My first posting...this is my tentative (but somewhat firmed up agenda) for driving across country in a vintage (1939) Rolls-Royce to attend a car event in the Columbia River Gorge.
Just typing it out here....will continue searching the forums here for advice...thanks for the great resource.
Leave Virginia Wednesday 25 July mid-day. It is about 26 hours to Pike's Peak and I will drive steady on this first leg so I have as much time for fun stuff as I can later...so arriving at Pike's Peak vicinity on Friday night.
Two nights camping near Pike's Peak (Fri/Sat 27-28 July).
Leave Pike's Peak area Sun 29 July heading towards Arches National Park, about 6.5 hours away...staying in Moab, UT next to the park that evening (29 July).
Leave Moab Monday 30 July and head towards Bryce and Zion. Stay one night (unfortunately only one night) in the Zion/Bryce area. About 4 hrs 45 mins from Moab to Bryce, and then another 1 hr 50 mins from there to Zion, so staying somewhere in the middle or in one of the parks. Leave the Zion/Bryce area Tuesday 31 July.
From Zion to the next stop (Yosemite) is about 16 hours 50 minutes, so I'm going to have to schedule a stop in there somewhere. Arriving at Yosemite on Wednesday 1 August and camping two nights at Hodgdon Meadow camping area within the park (the only campground with ANY availability left within the park for those dates).
I'll leave Yosemite on Friday 3 August heading north. If I go directly to the Redwoods and then directly to Stevenson (meet site), I've got about 16 hours of driving...I wish I would have time to drive along the coast of CA and/or OR some, but I need to be to Stevenson by late Saturday 4 August...or at least to the Portland airport nearby to pick up my wife and son who will be arriving at 2AM on Sunday 5 August.
Sunday 5 August will be chilling/recovering at the Econolodge less than 2 miles from the Skamania Lodge. We'll stay there through Monday (doing the Mt. St. Helen's tour on Monday, too), and finally check into Skamania Lodge on Tuesday.
I'm signed up for a lot of stuff through the meet week, but leaving mid-day Saturday 11 August.
My wife and son will accompany me on the return trip.
From Skamania to the Grand Tetons National Park in WY is about 12 hours 20 mins, so we'll stay somewhere overnight along the way.
We have reservations at Colter Bay Tent Village within Grand Tetons for Sunday and Monday, 12-13 August.
Grand Tetons is very close to Yellowstone. We'll head to Yellowstone and stay within the park two nights....at this point, there was no one lodging option available for successive nights, so on Tuesday 14 August we're staying in a small cabin at Old Faithful Lodge Cabins. On Wednesday 15 August we're staying in another small cabin at Canyon Lodge. We'll leave Yosemite on Thursday 16 August.
Thursday 16 August will be a driving day for the 8 hour plus drive to Rapid City, SD. We'll probably stay somewhere there....I've heard it's a touristy type place, and it is very accessible to Mt. Rushmore. Others have recommended Hill City instead of Rapid City.
We'll leave early from Rapid City/Hill City on Friday 17 August and head towards Minneapolis via Badlands. We'll have time to stay one night in the Badlands area, then leave towards Minneapolis on Saturday 18 August.
It's about 10.5 hours from Badlands to Minneapolis, so we'll leave in the morning hours to go towards Minneapolis where my wife might fly the rest of the way home, leaving me and my son with about 18.5 hours driving back home to take at whatever pace is comfortable.
It looks daunting!
Things left to do:
Figure out exactly where I'll stay:
i) Near Pike's Peak
ii) In the Zion/Bryce area
iii) Between Zion/Bryce and Yosemite (maybe a Walmart parking lot with all the RVs)
iv) Between Yosemite and Skamania (Walmart?)
v)Between Skamania and Grand Tetons (NOT a Walmart...the wife will be with me!)
vi) At Rapid City/Hill City
vii) At Badlands
viii) At Minneapolis
Also need to determine if my wife wants to fly home from Minneapolis on that Sunday or stick it out with us for 18 more hours of driving (flights from MPLS home are only ~$110 nonstop).
This is all still in the planning stages and will evolve as we get closer to the trip time...