What a great resource you all have here. Anyway, I'm doing my first solo road trip this summer and in the planning stage, I've gotten a little bit stumped.
My goal for the trip is to start in Seattle, Washington drive north a little bit to Port Angeles/Hurricane Ridge/etc, then drive west to the coast, and then to drive the PCH from there all the way to San Diego. I'm trying to sort out the mileage and speed limits to sort out how many days I'll need to do a stop-and-go sort of road trip - taking time to hike, sightsee, go whitewater rafting, photograph pretty things, and so on.
I really don't want to have to drive 12 hours a day and not have time to see the sights. I've done the trip from LA to San Francisco, which is why I'm widening the net a little bit this time around.
I've got plane tickets booked that give me exactly two weeks to get this done, and I'm thinking that probably won't be enough time, based on my very rough calculations. I can change the tickets, but I need to change them soon to ensure seats are still available.
Can anyone who lives near my route, or who has driven it/planned it before help me a bit with the mileage numbers (I want to stick entirely to two lane highways: this is a no-interstate trip for me), speed limits, and the like in order to figure my average mileage per day, etc.
As much as I'd like this to be a bit spontaneous, I think it's important to get a bit of planning out of the way first, especially so that I'm not constantly worrying about getting to San Diego in enough time!
Thanks so much!