As a new member, I find this site quite exciting!
Well, I drove 10,000 miles from June to September 2010- namely, Dallas to LA to Albuquerque; back to LA; then across country to Maine (on Canadian border); then back to LA, all done on interstates. I even drove 3600 miles in four days, one day topping 1100 miles! Just slept in my rental car (a VW- ouch!) This April, I again drive to Maine but in my own older SUV. I have read all the threads and there's a ton of good advice, especially as I mean to once again sleep at roadside rest stops in my car. Just don't want to take the interstates this time. So, some questions:
1)Is it true that all truck stops have hot showers? Can just anyone buy a ticket?
2)Can one buy ice easily en route? Like, one bag at a time? I intend to buy a cooler and fill it with good food (last time I mainly just fasted, except for coffee, which I may forgo this trip).
3)Is there some danger involved with sleeping in my car at truck stops? (I've done many road trips in Europe, where this is never really a consideration, because no firearms...and truckers there are considered mainly a good thing, even a protection...)
4)Will the weather possibly turn icy in mid-late April going from Georgia to New York? Also, is it particularly mountainous along the secondary routes? (Last thing I want, after Colorado scared me for life!)
Since I plan to keep to a steady 55-60mph (Isuzu 3.2L engine, very thirsty) and will be in no hurry, it would be superb to know of any must-sees en route. I am also compiling a list of campgrounds but fear the nights may be too cold for pitching my tent. Do not want to pay fancy prices for being asleep and as I travel with two small dogs, the once-worthy Motel 6 is now so ghastly that it's no longer an option.
So nice to join an online community of like-minded road trippers!