So, I'm moving in with a friend in Sacramento from Kentucky this upcoming January and I'm trying to plan my road trip right now. It will just be me (25 year old female) and my cat. We are pretty strong, independent women and we're fine on our own but I'm not so sure about the weather... I drive a pretty basic sedan that's done me well in Kentucky snow storms but I don't know what will happen on the journey. Hopefully the stars will align and I won't have to worry too much. I do plan on picking up some chains since apparently that's the law in certain places and might as well be prepared.
As far as itinerary goes, this is what I have so far... Please tell me what you think and all suggestions/recommendations are welcome. I've planned this out so that I'm not stuck in the car too long every day but also gets me there in a reasonable amount of time since I am not made of money and can't afford too many nights with Airbnb or hotels.
January 3rd: Berea, KY > Columbia, MO
January 4th: Columbia > Hays, KS
January 5th: Hays > Grand Junction, CO
January 6th: Grand Junction > Salt Lake City, UT (chose to go a bit north up to 80 since there is literally NOTHING and nowhere to stay for hundreds of miles and I'd rather add time than be sorry)
January 7th: Salt Lake City > Fair Oaks, CA
I plan on staying with I-70 and then heading up to I-80 just to make sure I stay on heavily traveled routes and not get stuck in some podunk place that doesn't get plowed. Mid-winter and with a cat (and alone) is really not an ideal time to get stuck in a storm.
So anyway, thanks in advance! I need as much help as possible!! I need some cool stuff to see along the way! Just gimme all the ideas