So, I'd like to get into the spirit of the road trip, but I'm traveling alone with a dog (who has never been on a long trip) and am more nervous than excited. I'm also limited in what I can enjoy since the dog has to stay with me and it'll be very, very hot (going late June).
I'd like to get from Tucson, AZ to Amarillo, TX in the shortest time as possible. I was just going to go the standard route through Albuquerque, but AAA suggested a short-cut route that takes routes 70, 54, and 60, going through Las Cruces and Roswell, NM.
I'm not sure this is actually any faster though- and I'm very concerned about getting stuck on some smaller road, one lane, 55 MPH speed limit, with no gas stops. Mostly, I don't have any sense of these alternative routes and would like some input on them.
Anyone have any experience on picking the fastest route with a decent amount of places to stop for gas (my car is NOT gas efficient)? can anyone give me a better sense of the potential routes from experience? Also, dog friendly stopping points would be an added bonus.
Thanks for any help, I'd like to be able to feel more confident about the trip!