I took Labor Day week off to pick up my brother in Abbotsford, BC. I've done central Iowa to St Paul, Kansas City, and Chicago without issues. This will be my biggest me-behind-the-wheel trip. I wanted to take different routes there and back and I'm just kind of hoping to get a sense of whether or not this whole thing is completely insane. I'd also like some advice on some places to stop . I was thinking about stopping at Shoshone Falls even though it apparently won't be as impressive.
Here's my schedule:
Friday, August 29- pick up rental car after work.
Saturday, August 30- drop my cat off with mom at 7 AM, head to North Platte, NE. My goal is to be in Laramie, WY by 6 PM. It's about 675 miles. Hotel overnight.
Sunday, August 31- Laramie, WY to Ontario, OR. 739 miles, hotel overnight
Monday, September 1- Ontario, OR to Abbotsford, BC, Canada. 560 miles, hotel overnight in Bellingham.
Tuesday, September 2- Bellingham, WA to Ocean Shores, WA - neither of us have seen the Pacific (the farthest west I've been is Wichita, KS). We may stop at Snoqualmie Falls on our way to or from. Ocean Shores to Moses Lake. 515 miles total. Hotel overnight.
Wednesday, September 3- Moses Lake, WA to Livingston, MT. 527 miles. Will stop at Coeur d'Alene. Hotel overnight.
Thursday, September 4- Livingston, MT to Spearfish, SD. 474 miles, including time for Devil's Tower.
Friday, September 5- Spearfish, SD to Sioux City, IA. 522 miles, including time for Mt Rushmore. We could probably coast into DSM if we felt like going another 3 hours, otherwise hotel overnight.
Saturday, September 6- home before 10 AM.
I also took time off for Sept 7/8/9 so we could stretch something a bit more. I'm not really into hiking/camping, more I just want to see some of the country. Money is an issue - it's tight, I'm paying for everything on this trip by saving now. Is this too ambitious? Will I be exhausted after 1 day in Nebraska?