Greetings all! Been lurking around the past few weeks and thought I'd jump in for an inquiry.
The little lady, the hound, and I will be taking a trip from Medford, OR to Des Moines, IA in the near future. I have been on numerous trips (solo) in varying parts of the U.S., but am now seeing a gap in information I seek. Consider that when I travel solo, amenities tend to be minimal and schedule/route strict. However, so as not to incur the wrath of woman, I should up the amenity requirements and loosen the schedule a bit.
The trip is just short of 1900 miles. I figure 600~ miles a day, two fuel stops per day (45 min ea), two rest stops per day (45 min ea), and all this across 3 days during daylight hours. This is my idea of a reasonable schedule. Yeah, yeah... I know, anal-retentive issues. :) There is room for improvement, but only up to a total of 5 days. Gotta get back to work ya know. ;)
So my inquiry is primarily in two areas... pet-friendly hotels and route. I don't see many definitive resources on pet-friendly accommodations. Sure, google pulls up a bit, but then it's a crap shoot whether it's even a decent place for a reasonable price. Any thoughts or leads into this?
As for route, I'm not sure whether to take the I-5 - CA-89 - CA-44 - US-395 route to hit I-80 or the OR-140 - NV-140 - US-95 route to hit I-80. Any suggestions? Is one route safer than the other? As for I-80 to finish, I imagine we'll try to take some scenic side roads. Any suggestions on what we should check out would be appreciated.