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    Completed retirement cross country trip!

    Well, we completed our retirement cross country trip!
    Stats:
    2017 Big Country 3965
    2012 Ford F-350 King Ranch Long bed diesel
    138 days
    12,553 miles (9,280 miles actual towing)
    1,130 gals. of diesel
    20 states
    17 National Parks (NP)
    2 oil changes/tire rotations
    41 actual hauling days (longest - 335 mi., shortest - 87 mi.)
    39 different campgrounds

    Started with the MD Rally, Woodbine, MD 5/29/19
    Goshen, IN for the N.A. Heartland Rally
    Baraboo/Wisconsin Dells, WI
    St. Cloud, MN (relatives)
    Ellendale, ND (relatives)
    Medora, ND for Roosevelt NP
    Hermosa, SD for the Black Hills (Custer SP, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Keystone, SD, Hill City, SD and Custer, SD) and Wind Cave and Badlands NP's
    Buffalo, WY (side trip to the Battle of Little Big Horn)
    Cody, WY
    Mack's Inn, ID for Yellowstone NP
    Wolf Creek, MT
    Coram, MT (Kalispell, MT and Whitefish, MT) for Glacier NP
    Coer d'Alene, ID
    Plymouth, WA
    Madras, OR
    Coos Bay, OR
    Eureka, CA for the Redwoods NP
    Diamond Lake, OR for Crater Lake NP
    Princeton, OR
    Garden City (Boise), ID
    Pocatello, ID
    Victor, ID for Grand Teton NP
    Kaysvile, UT
    Moab, UT for Arches and Canyonlands NP's
    Escalante, UT for Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon NP's
    Glendale, UT for Zion NP
    Cameron, AZ
    Wiiliams, AZ for Grand Canyon NP
    Bluff, UT
    Cortez, CO for Mesa Verde, NP
    Gunnison, CO for Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP
    Boulder, CO for Rocky Mountain NP
    Ogallala, NE
    Waco, NE
    Winterset, IA
    Genesseo, IL
    Elkhart, IN for service work at Heartland Service Center
    Tiffin River, OH
    Donegal, PA
    Home - Cordova, MD 10/12/19

    Succesful trip with no major mishaps (just two windshield chips which were immediately repaired and a screw in a truck tire) which is always welcome, and a relief! Recommend such a trip to everyone!
    Craig & Connie Zinter &
    Zoey
    (our Shih-chon)
    Zenna (our Bernese Mountain Dog)
    Cordova, MD
    HOC #2031
    2017 Big Country 3965DSS (new/current)
    2011 Bighorn 3610RE (retired)
    2012 F-350 King Ranch Crew Cab
    6.7 L Powerstroke Diesel
    18 K Reese Hitch
    TST Tire Monitoring System
    4Ucam rear view camera



    Rallies:
    2012 - MD Rally - Berlin, MD; DE Rally - Lincoln, DE
    2013 - NE Rally - Gettysburg, PA; VA Rally-Temperanceville, VA; MD Rally -Woodbine, MD
    2014 - N.A. Rally - Urbanna, VA; MD Rally - Berlin, MD
    2015 -
    N. A. Rally - Goshen, IN; MD Rally - Woodbine, MD; PA Rally - Rockwood, PA
    2016 - PA Rally - Mifflinburg, PA; VA Rally - Luray, VA; MD Rally - College Park, MD
    2017 - VA Rally - Ashland, VA; MD Rally - Whaleyville, MD
    2018 - NE Rally - Millsboro, DE; VA Rally - Temperanceville, VA; MD Rally - Berlin, MD
    2019 - MS Rally - Marion, MS; AL Rally - Foley, AL; VA Rally - Natural Bridge Station, VA; MD Rally - Woodbine, MD; N. A. Rally - Goshen, IN

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    Re: Completed retirement cross country trip!

    Congrats on a great trip. I hope we have an equally successful journey.

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    Re: Completed retirement cross country trip!

    Looks like it was a fun trip. You got to see some beautiful country.
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    Re: Completed retirement cross country trip!

    Congrats, sounds like fun. Its on my bucket list to something like this soon as I retire.
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    Re: Completed retirement cross country trip!

    Great trip Craig glad you and Connie had a great time. When you heading out again!!! See ya down the road!!
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    Re: Completed retirement cross country trip!

