Greetings and salutations,
I've been lurking on this board for a while now, but this is my first post. This is a great site and simply reading other threads and the wealth of info they offer has been a great help while putting together my upcoming cross country road trip.
I've been planning for a couple of months now a solo trip in my Ford Focus wagon and I hope to depart this Saturday. To put it simply, I'm leaving Tacoma, WA and zig zagging across the north to Chicago. Then on to D.C. and south to Camp Lejun (Marine base) and further south to Florida to hopefully see Space Shuttle Atlantis launch in early Oct. Then to New Orleans and Dallas and up to Oklahoma City. From there, west to Mesa Verde in Colorado and into Utah and Arizona to Monument Valley, then the Grand Canyon. Then Vegas and LA and up 101 home. Truth be told, it's a little crazier and more specific, but thats the general plan (felxible too).
I'll be sleeping in the back of my car, which is pretty comfortable and have a camping stove, cooler, and the like. I plan to stop at laundromats to wash my clothes and find camp grounds, public pools, churches, to take showers. And maybe a motel every couple of weeks or so. I've got a national parks pass too, which is pretty cool. Altogether my budget is about $2300 and I've got till late November.
This is something that I've always wanted to do and I'm pretty excited to finally do it. So if you have any tips or critism, or know any interesting places along the way, I'd be grateful.