Ive decided since its getting close to our actual road trip date I best be getting on this here great forum and ask for some much needed help.
Thanks to all the great articles and advice Ive been reading on here Ive managed (I hope) to plan our Road/Relocation Trip as best I can. Confused? dnt be its still a Road Trip becos we're not doing the normal relocation as in straight to our new home destination but rather tiki touring around some of America to see a few of the noted attractions, and stopping in several states to visit Friends and Families for a few nites.
Heres our Route:
~Key for Route~
HRS: Visiting for Hours - could be a cple hours or a lot more,
NPS: Night-time Pit Stop
DAY1: Spending 1 day and nite here
DAY3: Spending 3 days and nites ... u get it huh? hehe
Jacksonville, FL (Start) > Chattanooga, TN (TN Aquarium and Rock City HRS) > Nashville TN (NPS) > Tiptonville, TN (HRS) > Memphis TN (for Graceland of course HRS) > Little Rock AR (NPS) > OKLAHOMA & TEXAS (straight thru only stopping for toilet stops and leg stretches - too many tornadoes and floodings in this area on the nightly news lately too risky) > Albuquerque NM (NPS) > West Jordan, UT (DAY2) > Provo UT (HRS) > Las Vegas NV (HRS) > Kingman, AZ (DAY3) > Anaheim & Wilmington CA (DAY3) > Stockton, CA (Stop)
We'll be taking turns driving and the most we'll actually be driving non stop is the AR, OK and TX stretch of 14hrs, followed with the 10.5hrs or so from NM to UT. We're aiming at completing the trip in 2 weeks tops - Leaving for the next destination as soon as Daybreaks. We'll only be driving during the day time and stopping at Night or trying to make it to our next destination before nightfall. Lately it's been getting dark around 8.30pmish and if we leave a cple of hours before sunrise - around 5.30am we shood be at our furtherest destination or at least close by it before it gets dark, enough to settle in and get some beauty sleep. What do u think?
We have friends who have made the drive from CA to FL going thru most of our route BUT we definitely need help for the NM to UT route and the UT to NV Route, we've taken the NV to AZ route before so we're familiar with it, Im esp looking forward to going over the Hoover Dam one last time before the new bridge is built.
We're hoping the gas prices keep coming down also, here in Jacksonville, they're currently the cheapest at $2.76 but we're not overly worried abt money, and also because we're leaving the weekend after Independence Day does anyone know what the roads are going to be like? We dont mind traffic at all and would appreciate having other travellers on the road in case we need help, Ive organised our Road Assistance, Double checked our Warrantee for the Car and all our families and friends are aware of our route and what day we shood be getting where... Im being very careful, esp since this is a new country for me and a new journey for both of us.
Can neone tell us whats the best and safest route to get from NM to UT and what we can expect landscape and road wise... is the reception good thru that ways for laptop and cellphones and is there much traffic? Also the same for the UT to NV route. What about weather - what can we expect in Utah or the Route thru to Utah in the month of July - can we see the Grand Canyon on this Route? Ne advice would be much appreciated.
And because we're relocating, we're sending our luggage ahead with the moving truck delivering strait to our new home (where it will be met by my sister) so we're travelling lite taking only clothing enough to see us thru the Road Trip, and because we're staying with Family in most of the states, we dont have to worry about our laundry and hopefully most of our food as well, heres hoping we're loved hahaha neway Im still excited yayy! lol.
Looking forward to ur help, setting off in T minus 12 days. WOOOHHHOOOO!