My significant other and I have purchased a 2nd home in Charleston SC. At the end of May we plan to drive 2 vehicles, light luggage and all our pets (3 dogs and one ornery pot belly pig) on a 4-5 day journey from Santa Barbara, CA to Charleston. The ONLY reason we are making the drive is because of the pet pig. Normally we would ship dogs and transport vehicles along with all other possessions. We are planning to drive anywhere from 8-11 per day, all dependent on the pigs temper. All 3 dogs in one car and 1 pig in the other vehicle. We plan for a 4 day trip to reach our destination, with 3 hotel (searching for pet friendly) overnights along with way. Hammie the 200 lb pet pig is accustomed to riding in the Nissan van that he will be hauled in, but obvioulsy not for this peirod of time (usually max of 1/2 hour ride). The van is basically outfitted with everything he needs not to have to get out of the vehicle the entire trip (liter pan, food, bed straw etc.), but we hope to be able to take him out (via ramp) so he can stretch his tiny legs - all depends on how unruly. trying to time the drive based on acceptable evening temperatures should the pig need to stay in vehicle overnight, while we get some rest.
Yes, we are dreading this drive and dont plan on any unnecessary stopovers of any kind, other than the obvious needs including bathroom/gas/food and sleep. Im having a bit of trouble navigating the map wizard on this site but will slowly figure it out. Would love suggestions on good stopping points (layover) along I40, especially first full day. Was planning on making it to Flagstaff, which will be roughly a full day of 8 hours in the car. Any input for our journey would be fabulous.