Yup, you read that right. A 3,177 mile road trip that’ll take 6 days to cover. Wouldn’t it just be easier to fly than drive from coast to coast? We’ll need a new oil change after we’re done with this trip! Well, we better get a move on it, there’s a lot of road to cover…
High pressure sitting over New England will make for an easy start to the day as we head southward along the coast and eventually into central Massachusetts. Clouds will be streaming into the region ahead of an approaching system however. As we make our way into eastern New York, past Albany, snow will start to fall as we continue westward on I-90. Luckily, it won’t be TOO heavy before we finish our day in Syracuse.
Better get up early to brush the snow off the car! It’ll still be snowing as we push westward out of Syracuse towards Buffalo, but luckily we’ll be driving out of the heavier snow the further we go west. By the time we pass Buffalo and head towards Erie, we’ll just see a few snow showers that will come off of Lake Erie, and will probably be pretty windy behind the cold front. Other than that, it should be a quieter finish to the day than we started as we stop for the night just north of Angola, IN.
As we head westward through northern IN towards Chicago, we’ll probably see some lake-effect snow come down as NNW flow continues off of Lake Michigan. Hopefully it’s not too intense of a band, but overall, shouldn’t be anything that we’d be driving through for more than an hour. After that, our trip on I-80 will be fairly uneventful for the rest of the day as high pressure is settling in over the Central US. Our half-way mark for the trip will be spending the night in Des Moines.
Today will be the longest leg of the trip, going 673 miles from Des Moines to Denver. Luckily, most of the day will be quiet as we start off under high pressure and just some high clouds are expected as we pass by Omaha and Lincoln. However, a large trough is digging its way into the western US and by the late afternoon hours, a few snow showers will be falling in western Nebraska. As we push into Colorado, however, temperatures will warm up some and it will change to rain, with some heavier showers possible as we pull into Denver after our long day.
Today will be a scenic day, driving through the Rocky Mountains as we start to enter the home stretch of our marathon road trip. The aforementioned trough will continue to dig into the Great Basin, with snow showers expected in the higher elevations of the Rockies in CO and UT, but not until later in the afternoon. Most of the start of the day should be easy going as we negotiate our way past vail and Grand Junction. We could see some snow showers in the late evening as we move through our final portion of I-70 in central Utah before we get onto I-15, finishing our leg in Beaver.
Finally! Our last day is here! And even better, with high pressure nosing its way over the region, this final leg should be pretty easy! Might even have a little time to stop in Las Vegas (which, coincidentally, on this Day Six I actually WILL be in Las Vegas as part of my annual trip there) for some In-N-Out. After that delicious meal, we continue onwards into CA and finally pull into Riverside to finish our trip! Fun fact, Riverside is home to the winning team to this past year’s Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball champions. Who knew?!