[Tony is on the road for the holiday and so his planning thread has been moved to Field Reports,]
Heh - here I am, not even done with my first major road trip of '09, and I'm already thinking of what I'm doing next. I'm just never satisfied, I guess. :)
Anyway, I've got a couple of extra days off over the fourth of July - from Saturday the 4th to the Tuesday the 7th (plus I might be able to finagle one more day out of the boss - we'll see as the plan unfolds). Okay, so not a heck of a lot of time.
I was thinking - purely brainstorming at the moment, mind you - driving down from Seattle to Sacramento, hooking up with Highway 50 there, driving the Loneliest Road to Ely and then up Highway 93 to Twin Falls for the trip back to Seattle.
A couple of questions:
* Being that there's only a couple of towns on the route, do you think that I'd be ok with my usual methods of drive until I find a motel that looks cool/friendly and crash for the night? Or are motels scarce along there and/or fill up quickly?
* Is four days long enough to do that? It's 750-ish miles from Seattle to Sacramento - a long haul, but potentially done in a day. (I don't mind the speed run along here, since it's not Oregon and California I'm aiming to see on this trip). From Sacramento to Ely looks like about 400 or so miles, and then back to Seattle is about 900 - which if divided by the four days is just a touch over 500 miles a day. Kind of brisk, but not too bad. Or should I really see about getting that fifth day and take it nice and easy?
* Hows the trip? Is it worth doing? byways.org has a bit of info, but not much. I imagine it'll be desert, desert and more desert. Probably not so much to do, but just so long as it's scenic and beautiful (and photogenic), I'm okay with desert.
* How's the weather? I did Seattle to Four Corners over last year's Fourth, and that was hot but not "Oh crap! Kill me now!" unbearable hot. Being smack in the middle of the desert, this is probably pretty comparable temperatures, right?