The BTW Preparations Page
We are planning to make it happen in the month of September 2000. Further
if time permits we might continue the excursion into October. It fits in
very well with our job change. We will be leaving behind the winter in
the northeast. By far this time is the best to travel through the northern
parts of America because fall (autumn) will be ssetting in and the fall
colours will be out in all splendour. Weatherwise it will be pretty pleasant
- not too hot not too cold.
Our plans revovle around the fact that we want to be flexible. What
we want to do is go at our own pace and in case we like something we would
spend an extra day or two in that place. We are planning to stay in motels
/ Bed & Breakfasts or even camping. One other factor that we took into
consideration is that we wanted to stay away from the big cities, mostly
not because we dont like them. But we have seen many of them. Most of the
city landscape, though very active, looks the same. So BTW 2000 snakes
around natural landmarks, national parks and the like.
Preparing ourselves mentally was also a big thing. We had been talking
about this trip for pretty long so that kind of toughened up there. One
other thing we did was to take a First Aid course in the local American
Red Cross (www.redcross.org).
The course was pretty good, the contents
were also good. What was bad was the instructor - she was sloppy and came
to the course with a big hang over from a previous day's party. However
the course material is excellent. We would recommend you do a short
course if you are planning to take on such a trip...
If you want to drive from the east coast to the west coast across the United
States we have two popular routes to follow - specifically from New Jersey
to California (which is what we are doing):
The First route is the southernly route: New Jersey, Maryland, Smoky Mountains,
Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and into California
The Second route is New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, the great plains, Colorado,
Utah, Nevada and into California
We are taking a variation of the second route. The changes to the shortest
route mentioned above are that we are planning to hover around the
Colorado, Utah area for sometime. We would drive around to Wyoming,
Idaho, Montana, and if time permits into Arizona. So we have really grandoise
plans. The basic idea is to cover the following states (some of them in
more depth than the others).
The states we are planning to visit
Sure about these states
Not sure about these
(and if time permits)
Iowa and/or Missouri
South Dakota and/or Nebraska
Our Packing List
What you pack for a trip can make a lot of difference. You could end up
spending a lot on the way or worse not have something that you would desperately
need. So we scoured the web for a good list of things to take on such a
trip. We landed up with the following broad categories.
Please click each of the category for the detailed list or the BTW icon
below to go to complete list.
The BTW Resources
What would you need to read for undertaking a trip like BTW ? What would
you visit on a trip like this ? How would you keep yourself safe on the
road ? We were puzzled by the same questions before we started thinking
about this trip. One of the best ways to get the answers is to read
about similar trips by other people. The internet is an enormous tool to
do this kind of research. Books of course were the final authority about
details for the trip. We also need to sit back with a cup of coffee and
think about it till everything falls into place. We are listing the resources
we referred to in the following categories. This page was developed over
time as and when we started collecting the information. If you get
that feeling that it is built in bits and pieces then be assured that the
page was built in bits and pieces !!
If you want to look at all the resources at one place please click on the
BTW icon below.
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