What route are you taking, and when are you starting?
I am taking I-80 from NYC to the south-western corner of Nebraska, then 76W to Denver, 70W to 15S in Utah, 15S through Utah, Arizona, Nevada and into California. I will then take smaller roads between the Angeles and Los Padres National Forests over to Santa Barbara.
I am starting at some point between Friday, August 26th and Monday, August 29th. I haven't decided on a precise date yet, for two reasons. Firstly, I am not sure how long the drive will take me. I believe it will take anywhere between 5 and 7 days, since the car is old and I am driving alone. Secondly, I may want to try to avoid some of the weekend traffic. My housing contract starts on Thursday, September 1st and I want to arrive at the university as early as possible after that. Thoughts?
it's a big country,give yourself extra time.
I would leave now and make it an epic road trip.
You can bring your tent and camp along the way, living quite cheaply. And you should get the orienteering maps in Colorado and run on them along the way.
Zan, you are right. I should probably give myself at least 6 days to cross the continent. I'm thinking I should leave on Friday or on Saturday, without worrying about the weekend traffic too much.
Boris, I can see that what you say you would do is, indeed, exactly what you would do in my situation :-). Naturally, the fact that the car is liable to break down at any moment is beside the point, as is the fact that I could use a bit more rest, relaxation and catching up in my studies before I leave. I am very happy that you do not change!
I saw those Colorado maps, they look neat. Did your friend Jarkko make them solely from publicly available Google data?
When you say "camp along the way", do you mean legal camp sites or just random places out in the countryside? Please tell me more about camping possibilities across the country, I never know when I might find such information useful.