Hey all, flights have been booked for this year's road trip and Tampa worked out to be the cheapest place to start and finish once flights from the UK and car rental costs had been combined.
There are 2 of us on this trip but I will be the only driver. This will be my 5th trip to the US but my partner's first. As my previous trips have all been between Texas and the West Coast, this trip is hopefully going to be a nice balance between new places for me to see and going over some old ground that my girlfriend really wants to see for herself.
A 1st draft is as follows (with rough mileages and some places marked as a stopover just down to distance and will be flexible as nothing is booked other than the flights and car yet).
Tuesday 11th Nov Land in Tampa, FL
Wednesday 12th -Tampa Kendall, FL. 260m
Thursday 13th- Kendall Key West, FL. 150m
Friday 14th- Key West Miami, FL. 160m
Saturday 15th- Miami Jacksonville, FL. 360m
Sunday 16th - Jacksonville Savannah, GA. 140m
Monday 17th-Day in Savannah.
Tuesday 18th-Savannah Atlanta, GA. 260m
Wed 19th-Atlanta Nashville, TN. 250m
Friday 21st-Nashville Memphis, TN. 220m
Saturday 22nd -Memphis Fort Smith, AR. 300m
Sunday 23rd -Fort Smith Amarillo, TX. 440m
Monday 24th -Amarillo Albuquerque, NM. 290m
Tuesday 25th-Albuquerque Santa Fe, NM. 60m
Wed 26th- Santa Fe - Taos, NM. 70m
Thursday27th-Taos - Kayenta, AZ. 340m
Friday 28th-Kayenta Grand Canyon Village, AZ. 170m
Saturday 29th- Grand Canyon 29 Palms, CA. 360m
Sunday 30th-29 Palms Palm Springs, CA. 60m
Mon 1st Dec - Palm Springs
Tues 2nd - Palm Springs San Diego, CA. 140m
Wed 3rd-San Diego Yuma, AZ. 200m
Thurs 4th-Yuma Tucson, AZ. 240m
Fri 5th-Tucson Las Cruces, NM. 280m
Saturday 6th- Las Cruces Guadalupe MNP. 280m
Sunday 7th - Guadalupe, TX Big Bend NP. 200m
Monday 8th-Big Bend Austin, TX. 450m
Tuesday 9th- Austin
Wed 10th-Austin Lake Charles, LA. 300m
Thursday 11th-Lake Charles New Orleans. 200m
Friday 12th - New Orleans
Saturday 13th-New Orleans Tallahassee, FL. 385m
Sunday 14th- Tallahassee Tampa. 280m
Monday 15th - Spare day
Tuesday 16th-Fly home.
The "days off" are also flexible except for Palm Springs as we are staying with friends there.
Now it's a long haul for one driver, probably going to end up at 7500 miles approx, but I have done a 5000 mile solo trip in 3 weeks a few years back so I'm confident that it's not too much.
One variable I haven't got much experience with is the winter weather, all my previous trips have been between May and October so I guess we'll be keeping our eyes on the weather forecasts every day and keep our options open.
As the outward leg west from Nashville is going to be roughly following I-40, any tips on alternative highways would be welcomed, also for the easterly route from San Diego and I-10 alternatives.
Should I expect to struggle for lodging and eating options over Thanksgiving?
Think that is all for the time being, sorry for the long post but thanks for reading. Exciting times, roll on November.