Cruising America's Great Loop and RV touring Canada and the USA are dreams for those who long for adventure on the water and land. Cruising America's Great Loop takes boaters circumnavigating eastern North America by water, a distance of over 5,000 miles. RVers that love touring will want to learn about the Great Southwest, Florida, Newfoundland, Alaska, and a number of other areas. The purpose of this website is to provide information about these adventures delivered as stories (formerly Blog), digital programs, and books. The authors include Bob & Mavis Duthie, Ron & Eva Stob, and Fred Myers.
Touring America's Great Southwest
RVers can learn from the many daily trip posts in the stories section of this website. In addition, we can now provide a new program, What to Expect Touring America's Great Southwest, a downloadable MP4 video program that covers Bob & Mavis Duthie's four RV trips in Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. The program runs for 3.5 hours covering 81 places, with 1,186 photos and maps. The program is divided into 13 segments of 15-20 minutes each. A searchable PDF copy of the 34,000-word script makes it easy to find places you want to review. The program uses 720p HD MP4 video and runs on a variety of devices including computers, smartphones, tablets and digital TVs. No internet access is required to play the program, so you can take it with you on your trip and let it become your tour guide. The photos and narration will let you pick and choose what you want to see. The program covers what Bob and Mavis saw on their visits. Click to see a preview.
America's Great Loop Cruise
The digital program What to Expect Cruising America's Great Loop contains over 2,400 maps and photos to show what awaits you. Each photo is captioned, narrated and associated with a map. The photos were taken by Bob and Mavis Duthie between October 2003 and July 2005 as they cruised the Loop in the Katy Leigh, a 36-foot 1981 Grand Banks classic trawler as pictured above. This unique program provides you with valuable information on what to see and do while cruising the Great Loop. Instead of dreaming about the Great Loop, boaters can now experience the loop through this narrated slide show in 6 hours!
“I believe it's the best available preview for anyone planning to cruise the Loop and will prove to be a most helpful companion when they finally get underway.”
--Fred Myers, CruiseGuide Author, Florence AL
“I'm mad at you Bob! I got your CD yesterday and I can't stop watching it. I always say just 5 more minutes and 2 hours later I'm still watching. The pictures are nice in that it's more like family vacation pictures rather than professionally staged boring photos. I find the commentary, short, sweet, and right to the point and it seems to always hit the important points.”
-- Michael Shields, Bradenton FL
Great Loop Side Trips
In addtion to the Great Loop, Bob & Mavis cruised the Tennessee River and the Cumberland River, the two most popular side trips for cruisers doing the Loop. The digital programs What to Expect Cruising the Tennessee River and What to Expect Cruising the Cumberland River are now available from this website. The Tennessee River program is a 3.5-hour narrated slide show with 1,000 photos and maps. The Cumberland River program provides 800 photos in a 2- hour narrated slide show. Each program includes a PDF copy of Fred Myers' Cruise Guide for the corresponding river.
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A downloadable 3.5-hour narrated slide show featuring 1,186 slides & maps of Bob & Mavis' RV trips to Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. Distributed as MP4 720P HD video, it is an ideal tool for RVers who want to plan trips into this region and take the program with them. Preview Details Buy Now
Click here to see clips from our 3 adventure programs about cruising the Great Loop, Tennessee River and Cumberland River.
The January 2014 Heartland Boating has two new stories by Bob. Read the feature story Great Loop Prep and a news item about the New Docks at Ditto Landing. More of Bob's stories listed under Resources.
Read Bob's story about a Solar Powered Canal Boat doing the Great Loop in Passagemaker Channels.