I just got married and I am going on a trip to meet my wifes mother. My mother-in-law is coming to visit the USA by staying at Mt Shasta for a week. So my wife and I are planning the route tonight (Wednesday) and we leave in two days (Friday after work at 7pm) We plan on driving half of the trip with a long five hour stop/break. This will be with a restaurant meal and a nap in the van somewhere along the middle of the trip to Mt. Shasta. The problem:
I have always gone up I-5 from Wasco to San Francisco with my dad.
She has always gone up H-99 to San Francisco.
Which route would you take? and why?
Where would you suggest a good place to take the break and nap?
Thank you very much for your suggestions. We want good smooth wide highway, lots of gas stations, restrooms, and cellphone reception along the way.