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  1. Mark, thank you so much for your kind words and...

    Mark, thank you so much for your kind words and all your feedback on my trip! I enjoyed sharing the details of my time on the road here, and hearing from you guys along the way. And there's not...
  2. This sounds like an amazing opportunity - I just...

    This sounds like an amazing opportunity - I just got back home to North Jersey from a trip in a minivan from here to San Francisco/Los Angeles and back! And reading about your road trip set for...
  3. Dave, thank you! I take that as a great...

    Dave, thank you! I take that as a great compliment, and I appreciate it! I had an amazing trip - journey of a lifetime - and I certainly don't intend to wait that long again before hitting the road...
  4. I'm home! I have completed my trip at a total of...

    I'm home! I have completed my trip at a total of 7 weeks and 1 day (50 days in all), and it was the most amazing time of my life! I'm so happy I finally embarked upon this adventure, and I owe a...
  5. Mark, thank you again! I'm really enjoying...

    Mark, thank you again! I'm really enjoying posting from the road, so I'm glad it's helpful! These stops are all things I've wanted to see for one reason or another - I have way too many interests -...
  6. Thank you, Mark and Dave! I've really enjoyed the...

    Thank you, Mark and Dave! I've really enjoyed the last several weeks, and now as I wrap up Week 6, it seems I'm in the final stretch - this week ahead should see me home or nearly home at its end....
  7. Today wraps Week 5 on the road, with 6,328 miles...

    Today wraps Week 5 on the road, with 6,328 miles clocked on this trip so far. Here's the rundown:

    Day 29: Toured the Mystery Castle nearby South Mountain in Phoenix - a neat little local...
  8. Thank you, Mark and Judy! I definitely tried my...

    Thank you, Mark and Judy! I definitely tried my best to do as much as possible. I went to the two major theme parks (Disney and Universal) when I was 14, and though I was tempted to hit Universal up...
  9. Here's the report on Week 3, though I only logged...

    Here's the report on Week 3, though I only logged about 400 miles the whole week since I spent most of it in the same city enjoying SoCal - I got very comfortable in LA, despite the incredibly random...
  10. Dave, thank you for your comments! I really can't...

    Dave, thank you for your comments! I really can't believe it took me so long to do this, but I'm so grateful that I'm finally doing it! And clocking up the miles has been no effort whatsoever! The...
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    Hi offtoarizona, I'm currently on the road for...

    Hi offtoarizona,

    I'm currently on the road for my first cross-country trip and I'm doing it solo, and before I left, I had the same concerns, including cellular coverage. I don't know what carrier...
  12. Thanks for the suggestion, Dave! Unfortunately, I...

    Thanks for the suggestion, Dave! Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to check back in, but I had an amazing time! And I still am!

    Here's Week Two with a cumulative 4,602 miles on the odometer so...
  13. First Cross-Country Road Trip: New Jersey to California and Back

    I just completed my first week on this trip, which still has quite a few weeks of fun and exploring ahead! So far I've traveled a total of 2,530 miles.

    That's definitely a lot and it's going fast,...
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    Thank you, Midwest Michael and Mark! Michael,...

    Thank you, Midwest Michael and Mark!

    Michael, I certainly agree with you. I'd consider it essential if I were really venturing off the map and wanted to be secure in having a working communication...
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    Satellite Tracking Devices

    Since I'm gearing up for my first really big road trip, I'm very curious about a lot of the technology out there, and one thing I was wondering about are satellite devices, so I just thought I'd ask...
  16. Yes, I did double check that - I immediately...

    Yes, I did double check that - I immediately noticed it was not part of the NPS, which is why I decided to post asking about the road conditions. Thank you very much for your attention to detail and...
  17. Thank you, AZBuck! I really appreciate the tips...

    Thank you, AZBuck!
    I really appreciate the tips regarding the parks, and I am definitely exploring the NPS website more and more. All of your advice is assuring and is a great help!
    I especially...
  18. Since we were speaking of tires and bringing the...

    Since we were speaking of tires and bringing the minivan on unpaved roads, I have a few more questions that have cropped up on the subject.

    The more I look around the forum and read about the...
  19. Thank you so much for the suggestions, Mark!...

    Thank you so much for the suggestions, Mark!
    Traveling with the minivan was a choice I made because of the comfort, room, and its quality - it's a big vehicle for a solo trip, but I always feel good...
  20. Thank you, Mark! That is a huge relief. I had...

    Thank you, Mark! That is a huge relief.
    I had read your field report about lowering tire pressure on the rocky roads so they have a better chance of going over sharp stones without damage, but when...
  21. Autumn Desert Tire Pressure and Alternate Death Valley NP Access

    Plans for my first cross-country road trip are ongoing, so I've come up with a few more questions regarding two separate and specific issues.

    First - I've read the advice concerning lowering air...
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    Thank you for info on CBs, Mark! I had wondered...

    Thank you for info on CBs, Mark! I had wondered about them, but thought that they may be unnecessary since I'm sticking mostly to highways and paved roads, but I definitely see the advantages the...
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    Thanks to all of you for your input and advice!...

    Thanks to all of you for your input and advice! It is greatly appreciated, and all of it is very useful!

    Mark, honestly, Route 66 was not originally in the plan. I barely knew anything about the...
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    Thank you so much, Stacey and Dave for all your...

    Thank you so much, Stacey and Dave for all your advice!!

    Stacey, thank you so much for your tips!
    They are all very useful, and I appreciate the benefit of your experience - it all sounds very...
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    My First Cross-Country Road Trip

    I've always wanted to just jump in a car and go, and next month, that's exactly what I plan to do. This will be my first big road trip, the one I've always dreamed of taking - I'm going across the...
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