My first post because this is a big one. I am an older woman and I'm driving from Philly to Oregon with my dog to stay for a month on the central coast (Yachats). The plan is to leave on the 1st and arrive in Central Oregon on the 4th or 5th. I know that's a lot of driving every day, but I love to drive. This will be my longest trip and the most risky, weather wise.
Right now, it seems it will be just me and my Westie, and driving alone, in the winter, across the country, is either insane or will be a blast. Weather is going to be a huge factor and after studying the map, I'm not sure which is the best way to go. If I take 10 it will take forever. 70 goes right through the heartland with too many mountainous areas. Rt 40 and then make my way up 5 to 126?
I'm going to join AAA and I have road service as part of my extended warranty but I'm driving a 2001 SAAB and more than a little concerned about finding parts for my quirky car should something happen. My car runs fine and is so comfortable, but it's a SAAB. I was thinking of renting an SUV for the trip. Is this worth the expense?
I would share the driving but can't connect with anyone who can/wants to do it with me. I dread posting for a companion on a forum. I'd rather drive myself then get stuck in the car for 4 days with someone I want to push off a cliff after a few hours together, ya know?
Any thoughts, tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!