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  • #91
    What is available in hotels/motels depends on every single one you go to. Chains do not always have the same features at each location. You will have to call ahead or check out their website.

    Most tap water is safe in the US, but that also depends on the location. Perhaps you can stock up on some large jugs/gallon containers near your starting point to sip from as needed in the car. At hotels & restaurants, tap is generally safe. I have not done a fair amount of travelling in the Western states, however. Most have chlorine and fluoride however. I think most establishments would not know about their filtration system. If you can find out in advance where you could get some nice well water, maybe you could get a large jug to keep some fresh water in for your trip/refill re-usable bottles.

    Make sure you look at potential routes ahead of time! There are some very hilly areas in the West, due to the mountains! The roads can be very windy, very narrow, and treacherous, depending on weather. Make sure you keep up to date on the local forecast! Other areas are very flat and very boring, or so I've been told.

    I am a very visual learner so I would suggest picking up a good atlas. Rand McNally is supposed to be a good brand. It will show you the major and local highways that can get you across each state, at the very least.
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    • #92
      also, very important: surrender all notions of human dignity or self-respect, and any assumption that people around you might feel that way about themselves. In most places in america that I have been, the people are like twilight-zone level, "german-looking" (when you look over your shoulder before saying something controversial) sheepish, timid, dead-eyed cowardly sputtering jowel-shakers. I suggest that you brush up on your 1984 Appendix concerning Duckspeak otherwise nothing that my countrymen say will make sense to you.
      "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

      Jack london, "Before Adam"

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      • #93
        NLW thanx - I might have to get the atlas and waterjug when we get to Seattle. I cannot find a decent map of America over here. The ones that I have found are too small !
        Mr Perfidy Sir - I am assuming that you are suggesting that I learn to speak without involving my higher brain centres ????? I do that already - so no practice necessary
        "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

        ...small steps....

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        • #94
          no just dull any appetite you might have for learning or hearing anything interesting or unique or any impulse toward insight rather than superficiality- if you say anything about anything that isn't sports, the weather, or traffic where I live, people just look at their feet and sigh and act weird for the most part. It's because anyone who is interesting is guilty of some kind of crime, as many harmless but fun behaviors are criminalized, and we consume thousands of hours of 4th reich police tv, so, the go-to thought on the street among strangers is, "what if he/she is a cop?" Seriously its dystopian and nightmarish- way realer than shit people wrote about 60 years ago and present and actually reality.
          "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

          Jack london, "Before Adam"

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          • #95
            Mr. Perfidy, your view of American interactions seems very jaded! Maybe it's because you live in New Jersey . No, but seriously, not everyone is like that, geez.
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            • #96
              Arrive, and buy state-by-state atlases at a local bookstore. Many gas stations will also have good maps. If you are renting a car, the rental place might also have the atlases that you are looking for.

              I love atlases. We have a North Island one, and Ds and I spend a lot of time looking at it.

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              • #97
                Pretty colours, and what great tension you have! How many colours do you plan to incorporate? So about 140 cm a side (that's 55" a side for the American's here), right? Would make a great snuggle blanket. Would you crochet the border, too?

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                • #98
                  Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                  Arrive, and buy state-by-state atlases at a local bookstore. Many gas stations will also have good maps. If you are renting a car, the rental place might also have the atlases that you are looking for.

                  I love atlases. We have a North Island one, and Ds and I spend a lot of time looking at it.
                  I half-disagree. Bookstores, yes. Gas stations, not anymore at all. I love paper maps, and kind of have a personal thing against GPS, and always try to buy a paper map whenever I go someplace new to me. It has been getting well nigh unto impossible for the last couple of years to get one from gas stations, and the last one I did score had print that was exceedingly difficult to read. They all say the same thing - maps discontinued there because everybody uses GPS. I haven't tried the major truck stop stations like Travel America or Flying J lately.

                  Which, Gwamma, brings me to a good point. There are travel stops that are fully equipped to handle our big rigs (cars are of course there in large numbers, too), open 24 hours/365 days, gas pumps naturally, with Internet rooms, showers, eateries that are open late, good emergency shopping... These are usually chains spread across regions of the US. Out here in Ohio to New Jersey, TA, Pilot, Kwik Fill, Love's, and the Flying J are examples. I personally usually gravitate to the Flying J. Ever have a young child blow poop out her pants in the middle of a 500-mile travel day (she has sensitive plumbing)? Well, the Flying J can handle that, with clean, bright bathrooms, nice people, and Pepto Bismol AND bed-wetting diapers on the shelves.

