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zlaor Jul 10th, 2007 09:59 AM

A co-worker of mine is doing that right now. Her and her husband got an RV and are driving across the country after selling their house in NJ.

When they find a place they like, they're going to stay.

Cool!!!

Hubster Jul 10th, 2007 03:02 PM

I did it twice. Once from MA to the Northwest, and then back through Canada. The second time, also from MA, through the Southwest to CA. On both trips I couldn't wait to get through the Midwestern portion of the journey.

suze Jul 10th, 2007 08:08 PM

I did it in order to move to Seattle (from back East, New England). It's not something I would choose to do for fun or repeat. But that's just me, I'm not big on road trips.

That said... the flying to Hawaii part I like a LOT, now that I do!

sunbum1944 Jul 11th, 2007 07:48 AM

I have a friend who had ridden his bicycle across the country 2 or 3 times

now thats really nuts!

easytraveler Jul 11th, 2007 09:31 AM

Done crosscountry int he US 6 times and cross country in Canada (coast to coast) one time.

would suggest that you do some kind of loop, going through the southern states, the southwest states, then up the West coast - CAlifornia, Oregon, Washington, then head back east along a northern route.

Great country! You'll love it once you've see just how vast and diverse it is.

Have fun! :)

hamlet Jul 11th, 2007 09:45 AM

I did the cross country trip over 10 summers ago when I was in my 20s. A good friend decided she wanted to move to San Francisco (with no money, no promise of a job and having never set foot in California!) and asked me to accompany her out there. I actually did not do ANY of the driving - her car at the time was a VW Cabriolet (Barbiemobile) and a stick shift which she was supposed to teach me before we hit the road, but never got around to doing.

I loosely planned the coast to coast route and where we would stop along the way. Some days were just in transit and some days were spent enjoying whatever city we were in. I selected the Southern route as I thought that had the most fun options for us. We were not the types to go camping or rough it too much - we stayed in hotels and motels along the way.

From NJ we drove straight to Knoxville, but spent some time in Natural Bridge VA on the way. We then spent 2 nights in Nashville and 2 nights in Memphis. From there we stopped for a night in Oklahoma where I saw a great lightning storm and ate in my first Denny's. Then on to Santa Fe for one night. We spent the next day at looking in awe at the Grand Canyon, spending the night in Williams. And then on to another Grand, for complete contrast, 2 nights at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. We arrived at the beach in Santa Monica late one night and the following day drove up to San Francisco.

NB: Over 2 weeks traveling together and 10 years later, we are still friends and she is still living in San Francisco.

It was a really great memorable time and I hope to do a similar sort of road trip with my husband one day.



fb Jul 12th, 2007 05:25 AM

The summer of 1970, after my freshman year in college, 3 friends (2 guys and a girl that played in a rock band with me) and I piled into a Ford Econoline Van and spent 3 weeks travelling from Pittsburgh to SF and back. As my family had never done much traveling, it was a life changing experience for me. We took the southern route out (I-70 and US 40 I think) seeing the St Louis Arch, the mesas of New Mexico, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, LA (Disneyland, Malibu, Hollywood), Yosemite, SF (saw Deep Purple at the Filmore West), then the northern route back (I-80 and 90) via Salt Lake (swam in the Great Salt Lake), the Badlands/Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, Chicago. We'd pull into campgrounds, pile all our "luggage" in the front seat, and sleep on some mattresses we had saved from the junk pile in the back of the van. Did most of our own cooking. I think our budget was $5 a day a piece or something. After college and medical school, I came to LA for my residency (drove their with my wife, this time moving up in the world by staying in cheap motels), and have now lived in California for 30 years. I doubt that I'd be here were it not for my "hippie" trip.


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