Hey guys, my names RJ and I'm from Illinois. My buddy and I are both in college and ever since we were young we've always wanted to take a extended road trip across the west to really see what the country is about. We would like to leave sometime in early to mid July and take 3 weeks and really be nomadic, and take what comes. I work at a fitness gym so I talk to all types of life about what to expect on the road, but I've came here looking for expertise from you guys.
We'll both be 21 at the time of the trip and hope to have atleast 2,000 apiece(which I think is a good amount for 3 weeks. If anyone suggests other please feel free to do so). I've been inspired to really see the country as a result of my readings by Jack Kerouac in 'On the Road', John Steinbecks 'Travels with Charley' and John Krakukers 'Into the Wild' and truly feel compelled to see this country before a career and life grab hold of me. I want to see whats left of the desolated landscape, to drive through the desert with the windows down, to really see this country for what it is. I understand there is many setbacks and trials that can happen for an extended period such as ours. But I have my parents support as well as my Boss(who is giving my 200 bucks for the trip!) as does my friend. We plan on being cautious where we go but to really give ourselves a treat to this great and vast country.
We, as optimistic as we are, would like to take scenic routes all over and get to Portland, Oregon, New Mexico, California wine fields, Grand Canyon, Salton Sea and Slab City, California among others. We understand this is a long journey and much money, but I believe it can and will be done. We are really excited about this trip and the power of being on the road and truely experiencing life and this great country as it stands.
I would greatly appreciate any comments on other places to visit, advice for us first time road trippers among anything else(heck, Best wishes are welcome too!).