First of all, I'd like to say what a wonderful forum this is. I've spent about 5 hours on this site looking for ideas from searching. I just can't quite find what I'm looking for so I decided to post.
I'm not new to road tripping. I had my first solo trip when I was 18, from Denver to Dallas via US287 and I loved it! Then it was from Denver to Rapid City to see Mt Rushmore, then Denver to Chicago which was extremely awesome.
Me and my little brother will be driving to Los Angeles for the 4th of July weekend, starting Tuesday. I plan on doing this straight through, no stops. Before you all get on my case for not stopping, I don't have too much time unfortunately so I have to push through.
There's a few things that I am worried about making this trip. Until now, I've road tripped on pretty flat roads, except for to occasional trip to Dallas via Raton Pass (I-25). I will be travelling mostly through mountainous areas and I'm excited and nervous. Here are my questions:
1. How will this effect the fuel economy of my car? EPA is 28 mpg highway and at 16 gallons, I'm expecting 400+ miles
2. How often do rocks fall of the Rocky Mountains?
3. How frequent will I see gas stations?
4. What would be a safe speed limit for a newbie?
5. I'm 23 and my brother is 11--what should we see on the way? We're going via I-70 to Los Angeles and the Grand Canyon/Four Corners on our way back. Any other ideas?
6. What's the average for gas out in west Colorado?
Your answers, thoughts and ideas are greately appreciated. Thanks!