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Spring 2015 Plans, Version 2

Kelly Reid • February 23, 2015

Our departure date from Ann Arbor has moved up to April 1st, and as such we need to haul tail down south so we can get this pink goo out of our RV’s veins.

We had two criteria.  1) Get warm.  2) Don’t go too far east or west.   We aim to be in northern Minnesota by mid June, which means we have about 10 weeks in between.   My first draft of the route looks like this.

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April 1st – June 15th ( 3000 Miles )


There are many national forests along the way.  Apalachicola Nat’l Forest is almost due south from Ann Arbor, and on the Gulf Coast.  It’s sure to be nice and warm there by April.   There are also 4 MLB stadiums along our route.  The Reds in Cincinnati, Braves in Atlanta, Cardinals in St Louis and Twins in Minneapolis.  

3000 miles is a lot to log in 2 1/2 months.  We’re leaving much earlier than planned, though, and we have no choice but to go about twice as far south (if not more) to escape the last grips of winter.

An updated draft of  the full route for 2015 looks something like this, clocking in at about 7500 miles.

Full 2015 ( 7500 Miles )

Full 2015 ( 7500 Miles )


Kelly Reid • February 23, 2015

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  1. Laura N. February 23, 2015 - 6:25 pm Reply

    Looks great!! If you pass through the Lexington area, my husband and I would love to meet up with you. We’re RVers from Chicago that currently live in Kentucky. 🙂

  2. Lisa T. February 23, 2015 - 8:52 pm Reply

    This is fantastic! I am inspired and in awe over how you two are taking control of your dreams. Life is about adventures, and I’m excited to see what is to come! Come by the house and have a glass of wine if you have time before you go!

    • Anna Edgren February 24, 2015 - 9:35 am Reply

      Thanks Lisa! You are so sweet. Would love to stop by, it’s been a long time!!

  3. Dominic February 24, 2015 - 9:14 pm Reply

    I think your route looks awesome! As you plan also keep in mind easiest route for the rv as well, less mountainous etc. I’ll be following your blog. Very cool

    • Kelly Reid February 26, 2015 - 10:38 am Reply

      Great point. Mountains will probably be something we aim for, not avoid 🙂

  4. Ben February 25, 2015 - 6:00 pm Reply

    Hi Anna,
    Long time no see. If you come through Des Moines, IA you need to stop at Fong’s Pizza, it’s delicious! My wife Kelsey and I will meet you two for a drink and a bite if you are interested. Safe travels.

    • Kelly Reid February 26, 2015 - 10:38 am Reply

      Pizza? I’m in!

  5. Vic March 14, 2015 - 6:08 pm Reply

    Make sure to stop at the Corn Palace in SD 🙂

  6. Brittney April 12, 2015 - 4:58 pm Reply

    Cairo is a must drive through town. Really cool decrepit town, though you will have to see if you fit through the flood blocker things. Its in Illinois just south of Cape Girardeau. We drive from st louis to west tn to visit my husbands family (st louis is cheaper flight for us in the region as we live in oregon).

    • Anna Edgren April 14, 2015 - 9:11 am Reply

      Brittney – good to know! We will have to look into it. Thanks for the tip.

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