My questions/needs: looking for budget motels for the three of us (my wife, myself, and the Pekingese named Luca) along the route I describe below.
I am trying to plan a cross-country relocation from Miami to Sacramento. We will leave 25 June (after dealing with landlord in morning) and need to be in Sacramento on 1 July (for the new landlord). The vehicle is a 4-door 2013 Toyota Corolla. I figure to put the back seat down for the dog.
Here's the hard part. I want to keep us on a budget, so we want to be able to find a cheap motel to wash off the stink and catch ZZZs. I am determined to get in 10-hour drives, although there will be frequent stops with the dog. The wife is fighting me on 10 hours, wanting to keep it to 8 hours even though she's the passenger on most of this trip. Has anyone ever done this? Will it be easy to find a motel on the road with a vacancy? We've never had a dog along for the ride, by the way (we will bring a crate with him and probably keep him crated in motel). I am really unable to plan segments for the drive. In the east I hope to get 600-700 miles a day. Google maps does not show distances between routes so I can estimate where the stops are and plan for overnighting there.
My route is not complicated: I figure only to see the Grand Canyon, maybe Vegas.
1. My route will start out moving up north on I-95 which then cuts through west of Orlando, up I-75 where we meet I-10.
2. We then take I-10 to Mobile and veer off to US-98 through to Hattiesburg, MS, continuing on US-49 where we meet I-20 in Jackson, MS.
3. Then it's I-20 through Dallas, where we turn down the major highway from Dallas through Wichita Falls where we meet I-40 at Amarillo.
4. From Amarillo west to Albuquerque (my wife wants to meet one Walter White there, she says).
5. At Flagstaff, we're supposed to detour to US-180 and meet up with the South Rim entrance of Grand Canyon, take a few pictures, maybe take a few rocks.
6. After that we continue west. When we get to US-93, we'll know well enough if we continue going to Sacramento or detour to LV.
7. It's easy down the west on I-40 to State 58 from Barstow to Bakersfield and then up State 99 to Sacamenna.