cross-country road trip

So after Christmas we will be loading up the car (to the roof, I’m sure) and following the setting sun as far west as we can go. We are going on an epic 8 day adventure from the Midwest to the West Coast, and yes we are cutting south to avoid snowy, wintery roads.

Day 1: Michigan to the St. Louis area: where I am hoping relatives let us sleep for free.
Day 2: St. Louis to Tulsa Start the morning with a romp in Forest Park
Day 3: Tulsa to Tucumcari, New Mexico (Why here? Because it’s too far to Albequerque, and the hotels are cheap)
Day 4: Tucumcari to Flagstaff, Arizona
Day 5: Grand Canyon 1.5 hours drive to the south rim and overnight in Grand Canyon village… this is our “break day”, all other days are 7 hours of driving
Day 6: Grand Canyon to Barstow, CA Little pitstop in the Mojave Desert
Day 7: Barstow, CA to Monterey, CA via Highway 1 Lots of lovely scenery here, good places to stop
Day 8: Monterey to San Ramon Spend the morning on the beaches of Monterey, and it’s just 1.5 hours drive to my best friend’s house in the East Bay area

We stay with her for two nights and then we are off to our new temporary home in San Francisco!

It’s going to be fantastic, right??? Well, my 3 1/2-year-old is not going to enjoy 7 hours of driving time per day, let me tell you. No one is going to enjoy cheap Super 8 motels. So yeah, a lot of it will be misery. But the Grand Canyon, Mojave Desert, and Highway 1 will definitely help us out at the end!

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