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ERE Travel Thread

Post by classical_Liberal »

ERE Travel Thread Intro
After some discussion, it has become evident there may be demand for ERE travelers to meet up, cost share, and maybe even plan some slow travel together. There has also been some general demand for more IRL activities for forum members. This thread is here to help address both issues.
What I hope for here, is people who have planned travel, slow or otherwise, post their itineraries or general travel plans on this thread. This way other travelers, or ERE’ers who live in a travelers destination area, who may want to meet up, can reach out via PM’s. This means if you post on this thread you are asking for PM’s.

I also hope that others, who may not be concerned about verifying their location, would post here to volunteer themselves as guides/hosts to their countries or cities. This information sharing is very beneficial to a traveler, could lead to a meetup, or a host of other potentially positive sum activities.

In order to maintain some semblance of organization, I ask that person to person chatter happen via PM’s. If entire pages of this thread are filled with folks trying to link up, it’ll be near impossible for anyone to scan for opportunities. This will also serve to protect the privacy of a responder if they do not want to announce their location or planned travel to the entire world via the interweb. So, again, please only post any travel plans, or your ability to act as a guide/host to travelers, communicate with others about specifics via PM.

Travelers, be as clear as possible about whether your itineraries are fixed or flexible, as there may be someone lurking who would be willing to be a guide or have a meetup in a nearby location you didn’t specifically address. Also, flexible plans make for the best chances to meet up with other travelers for cost savings and resource sharing, via carpooling, lodging, etc.

Guides/Hosts, please feel free to offer anything you feel comfortable. Remember this is ERE. Even a driveway for someone to park a car for a night or the offer to meetup for coffee is a great gesture. It may be all someone needs to alter their posted plans and swing by your way.

Thanks! and let's start meeting up!!
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Re: ERE Travel Thread

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Guide/Host: Fargo, ND USA
I am willing to offer my services as a guide, or potentially a host, to anyone traveling in the Fargo, ND area. I know, I know, it’s Fargo… If you’re still with me…. This area gets a ton of traffic from people crossing the country. I have a small apartment with limited parking, but do have on street parking available and know the city very well if you wanna urban stealth camp. I have a couch, a living room, a couple of sleeping bags, and a hot shower for anyone passing through who needs a driving break for a night. Potentially longer, depending on the circumstances.

Within a days drive of Fargo is the MN north superior shoreline, vast amounts of hiking/camping and wilderness in northern MN, Teddy Roosevelt National Park, and the SD badlands/black hills. I have decent knowledge of all these areas. Particularly in boondocking, hiking and camping. I’ve actually hosted an ERE traveler once before and had a wonderful experience. Even if you don’t need a place to crash, or info about the mentioned areas, if you’re traveling through, please let me know and maybe I can at least offer you a hot meal. I’ve really enjoyed meeting other ERE’ers in the past and would like to meet as many of you as possible.

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Post by AxelHeyst »

Travel Plans, US, Midwest to West Coast, ~early to mid October

Leave Date: Oct 1 - Oct 18, it's flexible but also depends on a few moving pieces on my end. It won't lock in for another couple weeks.
Length of Travel: Flexible, but about a week, depending on stops.

Northern Michigan > Colorado or New Mexico > Inland Southern California. I'm planning to stop in Co/NM for a few days to meet up with a friend to climb. I'm also planning on meeting up with a forumite either near Chicago or [somewhere else in Illinois?].

Dirtbag. I'll be driving my Tacoma and either tent camping or camping in my camper shell. I'll have my own cooking and water setup. DW might or might not be with me. Once I hit the western states, I'll be camping on NF/BLM land.
I've been quite strict with Covid practices, as has my household here. I'm only up for meeting out of doors and keeping distance even then. I won't ask to use anyone's shower or hang out inside.

Pretty flexible. Happy to deviate here and there to meetup. If anyone climbs or rides dual sport, we should definitely hang out. :)

I don't respond quickly to PMs, but I will respond. I'll edit this post as details firm up around my leave date.

ETA: Random thought: if anyone is interested in caravaning and learning the ropes of boondocking and dirtbag style travel, I'm happy to also offer services as a sort of Guide to Dirtbagging, or just a travel buddy when our itineraries sync up.

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Post by Jean »

I'm in Northwestern switzerland. I Can let someone Park for a few nights or shower. Camping in the garden or my forest is also an option. I'm within biking distance of a few intersting cities and you Can hike or ski out of thé door. I've been traveling a lot around switzerland and many part of Europe on the cheap so i should bé able to answer many questions. I like to hike, so i could probable take you for a hike.

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Post by basuragomi »

Guide: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I know the city and its history pretty well. I can give a decent walking/biking tour of downtown, help find cheap groceries, and give tips on visiting local attractions and some lesser-known ones depending on your interests.

What I know best about tourist stuff is biking. Toronto is basically a plane gently dipping towards the lake so is excellent for biking. I have a modest set of bike repair tools and can direct you to bike repair co-ops for nastier problems. If you're the right size I could lend out a cruiser bike and lock, though Toronto's bike share is pretty good and even offers e-bikes now. I know most of the city's bike routes, and I can guide or give tips on day trips up the two main river valley trails (~80 km round trip) and along the waterfront trail to Hamilton (~120 km round trip). In the summer (post-pandemic) we could go all the way out to Niagara Falls (~150 km) on a day trip if you're fit and willing enough.

