Many thanks in advance for your tips. I have read quite a bit on the forum but can't find my exact situation.
I have just been told that my teenage child who is in a special school in Utah is ill, and I will need to be out in Utah for what will likely be a several months recovery period. It is not a life or death situation but naturally I would like to be out there as soon as possible. I am driving my 10 year old, 77K miles, Toyota Highlander. Today, the shop is doing $3,500 of work replacing belts. fluids, new break pads, timing belt and more. I am in my early fifties, a woman, and driving alone.
I am hoping to find a route that won't kill me getting there, but at the same time will move me along along as rapidly as possible. I'm a morning person so can get an early start, but in the evening I do get to tired and so late evenings are not something I'd like to do if possible. I will be staying in a Residence Inn quality hotel along the way but anything in that price range would do. I'm trying to figure out where I should be stopping along the way for the night. I realize that I don't need a reservation at this time of year but I'd feel more comfortable if I had all the plans set before I leave town. I have learned so much from the comments on here re: weather expectations, emergency supplies for the car, etc which has been great.
I was thinking of going I-70 but Colorado worries me as I have driven high mountainous areas in the past and for me, it was white-knuckle the whole way. Maybe I-80 is smartest since I'm not on a sightseeing trip.
With much appreciation,