WheelingIt “Jello Solid” Fall Travel Plans
One of the major events that’s been happening in these parts while I’ve been gone is that hubby has been planning our fall travels. Since I’m usually the planner in this rig (and if you want to know HOW I plan, read my 3-part series starting HERE) that’s been quite the novelty, but I have to say the man has done beautifully. We’ve now got a pretty jello solid plan for everything through the end of our year, and “jello solid” is about as good as it gets for us. Weather, mechanical things, natural disasters and a million other things could all change what we actually end up doing. Plus fall & winter are the seasons we plan most loosely. When kids go back to school after summer most campgrounds open up (a fav time for fulltimers) so we usually only book Labor Day Weekend (and maybe Dec, if we’re not boondocking) whereas the rest we leave mostly open.
Our personal plans have quite dramatically changed too. Initially we were going to take a diagonal-type route between the coast and Albuquerque, NM (where we’re hitting the balloon festival in Oct), but instead we’ve decided to “pop” by South Dakota to renew our drivers licenses before we head down. This has boosted our original ~1,500 mile Sept plan to a ~2,200 mile plan.
Most of the reason for this has to do with what looks like major upcoming changes in the health care landscape (yet again, ugh!) in 2016. Previously we were going to hit TX to re-establish domicile there sometime in Sept/Oct, but BCBS just announced that they are pulling ALL individual PPO plans in 2016, something I had not at all anticipated (and don’t think anyone had!!). This means TX might (or might not) have any true nationwide plans on the Exchange next year, which would be a major impact to all pre-Medicare RVers domiciled there. FL will be changing too since Assurant already announced they are pulling out of health care altogether in 2016, so there will be at least one less guy there. Basically the entire health care landscape is in flux (yet again), and we’re back to square one in what we’re personally going to do next year. Wish I could tell you all more, but at this point I just don’t know.
In the meantime we’ve decided to re-up our SD domicile simply to buy us some more time while we see how all this plays out. I know RVer Insurance Exchange (the new name for RVer Health Insurance) is working with Escapees Advocacy & Escapees Club leaders to try to find a solution in TX, but nothing (at all) is set in stone right now. I’ll be following announcements there and as we know more, I’ll report here so you’ll know more too.
In any case, the upside of all this is that we’re going to do a square-like drive from Astoria, OR through to Rapid City, SD and down into NM. This will allow us to hit several spots we’ve never seen before including Hwy 12 (which I’ve heard is a beautiful drive), Montana (finally!), Yellowstone National Park (yeah!!) & Nebraska (of which I know nothing). Many of our stops will be short and fast since we’re doing this entire drive in 1 month (which is an INSANE pace compared to our typically turtle-slow-mo style), but we’re hoping to spend a few extra days in Walla Walla, WA (food, wine ya know) and almost a week near Yellowstone.
If anyone has tips on “must see” stops, breweries or campgrounds along our route, I’d love to get input! No guarantee we’ll have the time to actually do them, but for really good stuff we’ll make the effort to mix things around a bit. Comment away below!
- Planning RV Travels Part I -> 4 General “Rules” For Planning Where To Stay & When To Go
- Planning RV Travels Part II -> Selecting Pace, Map Routing & Campsites
- Planning RV Travels Part III – Maps, Resources & Links
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