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I need to get out to NM when my home here in CT gets rented Nov.1, I am near NYC.
Heading out to Albuquerque, NM- one way trip. I can't fly, possibly take one or 2 trains but that would be it. I am probably driving my mother's car to save her the cost of shipping her car. I may have to give up my car (sniff, sniff) but I still am considering taking mine instead because of the trouble of selling mine ($1700) and buying another (less than $1700). Hers is a little better than mine (98 Honda, tip top shape, automatic), mine (99 Nissan Sentra) has been rebuilt from a total at one point but I think it could possibly make it.
Why I'm Here:
I'm not the most experienced long distance driver, my longest was a road trip from southern CT to Nashville and back this year. I can't drive at night (get blinded by other cars), and found on my Nashville trip I didn't want to do more than 4 hours per day by myself (which I will be on this trip). I am ok with more time obviously and the extra hotel nights. I am thinking of making St. Louis, MO my middle point given I do a have a friend who I can rest a day or 2. So the trip will probably be Nov.1 - ?
I need tips, I have only just started planning this.
Things concerning me
1. Is Nov 1 a time when I would get any bad weather on the way down, would it be freezing already anywhere?
2. I do have anxiety, I had really bad attacks on the Nashville trip (trying to go around these):
--driving through Philly and cities with the elevated curvy tight populated highways
--driving through the VA(?) hills where the trucks were going 70 around me going 50 (haha).... Mountain driving= yikes.
--through the tunnel and over the bridge in Philly
My absolute favorite part of my Nashville trip was the Shenendoah valley I think, where there were 3-4 car lengths space around me all times, going 70, on a very straight, open highway. I prefer this type of drive over any other and am hoping CT to NM is moreso straight, open?.
Pros: I have Sprint phone navigator, a power inverter in the car so I can have laptop+internet the whole drive, AAA (only one service call left on the gold plan), additional roadside from Sprint (probably not much help), and can afford possibly another roadside or some kind of trip insurance (?)
Anyone who can offer anything helpful would be so appreciated. I'm trying to make this as easy on my nerves as possible, thats really the limiting factor while driving solo.
Thank you, CTtoNM