I'm seeking some assistance from all you helpful people... I'm Scottish, and am planning a 3 week cross-America road-trip to understand the US in 2009 a bit better as pat of a round-the-world trip.
BACKGROUND: I gave up my job and set off round the world last November at the age of 37, to witness how things are changing in 2009. I've spent 6 months in India, and nearly 3 months in China. I'm about to go overland through South East Asia to Australia, and then will hit West Coast N America (could be LA, SF or even Vancouver) in mid-late November on or around Thanksgiving...
THE AIM/AGENDA FOR THE TRIP: Seeing change in India/China has been amazing, and the aim of the US leg is therefore to put this in some sort of (Western World) context one year on. (Of course I'd also like to see the beauty of the US). I'm pretty good at meeting people and chatting, so I'd like to plan a route that takes in a cross-section of American society to talk to. (I left the UK a few days after Obama's victory, and in the middle of the chaos of the Credit Crunch. The outcome of all this travelling will be a book).
CONSTRAINTS: Not many to be honest, although I might like to look in on a friend in Lincoln Nebraska (though this isn't absolutely necessary), and I need to be in New York by mid-late December (going home for Christmas...)
WHAT I NEED FROM YOU!: I'd love some suggestions on route, given the above... Also, I am presuming it is best to hire a car - can you pick up west coast and drop off east coast? what should I expect weather-wise (am aware it's approaching winter...)?
Thanks so much for your help!!