Our summer trip in 2014 mapped out at about 2200 miles but when we got home we had driven almost 3000 miles including all the running around we did. We went from DFW to Wyoming spending almost 3 weeks. Our first day was a trip “home” it was a little less than 350 miles where we spent a few days with family.
The next leg was a destination, we wanted to stay a little north of Raton NM at Cedar Rail in the pass so it was a little over 350 miles with bad weather near the end. A storm rolled in and the entire pass lost power for the night thankfully we were setup when the thunder and lightning started. The next morning there was a Mule Deer right outside the back window, DW was happy.
We then went to northern Colorado for almost a week that leg was 275 through Denver. Next time we are going to pay the toll and go around.After that we went to Wyoming for a little over a week and that was a leisurely 225 trip.
When we headed back to DFW I had some business in Amarillo so we broke that up into two days with each day being a little over 300. A friend suggested staying in Limon Co. and taking US287 into AMA that was a bad idea since the roads were in poor shape with the brief run through the Oklahoma Panhandle being the worst.
We have an android phone and live by a few apps All Stays being first easily then Good Sam for Fuel we have Flying J , Love’s and a few others. We used to get creative trying to save a few bucks when getting fuel but after having to hop a few curbs we usually stick with truck stops or truck lanes at stations.
So we try to limit a day at around 350ish if possible, I use Microsoft Streets & Trips on my computer to plan out our day as best as possible. We usually only make campground reservations ahead of time if we are going to have a multi-day stay but we have a good idea where we are going to stay when we head out in the morning and make calls sometime after lunch for that evening. We carry 3 Labs with us and have found a lot of city parks along the way have hookups, it allows me at let the dogs stretch and are usually peaceful places to stay.