So I'm done with college and shall be returning home for the winter break. Just bought a new 07 Element and it's able to fit everything I own in the back, so I figure it'll be quite loaded (although not necessarily heavy). My grad date is Dec 15th, and to avoid CA traffic I was thinking about leaving as soon as the ceremony was over (Around 6p I'm guessing). This is not a scenic trip, I'll save those for when I'm in the USAF. What I want to know is:
* What's the fastest time it's ever taken someone to singlehandedly drive this distance, close to the speed limits or flow of traffic that is
* (sub-question) Has it be done w/o sleep? Google maps says 1 day 14 hours, and I've been able to pull myself through that once before at a LAN party.
* It's the middle of December. NAVTEQ routes me through AZ, NM, TX, OK, MS, IL, and IN taking the I-10, I-17, I-40, I-44, and I-70. Do you think the snow will be terrible, and should I invest in snow chains? (It's a 2WD on stock tires).
* Cities to route around as opposed to NAVTEQ's planning in consideration of weather, congestion or construction?
On the plus side, there's a good chance I'll get to try my hand at GPS navigation for the first time by reviewing this. Anyone have any experience with how accurate these are when it comes to fuel stations?