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RT37: How to Find Great Places and People: Head West On Route 66

| Updated May 27, 2015

If you listen closely to this week's Roadtreking RV Lifestyle podcast, you can hear birds chirping in the background, a light breeze blowing, and our dog Tai playing around camp.

It may not seem like a big deal but it is, especially after what happened to us just a week ago.

That's when our RV was illegally entered and ransacked by thieves who took a lot of our stuff. Of course, dealing with that was an unexpected speed bump in our journey to get where we are as we recorded this week's podcast – the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Though the burglary and theft is still very much on our minds as we deal with replacing stuff and dealing with insurance, we are delighted to be in the west again.

Speaking of our journey here, we took Route 66 for a good part of the way, breaking off near Albuquerque to az10 (1 of 1)head southwest to Tucson, where I picked up a satellite Internet system for our RV. As you read this and listen to this report, we're headed back north again, in Flagstaff, Ariz., right back on Route 66.

On this episode of the Roadtreking podcast, we talk to two groups of people we didn't plan to meet: a bunch of travelers from outside the United States and an outdoor adventure group of RVers who call themselves the Sisters on the Fly and have three rules: no men, no children, no dogs.

That, plus listener questions, the latest RV news, traveling tech and a great RV bucket destination list- all on this week's Roadtreking RV Lifestyle podcast!


Show Notes for Episode #37, May 27, 2015, of Roadtreking – The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

First Things First: Following Up From An RV Burglary

Laundrymat sign at the campground near Tucson

Mike and Jennifer Wendland check in from the road to give an update on how – following last week's burglary just outside St. Louis – they have quickly been able to get back on track with their extensive travel plans west. They thank everyone for the tremendous amount of support received and provide an update on what – if anything – the insurance companies involved are doing and also some more detail on how the actual break-in may have occurred.

Listener Questions: Why Do I Need a Mobile WiFi Hot Spot Device If I Have a Smartphone?

A listener asks a very good question about why anyone would consider a separate WiFi hot spot device like Verizon's JetPack if they have a smartphone that can “double” as a WiFi hot spot device. Mike answers why it's not exactly apples-to-apples.

Listener Feedback: Why Did You Get An Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL?

Our Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL
Our Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL

Listener Jeff asks why we went with a Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL and asks specifically about the robustness of the electric system.

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RV News of the Week: Flooding in Oklahoma and Texas; Bear Attack in Colorado.; Fire at RV lot in Florida

Massive Flooding in Oklahoma and Texas: Torrential flooding caused millions in damages, destroyed homes, and caused at least three deaths during the Memorial Day weekend. (Read more)

Bear Attack Serves as Warning: Two men who appear to have been homeless and illegally camping near the Durango Tech Center in Colorado were transported to a local medical center last Saturday after being bitten by a bear. The story is the most recent illustration of the importance of dealing with bears. (Read more)

Fire Hits Fla. RV Dealer: Fire ripped through the North Trail RV Center in Lee County, Fla. last Wednesday. causing an estimated $600,000 in damages. That's compared with $1 million in damages caused by a fire at the same dealer just this past March. (Read more)

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Alde Hydronic Heating, the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV
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Traveling Tech: Password Managers and Orbicule

Mike talks about the importance of having a password manager in place so you can manage your passwords from from any device. He talks about a report he did for NBC that can be found via the PC Mike Techcast blog. (Read more)

He also talks about Orbicule, a great service that provides in-depth details about where and how your laptop is being used in the event of it being stolen. This one is for Mac users. (Read more)

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RV Bucket List Destination: Saguaro National Park

Mike and Jennifer report from near the Saguaro National Park –

Tucson, Ariz., is home to the nation's largest cacti. The giant saguaro is the universal symbol of the American west. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park, to the east and west of the modern city of Tucson. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti, silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset.

The park is divided into two sections, called districts, lying approximately 20 miles east and 15 miles west of Tucson, Ariz. The total area is about 91,000 acres of which about 71,000 are designated wilderness. There is a visitor center in each of the two districts. Both are easily reached by car from Tucson, but there is no public transport into the park.

Facilities in the park include 150 miles (240 km) of well marked and maintained hiking trails, and shorter walking trails with interpretative information available. Backcountry hiking is not advisable during the hot summer months.

Here is a link to the Desert Rails RV Park where the Wendlands stayed while in the Tucson area:


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Interview: Sisters on the Fly, European Travelers on Route 66

Connie Anderson in her vintage trailer during the Sisters on the Fly Route 66 tour
Connie Anderson in her vintage trailer during the Sisters on the Fly Route 66 tour

Mike talks to Connie Anderson, a member of Sisters on the Fly, a group of women who live by three rules while RVing: no men, no kids, no dogs. Sisters on the Fly descibes itself as an outdoor adventure group for solo women travelers with currently over 6,000 “Sisters.”

Mike also talks to some of the many European travelers encountered on Route 66. You can see Mike's photo montage at:

Connie's sixties style refurbished trailer
Connie's sixties style refurbished trailerMike also talks to some of the many European travelers encountered on Route 66. See Mike's photos at:


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Mike Wendland

Published on 2015-05-27

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

2 Responses to “RT37: How to Find Great Places and People: Head West On Route 66”

June 01, 2015at10:29 am, Patricia Linscott said:

Hi. We have been taking the Route 66 tour starting from the Art Institute in Chicago. We found the best book for taking the Route is one by Jerry McClanahan. The book gives you detail about the route, what you can see, and what you might find on some of the roads off Route 66 that makes it a fun vacation. We purchased our first spiral book in Joliet, Illinois, and when we resumed our trip the next year ordered the updated version through Amazon. It’s now on its 3rd edition. Best route book out there, and we had purchased several. Here’s a link:

May 27, 2015at6:21 pm, Temple said:

Tucsonan here. We live a couple miles from Saguaro Nat’l Park. Ya might think twice about those rattlesnakes…they ARE out, we see them all the time. In the park, in our neighborhood. [And scorpions and plenty of other critters to boot] Please don’t take those warnings lightly. We want you to enjoy our desert safely.

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