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10 years 4 months ago #3683 by DutchStar38
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Any road that gets me where I need to go as long as it is not an interstate, etc. We enjoy taking every back road we can safely travel on. Love seeing the real country not just the road signs. Usually wind up stopping in places we didn't plan on because of the beauty/uniqueness of the area.
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10 years 4 months ago #3688 by maltruck8
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You will never find those great little places to eat driving the interstate.
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10 years 4 months ago #3695 by DutchStar38
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I agree. It is sorta fun when I attempt to pull into a place that seems too small to handle the RV and tow because usually people come out and watch. Then when we go into eat or shop some people come up and say things like "real fancy drivin there" or "didn't think you were going to make it". Soon we are enthralled in multiple conversations about the area. I find local people are more than happy to spill the beans about their area. You just don't get this on the super hiways. You might get there quicker but it sure is more interesting to take the slow road there. After 20 years in the Navy and seeing the world, I am now ready to see the United States, one road at a time.
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10 years 4 months ago #3696 by utmtman
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I have found some of the best cafes in those out of the way places few travel to. I have also found my best prices for rv parks in those by ways and out of the way places along the back roads of America.
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10 years 4 months ago #3737 by DutchStar38
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After we park at the park we then take out our Harley and roam the local area. This way we can visit more places while there. The U.S. country side is fantastic.
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10 years 3 months ago #3743 by Mad Dog
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The wife and I like to call it driving the blue and red highways. Don't be in a hurry an take our time whenever we can. Rural America is ware in my book the real people live and what makes this country the best in the world!!
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10 years 3 months ago #3751 by DutchStar38
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We can travel the backroads now because we no longer have timelines. We get where we are going when we get there. That is one reason we make very few reservations until we get close to where we want to stop. If it is just an overnighter then we use Truck Stops. They really are great. Nothing like pulling around to the back lot and squeezing in amongst 250 truckers. Sorta Fun in a way. And FREE. Then in the morning we just pull out and start another day.
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10 years 3 months ago #3758 by cheldreth
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We started to do this on our recent trip to and from Texas recently. I did not do any formal calculations but I came to the conclusion that by keeping my speed to between 55 and 60, my fuel usage was much better. On the interstate, the temptation and the pressure is there to keep up with traffic that is traveling much faster.

Since we are now full-timing and retired, we just have few serious reasons to drive the Bounder as fast as I would drive the toad on the same highway with the same conditions.

It does require some serious discipline to change 40+ years of driving habits and watching the time go by.

Curt

Curt Heldreth
Retired US Army
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2006 Bounder 35E
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10 years 3 months ago #3760 by DutchStar38
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I agree that on the occasions when we have to use the BIG roads it does seem like we are crawling compared to the other traffic. In our car we are just one of the crowd but in the RV we are right lane only and cruise control as much as possible. It is really hard to hold the speed down with your foot on the pedal but cruise control eases the anxiety besides saving a bunch of fuel. Backroads are easy to slow down because of all the twists and turns and sometimes down right skinny roads.
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10 years 3 months ago #3778 by monkey44
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We generally use the "Big Highways" to get through or around cities ... and most of all, to get us to the country roads - - - we find we get caught up in too much slow traffic when you use regular roads around the cities and in the close-in suburbs.

And I think you're right on about slowing down and saving gas on the back roads, unless it becomes "stop & go" ...
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10 years 2 months ago #4120 by DutchStar38
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We utilize back roads for sightseeing. We enjoy looking at the various style of houses and yards. The out of the main path restaurants and small shops are thrilling. After spending 20 years in the U.S> Navy touring the world, I am now touring the U.S. and it is amazing.
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