I'm moving to Boston and I've decided to drive the distance in five days. I couldn't in good conscience pay to have my car transported across county and fly with my dog "Dolly" in tote, without considering the option of driving to Boston myself. With lodging, gas, and food, it probably will end up costing the same. But I'm hoping to gain something from the experience.
Here's the plan (route 66 and beyond):
Day 1: Start early, drive (460 miles) to the Grand Canyon, sightsee, sleep.
Day 2: Start early, drive (700 miles) to Amarillo, Texas, sightsee at the Palo Duro Canyon State Park if we're up to it, sleep.
Day 3: Start early, drive (700 miles) to Sullivan, Missouri, sightsee at the Meramac Caverns if we're up to it, sleep.
Day 4: Drive (625 miles) to Cleveland, Ohio.
Day 5: Drive (640 miles) to Boston, Massachusetts.
As you can see, getting to my destination is more important than enjoying the sights along the way. I've never been to any of these places between California and Massachusetts. This will be my first trip to the Grand Canyon--that alone may be worth the drive (even if we'll only have half a day to see the place).
I've driven 700 miles roundtrip before, but never like this. There will be two of us to drive and, of course, Dolly to keep us company.
Any words of wisdom? Anything I just can't miss along the way. Any tips for the road (places where gas stations would be scarce)? I can still cancel my reservations and make plans to fly instead.