Okay, my name is Jack, and in the summer of 2009, A friend and I are trying to plot a cross country road trip from our home in New York City to where my mom is from in San Francisco. When I was 12 years old, I read On the Road and fell in love with the idea, and I've been dreaming of it ever since. However, recently I've been trying to gather strength for the idea with the parents, who are supportive, but cautious.
So let me pose the question: Is it at all possible for two 17 year olds, albeit mature 17 year olds, to make a trip of this magnitude, legally, sensibly, and safely?
We would be completely involved and patient with the prep work it would take to embark on this trip. We obviously would not be going 'Kerouac' style and just winging it. We would most definitely want a route and a general idea of where and when we are staying in certain places, give or take some time for unintended trips off the highway.
Also, what are our best options as we attempt to make it from New York, across to Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, etc,etc, as we make our way to San Francisco, back down the coast to San Diego, across Arizona and through New Mexico, somehow making it back across, up through D.C, and home? What are highways we should use, tips to save money, cost options!?
SHOULD WE WAIT ONE YEAR AND DO IT AS LEGAL ADULTS OR WILL IT MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE?
Thank you so much, and try to be kind, as we realize this isn't the most likely idea, but just a dream right now.