I also can give lots and lots of restaurant recommendations. The restaurant food in Toronto is some of the best in the world.

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Post by Crusader »

Guide/Host: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I live in Toronto, and loved meeting new people back when Couchsurfing was popular. So, I would be happy to show you around or even host you. If you are into salsa or partner dancing, I know all the good places to go. I also have a car in case you want to visit Niagara Falls for cheap (in fact if you are coming to Niagara Falls, whether it is the American or Canadian side, I might want to join you).

Consultant: Belgrade, Serbia; eastern Adriatic Sea coast (Montenegro, Croatia); Montreal, Canada
I grew up in Belgrade, Serbia (and still visit it often), so if you need some ideas on what to do or where to stay, I would be happy to help. When I was a kid, we used to spend summers on the Montenegro coast, and I've been in Croatia many times so I would be able to be of use if you decide to go to that region. Finally, I lived in Montreal for 5 years during university, and could probably help you out with what to do there as well (I highly recommend visiting Montreal during the summer as it is the French part of Canada, unlike Toronto, which is just like any other North American city).
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Guide/Host: Southern Bavaria, Germany

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Post by jacob »

Meet-ups: Chicago, IL

I've met up with about a dozen ERE forumites and +1s visiting, living in, or passing through Chicago sofar. Always been a pleasure. Never had a bad or boring experience. We're about 10 mins away from Midway by Uber/taxi and 40 mins from ORD ditto in case you have a layover and some hours to burn. If you're in-town, you can get here via the "L" (subway) + 35 mins of walking or 30-60 mins trying to navigate the bus-system instead of the walking stretch. Free street parking available. PM if interested in visiting.

Guide: Unless you're looking to know which local home improvement stores carry the best knot-free dimensional lumber, I'm not your huckleberry :-P

COVID19 SNAFU: We've maintained a long streak of disciplined quarantine paranoia, so currently meeting up will be backyard-only, mask-stays-on, no one gets into the house but us. Sorry.

Future plans for hosting, workshops, bicycle touring, interstate travel, and fishing trips.

Future/post-COVID: We've hosted overnight visitors at ERE-HQ in the past. Looking forward to doing it again. Prefer previous visitors from meetups or people with a substantial online record so we have a good idea of who we're inviting. Some have enjoyed playing with neanderthal hand tools in the basement workshop making sawdust and wood shavings for hours. We regularly go/went to to Albany, NY along I-90 and could see meeting up up with people along the way or bringing someone along for the ride (driver or passenger). We also plan to drive from IL to AZ and back at some point. Interested in going fishing in IL (having gone in quite a while, license currently expired, but still have all the equipment). Would also be interested in bicycle touring/randoneering in IL and possibly longer trips.

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Post by sky »

I will be van camping here starting this weekend:!85149&query=sitedetails

Probably for a week or two, taking day trips and only at the boondock spot in the evenings. It would be great to meet up. There is no cell service so after Thursday I am incommunicado.

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Unfortunately no one came to visit my camp. Slowly headed back home now.

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Post by Laura Ingalls »

Great area

Pictured Rocks is one of the prettiest places in the United States that no one has been too😀

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Post by classical_Liberal »

Travel Plans
Looks like the GF and will be helping move a friend from the upper Midwest down to Dallas area (Denton) at the end of the month. Since we're down there, we are gonna head down and drive the coast for a few weeks, ending back up in Iowa for Thanksgiving with her family.

Unfortunately we will not explore much of Texas outside of the D/FW area. We spent about three weeks starting in San Antonio, down to Corpus Christi, and all along the Texas gulf coast a couple years ago. I know there are some of you along that way. We loved it! However, want to get to some new areas.

This is tentative and pretty flexible
We will stay in Dallas at my friends new place until after the election, to ensure there aren't riots in the streets everywhere. The plan afterwards is to pick up the Coast somewhere close to I-10 near New Orleans, then move on slow style.. The end goal is FL because.. well.. it's open. Also because, instead of Mexico, we may end up taking a travel contract on the gulf coast in Jan or Feb, just depends on our desires and the international travel scene at the time. We wanna check out a few places to get the vibe. Probably spend time in; Biloxi/Gulfport, Mobile, Pensacola, Panama Beach, Gainesville, Jacksonville (I've heard bad things and wanna see why). Open to other suggestions. No matter what, we'll end up a bit south near Crystal River, the GF loves manatees. At this point I think we'll be out of time, because we tend to meander a few days in places we like. If there is more time we will keep going south. Otherwise back up towards Iowa quickly. That route is totally open based on time before TG and if anyone here is interested in a meet up in between.

Obligatory COVID. We are both medical professionals and treat regular life as if we were working in the hospital now-a-days. Masks, hand hygiene, distancing whenever possible, but we still live our lives. Any symptom and the trip stops. We will follow local regulations, but TX, AL, MS and FL do not require quarantine for travelers. Here's a handy little all-in-one article if anyone's interested in road trips and travel restrictions in US states. This isn't our first COVID road trip rodeo. That being said, if someone does wanna meet up, I'm still all for it.

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classical_Liberal wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:45 pm
Probably spend time in; Biloxi/Gulfport, Mobile, Pensacola, Panama Beach,
Ooh, the Redneck Riviera—home sweet home. Perhaps check out 30A, between Pensacola and Panama City. It’s got a couple of cool state parks, with freshwater rivers merging with the Gulf. And you can see where Truman Show was filmed (planned new urbanism, beach town style): ... adise.html

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