The overall shape of the next trip is emerging. Drive to Cascade ID via Flagstaff, a week in Cascade, then head up and take Rt 12 over towards Missoula MT. Then I’m thinking I may take US 93 S back S into Idaho, through the Bitterroot Valley down toward the Craters of the Moon national monument. Loads of interesting stuff along that route and apparently another very scenic drive.
From there … options open up, but the terrain dominates. One strong possibility is to work my way S and E in WY towards I-25 — I-25 S to Boulder for a family visit. Then I could go S and hole up in White Rock and Santa Fe for a while or angle SW toward home down through various places in CO.
[Or instead of going S on 93, I could stay N, roughly along I-90 from Missoula, and head over toward a close encounter with Devil’s Tower in NE Wyoming and go south towards Boulder from there.]
The major unsolved piece of logistics is to find someplace to hole up for the 4th of July weekend.
Time and money: I need to find some places to stay for several days at a time to recharge the money meter, preferably at someplace cheap or free. In any event, most versions of this itinerary involve a shit-ton of driving… the whole circle route home-to-home via Devils Tower would be about 3400 miles. At 200 miles/day that would be about 17 days of continuous travel. About 400 gallons of gas at recent average mpg, and THAT’s maybe $1000 for gas at $2.50. That 17-day figure doesn’t include extended stays anywhere, like Boulder or White Rock. Hmmm… In any event, it’s looking like this is a month-long venture at the minimum.