Last winter (2011-12) we started planning a road trip for the spring of '12. It started out as a trip along Route 66, with side trips to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, and then spending some time in southern California. Then we saw the PBS series on America's National Parks and decided that we had to see Yosemite and Yellowstone, which meant spending less time on Route 66. Re-planning, we ended up with a trip leaving from from Montreal at the beginning of April (soon after the snow melted) to pick up Route 66 at Joliette, IL then parts of Route 66 and I-40 to the Grand Canyon and Kingman, AZ, Then up to Vegas, down to San Diego and up the Pacific Coast Highway (with a side trip to Yosemite) to Oregon then to Seattle , and yes we drove past Big Sur with a long wheel-base F-150 and a 23ft trailer! Continued through Montana stopping in Butte and went on to Yellowstone, where we had some snow. Then on to Deadwood SD (with a stop at Little Big Horn) and Mount Rushmore. Continued to Pierre SD, Bismark ND, Duluth MN and back to Canada through Michigan's Upper Peninsular.
A really great trip which we thoroughly enjoyed.
A few random observations --
The best big campground San Diego Metro KOA (Chula Vista)
The best small campground Country Campground, Detroit Lakes MN
Also recommended - Farm Island Rec. Area, Pierre SD
Worst roads Concrete expressways around Los Angeles. The combination of the F-150's wheel base, the distance between the expansion joints and the 55mph speed limit set up a bouncing that was making me physically ill!!!!
If anyone is interested here is a link to our Picasa photo album:--
Robin and Gloria Vinson
Montreal QC Canada
2110 F-150 SuperCrew XLT 4x4
2012 Shamrock 23SS
75 days camping (2012)