I am planning a long road trip this summer, lasting anywhere from a month to ... around the Western United States.
I have no time limits, engagements, or anything else holding me back. I want to hit the open road, live free and adventure. I want to break free of normal life with its comforts, and explore. As best said in 'Harold and Maude' I want to L.I.V.E!
To keep expense's low I plan on eating out only once a week, and camping for free wherever I can (hotels are taboo for me)
I am in the process of saving up some cash now and plan on having 3 - $4000 by the time I leave in June or July. For gas I don't think I will need more then $1000 (Thats at 6000 miles, $4.00 a gallon (hope not) and 30 mpg (got 40 on highway last time I checked). Little to no fees for lodging, and as little as possible on food. I plan on spending as little as I can so I can stay out as long as I want.
The plan is to take off from Colorado and head north hitting the national parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier, spending as long as I want backpacking around them, and stopping wherever else looks interesting. From there I am heading across to Washington, then down into Oregon where I want to backpack the Oregon coast for at least a week (also considering a though-hike of the whole coast)
From there it's down into California visiting more parks, places I remember from my childhood, and the major cities. After that my direction turns east back towards Colorado, hitting all the parks and wherever the road takes me.
My previous main road tripping experience has been driving with family to California every summer, and one weekend last year I took off solo to Utah to Arches and Natural Bridges (Natural Bridges at night is by far one of the most amazing things I have seen in my life, I highly urge you to check it out if you can). I also take off about two weeks a month to various locations in Colorado (usually no more than 4 hours one way) to backpack trails, or climb the mountains.
I was wondering if anyone had experience with this sort of open ended trip, and if you had any advice for me?
This has been something I have wanted to try for a while now, and see if it works. I plan on staying on the road and backpacking new places until I get bored which could happen in a month or never.
Any advice you have is welcome, and thanks for the forum, reading various topics has given me quite a bit of information.
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