Its been a while, work is a grind and I gots to get out of here. I had planned to fly (even have the airline tickets already) to San Jose to visit my grandmother for her B-day/X-mas next week, but driving there with the A/S suddenly entered my mind...
I'm strongly considering driving from Austin TX to San Jose CA. If I decide to do this, I'd leave this coming Thursday.
My first concerns are weather, especially over any mountains and such. It'd be my first time towing over any mountains, and I'm afraid of any snow/ice that I might encounter on the route. Even though I have diesel Excursion 4x4, it doesn't mean that I'm better in snow than the next guy. Laws of Physics applies to all. Words of advice on crossing mountains with my setup (diesel Excursion, Equal-i-zer hitch, Prodigy)??
Secondly, my planned route would be from Austin on US 290W to hit I-10W, taking I-10 all the way thru New Mexico, Phoenix AZ, and into LA. Once in LA (I'm open to suggestions to avoid the big city) I'd jump to I-210 N to I-5 N to Northern CA onto SR-153 and finally US 101 into San Jose. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on this route? Alternative routes or routes/roads/areas to avoid?
Finally, Campground recomendations allong the way? Since I'm always learly of campsites I've not see or some seedy ones along the road, if I travel long haul on a schedule, I usually try to hit the KOAs along the way. I was looking at:
- Thurs nite: KOA Van Horn TX on the way out of TX,
- Friday nite: KOA Lost Hills CA (Not sure I could make that one in one day from the KOA in Van Horn)
- Open for any suggestions between NM and LA cali that would be a good one nite stay
- San Jose CA - Maple Leaf RV park
I'll stay in San Jose until the 27th or 28th, as I'd like to get back to Austin by the 1st of Jan, but I'd like to drive back in 4 days instead of 3 on the way out. So, taking a bit more time on the way back, anyone have any suggestions to say or route to take to see the sights?