Now that Sue has returned home, washed all her laundry, dropped the fake British accent and stopped dreaming about mushy peas, it is time for our next trip. For those of you who have forgotten, we are driving from our home in Chicago to the Grand Canyon & Moab UT. This is the planned itinerary:
|Date||What we are doing/Where we are|
|17-Jun||Arrive Santa Fe|
|19-Jun||4 corners & Monument Valley|
|22-Jun||Zion National Park|
|23-Jun||Grand Staircase National Park/Bryce Canyon|
|24-Jun||Drive to Moab|
All in the trip is about 3,700 miles. This is our planned route.
As always, all plans are subject to change due to mechanical issues, how tired we are and, of course, whimsy. Time is getting short and we haven’t done tons of research on places on the way; so we may have to just have to consult Roadside America as we go. For those of you who have not used Roadside America, it is a compendium of weird, wonderful, bizarre and just plain old odd places. Everything from the largest ball of twine (Cawker City, Kansas) to Scrap Metal Fossils in someone’s yard (Hanksville, Utah).
The first driving leg is somewhat daunting as there is pretty much nothing between Chicago and Santa Fe N.M. We have about 20 hours of straight driving which we are planning to break up into 2-2.5 days. We are leaning towards getting on the road Friday afternoon (after work … you know after 5pm….wink wink) and putting in a few hours. If we are lucky, we will get 5-6 hours in the first day and then break the rest up evenly.