    AWESOME!!!!!! Like others, we'd like to do the same type trip in a few years too.

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    Re: Completed retirement cross country trip!

    Quote Originally Posted by gschaaf View Post
    Great trip Craig glad you and Connie had a great time. When you heading out again!!! See ya down the road!!
    Glenn, it's up in the air right now if we will be taking a cruise in the spring or another "breaking in spring" southern trip. Definitely heading north to Nova Scotia during the summer starting with MD Rally, PA Rally, ON Rally and MA Rally. Should also make the NE Rally and your NJ Rally, so should run in to each other sometime! Safe travels!
    Craig & Connie Zinter &
    Zoey
    (our Shih-chon)
    Zenna (our Bernese Mountain Dog)
    Cordova, MD
    HOC #2031
    2017 Big Country 3965DSS (new/current)
    2011 Bighorn 3610RE (retired)
    2012 F-350 King Ranch Crew Cab
    6.7 L Powerstroke Diesel
    18 K Reese Hitch
    TST Tire Monitoring System
    4Ucam rear view camera



    Rallies:
    2012 - MD Rally - Berlin, MD; DE Rally - Lincoln, DE
    2013 - NE Rally - Gettysburg, PA; VA Rally-Temperanceville, VA; MD Rally -Woodbine, MD
    2014 - N.A. Rally - Urbanna, VA; MD Rally - Berlin, MD
    2015 -
    N. A. Rally - Goshen, IN; MD Rally - Woodbine, MD; PA Rally - Rockwood, PA
    2016 - PA Rally - Mifflinburg, PA; VA Rally - Luray, VA; MD Rally - College Park, MD
    2017 - VA Rally - Ashland, VA; MD Rally - Whaleyville, MD
    2018 - NE Rally - Millsboro, DE; VA Rally - Temperanceville, VA; MD Rally - Berlin, MD
    2019 - MS Rally - Marion, MS; AL Rally - Foley, AL; VA Rally - Natural Bridge Station, VA; MD Rally - Woodbine, MD; N. A. Rally - Goshen, IN

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    Re: Completed retirement cross country trip!

    Quote Originally Posted by greatheron View Post
    ...Definitely heading north to Nova Scotia during the summer...
    If you are going to Nova Scotia you may also want to consider Newfoundland. It is a really beautiful place, especially Gros Morne NP. And the people there are super friendly. Plus the ferry trip is a real adventure itself.

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    Re: Completed retirement cross country trip!

    Believe it or not a camping friend from Bermuda said we should go to Newfoundland on the ferry too. The ferry though was like $600!!!??? Sorry, not this retiree. Maybe just take the truck for a day trip.


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    Craig & Connie Zinter &
    Zoey
    (our Shih-chon)
    Zenna (our Bernese Mountain Dog)
    Cordova, MD
    HOC #2031
    2017 Big Country 3965DSS (new/current)
    2011 Bighorn 3610RE (retired)
    2012 F-350 King Ranch Crew Cab
    6.7 L Powerstroke Diesel
    18 K Reese Hitch
    TST Tire Monitoring System
    4Ucam rear view camera



    Rallies:
    2012 - MD Rally - Berlin, MD; DE Rally - Lincoln, DE
    2013 - NE Rally - Gettysburg, PA; VA Rally-Temperanceville, VA; MD Rally -Woodbine, MD
    2014 - N.A. Rally - Urbanna, VA; MD Rally - Berlin, MD
    2015 -
    N. A. Rally - Goshen, IN; MD Rally - Woodbine, MD; PA Rally - Rockwood, PA
    2016 - PA Rally - Mifflinburg, PA; VA Rally - Luray, VA; MD Rally - College Park, MD
    2017 - VA Rally - Ashland, VA; MD Rally - Whaleyville, MD
    2018 - NE Rally - Millsboro, DE; VA Rally - Temperanceville, VA; MD Rally - Berlin, MD
    2019 - MS Rally - Marion, MS; AL Rally - Foley, AL; VA Rally - Natural Bridge Station, VA; MD Rally - Woodbine, MD; N. A. Rally - Goshen, IN

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    Re: Completed retirement cross country trip!

    179 months until retirement. And thatís the type of trip I want to do. Glad you and Connie had a great time. Enjoyed all the pics and updates.

    Hope to see ya in the spring!!
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