Well thats about 4 hours of my life gone reading extremely inetersing and useful ( and amusing!) hints and tips for road trips in the States.
So why the post.....
In just over a week I fly to NY and pick up a Chrysler Sebring soft top and set off west for SF. Apart from a weekend in Washington DC 14 years ago I've never been to the States and so as I am hitting the big 4 0 in August I thought I may as well do something different.
The posts that other folk have put on here and the relies they have had have been invaluable and have pointed out a few things I have missed so I thought I would put my plans down on paper ( well....on screen) for any other hints and tips.
I fly into NY Fri 25th July and am picking my car up from Newark NJ on Saturday 26th about 10am. The reason I've done it this way is I thought it would be easier to get out of town easier by train than picking the car up at JFK. As great a place as NY is I'm only stopping the one night as I can do NY for a weekend at any time.
My plan is to be in SF by Thurs 7th Aug, drop my car off the morning of the 8th and have a few days in SF before flying back via JFK on Sun 10th.
My route is about 4000 miles.
I'm looking at going this route...
NY to Roanoke,
Roanoke - Knoxville,
to Oklahoma, ( detouring to Prague OK just off I-40 as I lived in Prague, Czech Republic for a while)
to Dodge City
up through Monument valley and round the edge of the Canyon,
down to Flagstaff
into Vegas for the 4th August
5th August - mooch around Vegas and take a heli trip over the Canyon. Staying in the Venetian ready for the 6th
Wake up on the 6th on my 40th in a suite in the Venetian....woo hooo ! ( Suite $3750 a night on weekends, I've got it for $210 as its mid week)
Spend the day of my 40th driving through Death Valley up to Lee Vinning
7th - drive through Yosemite into SF
So my questions to you people with bucket loads more experience and knowledge than me are as follows:
1. Achievable or over ambitious? I am a sales person by trade and am used to doing 300-400 miles a day with my work. Doing it on holiday seems more pleasant than the M62 motorway in Britain in the rain ! I aim to set off each day about 10am, drive for a few hours , stop for a walk about and food then drive til I find somewhere I want to stop for the night.
2. I don't need to worry about falling out with my partner of any friends as I'm doing it alone. This does however give me concern on 1 leg as I have a 7 hour drive through Death Valey in August alone?
3. My car is paid for ( £400 for the hire and £200 one way drop off), my hotel in Vegas is paid for. I have $1200 and £1900 for food, fuel, accom, etc etc. Is this sufficient?
I've only stumbled upon this site today so realise its short notice but any help or advice is greatly appreciated