I just started planning a dog road trip around the perimeter of the lower 48 states (gulp!)
In the 15 years I’ve been pondering the idea of a perimeter trip, I never actually listed all the boundary states. Maybe I doubted I’d ever take the trip. That, and 15 years ago it was just me and my cat, Alex, and I knew she would be in a really really bad mood if I took her on something like this. It’s a lot easier to consider going when travel mates are eager, don’t you think?
The Lower 48 Perimeter States
Since we’re leaving in the fall and want to stay ahead of colder weather, I roughed-out a route going clock-wise, starting, of course, in our home state of Washington.
Here are the states we’ll be going through:
|1 Washington||2 Idaho||3 Montana||4 North Dakota|
|5 Minnesota||6 Wisconsin||7 Michigan||8 Ohio|
|9 Pennsylvania||10 New York||11 Vermont||12 New Hampshire|
|13 Maine||14 Massachusetts||15 Rhode Island||16 Connecticut|
|17 New Jersey||18 Delaware||19 Maryland||20 Virginia|
|21 North Carolina||22 South Carolina||23 Georgia||24 Florida|
|25 Alabama||26 Mississippi||27 Louisiana||28 Texas|
|29 New Mexico||30 Arizona||31 California||32 Oregon|
That’s a lot of states!
And the route around the perimeter is approximately 10,000 miles. Wowza!
This is going to be more of an expedition than a road trip! I admit to being daunted.
One Decision Leads to Another
While roughing-out the routes through places I want to be sure to see, it became clear that we’ll be riding mostly two-lane highways. Anyway, I want to experience the United States that isn’t necessarily found along the rush-rush and black top of the interstates.
So, now that I know the kinds of roads we’ll be taking (possibly narrower and rougher), I can make a better decision on the appropriate vehicle.
Yup, that’s right. I don’t even know what we’ll be road tripping in yet.
Apparently, there’s a lot more planning and prepping to do 🙂 Finding the right vehicle is high on the list.
What is a good long distance back-road tripping vehicle for two big spoiled dogs and their tour-guide-dog-mom?