Hey everyone, so thrilled to have found this amazing spot on the net. It's just what I've been looking for.
Like a decent number of others on this forum- been reading old posts the last few nights- I'm getting started with my love of the road a bit late in life (I'm 36 and this will be the first time I've ever driven more than 2 hours alone)! I'm both terrified and thrilled. I just can not wait to get out there and have the experience!
But I do have some questions. After buyinga few books and searching the web, I'm still a little unsure about a few things. Any help would be much appreciated. Here's where I am stuck:
#1- I will be going from San Diego to the Grand Canyon. I would love to go by way of Route 66 but how long will it take? I've seen people say SD to Grand Canyon is 11 hours, give or take, but I can't tell if they mean via the 2 lane roads of Rt 66, or via fast, modern expressways.
#2- I know everyone is different, but what's a realistic amount of time to drive/day for a brand new road tripper? Sure I can stay awake and do a 10 hour stretch in a day...but what do you guys/gals feel is the most realistic and pleasant amont of time behind the wheel/day, assumng I'm not in a mad dash but also assuming I don't want to take 3-4 days to reach my destination.
#3- If I go via Rt 66, what precautions do I need to take to keep my car running. My biggest fear is overheating or breaking down on one of those isolated stretches that run for 50 or 60 miles. I am assuming those exist, at least when I read my ROAD TRIP books, it sounds like they do. Can you get cell reception the whole way in case I do break down? Is it hours before someone else comes driving by? Should it be a fear that a car could overheat in those areas (assuming it's a good car and not prone to problems in the best of conditions) or is that not likely? I will be travelling Sept or Oct, so I'm not sure how hot it gets out there.
#4- In trying to map my trip out, I don't see Rt 66 on maps. Is it called something else (like I seem to recall the 40-is it the 40?-that seems to be the main road that runs east/west...is THAT Route 66?)...anyone know a good way to map out a route 66 path?
So there you go. Even if you only have time to answer one of these questions, I sure would appreciate it. Again, I'm a solo road trip virgin and I am so jazzed to get out there. For me, this really is a personal challenge (being with myself for so long, putting myself in new situations,etc). I know I wil grow from this and can't wait to get started! So thanks for this great forum to help push me out of the nest!