Hello all, I will be driving cross-country beginning on the 14th of December. The route is not yet set in stone, but is pretty wonky and could look like the link I've pasted at the bottom of this message, unless we take a more southerly route. Nearly 5,000 miles (8000km) on the road. As things stand now, I will be driving with a friend to New Orleans, where we will stay for 2 nights, beginning the 17th, and link up with another friend..
Then 2 nights in Houston, followed by a long-haul to a farm in Four Corners, CO, where we'll stay with an old roomie of mine. After that, destination is PDX, where I'll be seeing and staying with family. Finally, a (hopefully leisurely) jaunt down the Oregon coast, where we'll pick up my dear old grandmother, and ferry her to California, camping a bit at some choice beaches I adore, or hotelling if the weather's too crummy.
I've done long drives like this fairly regularly in the past and have a clean driving record, so would love to share the trip with some fun and friendly folks.
None of the itinerary is certain quite yet, except that we depart on the 14th of December, are in NOLA the 17th, and make it to San Francisco by the 29th. I cannot provide you a place to stay in New Orleans, Houston, or intermediary points, but am beginning to write couch requests at present moment. I always try to share my long-haul drives with others, so am posting this info here and in a few other groups.
My friends and I are looking for mellow, easy-to-travel-with sojourners who will relish this long trip, are self-sufficient, can share gas costs (sharing driving is a bonus too) and can juice up the car with good vibes and great stories. Preference may also be given to Spanish-speakers, card sharks, and frisbee hucksters.
Oooh, I'm glad I remembered this part: I've got a few cameras and think it would be fun to make a video-journal of the trip, which is something I definitely wish I'd done on past wanderlustings.
If you have any questions for me, or if you have suggestions on how to sculpt the journey, I'm all ears. I'll do my best to get back to all responders, but am suuuper busy these days, so may take a while.
Very much looking forward to this!
...and here are the CS profiles of the friends who will join us for all, or some of the trip:
Old Roommate (from New Orleans to PDX): http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/pickawhat/
NY Friend: (from NYC to New Orleans) http://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=6IWNTOA&from_search&search_ranking_names=1
Colorado farm friend: http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/onthebus/
2 spots have opened up in the car for this trip. So if anyone wants to join us at any point along the way, just drop me a line and we can discuss the gory details of this nutty drive!
Looking forward to hearing from youse,