i have spent some time reading the threads and articles on this site and it is an EXCELLENT resource...i commend all of you who maintain it..
i am going to embark on a cross-country adventure sometime this May as i am 22 years old and have decided to move from Staten Island, NY to San Diego, CA and i have alot of questions...
i'm eagerly anticipating the trip but i'm just as nervous about it as i am excited because i've never really done anything like this before and there are, of course, a lot of things i have to sort out..
I am hoping to start to craft together my route and where I would be stopping this weekend...
here's some details:
-like most people, i would like to see Rushmore and Yellowstone and everthing else along the way. Not the Grand Canyon, though, as I have already been there.
-i'm quitting my job here and am pretty much just going out to California without plans for what I will do out there so there isn't really a serious time restriction. I would probably like to keep it within about 8 days, though, as I will be traveling either with my brother or my friend (or both) and I have the feeling we might be killing each other after a week spent together in a car
-money-wise, i'm not looking to totally pinch pennies but I also don't want to blow a bunch of cash on hotels and gas. As a matter of fact, the hotels and lodging are really the thing that I am most concerned about for the trip. Should I plan places to stay ahead of time? (Maybe this is a dumb question but..) Should I be stopping to stay in a hotel--or motel--every single night or is it normal to sleep in the car for a night while someone else drives?
-as this IS a cross-country relocation, i'm also a little worried about what things to take and how much to take. I don't really want to have to be constantly worrying about someone stealing all of my belongings with my car. Any suggestions here would be appreciated.
-this isn't a total necessity for the trip but, the more i've thought about it, the more I think it would be a good idea to stop and see a few baseball games in different cities along the way as I am a HUGE baseball fan and may not have the opportunity to do something like that again in the future.
My main reservation about this, though, is that I might be going too far off track to go see a game in Detroit or St. Louis or Cleveland. (Those cities, along with Cleveland, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, are the possible stadiums I'd would generally like to stop and see.)
So, in discussing a route, please acknowledge this possibility.
That's all I can think of for now but I will post more questions as the trip nears.
Thank you VERY MUCH in advance.