I am going to a wedding in Sacramento, CA in late Sept. The simplified version of what Google Maps suggests is “Get on I-40 to Bakersfield and then take CA-99 to Sacramento”. What would be the fun in that?
I hope I am posting this in the correct topic. Although I am open to suggestions and will have a few specific questions, what I post will be as much about my process for planning the trip as the route itself. Because I do plan and enjoy the planning.
I did go AAA and get guide books and maps for almost every state I will be driving through. I also tried to have the kind of coversation with the guy at AAA we used to have when they prepared Trip Tiks. He didn’t seem to “get” it.
I will also collect state maps at welcome centers. However I seem to be something of an outlier on this because I find these days with a little “coaching” my in car GPS does pretty well. I am now finding the AAA online site does pretty well for planning because you can overlay scenic routes, road construction, and points of interest to Google Maps routing suggestions.
I try to plan my stops at night by using reviews from Tripadvisor supplemented by other sites if I am not getting a clear picture.
I do not mind two lane roads if they scenic are not too congested. In this area we have several highways with a third lane that alternates as a passing lane. Those are great. Four lane US roads are better. I would much rather take US 60 or US 36 across Missouri vs I-44 or I-70.
I try not to repeat traveling over routes that I have used before. When possible I try to avoid large cities unless they are the point of the trip.
Now down to details on the evolution of my plan.
One place on my bucket list is Crater Lake. Adding the new destination changed things a lot. This resulted going to Joplin, Mo, two lane highways to Wichita, KS, I-135 to Salina, KS, I-70 to Denver then north to I-80, I-80 to Winnemucca, NV and the two lane road through Nevada and Oregon. This did not work for me. Didn’t care for going through Denver and Salt Lake. I was having a hard time finding accomodation that broke up the trip correctly. Plus I have done I-80. The only good thing I could find was that Hays, KS was one of "those" exits. Several low price motels with good ratings.
So the first change I make was to go I-70 out of Denver. That is an Interstate I can drive again. The last time I was there it was snowing at the tunnel and the river was high so I did not get to do some walking I wanted to in Glenwood Canyon.
I also want to try to go via Loveland Pass if the weather cooperates. How much longer does it take?
To be continued.