, Eattheweak and I will be finding our way from Denton, TX to Olympia, WA. We're trying to nail down the particulars. Help us pick our route and then tell us what to do on it!
We have two paths we keep knocking back and forth. Both routes go across texas, up to Santa Fe (it's where I'm planning to spend my birthday, any suggestions for what to do there?), skirt across Colorado and stop somewhere in southern Utah. Now the first option
(warning: yahoo maps link, it could take a while to load) is to go west, straight across Nevada, to California. From there it's north to Olympia. The other option
(yahoo maps) is to go north in Utah, through Idaho, over the line in Washington and across to Olympia.
Do these routes seem to work? We plotted them on an atlas and on Yahoo Maps but we're sure there's a lot we're not taking into account.
As we've managed to figure out here are the things to keep in mind:
Route A seems to have less high mountains. Route B leaves less of a chance of being stranded in a desert. Route B would let us visit his brother. I am concerned also of how boring a drive through Utah/Idaho will be. He is concerned about the day we'll drive through Nevada and not see another living soul.
So, hivemind, what to do? I have a 99 V6 Chevy Malibu. It's getting serviced and new tires before we go. We're loading everything in the car, so it will be weighed down, but we won't be pulling anything behind us.
Also: if you've managed to read this far, what the hell do we do for entertainment on the way? Any awesome places we just have to stop off? We're thinking lots of mixtaps and a couple books on tape (so far we have John Hodgeman's book and On the Road). What else do we do?