Researching, Routing, and Making Reservations for the Trip to Tucson

I’ve been on the computer all day researching, routing, and making reservations for my trip to Tucson, AZ. I'm planning 13 days, 2900 miles, and 46 hours of driving to get me there! The weather has turned cold here in Ashland, MA and it’s definitely time to head south. I’m so glad I winterized the camper yesterday since this morning the temperature was a very chilly 24 degrees. Our family Thanksgiving celebration will take place early, on Friday the 16th, and then Dexter and I will begin our trip South on Sunday, November 19th.

Here is my itinerary:

  • Day 1 Sunday, November 19
  • Leave Ashland MA and drive 335 miles to Wilkes Barre PA. Free Overnight dry camping overnight at the WalMart Super Center. There are very few options for RV’ers this time of year in the Northeast. No campgrounds are open and free stops are few and far between!
  • Day 2 Monday, November 20
  • Drive 220 miles to the Candy Hill Campground in Winchester, VA. The overnight reservation I made for a pull-through site with full hook-ups will give me a chance to de-winterize Wild Thing and get her tanks filled with water.
  • Day 3 Tuesday, November 21
  • Drive 309 miles to Walmart Super Center Bristol, VA. Free Overnight dry camping.
  • Day 4 and 5 Wednesday, November 22 and Thursday, Nov 23
  • Drive 342 miles to Tanbark Campground Dickson, TN (full hook-ups). Stay Wed November 22, Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving, and leave Friday, November 24. I had hoped to get a bit closer to Nashville but many campgrounds in the area are already booked up because of the holiday. I will have to come back another time to visit Nashville.
  • Day 6 Friday November 24
  • Drive 209 miles to Forrest City, AR. Stay Free Overnight at Walmart Super Center dry camping.
  • Day 7, 8, 9 Saturday, November 25, Sunday, Nov 26, Monday, Nov 27
  • Drive 334 miles to Sequoyah State Park Hulbert OK (near Tulsa). Visit with the Jones Family (my sister-in-law Jane and her family) Sat, Sun, Mon. Leave on Tuesday, Nov 28
  • Day 10 Tuesday November 28
  • Drive 260 miles to Walmart Super Center Elk City, OK. Free Overnight dry camping.
  • Day 11 Wed November 29
  • Drive 320 miles to Santa Rosa, NM. Free Overnight at Pilot/Loves Truck Stop or if I find I want services, I could stay at Santa Rosa RV Park and Campground. No reservation made at this time, I'm going to play it by ear.
  • Day 12 Thursday, November 30
  • Drive 266 miles to Truth or Consequences, NM where there are plenty of options for camping: 10 campgrounds, a state park and places for free overnight. No reservation made at this time, I'm going to play it by ear.
  • Day 13 Friday, December 1
  • Drive 300 miles to Gilbert Ray Campground in Tucson and hope they have a spot open for me. This is a first come-first served campground. If they are full, there are many other options in the area. I am working on a list that I will share later.

Of course, all of this is subject to change along the way but for a trip across the country, I like to have a plan. Here’s hoping the weather cooperates and the snow stays away a few more weeks!