As I may have mentioned before, two of my children and five of my grandchildren live on the east coast of the US. Every couple of years I visit them in an endeavour to establish some sort of a relationship with my grandchildren.
In between all their birthdays, I do a bit of tripping around to visit friends and family of my children-in-law. To date I have notched up 62500 miles.
Now I have a few questions. Do not want lots of suggestions, as I really like to just discover things along the way.
The preference is to stay off interstates and toll roads as much as possible, and not too keen on going to / through the large urban centres. Been there, done that!
Love to see out of the way and little visited gems. Am very keen on travelling on the small roads and bi-ways. The occasional gravel road does not worry me.
Basically my plan is:
Arrive at LAX 25th April, 2009. Either fly or drive to St Paul MN, where a car will be waiting for me. Most likely drive - I prefer to drive - may take the hostel shuttle bus to SF and visit family in Santa Clara. Then decide.
After a few days in St Paul, I will head straight for Boston. Probably do that one on the interstate. Spend some days with son and family. Then a couple of days with daughter in Mahway NJ before heading off by mid May to Anchorage AK.... via:
(here is where I need a little help)
Route from Mahwah to Dubuque... The only point of interest I have seen on this route is Fairmount IN (James Dean).
Des Moines IA
Alliance NE (Car henge)
Am planning on taking I-80 to Green River area. From there it will be on to Twin Falls. Any gems along this route... which route??
Glacier NP MT
Route from GNP to Banff / Lake Louise??
Icefields Parkway, Canadian Rockies
Jasper to Dawson Ck... any suggestions?
Alcan Highway, Dawson Ck to Fairbanks
Deadhorse AK (hopefully?? - may have to take a commercial tour)
Denali NP AK
The route through Alaska is flexible (as is my whole plan) and I may reverse it. Any gems up there which are off the beaten track? And other than the main highways, how are the other roads. I have already travelled most of the main roads... would like to try some of the others. Am frantically searching for my 2004 copy of The Milepost.
St Paul MN (possibly via Saskatoon and Winnipeg?)
Any roads here which I should not miss... any gems which I must see?
Boston MA (in time for grandson's birthday on 20th July)
(I'll worry about the southern leg later - lol)
The time frame is completely flexible, other than that I have to be at all the birthday parties. If I decide to stay here for an extra day, I will just have one less day at another destination. Am really not fussed.
One thing I should mention. Whereas in 2007 I was hiking in the Grand Canyon, Death Valley and many other places, I have since being diagnosed with a condition which severly restricts my mobility. So please do not suggest things which require a lot of walking / hiking.
I just thank God I did all those things when I could.
Lifey who is counting the days - 104 to departure