I've seen old posts on this subject and most of them ended up going sideways. Thought I'd try again, with a specific question or two. I understand that this is a matter of personal taste and capability, but I'm looking for general, "best practice" here. Thanks in advance for any input.
I'm planning a long road trip, basically from Ohio to Eastern Washington state, to Coastal Oregon, East across the California border and on to Reno, Ely, Pueblo, then back to Ohio, roughly via I70. I will be stopping for a day or two in several locations along the way, but the general purpose of the trip is to get an initial "quick feel" for the selected stopover areas.
I have not driven long distances in quite some time and I will be driving solo.
1. How many miles a day should I use for planning purposes? I'm thinking around 500, with 15-minute breaks every 2 hours or so and a 1-hour lunch and/or longer stay for casual sightseeing. Does this make sense?
2. If I assume an average of 60 miles/hr in Midwest interstate driving, should I consider the same for interstate driving int eh West, where I hear such average might be higher?
3. This trip will likely occur in mid may. How is the weather generally in the mountains, on the interstates, that time of year?
4. I have unlimited time but limited financial resources and am thinking of mixing car camping and cheaper motels. Any thoughts on that would be appreciated.