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  1. #1
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    Default X country round trip redux

    Last year did x country round trip from SF Bay ARea to NYCity and back again.

    The route to back east was basically I 80 with some off the beaten track sojourns that got me into some beautiful areas of our great land. Wyoming and Cleveland stand out as highlights. The way back to the Bay Area was the southern route through Virginia and Tennessee Arizona utah. The highlight of our journey was Memphis where I met some remarkable folks. What a journey in my Prius 4.

    My son and I are going to do the same thing again only this time on our way to NYCity from SF we have to blister across America in our Prius 4 but don't want to take the same route. Nebraska and Iowa are beautiful states with some wonderful people but we'd like to do some hard travelin' on a different route.Any suggestions.


    "I drove ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard, and it's hard, hard, its a hard rains-a gonna fall" Dylan

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    How many days do you have to make the trip?

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    Default New Road

    I certainly share your desire to travel down highways that I haven't been on before, but it does get harder with each passing year and additional trip. In your case, however, it should be relatively easy to split the difference between I-80 and I-40 and generally follow I-70 cross-country. Initially (from Sacramento) take US-50 past Lake Tahoe and across Nevada on the 'Loneliest Highway' joining up with I-70 near Aurora, UT. This will then take you near Arches National Park in eastern Utah, Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, CO, and within striking distance of Rocky Mountain National Park north of Denver. I-70 then strikes out across Kansas and Missouri through St. Louis, Indianapolis and Columbus on the way to New York.

    AZBuck

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    Default Thanks

    I need to get cross America in 6 days to a week. Last time I went across I made it in 5 1/2 daze. I'm driving solo and 5 1/2 felt like half a day too fast. I was pretty tired and it feels like 6 days would be perfect for getting enough rest, for getting across quickly, and for some off road adventure. Thats about a 500 mile a day average and that seems just about right for me.

    AZ Buck-Thanks so much for taking the time and marking out this route!! Arches is a place I need to go before my Big Sleep, this might be my opportunity. I'm an avid reader of Edward Abbey (The Monkey Wrench Gang) he wrote a great book about Arches in 'Desert Solitaire' about his time as a park ranger. A must read imo.

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    Buck's routing is not quite as fast as 80 all the way, it's 3000 miles and 6 full days of driving with no detours or significant stops. A week doesn't give you much time to venture other than spending a half a day or so at Arches.

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    Default I hear ya

    Yeah I know the trip back to nYcity is not really a drive with vacation in mind. On our way back to SF we'll have 10-12 days. I might consider this route for the way back. How much faster is I-80 than the AZ Buck route above would you estimate? thanks in advance

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    Firing up my mapping program, it shows the fastest route as I-80 all the way. It's 2900 miles, and it estimates 42 hours of spinning wheels. Buck's route is 100 miles and 6 hours longer. Remember that mapping programs are always optimistic on the times, but the comparison should be valid.

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    Default Round Trip America; Toronto to SF?

    This is my second year going round trip coast coast. Last year was fantastic.

    My route from Left to Right Coast has been aided by AZ Buck of this forum and deciding to take the I-70 as my 'mother road' rather than 1 80 which I took last year as I have to get back east pronto. Much of the trip is 'dictated' by a tight budget

    Here's my route Left to Right
    1 day-Sf to Wendover Nev (cheap Casino Hotels)
    2nd day Wendover to Carbondale, Co (riverside camp grounds)
    3rd day Carbondale to Dorrance Kansas (small town America the heartland) nice quiet small town
    4th day Dorrance Kansas to Highland Illinois ( out of the big cities into a nicely reviewed hotel with few rooms and reasonable prices)
    5th day Highland Ill-to Berlin Ohio- heart of the Amish Country -inexpensive, immaculate B and B owned by Amish with nice free breakfast
    6 th day Berlin Ohio to Lackawaxen Pa- Gorgeous campsites on the Delaware River
    and on the 7th a 2 hour drive Lackawaxen Pa to my destination in the Hudson Valley NY.

    Now my question: Going Right Coast to Left Coast my son and I will have some time.We would like to go through a little of Canada as we have to make it to Rochester NY. Toronto is a place I'd like to see. Any suggestions as to a route from Toronto to San Francisco? We will have approximately ten days and like to stay off the beaten track, no Vegas no yellowstone no yosemite no grand canyon no mt rushmore. heh. Thanks so much!
    Last edited by AZBuck; 05-14-2009 at 08:45 PM. Reason: Merged with previous posts. Please do not start new threads for the same trip.

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    First of all, are all the logistics covered - such as passports and a letter of permission for your son to cross the border if he's a minor and there is a spouse or custody situation? You will also need a Canadian auto insurance card, you can get one from your agent.

    Toronto to SF via Hwy 400 to Sudbury, then the Trans-Canada all the way to Vancouver (Sault St. Marie, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Kamloops), then back home on I-5 is a 3700 mile trip, quite doable in 10 days with time for sightseeing. Here is the official Trans-Canada Highway site with a lot of good planning info.

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    Default Thanks!

    Great going with this post GLC. I really appreciate it!

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