The first thing that comes to mind involves your dates. Thanksgiving is the traditional opening (+- days or weeks) of the ski season on the west coast. All that means is that the snows will be piling up in November(hopefully). Our first snowfall above 7000' was either August 31st or Sep. 1st this year, although it has since melted. But, some of the places you'll be driving through are notorious for horrible winter weather. From Rapid City to Klamath Falls has the potential for some pretty brutal weather. Just one of those fun things you should keep in mind. Might do to have a plan B of some sort.blink32 wrote:Nov 14 through Dec 7th I'm taking a little drive in the Pathy.
Well, let me know about it when you do.I plan on being in MOAB for a week next summer so I'm skipping that area for now (sorry Steve)
I notice you won't be driving along Highway 1 from SF south, or was that not intentional? 101 is pretty bland driving, although much better than I-5. I know the 1 gets closed often enough in the winter because of slides, but it is a nice drive if the weather promises to be halfway normal. I drove up the 1 a couple of weeks ago. There are a few state parks for camping (if that's even a possibility for you), and there's also Hearst Castle as an attraction. Lots of other options along your route, but I just don't want to suggest anything because of the snow/road closure issues. Looks like a nice trip though. The only thing I can really suggest is to pull up the state parks for each of the states you'll be visiting. There are really quite a few gems in the various state park systems that few have ever visited, yet are worth a visit.I prefer National Monuments, parks, etc over pay-to-play stuff, but there are interesting things out there to pay for
I definitely am taking that to heart. I have family in Klamath and I drove up there (although I took I5 and cut off at Weed, CA) one turkey day a few years ago and hit snow in my Escort. It was manageable but I am preparing. My tires have excellent tread and I am taking a set of diamond snow chains.NVSteve wrote: But, some of the places you'll be driving through are notorious for horrible winter weather. From Rapid City to Klamath Falls has the potential for some pretty brutal weather. Just one of those fun things you should keep in mind. Might do to have a plan B of some sort.
I will. Planning on June/July time frame. Neighbor wants to come out in his Xterra also.Well, let me know about it when you do.
Sort of intentional. I grew up in Paso Robles so highway 1 is an after thought since I saw so much of it before. But you are right, a trip down 1 should be beautiful. My only requirement, which I should make, is to be home for Turkey Day. And thanks for the heads up on the Hoover Dam. I'll definitely be stopping by for that.I notice you won't be driving along Highway 1 from SF south, or was that not intentional?
Oh, and they are conducting tours at Hoover dam. I think Boogyman must have been there at the peak freakout time when virtually everything important was closed to tourists.
Ah, the benefits of youth! I can generally go 4-6 hours, or 8 with a good nap in between. Returning from Colorado I did drive 20 hours with a couple of rest stops, but I think I slept for 20 hours the next day. At least I slept in my own bed.blink32 wrote:Thanks for all the suggestions. I do a lot of driving so I have gotten used to 20-22 hr travel days. In-fact, I average at-least one cross country trip per year. So far my fastest was 2 1/2 days from CA to NJ solo.