On the Road: Trip Log

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When we finally made the trip, starting in July 2010, we didn’t exactly do all we had planned, and we did some things that we hadn’t expected to do (no surprises there). Here is a log of our actual trip with links to stories, road notes, reflections and images from the trip. (Click on any “DAY” link to access the details for that segment)

DAY 1 – DRIVE: Nesconset , NY to Cuyahoga Valley National Park , OH (11 hours / 550 miles)
[ New York | New Jersey | Pennsylvania | Ohio ]

DAY 2 – DRIVE: Cuyahoga Valley National Park , OH to Chicago , IL (6 hours / 350 miles)
[ Ohio | Indiana | Chicago, Illinois ]

DAY 3 – CHICAGO VISIT DAY
[ Chicago, Illinois ]

DAY 4 – DRIVE: Chicago, IL to St. Louis, MO to Meramec state park (9 hours / 500 miles)
[ Illinois, Route 66 | Missouri, Route 66 ]

DAY 5 – DRIVE: Meramec State Park, MO to Rolla, MO to Bennett Springs State Park, MO (3 hours / 150 miles)
[ Missouri, Route 66 ]

DAY 6 – DRIVE: Bennett Springs State Park, MO to Kansas to Tulsa, OK (10 hours / 300 miles)
[ Missouri, Route 66 | Kansas, Route 66 | Oklahoma, Route 66 ]

DAY 7 – DRIVE: Tulsa, OK to Foss State Park, OK (12 hours / 475 miles)
[ Oklahoma, Route 66 ]

DAY 8 – DRIVE: Foss State Park, OK to Amarillo, TX to Palo Duro State Park, TX (13 hours / 525 miles — less anything we did on DAY 7)
[ Oklahoma, Route 66 | Texas, Route 66 ]

DAY 9 – PALO DURO CANYON VISIT DAY
[ Texas, Route 66 ]

DAY 10 – Amarillo, TX to Santa Fe, NM (8-11 hours / 350 miles)
[ Texas, Route 66 | New Mexico, Route 66 ]

DAY 11 – Santa Fe, NM to Albuquerque, NM (4.5 hours / 160 miles)

DAY 12 – Albuquerque, NM to Gallup, NM (8.5 hours / 310 miles)

DAY 13 – Gallup, NM to Winslow, AZ

DAY 14 – DRIVE: Winslow, AZ to Grand Canyon, AZ (3.5 – 5.5 hours / 185 miles )

DAY 15 – Grand Canyon Visit and DRIVE: Grand Canyon, AZ to Williams, AZ with optional start toward Mojave (2 – 9 hours / 60 – 225 miles, depending on how far we go)

DAY 16 – DRIVE: Williams, AZ to Mojave National Preserve, CA (2.5 – 9 hours / 115 – 240 miles, depending on how much we did yesterday)

DAY 17 – MOJAVE DESERT VISIT DAY

DAY 18 – DRIVE: Mojave National Preserve, CA to Barstow, CA (2 – 3.5 hours / 100 miles)

DAY 19 – DRIVE: Barstow, CA to Los Angeles, CA (4 – 7.5 hours / 175 miles)

DAY 20 – LOS ANGELES VISIT DAY 1

DAY 21 – LOS ANGELES VISIT DAY 2

DAY 22 – DRIVE: Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA (9 – 12 hours / 485 miles)

DAY 23 – SAN FRANCISCO VISIT DAY

DAY 24 – DRIVE: San Francisco, CA to Death Valley, CA (8.5 – 10.5 hours / 550 miles)

DAY 25 – DEATH VALLEY VISIT DAY 1

DAY 26 – DEATH VALLEY VISIT DAY 2

DAY 27 – DRIVE: Death Valley, CA to Las Vegas, NV (2.5 – 3.5 hours / 150 miles)

DAY 28 – DRIVE: Las Vegas, NV to Zion National Park, UT (3 – 4 hours / 175 miles)

DAY 29 – ZION NARROWS VISIT DAY

DAY 30 – DRIVE: Zion National Park, UT to Moab, UT (5.5 – 7 hours / 350 miles)

DAY 31 – MOAB VISIT DAY 1

DAY 32 – MOAB VISIT DAY 2

DAY 33 – MOAB VISIT DAY 3

DAY 34 – MOAB VISIT DAY 4

DAY 35 – DRIVE: Moab, UT to Elephant Butte, NM (up to 9 – 13.5 hours / 575 miles depending how far we go)

DAY 36 – PICKUP DAY towards Elephant Butte, NM (drive of up to 400 miles depending on what we did yesterday)

DAY 37 – DRIVE: Elephant Butte, NM to Big Bend, TX (8 – 11 hours / 575 miles)

DAY 38 – BIG BEND VISIT DAY 1

DAY 39 – BIG BEND VISIT DAY 2

DAY 40 – DRIVE: Big Bend, TX to Palmetto State Park, TX (8 – 12 hours / 475 miles)

DAY 41 – DRIVE: Palmetto State Park, TX to Lafayette, LA (6 – 8 hours / 400 miles)

DAY 42 – DRIVE: Lafayette, LA to New Orleans, LA (2.5 – 4 hours / 150 miles)

DAY 43 – NEW ORLEANS VISIT DAY

DAY 44 – DRIVE: New Orleans, LA to Lake Lurleen State Park, AL (5.5 – 8.5 hours / 350 miles)

DAY 45 – DRIVE: Lake Lurleen State Park, AL to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN (6.5 – 10 hours / 450 miles)

DAY 46 – DRIVE: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN to Shenandoah National Park, VA (8.5 – 12 hours / 475 miles)

DAY 47 – DRIVE: Shenandoah National Park, VA to Nesconset, NY (8.5 – 12.5 hours / 400 miles)