So this past weekend I mapped out preliminary routes for two 13-day, 7,000-plus-mile road trips from my home base of Dallas: one trip to the northwest with Seattle as the far point, and another to the northeast with Acadia National Park in Maine as the far point. Both trips have 'goals' beyond those far points ...
... and I've decided to do the northeast trip in early to mid-May. The goals: visit the northeast's three National Parks (Cuyahoga Valley/Acadia/Shenandoah) and every single place I lived as a grade-schooler -- including my birthplace in Michigan, which I don't remember at all -- except one (Germany ... kinda hard to drive there, LOL). Those places are in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia.
Oh, and I'll be seeing a few friends along the way, too.
Right now, the trip will involve 22 states and lap up about 7,200 miles on Alli the 718's ticker. Any suggestions for roads to drive, places to eat/stay/roll through, etc. are more than welcome!
To Omaha, NE (via U.S. 75)
(10.7 hrs, 651 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/nobNwyHhSHQ2
Omaha, NE to La Crosse, WI
(9 hrs, 499 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/LRxGd9p6NFm
La Crosse, WI to Mackinaw City, MI
(8.2 + 1 hrs, 477 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/jEMfZJo7MJG2
Mackinaw City, MI to Cleveland, OH
(9.1 hrs, 543 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/jX4yoDaWyzz
Cleveland, OH to Ithaca, NY
(9.5 hrs, 507 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/1b2Vrqomvrw
Ithaca, NY to Burlington, VT
(7.1 hrs, 388 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/ruXXPHE3ahC2
Burlington, VT to Bangor, ME
(8 hrs, 388 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/DUtWHi3Cze42
Bangor, ME to Nashua, NH
(7.3 hrs, 351 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/52QLdD15S8J2
Nashua, NH to Scranton, PA
LEG 1 (to Woodstock, NY): (5.2 hrs, 234 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/GRxUWHTexEz
LEG 2: (3.2 hrs, 161 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/eWGvNFr421C2
Scranton, PA to Winchester, VA
(7.7 hrs, 434 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/6i6tErbzj1E2
Winchester, VA to Bristol, TN
(9.8 hrs, 560 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/626G5Vm2Xpx
Bristol, TN to Memphis, TN
(8.4 - 1 hrs, 558 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/SUXoWwmw84T2
Memphis, TN to home
(7 hrs, 474 miles) https://goo.gl/maps/mrsbbuQzoCK2