On June 26 I am driving from Atlanta, GA to a lake a few hours north of Toronto, ON. I make this drive every summer, but this summer I've decided to make it interesting. I'm in my Acura RSX type S with my Dog Betsy, and I've decided to basically take the Appalachians all the way to Maine, where my aunt has a house in Eastport. I want to stay off interstates most of the way. I am bringing my tent and camping gear, and I want to avoid hotels if possible. I also want to plan as little as possible, because I really have no idea where I'll end up day to day. I don't know how far I will want to drive, I don't know when I will want to take a day off, and I frankly don't want to plan all of this out because it will sap alot of the fun out of the trip for me. My vague plan is drive north from ATL through Tenn, catch the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC and spend the first night somewhere in north North Carolina. Second day take Blue Ridge to Shenandoah, maybe spend a day there, third day take interstates to Vermont, maybe spend a day there, then drive to Maine, spend a night at Arcadia, drive to Eastport, spend a day there, then drive as far into Canada as I can, until I probably end up somewhere near Montreal, and drive the rest of the way to my cabin the next day.
I really really don't want to have to make reservations. Do I need to? I just want to go to a national or state park, park, walk like a mile/ half mile into the woods, pitch my tent, walk around, go to sleep, get up in the morning and leave. I don't know if this is realistic, I don't have much experience with this kind of thing. I want to do some research into where are the best places to stay, but I don't actually want to know where I'm staying until I get there. Knowing where I'm staying takes all the fun out of it, at least for me. This is an enormous country, it seems like I shouldn't have any problems finding a place to pitch a tent.
Anyone who can give me any advice for preparing for this trip, I would appreciate it.