Cross-country RV trip was 20 years in the planning for Hank & Von Miro

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Hank and Von Miro of Goose Creek, S.C., are crisscrossing the United States and Canada in their 40-foot Alfa Sea Ya Gold diesel pusher — at last.

“We’ve been dreaming of this trip for more than 20 years,” said Hank, retired military.

“We plan to see all the national parks and presidential libraries,” said Von, one recent afternoon over lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park.

The couple bought their first RV, a small 17 1/2-foot travel trailer, in the 70s. “We went camping with the kids,” said Von, “but our lives got busy and we had to give it up. Right then, however, we decided we would do it again when we retired.”

After Glacier, the Miros were on their way up the Canadian Rockies, with stops at Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta.

Hank, said the Alfa, towing a Saturn View, averages about 8 mpg going 65 mph and 10 mpg traveling 55 mph . “So, I’ve been going 55 most of the way,” he said. “We’ll not in any hurry. We don’t plan to be home until October.”

To compensate some for the rising cost of fuel, Von reported that they stay in military campgrounds when they can, spend an occasional night in a Wal-Mart parking lot and purchased a America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Senior Pass . A great value for only $10.

Photo: Hank and Von Miro standing on the boat ramp on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. By Julianne Crane.

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