The General YMMV Plan
Yes, we do have a plan.
In point of fact, our plan basically is ‘to avoid the weather.’ You’re familiar with storm-chasers? We’re the opposite. (Will heat-fleeing tours catch on? Stay tuned!)
Richmond is hot and steamy in the summer, so we don’t want to be there, then. So after quite a bit of demographic surveys, 50-yr weather profiles, and general research, we’ve settled on a soft target of Albuquerque. On the other hand, neither of us have ever actually been to Albuquerque, so how good it is remains to be seen—although it looks spectacular.
Traveling across the southwest in August is roughly as appealing as remaining in Richmond, so we’ve decided to take the scenic route.
Maine looks very welcoming for the summer, so we’re hoping to spend some time up there (or at least, in the New England area, wherever the weather and Internet are good).
In the fall, we will sort of meander from New England across to (eventually) New Mexico via St. Louis, Kansas City, Minnesota, Denver, Boulder, and anywhere else that sounds interesting along the way.
We should get to Albuquerque around November. Possibly this November. After that, it’s Groundhog Day—we stick our heads up, and if we don’t like our shadows, we take a left turn (a left turn at Albuquerque is crucial) and it’s two more weeks of driving. Somewhere.
So yes, we do have a plan.