ChocoChock01 , we are planning half that, this trip. the thing is we have NEVER done anything like this before. we just need to see our friends so we are looking for our portal friends this trip around. this summer or next we plan on going around the northern route, DC to Sacramento, to north rim to Corn Palace. we went to Cali. a few years ago but it was a rush and hotel stays all the way . not much fun and very expensive. also it was for only 2 weeks . this will be over 3 months . half the price of the last one and 10 times as much fun as well as 100 more interesting places. our truck is 4x4 available but I'm not used to using it other than getting out of snow or mud holes.I think desert driving better be put off till I find someone to go with us. otherwise I'll be running on flat tires trying to get out of the desert. not a lovely thought or wrsev yet stuck in some ravin someplace. thanks Indy. looks like I'll be checking on the big bend area. want to check on getting a solar charging system so I can get into some dispersed camping areas. I'll be checking Camping World to see what they have for portability. we don't have any passports so no south of the border for us .