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Nov 23 2013
Randal_Schulha
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
PHX to South Bend to PHX - Thanksgiving 2013, IN 
PHX to South Bend to PHX - Thanksgiving 2013, IN
 
Backpack avatar Nov 23 2013
Randal_Schulhauser
Backpack39.22 Miles 2,390 AEG
Backpack39.22 Miles9 Days         
2,390 ft AEG
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THE PLAN – Thanksgiving 2013 Itinerary – PHX to South Bend to PHX

Sat 11/23
Depart by 7am - 897 miles, 13 hrs 14 min Arrive at Chautauqua Park Cottages ~9pm http://www.chautauqua.com $189 2 bedroom x 2 nights + $0 dog friendly cottage
Confirmation #184336729, $424.49 total, Cottage #314 Please enter this code on the box….60289
https://bookings.ihotelier.com/Colorado ... nguageid=1
Colorado Chautauqua, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder CO, 80302

Sun 11/24
Explore Chautauqua Park and Boulder CO all day, trails to Flatirons

Mon 11/25
Depart Denver area by 7am - 686 miles, 9 hrs 37 min Arrive at Marriott Downtown Des Moines http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/d ... -downtown/
$109 + $75 for dogs, use free night certificate Confirmation #88840448 – used eCertificate Reward Night N/C
Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines IA, 50309

Tue 11/26
Depart Des Moines by 9am - 420 miles, 6 hrs 15 min to South Bend IN arrive South Bend by dinner time - Confirmation #68780099, $92.65 total +$35 dogs
Holiday Inn, 420 W. University Drive, Mishawaka IN, 46545
https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/h ... m=68780099

Wed 11/27 - 3.8 miles, 9 min away, Chez Babbini's, 1215 Oak Ridge Drive, South Bend IN, 46617

Thu 11/28 - in South Bend

Fri 11/29 - in South Bend (depart midafternoon?)
382 miles, 5hrs, 49min travel time
Confirmation #89615614, $89 total, used eCertificate 10,000 pts
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/s ... is-fenton/
Marriott Towne Place Suites, 1662 Fenton Business Park Ct. • Fenton, MO63026

Sat 11/30 – from St Louis MO to Amarillo TX
Depart St Louis by 8am – 745 miles, 10 hrs 39 min to Amarillo TX
Confirmation #89611660, $120 total + $75 dogs, used eCertificate Reward Night N/C
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/a ... -amarillo/
Marriott Residence Inn, 6700 Interstate 40 West • Amarillo, TX79106

Sun 12/1 – from Amarillo TX to Ahwatukee AZ via Flagstaff AZ
Depart Amarillo by 8 am - 762 miles, 10hrs, 52min travel time


SOME PRE-PLANNING – South Bend IN – Notre Dame University – Thanksgiving Week November 2013

Start @ East Sapium Way, Phoenix AZ, 85048
End @ Oak Ridge Drive, South Bend IN, 46617

Per GOOGLE MAPS
1826 miles & 27 hours via Oklahoma City and St. Louis
1953 miles & 28 hours via Santa Fe, Denver, and Des Moines

For 2.5 days travel, plan 12 hrs + 12 hrs + 6 hrs = 30 hours planned total drive time
Need “dog friendly” accommodations
Outbound Target Route :next: Phoenix to Denver to Des Moines to South Bend
Inbound Target Route :next: South Bend to St Louis to Amarillo to Phoenix


WHAT REALLY HAPPENED – South Bend IN – Notre Dame University – Thanksgiving Week November 2013- aka “11 States in 9 Days” or “The 4000 Mile Road Trip

