Originally Posted by sammigrrl
I've seen several similar threads to the one I'm about to create, but none of them quite answered my question. So, here goes :)
My mom is in her 60's and I'm looking to move her from Los Angeles to Michigan. She has COPD and therefore, has issues with oxygen. She has taken a couple of airplane trips since being diagnosed a few years ago, however, the trips always take a lot out of her.
I'm looking to move her out to Michigan this summer/fall so she can be close by. The two issues I foresee with this are 1) she's absolutely terrified of mountain roads, and 2) she has to be careful with high altitudes because of her breathing issues.
I've spent about an hour or two on Google Maps and searching random checkpoint elevations until finally finding this forum.
So, for all you seasoned road trippers, if I do end up driving my mother out to Michigan, what is the absolute flattest and closest to sea level altitude route? Does one even exist? I have enough vacation time to add some days onto our trip if need be. My #1 concern is for the safety of my mom.
Of course we'll be asking her doctor if she can handle such a trip, or if she needs to fly, but I'm trying to figure out how much vacation time I'll need as as early in advance as possible.
Thanks so much!