For the most part, Amy and I want to be itinerary-free on the road. That said, we know that we’re picking up our RV just outside of Los Angeles at the very end of July, and we know that we have to be at Burning Man on August 30th. If we needed to haul ass to Burning Man, we could be there in ten hours – but we have a month! So what should we do for that month to leave us at Burning Man on schedule?Over the last couple of weeks I’ve become more familiar than ever with the maps of southern California and western Nevada, and I think I mapped out a pretty darn good itinerary for August 1 – August 30. I’m also completely open to critique, advice, and points of interest that I may be missing. I may be packing too much in, but I also leave time to modify, subtract from, and add to our itinerary. Also, don’t forget that we’ll be on the road for a while. Just because we’re not hitting Yosemite in August doesn’t mean we forgot it. It just means we’ll hit it another time.The camping itinerary:
- August 1: Pick up RV just outside of LA and learn its basic operation
- August 2-4: Drive 50 miles and camp at Angeles National Forest Cottonwood Campground (Free)
- August 5-7: Drive 190 miles to camp at Santa Rosa Springs Campground at San Bernardino National Forest. If all sites full, switch to Tool Box Spring campground 23 miles west. (Free)
- August 8-10: Drive 100 miles to camp at Belle Campground at Joshua Tree National Park. Fee per night is $10.
- August 11: Drive 125 miles to roadside camping area on Cima Road nearly opposite the trailhead for Teutonia Peak Trail in Mojave National Preserve. (Free)
- August 12-13: Drive ~175 miles to boondock near 36.908611, -116.785556 (Near Beatty, NV. Free.)*
- August 14-15: Drive 130 miles to Grandview Campground in Inyo National Forest ($5 donation requested)
- August 16: Drive 100 miles to Mono Lake and camp at Rush Creek. (Free)
- August 17-29: Drive ~145 miles to Reno, NV. Three hour drive – can stop to rest at Washoe Lake State Park ~118 miles in. Can also stop at Travertine Hot Spring, 75 miles in. (Dry camp in/around Reno – free)
- August 30 – Arrive at Burning Man!!
For brevity’s sake I excluded points of interest along the way and at at the sites themselves. The long stop in Reno is really there to allow for detours on the way, staying longer at favorite sites, mechanical issues (fingers crossed!), and prepping for Burning Man.From my research I’m pretty familiar with things to do at the sites, however all I know of the places between sites is a long green line that Google Maps draws. Any suggestions?[Update: I’m becoming a bit drawn to Amy’s take, which is to essentially cut out points D-G on the map so we can spend more time in each location and get to know the RV at a slower pace. We’ll see.] *I may rethink this one… Death Valley in the summer may be a stupid idea.