I’m using my brand-new SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AAA MEMBERSHIP to plot out my insane trek across 3,000 miles of American wilderness. (Note that a SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AAA MEMBERSHIP means the move is real, y’all.)
Okay. Maybe it’s not all “wilderness,” but probably there will be some tumbleweeds somewhere in the middle as I drive over the gritty vestiges of Route 66. Fun fact: Route 66 is no longer an official U.S. highway. What?!
Also there was just a tornado in Oklahoma City yesterday, which is my overnight destination on Day 3 of my trip. Okay, Oklahomans! Who wants to let me sleep in their underground tornado shelter?
I’m the planniest planner I know. Sad fact: I spent most of a gloriously beautiful weekend haunting online road trip forums to calculate driving hours and to dig up worthwhile places to see along the way. That’s okay, because I will get to see places like this:
BOOM! That last one is the Grand Canyon. You didn’t even see that coming, did you?!?!
Dude. I need someone to pack for me. This isn’t going to work.
Last Train’s HANDY 8-DAY COAST-TO-COAST ITINERARY
Washington, D.C. to Asheville, NC (8 hrs).
Overnight in Asheville.
Asheville to Great Smoky Mountain Nat’l Park (3 hrs). Hike, etc.
Great Smoky Mtns. to Nashville, TN (4 hrs).
Nashville to Jackson, TN (2 ½ hrs)
Overnight in Jackson.
Jackson to Little Rock, AK (4 hrs).
Little Rock to Petit Jean State Park (1 ½ hrs). Hike, etc.
Petit Jean to Oklahoma City (5 ½ hrs).
Overnight in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City to Amarillo, TX (4 ½ hrs)
Amarillo, TX to Santa Fe, NM (5 ½ hrs).
Overnight in Santa Fe.
Tour Santa Fe. Santa Fe to Albuquerque (1 hr).
Tour Albuquerque and Petroglyph National Monument.
Overnight in Albuquerque.
Albuquerque to El Morro Nat’l Monument (2 ½ hrs)
El Morro to Flagstaff, AZ (4 hrs).
Overnight in Flagstaff.
Flagstaff to Sedona. (1 hr)
Sedona to Grand Canyon. (2 ½ hrs)
Overnight at Grand Canyon.
GRAND CANYON at sunrise!
Grand Canyon to L.A. (8 hrs)
BONUS- DAY 9:
Start my new life and hope for the best!