Mendo_Recce_Etc_2018

20 April 2018 – 6 May 2018
Planning Notes

DAY 1
Friday 20 April 2018
Warren NJ – Youngstown OH

391mi/8h driving (~2 fuelups)

Goal: Depart New Jersey after work (1730h latest), drive west across Alleghenies, and preferably, PA/OH state line

Routing Goals and Notes

  • I-80 across PA
  • Clear into Youngstown OH area. Plenty of hotels or truck stops, depending on whims.

Pacing

  • Fuel up night prior
  • Depart NJ after Friday of working home. Wrap work by 1700h latest, depart 1730h latest.
  • 391 mile journey
  • ~8h at 50mph avg
  • If clear to Ohio, arrive by 0200h Saturday, goal of 6h sleep

DAY 2
Saturday 21 April 2018
Youngstown OH – Des Moines IA

725mi/14.5h driving (~4 fuelups)

Goal: Depart Ohio and cover major mileage. Transit Mississippi River, attempt to transit Missouri River.

Routing Goals and Notes

  • I-80, skirting/transiting:
    • Cleveland OH
    • Toledo OH
    • Elkhart IN
    • Gary IN
    • Chicago IL
    • Joliet IL
    • Quad Cities IL/IA
    • Iowa City IA
  • Primary goal is to make Des Moines IA

Pacing

  • Depart OH after ~6h of sleep, ca. 0800h
  • ~725mi journey
  • ~14.5h at 50mph avg
  • Gain 1h transiting to CDT
  • Primary goal is Des Moines IA, secondary goal is Omaha NE

DAY 3
Sunday 22 April 2018
Des Moines IA – Denver CO

675mi/13.5h driving (~4 fuelups)

Goal: Cross Missouri River, transit Nebraska and into Colorado. Make Denver by evening.

Routing Goals and Notes

  • I-80 to Omaha NE
  • Social calls in Omaha?
  • I-80 skirting/transiting:
  • Potential social calls in Denver

Pacing

  • Depart IA ca. 0800h
  • ~675mi journey
  • ~13.5h at 50mph avg
  • Gain 1h transiting to MDT

DAY 4
Monday 23 April 2018
Denver CO – Moab UT

475mi/9.5h driving (~3 fuelups)

Goal: Transit Rockies into Utah by Blue Highways. Position for White Rim Road trip.

Routing Goals and Notes

  • Avoid Interstates
  • US-285 south
  • At Poncha Springs CO, west on US-50
  • Transit Continental Divide at Monarch Pass
  • To Gunnison CO
    • Potential diversion to Crested Butte CO, depending on time (45min/32mi each way to MtCB)
  • Curecanti NRA
  • At Montrose CO, south on US-550
  • At Ridgway CO, west on CO-62
  • At Placerville CO, west on CO-145
  • At Naturita CO, west on CO-90 to CO/UT state line
  • UT-46 to US-191 to Moab

Pacing

  • Depart Denver early to maximise adventure
  • Try to cross Divide by mid-morning
  • Goal to be able to make Crested Butte diversion
  • Depending on White Rim situation, potentially get Shafer campsite at beginning of Road; otherwise, camp in Moab

DAY 5
Tuesday 24 April 2018
Moab UT – White Rim Road, Canyonlands National Park

xxxmi/x.xh driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Transit half of White Rim Road.

Routing Goals and Notes

  • Travel White Rim Road
  • More TK

Pacing

  • TK

DAY 6
Wednesday 25 April 2018
White Rim Road, Canyonlands National Park

xxxmi/x.xh driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Transit half of White Rim Road.

Routing Goals and Notes

  • Travel White Rim Road
  • More TK

Pacing

  • TK

DAY 7
Thursday 26 April 2018
Moab UT – Reno NV

xxxmi/x.xh driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Depart Moab, head towards California via Loneliest Road/US-50

Routing Goals and Notes

  • Depart Moab via I-70
  • At Salina, to US-50 west
  • Continue across Nevada on Loneliest Road/US-50
  • At minimum, clear Reno

Pacing

  • 710 mi drive, ~14h at 50mph avg
  • Speed limit most of US-50 is 70mph, 55mph on some passes
  • Gain 1h crossing to PDT

DAY 8
Friday 27 April 2018
Reno NV – Mendocino Nat’l Forest CA/Cedar Camp

xxxmi/x.xh driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Transit California to Cedar Camp and Mendo XXIV

Routing Goals and Notes

  • I-80 to Emigrant Gap
  • CA-20 west via Yuba City CA to Maxwell CA
  • Potential rendez-vous at Maxwell to camp
  • Directions to Cedar Camp
  • Begin Mendo XXIV, and activities therein

Pacing

  • ~210mi drive, ~6h including lower speeds in Mendocino NF
  • Goal for afternoon arrival at Cedar Camp for setup

DAY 9
Saturday 28 April 2018
Mendocino Nat’l Forest CA

xxxmi/x.xh driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Transit California to Cedar Camp and Mendo XXIV

Routing Goals and Notes

  • Off-roading at Mendo XXIV

Pacing

  • Beer before liquor, never been sicker
  • Liquor before beer, never you fear

DAY 10
Sunday 29 April 2018
Mendocino Nat’l Forest CA – Independence CA

xxxmi/x.xh driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Depart Mendo XXIV, to Independence CA via US-395

Routing Goals and Notes

  • Depart Mendo XXIV
  • I-5 south to SMF
  • US-50 east
  • US-395 south
  • To Independence CA

Pacing

  • Potential social call Betsy/Mark

DAY 11
Monday 30 April 2018
Death Valley CA

xxxmi/x.xh driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Explore Death Valley
70th Anniversary of the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show

Routing Goals and Notes

  • Explore Death Valley
  • More TK

Pacing

  • TK

DAY 12
Tuesday 1 May 2018
Death Valley CA

xxxmi/x.xh driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Explore Death Valley

Routing Goals and Notes

  • Explore Death Valley
  • More TK

Pacing

  • TK

DAY 13
Wednesday 2 May 2018
Death Valley CA

xxxmi/x.xh driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Explore Death Valley

Routing Goals and Notes

  • Explore Death Valley
  • More TK

Pacing

  • TK

DAY 14
Thursday 3 May 2018
Death Valley CA – Winslow AZ

xxxmi/x.xh driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Explore Route 66 in Arizona

Routing Goals and Notes

  • Explore Death Valley
  • More TK

Pacing

  • TK

DAY 15
Friday 4 May 2018
Winslow AZ – Tucumcari NM

450mi/9h driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Explore Route 66 in Arizona and New Mexico

Routing Goals and Notes

  • TK

Pacing

  • TK

DAY 16
Saturday 5 May 2018
Tucumcari NM – Springfield MO

650mi/13h driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Begin main journey home

Routing Goals and Notes

  • TK

Pacing

  • TK

DAY 17
Sunday 6 May 2018
Springfield MO – Warren NJ

650mi/13h driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Begin main journey home; ERROR HERE IN CALCULATIONS, ARRIVE HOME SUNDAY; or, remote work from Columbus with Jenni

Routing Goals and Notes

  • TK

Pacing

  • TK

DAY 18
Monday 7 May 2018 (or Tuesday 8 May 2018)
Columbus OH – Warren NJ

500mi/10h driving (~1 fuelups)

Goal: Begin main journey home; ERROR HERE IN CALCULATIONS, ARRIVE HOME SUNDAY; or, remote work from Columbus with Jenni

Routing Goals and Notes

  • TK

Pacing

  • TK