I'm driving x-country later this year, and just wanted to say hello. I've been browsing threads this morning, and decided to register. :)
I drove x-country to Vegas a few years ago when my son was an infant--he's a preschooler now, and loves roadtrips, thankfully-- but my husband and I took a northern route--Chicago-blocked out Nebraska, etc. sorry!-- Wyoming-Utah-- Reno--Vegas.
MapQuest has a great new plot your route tool that I've been playing with, and because I want to avoid backtracking as much as possible, and just to play it safe, I think we'll avoid Denver to Vegas--although, wow, what an amazing route that looks like!
So, I'm thinking heading towards Memphis on the first leg, roaming around New Mexico a bit, and then across Texas to Florida on the return. (Lots of friends to visit along the way.)
I remember on the drive back a few years ago, we drove Arizona-New Mexico-part of Texas (Odessa, maybe?) and it was desolate and that part of Texas was not very scenic. Anyone driven 71-10 recently? Any suggestions that might not leap out as obvious?