Sat 11/23
Depart by 7am - 897 miles, 13 hrs 14 min Arrive at Chautauqua Park Cottages ~9pm http://www.chautauqua.com
$189 2 bedroom x 2 nights + $0 dog friendly cottage Confirmation #184336729, $424.49 total Record rain in PHX to snowy flagstaff to blue skies around Holbrook to snowy/freezing rain around Grants to off-and-on flurries from Santa Fe to Raton Pass. Clear sailing from Trinidad to Denver. Actually depart at 6am, 5pm gas up in Raton, 9pm arrival in Boulder CO, 15 hours total drive time. Heard about I-40 road closure when passing through Santa Fe – if we started a couple of hours later, don’t think we’d have made it out of Arizona! Late night walk around Chautauqua Village had multiple close-up deer encounters. Needed the iPhone camera for one 2 minute stand-off between 2 deer and Skippy & me - we were less than 15 feet apart!
Discover some of the Colorado Chautauqua philosophy - actually the multiple Chautauquas that sprung up across the country in the late 1890's, early 1900's to provide access to summer vacations and self-improvement for the common man. At this time, only the rich and famous had access... This particular Chautauqua had ties to Texas and was specifically built to provide summer school to Texan teachers :next: http://www.chautauqua.com/history_cca.html
Post cards of New Mexico (chilis) and Colorado (elk) Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado all in same day.
Fitbit = 5.06 miles, 390 ft (39 floors)

Sun 11/24
Explore Chautauqua Park and Boulder CO all day Flatirons hike :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12099 and https://www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/ ... 151401.pdf
Skippy and Chryssie busted by park ranger for green tag violation :next: https://bouldercolorado.gov/pages/tag-p ... evaluation Ranger was good enough about it all...
Boulder walking tour (including Pearl Street pedestrian mall) :next: http://boulderwalkingtours.com and http://www.bouldercoloradousa.com/inclu ... ur-Map.pdf
What? Dogs not allowed on Pearl Street? Local merchants' loss...
Went back to Chautauqua Park Trail to get my HAZ hat (aka Fraley pose) image capture. Great to see all the recovery efforts after the September 2013 flooding.
Stop off at the Baseline & Foothills Parkway Safeway to stock up the frig of Chautauqua Cottage #314 - check out the room service pics (deli sandwiches, ribeye steak, Chilean wine, breakfast sausages & eggs Post cards of Boulder Colorado Fitbit = 12.12 miles, 1520 ft (152 floors)

Mon 11/25
Depart Chautauqua Park by 7am - 685 miles, 9 hrs 36 min Arrive at Marriott Downtown Des Moines http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/d ... -downtown/
$109 + $75 for dogs, use free night certificate Confirmation #88840448
700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines IA, 50309
Picked up book on the history of Colorado Chautauqua :next: http://www.amazon.com/The-Grand-Assembl ... 1890461040
On the road by 9am, arrive at hotel 7:30pm Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa all in same day.
Stop in Nebraska to capture some sunset images along I-80 Des Moines Downtown Marriott had Iowa post cards (missed picking one up in Nebraska) Fitbit =2.84 miles, 60 feet (6 floors)

Tue 11/26
Depart Marriott Downtown Des Moines by 9am - 420 miles, 6 hrs 15 min to South Bend IN arrive South Bend by dinner time - hotel in South Bend?
Confirmation #68780099, $92.65 total +$35 dogs Holiday Inn Mishawaka IN
420 W. University Drive, Mishawaka IN, 46545
https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/h ... m=68780099
Left hotel by 9am local time, arrived at hotel 4pm local time. Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan all in same day.
Chinese Take-Out dinner at Dom & Hannah's Special treat having Rogue Brewery Imperial Stout :next: http://rogue.com/beers/imperial-stout.php
Fitbit = 2.65 miles, 60 feet (6 floors)

Wed 11/27 - in South Bend
Chez Babbini's, 1215 Oak Ridge Drive, South Bend IN
Snowing in South Bend, expecting 6 inches today
Spent the day helping on some home renovation jobs.
Road trip to Home Depot to pick up supplies
Fitbit = 3.36 miles, 20 feet (2 floors)

