Hello RTAers! I'm hoping you can help me out and provide a little insight and advice for me.
In June 2016, I am planning a crosscountry move, the kind where I just pile my dog and belongings into my 2007 Honda Accord and land in California. Last summer I took the 40 from Alabama to California in 3 days, 2 overnights (and a morning at the South Rim). I've traveled and driven a lot, so it's not my first time.
This go-round I will be driving up to Toledo to say goodbye to some family and then starting the adventure from there. I have some options and poor decision making skills so I need your help. The end game is to wind up in Bakersfield (please no judgment).
I am hoping to do this in 4 days since I will be all alone with my dog, perhaps 5 if you think it more wise.
Option 1: Toledo to Denver to LV to Bako, essentially the i80, 76, 70, and 15. Interested in knowing others' experiences with this route, how treacherous it is, how much driving through the mountains sucks, etc. I am also not sure if there are any pet friendly places along the way for a little roadside Americana.
Option 2: Toledo to Mount Rushmore to SLC to LV to Bako.
With these options I'm trying to find out also what a realistic days mileage would look like through the Rockies. I can do a good 900 miles through a flat desert no problem, but I'd like to know what is typical for the mountains so I can plan overnights accordingly.
Option 3: make my way down to the i40 and take that long, hot, desolate route again, because it is safe and I know what to expect.
If you have any other suggestions for routes, foods, things to see on the way, please let me know. I'm pretty open and flexible! Oh and in case you want to make informed suggestions: I teach art and art history; I like potatoes, tacos, and Thai food; my favorite places in the states are Charleston, Maine, and Santa Fe. Thanks so much!