thinking about cutting out Texas from our plans. If you find yourself in Moab around Oct 18-22 let us know, there is a meet up you could attend. We might see you around Quartzsite, although not at the full time families meet up. Keep in touch, it would be great to see you. Have a great trip!
Thanks Adam— when you left a comment on our other blog post I went to your blog and read all your posts (took me a minute to realize I knew you!). We’ll probably be about a week behind you at Moab— we were planning to arrive Nov 1, when Arches campground switches to first-come first-served (and we have reservations at Capitol Reef 10/23-10/26)
Denver in December – you are adventurous! Hoping the weather holds out for you on that leg.
We are about 2 years out from being able to join ya’ll on the road – excited!
I was nervous too about the idea of Denver in December, but I asked some folks in the Full Time Families Facebook group and a bunch of people re-assured me that the drive is not that bad, as long as we’re willing to wait a day or two if it snows for the roads to clear.
Wish you were headed out sooner— hopefully we’ll still be adventuring when you hit the road. Cheers!
I-25 will be okay to Denver, but just do check the weather first. Monument Hill between Denver and Colorado Springs can be tricky during a storm…..or during rush hour……
Please take some time to see the REAL Colorado outside of Denver, though!
Looks awesome. Let me know if you need/want ideas for the San Diego area!
Maybe see you guys in Arizona in January. Safe travels! Hugs to the girls!
Elise & Rob