Hello all -
This is my first post here, though I really should get settled in because I don't like to fly. So much so, that I am planning to either drive or train to Las Vegas from Philly, round trip, in February, for a convention. I've priced and looked at Amtrak itineraries and may go by train, but there is no direct train and I'd have to bus it from AZ or LA. In any case I enjoy driving. So my questions -
1. I would plan to go I-95 to I-81 to I-40, and stick to 40 cross country. I've checked February weather along the route and know that there might be snow problems. I do not want to drive in snow or ice (!). For the most part is this the best route? Are there mountains in the east around Nashville?
2. Google maps says it will be a 42 hour trip, so I figure 3 days of driving with 2 hotels/nights along the way. Is that realistic? I would take lots of Stephen King books to keep me awake, and I'm good about pulling over if tired :)
3. I would rent a Prius to cut down on gas costs. But should I opt for a 4 wheel drive/ AWD instead?
4. Am I insane?
Thank you in advance for any feedback or experiences. I've driven long distances before - most memorably a road trip to a convention in Denver, which I really enjoyed, but that was in July. I really thought I'd be able to fly this time, but honestly am already getting anxious and would rather stay on the ground.