I have to drive from New York City to Seattle in early or mid-January. I'm going to do the drive with just my dog, so needless to say I won't have a co-pilot. I have four questions for the RTA forum-members:
1) I might rent a car or buy one (no car yet, haven't needed on in NYC, but will need one in Seattle). In either case, what kind of car/suv would do best for a long-distance winter road trip like this? If I buy something, it's got to be less than $40k.
2) What's the best route given the possibility/probability of bad weather? I am not in a huge rush, but given that my dog's with me, I don't really want to be on the road for more than a week?
3) For anyone who's done the trip solo in the winter, just how depressing/isolating/unpleasant was it? I'd like to be realistic about what this is going to be like.
4) Has anyone done the trip with a dog? Anything I should think about in terms of pre-planning...obviously I need to find hotels/motels that will take her, but any other hints/tips are welcome.