The first trip saw us go from Pennsylvania, southwest through the Appalachian States and into Arkansas and Texas before heading back east to Georgia before heading back north, mostly on I-81. That took four days and brought us to the very brink of our physical abilities.
The second trip is going to be seven days long. We decided on to leave on June 6th and get back in the early evening of June 12. We made it longer because the weather will be better and we will have the time. We both work in schools and the kids are off then and it's before any summer school stuff happens. Originally it was going to be another four day trip to the borders of North and South Dakota but we changed that with the time we now have.. It's going to be another 14 state journey, hitting 11 states that we didn't get to by going through the south.
Starting in Pennsylvania, we are going to head west along the southern border of Pennsylvania. We are going to hit a small part of West Virginia before heading into Ohio towards Columbus. Following Columbus we are going to head southwest towards Cincinnati and into Kentucky where we will, once again, spend the first night of the trip. From there we will head due west from Louisville, Kentucky into Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and, finally, Kansas for the end of day 2. From Topeka, we continue our westward route to Denver, Colorado and start heading north to Fort Collins for the end of day 3. Day 4 heads north from Fort Collins into Wyoming and to Crow Agency, Montana before heading south east on US 212 to catch I-90 after crossing into South Dakota and finally to Rapid City. The fifth day starts with a trip to Mt. Rushmore before heading east into the heart of South Dakota. Halfway through South Dakota, we turn south onto US 83 into Nebraska until we reach US 20 where we head east until we reach I-29 in Sioux City, Iowa and then head south to the city limits of Omaha, Nebraska to end day 5. Day 6 starts in Omaha and heads due east on 80 through Iowa, where we stop at the World's Largest Truck Stop, then continue through Illinois, Indiana, and into Ohio, stopping in Toledo for the end of day 6. The final day takes us from Toledo back to Pennsylvania.
Unlike the first trip we have short days and we have long days. It's not only 11 hours of driving each day. They alternate with the longest day being 10 hours of driving. We start with two long days, then one short day to check out Colorado a little more, continue with a few long days and end on a short day when we will be worn out. Staggering these days should make it easier on us to deal with a seven day trip.