I just found this forum this morning and have been glued to my computer reading the posts ever since.
I am moving myself and my business this September from Rochester NY to Seattle WA. I am taking a roundabout route via car through the southern part of the US.
I am planning to start September 15 and take about 20 days. As of right now, I'm doing this solo. I'm scared :) I'm planning to buy a Pontiac Vibe because my Honda Civic won't have enough space to pack all my stuff and have enough space to sleep. I want to be able to put an air mattress into the car for naps and maybe some overnight sleep. The other half of the car will be packed with equipment and clothes and stuff.
The thing that will make my trip fun is the fact that I'm planning to do a photography project on the way. I haven't worked out the details yet (come on, I still have 5 months to procrastinate), but here's the plan: I will be stopping in cities on my way and will be taking pictures of couples in their wedding attire in the trash-the-dress style. I figure if I post on Craigslist I should get a good response from people who'd like some pictures in exchange for a meal :)
So far I've worked out a budget of:
$400 for gas
$400 for food ($20/day)
$50 for tolls
$450 for hotels (I have a few friends on the way who'll lend me a bed for a night, and some nights I'll be sleeping in my car in truck stops)
I'll be updating this post as more details come to life. I'd like your input on the plan so far, and maybe some encouragement because I'm so scared to be travelling 4000 miles by myself. I'm not American and I haven't been to many (any?) of the places I'm about to drive through, so it's scary and exciting at the same time.
Rochester NY > Chicago IL, or Indianapolis IN > St. Louis MO > Oklahoma City OK > Tulsa OK > Amarillo TX > Albuquerque NM > Flagstaff AZ > Grand Canyon > Las Vegas NV > Los Angeles CA > San Francisco CA > Salem OR > Portland OR > Seattle WA.