Thu 11/28 - in South Bend for Thanksgiving
Ham and volcano mashed potatoes and asparagus with béarnaise sauce among the main menu items
Choice local beers! Bells Brewery, Great Lakes Brewery, Sun King Brewing
Plan to take some snow pics at Notre Dame campus (including HAZ hat shot) :next: http://map.nd.edu/#/placemarks//zoom/16 ... 0070131531
Fitbit = 1.83 miles, 10 feet (1 floor)

Fri 11/29 - in South Bend (depart by noon?)
Dropped off Home Depot gift card to Dom & Hannah to hang on the Xmas tree and said our goodbyes and hit the road
Getting our kicks on the remnants of Route 66 :next: http://www.historic66.com/description/map.html
Target St Louis MO area ~400 miles away
Arrived at our Fenton MO (southwest side of St Louis) Marriott Towne Place Suite about 4:30pm :next: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/s ... is-fenton/
Meal time let down after yesterday's Thanksgiving Feast, couldn't find Papa Doms, settled on Papa Johns "The Works"...
Fitbit = 3.34 miles, 150 feet (15 floors)

Sat 11/30
Target Amarillo TX area ~700 miles away
Marriott Residence Inn on west side of Amarillo along I-40
Can I find an awesome Texas BBQ joint?
Picked up some Ziegen Bock :next: http://www.ziegenbock.com/Dark/Default. ... ZiegenBock
Thought this was a local Texan craft beer, found out it's an Anheiser-Busch "crafty" beer...
Fitbit = 2.88 miles, 110 feet (11 floors)

Sun 12/1
Target Ahwatukee AZ area ~700 miles away
Cadillac Ranch west of Amarillo TX on south side of I-40 :next: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Ranch
Laguna Pueblo/Mission with view of Mt Taylor on north side of I-40 west of Albuquerque :next: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laguna_Pueblo
Listened to the Cards get "jobbed" by the Eagles via my satellite radio
Sundown stop at Sunset Point
Fitbit = 5.14 miles, 70 feet (7 floors)


BY THE NUMBERS – South Bend IN – Notre Dame University – Thanksgiving Week November 2013

16.7 mpg (lowest I've ever seen on EcoBoost - testament to the prairie wind resistance when traveling 80+ mph)...
36 images on Canon 7D
121 images on Canon Rebel XT
194 images on iPhones
351 total
~4000 total miles, 11 states, 9 days
1953 miles Ahwatukee to Flagstaff to Santa Fe to Denver to North Platte to Lincoln to Des Moines to Chicago to South Bend (8 states = AZ, NM, CO, NB, IO, IL, MI, IN)
88 miles in and about South Bend
1826 miles South Bend to St Louis to Tulsa to Oklahoma City to Amarillo to Albuquerque to Flagstaff to Ahwatukee (6 states = IN, IL, MO, OK, TX, NM, AZ)
Route completes a clockwise circle around the state of Kansas (sorry Kansas - I'll wait to hear from your Chamber of Commerce)

Fitbit Totals = 39.22 miles and 2390 feet elevation gain

Created a HAZ hike description for every state stop off;
1. AZ = Sunset Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19088
2. NM = Laguna Pueblo/Mission :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19090
3. CO = Chautauqua Park :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12099
4. NE = Buffalo Bill's Ranch :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19091
5. IA = Adair Wind Farm & Info Center :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19093
6. IL = Route 66 Towanda :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19095
7. MI = Warren Dunes State Park :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19094
8. IN = University of Notre Dame Walking Tour :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=16350
9. MO = Meramec Greenway Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19096
10. OK = Washita Massacre Site :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19097
11. TX = Cadillac Ranch :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19087

Thanksgiving 2011 :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=17685
Thanksgiving 2013 :next: will upload photos when I get the chance…

I know its not a backpack trip, but it's the only way I know how to string a multi-day trek together...

Sent from my iPad on an airplane somewhere over the Rockies :y:
Named place
Named place
Sunset Point The Flatirons
Meteorology
Meteorology
Icicle Snow Sunset
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