Hello everyone! (Edit: And sorry for the long post...)
I've just started planning a huge road trip and came across this site. Loads of great info on it so thank you to those who have spent their time compiling it!
Anyway, I live in England, and have been ill for the last 10 years (I'm 22 now). FINALLY I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and am hoping to start a great treatment soon that should have me better in a few months to a year :D So, I'm thinking about what I want to do with myself! If all goes to plan, I'll get well, work for a year and save up as much as I can then probably come over in June/ August '10. I'd love to do it next year, but that would probably be too rushed.
I can stay in the US for a max of 3 months without having visa issues, so I'll probably stay for most of that, funds permitting. So it'll be a summer into autumn trip, so I can see the leave changing :)
This is my proposed route so far:
-Starting at Grand Canyon,
-Up through a bit of Utah (maybe Salt Lake? Not too bothered)
-Across to Colorado. This place looks lovely so may spend a couple of weeks here, especially at Dunton Springs
-Montana: Stopping at Glacier Park, then down to Yellowstone
-Now heading down south through South Dakota
-Hit Tennesse and Nashville! (Can't wait for that bit!)
-Georgia (Atlanta and maybe the coast)
And at the end I may pop down to Florida...
It's a bit of a mammoth treck for a first go! Does that sound OK to you experieced trippers? Is there anything you think I should add in or take out? Also, how long would that take a normal roadtripper?
As for transport, I'm probably hiring a car with Enterprise, as they offer discounted rates for long rentals. What sort of car is best to hire? I'm either thinking of a Ford Focusy type thing, or a 4x4. I don't really want the hassle of a gas guzzler but I think I'd probably feel safer in one. Plus there'd be more room for my junk ;)
Oh, and how much does an average day's food cost? I'm trying to work out a rough budget for everything at the moment.
I've looked through a lot of the help pages here and feel I've got a fairly good grasp of what I'll need. I'll obviously have to buy most equipment when I arrive - at least I've got a long time to plan!
Thanks in advance for any help you can pass on,