                  If you google "truck stops I-80" (replace the I-80 with whatever interstate number you need) you will get lists. I know you want back roads, but this is good to know if you are on the interstate and need some place this equipped.
                  I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                  • #99
                    I do think the last time I saw some were at the big truck stops. . . so, yeah.

                    Here in NZ, the gas stations do have htem, as do the iSites, but bookstores may not. Weird, right?

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                    • What helped me traveling to Wyoming from California was a big road atlas book. It has a whole state on each page. Something like this: 2013 Road Atlas I put a sticky note on each state I was going through so I could turn to the page quickly.

                      One thing a lot of foreigners have trouble with is the vast size of the US. It's probably about as far to drive across the US as it is to drive the length of NZ, both islands, 3 times. It took me 2 days to drive from Southern California to north-west Wyoming, stopping overnight.

                      When I was about 14, my mom, my sister and I with our dog and cat drove across country from Southern California to northern Minnesota. We stopped at national parks along the way. We took two weeks. That's only halfway across the country. To drive home, my dad joined us and it took us something like 3 days of round-the-clock driving, no stopping, to get home. When I was 18 I did the trip again with my two girlfriends and it took us 5 days with nightly stops.

                      You can stay pretty cheaply in the US by staying in campgrounds. National parks and national forests will have campgrounds. The national parks will be relatively expensive. It also costs money to enter a national park. National forest campgrounds are usually between $0 and $20 depending on how great a place it is. There are also these KOA campgrounds (Kamgrounds of America). They are basically parking lots with a shower and maybe a pool. If you have camping gear and are okay with camping, it's definitely an option. Be prepared for a wide variety of weather. It can be freezing in Wyoming and South Dakota, hotter than hell in Nevada or Nebraska.

                      My favorite thing on a road trip is to go to some little breakfast place, not a chain restaurant like Denny's or Ihop. You can meet some really interesting characters and often the food is really good. You sometimes have to drive away from the Interstate to find these places.
                      Last edited by sbhikes; 02-05-2013, 08:40 PM.
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                      • brilliant infomation - thank you all very much.
                        I hope that a week to meander down to Indiana will be enough time ???


                        I have just skyped DD and she sent me this link

                        my crochet peacock - CROCHET

                        I don't think that I would be that clever to make this wee fella, but her host Mum just LOVES peacocks !!!!

                        CC I love your map idea - I think I read about it in your journal. I will get my wee grandsons a map each. A really neat way to teach a child how to problem solve, and think outside the square
                        "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                        ...small steps....

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                        • Gwamma, what method are you using to calculate driving distance here??

                          sbhikes is really, really right - this one BIG ass country, and just everybody except perhaps Canadians and Russians tends to underestimate simple distance/driving time here, especially taking into account our speed limits.

                          I will give you one example - I live close to the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. If hubby goes to the head office in New Jersey, which is in north-central New Jersey, taking I-80 the whole way, which is an interstate = faster driving (no small towns with stop lights or lower speed limits), and IF the weather is clear, and IF he stops only once for gas and a pee, the drive will take 8 solid driving hours at highway speed. Essentially crossing ONE American state.

                          If you are asking us if one week is enough, it would help us if we knew your math methods and/or the sources of your info.
                          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                          • hmmmmmmm CC - DH who is an expert on all things, has calculated distance/speed using the 'get your eye in ' method.

                            Praps I need to do some calcs on the internet !!!! What is the open road speed ??? I think he was working on 100km/hour
                            "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                            ...small steps....

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                            • Interstate highway speed is 65 mph, sometimes dropping down to 55 or 50 mph if the interstate is going through/close to a city where there are a lot of highway exits/off-ramps and entrances/on-ramps. Hubby once told me that Montana has higher speeds, but the highest I personally ever have seen posted (driven through) is 70 mph. Through town proper is either 45 mph or 35 mph. State routes strongly tend to be 55 mph.

                              What is "get your eye in"? Would that be the time-honored method of "guess-timation"??
                              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                              • Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post

                                What is "get your eye in"? Would that be the time-honored method of "guess-timation"??
                                CC you are onto it !!!!
                                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                                ...small steps....

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