I am seeking a bit of help / advice. Unsurprisingly I am planning a road trip to the USA. It will be in the summer of 2010. The plan is for me, and two friends to drive right across America and back in a big loop, starting and finishing in New York. We are all male and will be 21 yrs old, so we are looking to have as much fun as possible making the most of the night life and the steaks!
We intend to start in NYC and head towards Chicago, Las Vegas then onto San Francisco, Down to LA, then San Diego. We are then intending to head back to NYC, via the south stopping at Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma, Charleston; up the coast through DC and finally arriving back where we started. If all goes to plan it will be a journey on epic proprtions totalling c.7500 miles. I have done a few road trips in the past, but only here in the UK.
So that is the general outline. Time wise we are intending to spread it over two months. It is a deferred GAP year after university, so we thought it would be best to do it now so we can get the best out of the USA being 21, and we can spend as long as we want taking detours etc.
Vehicle wise there will be 1 motorcycle ( a specially adapted touring motorcycle). My main issue that I am dealing with is the car. It will have to be hard wearing, reliable and comfortable. It also has to be big to carry luggage, equipment and act as support for the bike. I do not particularly want to rent a car as it will get a lot of rough treatment, and that brings time constraints and buying a car would be a lot of hassle with change of ownership etc. I am currently trying to get land rover sponsorship to take a discovery. And one option I am considering is shipping a car to NY. Has anyone ever done that?
I have never used this forum before and thought that this would be the place to get advice and help due to how specific it is! Please, any thoughts or comments are most welcome as proprer preparation is vital for such a trip.