In about a week (July 9th) a buddy and I are about to take off on a month-long trip around the country. Generally a big loop: NY to CA via the northern states, south along the coast, back east along the southern states, and up the other coast. We have spots we might want to hit, but no solid route. And that's the idea. Meandering.
Our plan is to crash with friends and in campsites. I went on a coast-to-coast road trip a few years back and we were always able to pull right in and camp at any camp site we visited. No calling ahead or anything. Looking at these forums, I see a lot of people advising to call for reservations.
So, my question: Will I be able to make my way back and forth across the country, finding campsites along the way with no reservations?
Followup question: I didn't think it cost much to get a campsite, but a lot of these posts are saying $40 and such things. Am I imagining that we never paid over $20 when we went the first time?