Cliffy and I are driving to Bokeelia, FL in February so that we may camp on Cayo Costa (an island 19 miles out in the gulf) with better gear and prep this time. Last trip was by air and between having to rely on a car and driver and others to shop for us it was fun but could have been better. Not to mention the bag searches because of our campstove and snorkeling gear! Or turbulence. Ugh. Give me terra firma. Anyway, every route search comes up with strictly the Denver-KC-Nashville-Atlanta-Florida route. I like to make a big circle on a road trip and would prefer coming back by a southern route. I know there is a non-interstate cutoff from I25 between about Raton and somewhere in Oklahoma. Any suggestions, tips, pointers on both the midwest route and a southern route? I have not clue one as to what to expect for weather once we get past Kansas. Thanks!