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Phoenix to Ohio and Back - An Overlanding Christmas

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by KevinK, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. Nov 27, 2017 at 12:48 PM
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    We're planning to visit Lisa's mom in eastern Ohio for Christmas, so we decided to make an overlanding adventure out of it.

    We're heading from Phoenix to Ohio kinda quickly, but will spend about a week driving back home.

    Where should we go between Ohio and Arizona?


    I already tentatively have the Tundra factory in Texas and the Toyota factory in Indiana, but where do you like to wheel and camp?

    What National Parks or amazing views are must-do?

    Is there a giant ball of string or the world's largest rubber band ball someplace?


    Lisa and I have driven back and forth across the country several times already (LA - NYC), but this time we're going to take our time and enjoy it.

    The more dirt the better - we can be self sufficient indefinitely except the need for gas.

    Pic of the map for inspiration - stars are places we've been.

    Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 1.15.51 PM.jpg


    This will be home for the journey:

    Death Valley 3-4 view.jpg

    RTT Slide and Awning Lisa.jpg
     
  2. Nov 27, 2017 at 12:55 PM
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    Stop in Amarillo Tx eat that 72oz steak challenge and Cadillac Ranch Cadillacs stuck in ground you can see em off the interstate just outside west of Amarillo..If you go the way map shows you
     
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    White Sands NP in NM?
    Arch in St Louis.
    Steak at St. Elmo's in Indy . . . get the shrimp cocktail fo sho as an app :drool:
     
  4. Nov 27, 2017 at 1:22 PM
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    Hope you have good weather. Enjoy the trip.
     
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  5. Nov 27, 2017 at 3:03 PM
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    Ooh yeah, Cadillac Ranch is on the list now. 72 oz steak maybe not so much - 20 years ago I woulda killed it. Today the tables would likely be turned. I will however see how their filet mignon fares.

    White Sands - fack yeah, on the list
    Arch has been done, but good suggestion
    The steak at St. Elmo's was dope - does it merit a return? We'll see how the rest of the route goes

    We lived in Ohio for a few years, and visited and/or drove through Indiana a few times. I would be interested in maybe finding some good wheeling there though. Our last big trip was Phx to Denver by dirt roads and we got to see a lot of Colorado - did some of the passes, but some were still closed. It's definitely on our "Go Back Here" list! We were trying to get from Crested Butte to Aspen via a dirt trail I found, but it thwarted us with weather and a closed road at Pearl Pass. Someday we'll return and conquer that one.

    We'd love to meet up in NM and hit a couple trails! What city are you in?

    Updated route map based on suggestions here and elsewhere:

    Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 4.02.18 PM.jpg
     
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    St. Clairsville, my grand parents are buried up on the hill, I was born in Martins Ferry, have Family all over the valley,
     
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  8. Nov 27, 2017 at 4:06 PM
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    That route above is just a rough draft at this point. It's fairly wide open to adding and subtracting locations. I'll throw Grants in the mix and see how it all turns out
     
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  9. Nov 27, 2017 at 4:11 PM
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    No way! I had to go to court in Martins Ferry - for reasons and stuff. Lisa was born in Wheeling since it was the closest hospital at the time.

    Lisa's dad is buried in Cadiz. Her mom actually lives in Barnesville or Bathesda, I can never really remember which. If you're still in OH, we should meet up for a beer or a trail, or both!
     
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    Yes, I live in Columbus now. Have family in Tiltonsville, yorkville, my dad graduated from Bridgeport uncle was a wheeling cop
     
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    Ha! Holy crap - yeah we gotta get together and at least say hi. We lived Columbus for three years. Well actually Circleville, but worked in Cbus. Reynoldsburg, Gahana and Dublin.
     
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    Let me know when you’ll be coming thru, I live up by Alum Creek State Park.
     
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    I would be down for THAT challenge.. :thumbsup:

    love steak! (or side of beef should I say?)... Ha
     

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