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    Default Oregon to Iowa

    Greetings all! Been lurking around the past few weeks and thought I'd jump in for an inquiry.

    The little lady, the hound, and I will be taking a trip from Medford, OR to Des Moines, IA in the near future. I have been on numerous trips (solo) in varying parts of the U.S., but am now seeing a gap in information I seek. Consider that when I travel solo, amenities tend to be minimal and schedule/route strict. However, so as not to incur the wrath of woman, I should up the amenity requirements and loosen the schedule a bit.

    The trip is just short of 1900 miles. I figure 600~ miles a day, two fuel stops per day (45 min ea), two rest stops per day (45 min ea), and all this across 3 days during daylight hours. This is my idea of a reasonable schedule. Yeah, yeah... I know, anal-retentive issues. :) There is room for improvement, but only up to a total of 5 days. Gotta get back to work ya know. ;)

    So my inquiry is primarily in two areas... pet-friendly hotels and route. I don't see many definitive resources on pet-friendly accommodations. Sure, google pulls up a bit, but then it's a crap shoot whether it's even a decent place for a reasonable price. Any thoughts or leads into this?

    As for route, I'm not sure whether to take the I-5 - CA-89 - CA-44 - US-395 route to hit I-80 or the OR-140 - NV-140 - US-95 route to hit I-80. Any suggestions? Is one route safer than the other? As for I-80 to finish, I imagine we'll try to take some scenic side roads. Any suggestions on what we should check out would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Default Most major chains ARE pet-friendly

    Quote Originally Posted by Tabibito View Post
    Greetings all! Been lurking around the past few weeks and thought I'd jump in for an inquiry.
    It is always nice when a lurker jumps in -- so welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!
    The little lady, the hound, and I will be taking a trip from Medford, OR to Des Moines, IA in the near future.
    Here are some tips about traveling with a hound... the reality is that most motels chains are far more appreciative of visiting dogs than their humans...
    The trip is just short of 1900 miles. I figure 600~ miles a day, two fuel stops per day (45 min ea), two rest stops per day (45 min ea), and all this across 3 days during daylight hours.
    Well, that would entail about 11 hours of travel for each of those three days -- will the hound and your other companion go for that much togetherness?
    Sure, google pulls up a bit, but then it's a crap shoot whether it's even a decent place for a reasonable price. Any thoughts or leads into this?
    Just about every place I have wanted to stay in the last five years, accepts and welcomes pets with open arms....
    As for route, I'm not sure whether to take the I-5 - CA-89 - CA-44 - US-395 route to hit I-80 or the OR-140 - NV-140 - US-95 route to hit I-80. Any suggestions? Is one route safer than the other?
    They are both reasonable routes. The CA-89 route has slightly larger highways (and more traffic) so I would think they are about a push. The route through Lakeview is a hop-skip-&-jump from a darn nice hot springs at Summer Lake....

    Here are some ideas of places to stop along I-80 as you head east.

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Editor
    It is always nice when a lurker jumps in -- so welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!
    Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by Editor
    Well, that would entail about 11 hours of travel for each of those three days -- will the hound and your other companion go for that much togetherness?
    Hahah... not too sure yet, hence the flexibility I'll be considering.
    Quote Originally Posted by Editor
    Just about every place I have wanted to stay in the last five years, accepts and welcomes pets with open arms....
    Good to know, hoping it holds true for us. And I have read through quite a few articles here, including the pet one. So am even more prepared now. :)
    Quote Originally Posted by Editor
    They are both reasonable routes. The CA-89 route has slightly larger highways (and more traffic) so I would think they are about a push. The route through Lakeview is a hop-skip-&-jump from a darn nice hot springs at Summer Lake....

    Here are some ideas of places to stop along I-80 as you head east.

    Mark
    Thanks, the sites will go well for stress relief.

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