Hello all! I am new to this site and forum, and this will be my first cross cross-country road trip! I am moving to Flagstaff, AZ after Christmas this year. My girlfriend and I will be taking my 2007 kia spectra on the journey. It only has about 100k miles on it currently, and it will be packed full of our stuff. We absolutely have to be there by Jan 1st, but would prefer to arrive earlier if possible.
I will likely do most of the driving and would like to limit it to 6-8hrs/day and I prefer driving at night. I usually sleep at around 1-2am and only need about 6hrs of sleep max. We would ideally like to explore some cool places along the way in the day time. Any suggestions for natural beauty/cool historical sites?
I am thinking we will probably take I-40, as that seems to be the most preferred route of choice. We mainly want to get there asap upon leaving but would also really love to view some scenery along the way.
I have friends in Ada, OK that would likely allow us to stay there one night, and I have family in Austin, TX. It would be nice to take advantage of one of these options as we have very little money and would like to get to Flagstaff as cheaply as possible.
I am bringing no pets, and we are both fine eating quick food along the way, but will pack some snacks for the road. How much does it usually take to make a trip like this? We don't want to eat at the best BBQ places or have the world's most legendary cup of ice cream along the way. We can settle for fast food. Any good suggestions on bargains for food, hotels/motels, and gas?
Also, since it will be so cold are there any issues I should be aware of with the temperature being so low?
I have warm clothes, a jump starter box, a bug out bag for survival in case anything goes wrong, and a road atlas. I'm usually pretty prepared, but I would like to get some tips from thoss that travel often, or have made this journey or a similar one before. Thank you!