Just a few questions regarding routes and estimated travelling times that if somebody could help us out with would be great. I've read alot of previous posts stating google maps aren't to be relied too heavily upon as they aren't very realistic and as we're trying to roughly plan where we'll be at a certain date so we can book campgrounds/motels, a couple days lost due to 'Smokey' here thinking he can do a two day drive in 4 hours wouldn't be ideal, so if anyone has done these drives we'd appreciate any info, pro's/con's, routes to take etc etc. My main concerns are from:-
a) Santa Cruz-Death Valley
Google maps- roughly 7 hours??
b) Death Valley-Zion
Google maps-5 hours??
c) Monument Valley-Grand Canyon
Google maps-3 hours??
(I was told by a chap in the pub that it was actually a days drive to and from so am especially interested in this one. Is he accurate or had he had one too many shandys that aternoon?)
d) Las Vegas-Yellowstone
Google maps-12 hours??
Unfortuanately i'll be the only driver and will power through when I can but am under no illusions that there'll only be so much driving I can do during the day which i'm trying to take into account, so a 12 hour google map drive might, in reality take me 1-2 days? What say yous?? Fact is I dont want to break my back trying to get from point A to point B and be a constant mardy arse, though with a 6 week timescale to get from San Fran, do the Gran Canyon loop, upto Yellowstone, over to Minnesota and onto New York we want to make sure we have enough time at each place so as to enjoy ourselves and not be constantly battling against the clock. Any help anyone can offer us would be superb. All replies welcomed.
P.S, struggling with the fuel cost calculator also. Not too sure if i'm adding the correct input. If anyone can help, it'd be appreciated. Roughly 4,500 miles, in a chevrolet uplander (or similar). Unsure of the engine size of these rascals and wondering roughly how much money is going to be needed for fuel? Thanks once again.
Matt & Dave