Sunday, January 3, 2016

2016 Travel Planning - Winter I

Working from tourist guides and address books... We ar mapping out a trip to the Southwest for January and February.   Will depart in about a week, maybe the 12th after Donna's book club meeting (she picked the book this month...) and will be out about 4 - 6 weeks.

Will keep updating the map (live view<<<) with destinations and finish with doing dot-to-dot to choose the routes.  This trip is in the truck with the bike on board.  

Along the way will put notes together for this year's presentations titles "Two-Up in a toy hauler", the story of a relationship with a non rider.  A constant evolution with many interesting discussions.   

Recent topics:  Take Romeo or not?   Take camper or not?  Set an end date or not?  Does Donna learn to drive the truck? 


  • Romeo stays home so no concerns for pet-friendly requirements.
  • Camper stays home.  Not going to worry about weather with a tornado magnet in tow.
  • Length of stay... to be determined.  I just canceled a conference in MD for mid-Feb.  
Target places:  Tourist stuff, BMW Dealers, friends, photo opps.

Using the My Google Maps tool, we're making "layers" for categories of destinations.  It's a handy tool for several reasons.
  • Search function uses google to pinpoint locations and allow them to be added.
  • Uses layers to post similar locations by type or purpose... Has icons for different types of locations.   Each layer can be turned on or off as needed.
  • Directions can be mapped into the page, again, by specific layers.

Will update this thread as things progress.  Map updated 1/10/16.  Route coming together.  Planning first three nights in Memphis.  Musical Historic bus tour goes at 10:30 am.

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