Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Planning A Cross Country Road Trip

Gene and I have traveled across the country twice before, back in the summer of 2010. It was hot, we were miserable, and we just wanted to get to our destination. I wrote about it briefly here. If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, you'll know we recently drove back east to drop the doggies off with their grandma and grandpa to foster while we are gone, to visit Nan one more time before we head to Okinawa, and then turned back to make a stop at the PaleoFx Symposium in Austin, TX.

Planning this trip was been no easy task. We "google mapped" from Fallbrook, to South Carolina: family stop one. We looked for an interesting way to break that down: What if we went from Fallbrook to Phoenix, to Albuquerque, to Oklahoma City... no Clarksville maybe? ... No, Oklahoma City, to Birmingham, to South Carolina? ... No, Look here, how about Olive Branch, Mississippi? Wait, what if we went from Fallbrook to Winslow, to Amarillo, to Conway, to Talledega, to South Carolina? That works, right?

We'd stay a few days in South Carolina and then make our way north to Virginia to stay with Nan for a few days. From there, we would need to make it to Austin, TX for PaleoFx. We thought about going from Norfolk to Knoxville to Memphis to Austin, but then we thought "Hey, let's drive from Norfolk to Nashville, spend a day in Nashville, then drive from Nashville to Austin!" Each of those two days on the road would have been about 13 hours, without stopping! Back to the drawing board: let's get Florida in (since I've never been) and New Orleans (never been there either)! Both would have made for long days on the road!

We decided on Virginia, to Atlanta, to New Orleans, to Austin.

Then it was a matter of getting home! Could we get from Austin to Fallbrook in 2 days? Should we make it three? We decided we would go from Austin to Albuquerque, NM to Flagstaff, AZ then home.

We've almost made it! It was a whirlwind of a month and I have so much to share with you all! #TYRFarewellAmericaTour has almost ended... first we just have to get in The Grand Canyon and Sedona, then I think I'm sleeping for a week!   


Meg Doherty said...

I love this! So fun! I love that you're taking different routes to see even more!

Heather said...

I drove probably 10 times from San Diego to Missouri and back, and I regret that I never, not once, planned enough time to stop and see anything along the way. I love seeing all your pictures on Instagram and I am now wanting to plan another road trip to have time for stopping at new places!

Victoria said...

Your road trip schedule should win an award! You have made it so fun and Ive loved keeping up with it.. Especially the BBQ stops. Oh and I am from 20 minutes from Olive Branch, MS. You wouldn't have liked it but I would have been SUPER jealous then! Hope the rest of your trip is just as adventurous!

Cat said...

I have done 3 cross-country road-trips with my mom, and we basically opened an atlas a month or two before and did exactly what you did. We learned after the first one that we HATE back-tracking! So circles, always. Gotta see new places! I think I've been to almost every place you visited, so it has been fun seeing your pics!

Amanda said...

You drove right through Augusta on I 20 it looks like. So fun though!!!

Ashley said...

I love that you guys chose to drive and see as many places as you could fit in your schedule, versus flying and spending every last minute in your hometowns. There is so much of this country to see and discover!

Jes said...

We are in the exact same planning stage at this moment. How can we fit in the most sights and most friend visits into one trip across the country, without wanting to kill each other!

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