First Road Trip! Any advice?
Hey everyone! I've been looking forward to this road trip for some time now. I just want to get everyone's take and make sure I'm not overlooking anything.
I'm going to be doing this trip by myself. My goal is to be completely isolated from my regular world and maybe write a book based on this experience. I will carry a cell phone for emergencies of course, but plan not to use it.
Here are the nuts and bolts. I'm going to leave on Friday, May 16th in hopefully good traveling weather and travel 10 days. Leaving my home in Cranston, Rhode Island, I'm going to take the interstates until I get to Maryland and then take the US highways (starting with US 50) all the way to Kansas City, MO. From there, slightly north to Nebraska (for some minor league baseball), then south to Dallas (taking 66 through Oklahoma and also US 77 amoung others). From there east to Savannah, GA on US 80 and then north up US 17 and then US 13 through the Delmarva Penninsula. Here is a closer look at my itinerary:
5/16 Fri - Clarksburg, WV 629 miles
Sat - Vincennes, IN 469 miles
Sun - Kansas City, MO 431 miles
Mon - Lincoln, NE 293 miles
Tues - Miami, OK 458 miles
Wed - Dallas, TX 412 miles
Thurs - Jackson, MS 417 miles
Fri - Macon, GA 434 miles
Sat - Wilmington, NC 446 miles
Sun - Dover, DE 459 miles
Mon - Cranston, RI 397 miles
Here's how I figure the cost (trying to overestimate):
Miles - 4845
Gas - 16 fill ups x $20 = $320
Lodging -10 stops x $75 = $750
Food - 33 meals x $5 = $165
TOTAL COST = $1235
I think I've pretty much covered my bases. I figure 450 miles a day on the US highways is reasonable. Any ideas or suggestions would certainly be appreciated!
And if you see a shiny black '02 Mustang with Rhody plates, that's me! Happy travels!
You've done your research and know exactly where you want to go.
Still a good idea to join AAA if you haven't already.
A couple of road adventurers embarked on an epic road trip a couple of years ago. You might find some of their discoveries enlightening at www.quest-4.com.