I've been scouring the internet about making a cross country trip in late October and this site is fantastic! I'm hoping to get some advice from seasoned travelers.
I just traveled in early September from Reno, NV to NJ to live temporarily for 1 year while my daughter attends school out here and now sadly a family emergency is taking me back to Nevada to stay.
A good friend of mine drove our moving truck for me and made the cross country trip (I didn't drive at all) but I was on the trip. We took I80 the entire way and made it in 3.5 days. I was on a time crunch due to closing up loose ends in Reno and my daughters first day of school. It took long days of driving but my friend is used to driving a lot so for him it wasn't so bad. (Can't say the same for my daughter and I being cramped in a uhaul for 12-13 hours at a time!!)
Now due to my family emergency I'm facing making the trip again in a much smaller moving truck (thank goodness!) and I'll be doing the entire drive myself.
I'll have my daughter with me for company but she doesn't drive.
I'm really nervous about driving a truck I'm unfamiliar with for that long of a distance and I'm really concerned about running into bad weather. Although it does snow in Reno, I'm used to driving my all wheel drive vehicle very slowly during any bad weather. The good thing is I am not on a time crunch this time although I do want to get there as soon as possible.
Since I'm already familiar with the I80 route I think I should stick to what I'm familiar with although I know there's a more southern route alternative.
I'm leaving the morning of 10/25 and plan to be in Reno sometime Saturday the 29th if all goes according to plan.
I've driven to Yellowstone National Park two summers ago on my own and I know I'm okay with long distance drives but that was driving in the comfort of my own car.
I should also mention the wind through certain parts of our drive had my friend white knuckled gripping the wheel for lengthy distances. He was pretty tensed up after those few episodes (Nebraska and Wyoming) if I remember correctly.
We had a 20 ft truck- this time I'll have the 12 ft one so I'm hoping I won't feel the wind gusts as bad as the bigger truck.
If anyone could give me advise on what to expect at this time of year or if the alternative route might be safer due to weather concerns.