is this capable of being done
is this capable of being done or should I add in a couple of days
I would like a couple of hours at each location
I am young and in great shape so I'm not to concerned about stress and exhaustion.... I will probably be dropping into a 6/6/6 rotation (18 hr days)
6 on 6 off 6 asleep (how we did it on USN Submarine I drove a submarine for 9 months this way) So I would drive in my 6 on I would sight see on my 6 off and I would sleep on me 6 sleep. The end goal would be something equivalent to this.
Day 1 September 10 2007
Depart San Francisco 186 miles/3hrs 4mins
Arrive Donner Memorial State Park CA
Depart Donner Memorial State Park 426 miles/7hrs 46mins
Arrive Great Basin National Park NV
Total 612 miles/10hrs 50mins
Depart Great Basin National Park 140 miles/2hrs 52mins (correction made thanks craig)
Arrive Little Sahara National Recreational Area UT
Depart Little Sahara national Recreation Area 244 miles/4hrs 17mins
Arrive Arches National Park UT
Total 384 miles/10hrs 19mins
Depart Arches National Park 361 miles/6hrs 2mins
Arrive Rocky Mountain National Park CO
Depart Rocky Mountain National Park 319 miles/5hrs 15mins
Arrive Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area NE
Depart Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area 434 miles/6hrs 27mins
Arrive Stone State Park IA
Depart Stone State Park 336miles/6hrs 15mins
Arrive Maquoketa Caves State Park IA
Depart Maquoketa Caves State Park 174miles/3hrs 22mins
Arrive Bartlett IL
Total 510 miles/9hrs 37mins
I forgot to mention that I have about 9 full days to do this so I drive out on like the 10th and fly back on the 19th... I would like to rush some in order to spend some time at my end destination (w/ family)
Last edited by yakoo11; 08-12-2007 at 08:07 PM.
For the most part, this looks like a doable roadtrip, but there is one mistake.
The distance from Great Basin to Little Sahara is correct, but the time isn't. It should be 2 hours 52 minutes. That means you have an extra 3 hours to play with, which is good!
Originally Posted by yakoo11
I suspect that your drving times will be somewhat longer than you've allowed because you haven't added in meals, gas stops, etc. But, at about 440 miles per day average, you should have some time for sightseeing.
Of course, if you can add in a day or two, you could easily use them at Arches or Rocky Mountain national parks to get a more in-depth experience.
Since there aren't motels at some of the spots you have noted as end-of-day destinations, I assume you plan to camp.
Have a great time,
co-author of the travel guide: America's Living History-The Early Years
thanks for the heads up and yeah I do plan on camping... Do you think reservations are a must I would figure it would be off-season for most places especially during the week