Hi, all. First post (though I've lurked a while and this is really a nice, friendly forum). I'm planning my first major road trip and have had little luck in finding some basic things that would help. The driving trip will be 4-5 weeks next fall from San Francisco to Ohio via the old Lincoln Highway and return via Route 66. I have info/booklets on those routes. But I would appreciate any guidance/help with a few things:
1. Is there any mapping software/website that will let me draw my route by freehand? Both the Lincoln Highway and Route 66 are really "bygone era" roads, so trying to map something has been an exercise in entering multiple locations (on Google Maps, in Microsoft's Streets & Trips, etc.). It would be much, much easier for me to be able to draw my route on a map and then add stops, etc. I'd prefer a software program, since internet service may not always be available.
2. What's the best way to plan my driving days (mileage, making up miles, getting ahead of myself, etc.)? I plan on stops, maybe spending a few days here and there, and enjoying the country. But I don't want to get caught short and have to drive 1,000 miles in two days. :)
Ideally about two weeks from here to Ohio, a week in Ohio, and two weeks to get back to San Francisco. Maybe some of the road warriors here have tips on how to best make use of the time on the road over a month of driving?
Many thanks in advance.