Sorry if I'm repeating threads here but I've read a fair bit on here (and thank you everyone) but I'm still a little apprehensive on the whole affair!
Essentially I'm moving from Vancouver to Montreal and I doubt I'll ever get a chance to do a road trip like this again so I'm looking into it heavily. I could fly if necessary and can do if I hit major problems later. I know I have to be prepared for heavy winter weather along the route no matter which route I take but if I can manage it safely I would love to (aswell as cut down travel time as mush as possible) see Route 66 at least for a while.
It will be just me, a dog and a '96 Saab 900s.
So first off, travelling to San Fran (or probably further south to LA) I have covered...I-5 or US 101 seems to be the routes there. I'm not worried about this part of the trip but I'll welcome caution or tips if anyone has them. This is actually the part I am most looking forward to I think.
After that however there's the West->East part and on this I'm flummoxed and afraid!
I gather taking the I-80 or 90 at this time of year is quite treacherous so that is out which leave a few options that I understand so far:
I-10 all the way across, I-95 up, I-87 - the safest route to avoid winter weather but will add tons of extra mileage to my trip.
I-10 to I-20 to I-95, I-87 - less safe and less interesting than I-10 route, still quite a lot of extra mileage.
I-40 to I-95, I-87 - could be big trouble around the Flagstaff,AR and Albuquerque,NM for weather, much less mileage, possibility of some part of route 66.
I-40 to I-44 to I-70 heading towards NJ then hook up somehow with I-95 again - see more of 66, less mileage, I-70 might be trouble.
I-40 to I-44 to I-55 then somehow from Chicago to NY then up - most of route 66, probably significant winter weather.
Now the biggest issue really with me on the big run coast to coast is safety, second priority is time spent and then sight-seeing last. Getting stranded from an off-road or a breakdown might take an adventure to a nightmare but maybe I'm making more of a meal of it than it is. I really have no idea of what the "middle" of the country is like at all, which is precisely why I would like to do the trip.
I'm having my car assessed this week as to it's road worthiness for a trip like this (I think it will be fine) and I'll be backed up by a premier account with CAA and I am planning on giving myself between 3 and 4 weeks to do this...I've driven in snow before on all-weather tires (which my car is currently fitted with) as I lived in Montreal before and I know it can be crazy.
What do the experts think?
Thanks again in advance.