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- July 13, 2020 at 11:36 #43710AnonymousInactive
Has anyone on the forum been doing any traveling? We are looking at doing an extended trip in the Sept-Oct time period from Arizona up to the Northwest and we’d be interested in good and/or bad experiences you’ve had as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Any issues at gas stations, campgrounds, stores, etc. and where you’ve been traveling.
Bryan & Susan
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- July 14, 2020 at 11:12 #43745DavidParticipant
My wife and I are traveling coast to coast (East to West) to Portland, OR for our daughter’s wedding in August. We set out July 10th and have been on the road for 4 days now. It is very pleasant so far. We boondocked each night: Once at a Harvest Hosts location in NY, Second Night at a Walmart near Eire, PA; Third night at the RV/MH Museum in Elkhart, Indiana; fourth night another Walmart in Madison, Iowa. Getting gas has been no problem, nor has going into stores to shop. We wear masks and use plenty of hand sanitizer. Even had lunch indoors at a restaurant iwith friends in Rochester, NY. We had to sign in at the hostess station with name, address, email address, phone number, and the current date (So they could track us down in case someone comes down with the virus on the day we dined there). We had to wear masks as we entered and anytime we got up to move around the restaurant (Like going to the bathroom), but once seated at our tables we could take them off. Traffic has been wonderfully light except for going through Chicago, with stop and go traffic, which felt like rush hour at any big city. We are in Fairfield, Iowa visiting friends and will stay at a Harvest Hosts winery tonight.
- July 14, 2020 at 11:48 #43746AnonymousInactive
Thanks David – sounds like ‘so far, so good!’ Hope it stays that way for you. Would you mind updating when you get to Portland?
Interesting that in NY, they are taking this seriously enough to log customers in restaurants for later notification if called for. I certainly wouldn’t mind signing in for that!
Bryan & Susan
- July 15, 2020 at 16:24 #43765DavidParticipant
Sure, happy to update as I go along. Iowa and Nebraska seem to be the same – open but requiring masks. Staying the night at the Winnevega casino, owned by the Winnebago tribe. Casino is open. 15 RV spots with electric hookup only. Haven’t been in the casino yet but will mask-up and check it out in a bit. We have a truck camper too – Arctic Fox 811!
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- July 19, 2020 at 09:32 #43819AnonymousInactive
Happy to hear you’re having a good trip across country! We’re looking forward to being able to get out ourselves. You should be in the northwest by now?
Bryan & Susan
- July 26, 2020 at 23:17 #43881Jefe4x4Moderator
Bryan and Susan,
Jeanie and I have been out several times since Covid-19 hit. One to Western Nevada’s sparsely populated mountains for a few days. Masks when in stores, but none otherwise. Diesel fuel: $3.75 in CA when we left, and $1.99 per gallon in Nevada the next day. Another to the Inyo’s for a week with my bro John. Both these were very remote and we saw few people. On the Inyo trip, we passed a Jeeper coming the other way. I asked him, “how was the trail ahead?” He said, “too rough for me so I turned around.” Like fools We kept going.
A couple weeks ago, my son Matt and his bride Summer took our camper into the wilds of the Northern Sierra Nevada for few days. They brought it back in better shape than it was when they left.
Next week we’ll be on the sierra crest with our kids, grand kids and hangers-on. They’ll be tent camping and RTT-ing.
In early Sept. we’ve set aside 16 days to explore The Grand Tetons; Yellowstone; The Devil’s Tower; Black Hills; Mount Rushmore; and, if time, the badlands with my bro John and his fetching bride Krys. Of course, we’ll be moving every day. I’m hoping we run into some cool weather. We’ve done many trips with them and we are a well oiled machine. I promised John “this time, we’ll stick to better roads.” Bros. Jim and John bought me a 7 inch Lowrance Elite GPS, inland version for my birthday and I’m stoked to try it out.
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- July 28, 2020 at 11:18 #43885AnonymousInactive
Thanks Jefe — we’re happy to hear that truck camping remains a viable option. Sounds like we enjoy the same sort of places for camping, especially along the 395 corridor.
It’s been a while since we ventured into the Black Hills/Yellowstone area. If you need a campground outside Yellowstone on the west side, try Baker’s Hole, just north (about 3 miles) of West Yellowstone. Nice Forest Service campground on the Madison River with electric h/u. Can’t speak to boondocking in that area since when we went through there we were in our full-time RV days and that diesel was picky about tight spots.
Appreciate the information!
Bryan & Susan
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