Hello everyone, to preface my questions, I just wanted to say I appreciate this site for the wealth of info, advice, visuals, and stories. Many issues have been clarified so far.
Some friends and I are taking a road trip across the states, mostly for camping, hiking, surmounting high points; most of the time we want to spend in the western half of the United States. I've read quite a bit so far but I still have some questions about provisions and advice.
A general overview of the trip is such:
June 14th 2007, a friend will drive from Montana to Michigan to pick me up and head to Boston. From there we will visit friends/relatives and swing down to Lancaster, PA for more visitations. The trip doesn't really start until after this.
Then, we will zoom west to definitely hit (not in order) southern Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Las Vegas, Great Basin, ghost towns(thanks to lostamerica.com), California (SF perhaps and the Pac Ocean), Portland, and eventually back to Montana by July 1st. Most of the lodging will be on campgrounds or state national parks.
Now, here are some questions:
1.) Going to Boston from Detroit, what is the more practical/efficient/faster route, through Canada or the States?
2.) Given this is my first time hiking, I need a decent backpack. I am looking for one that is simplistic but will be enough room to carry provisions for 1-3 days out in whatever biome. What brands are recommended and cc's of space?
3.) For the speed run from Lancaster, PA --> West. Any non-interstate roads are recommended for faster travel + amazing sightseeing?
4.) I have a regular "40-degree" sleeping bag, will this suffice for the areas I want to stay at, or should I upgrade to a zero-degree?
That's it for now, I apologize if it is vague, and there will definitely be more to come, we are still deciding on which places to *definitely* visit. Any general advice is welcome too!
Thanks in advance,