Be it just down the road or all the way to Death Valley, multi-day road trips require plenty of forethought and weeks of planning, especially if there's more than one of you.
I just finished the return leg of my semi-annual hump down to L.A. from Portland, (1000 miles door to door). Going south, it was me and one other buddy, taking the back route down so we could enjoy some scenery for a change, instead of mind-numbing freeway drone. We had a blast going down the eastern spine of the Sierras, from Mt. Shasta through to Lassen, Reno, Mono Lake and Mammoth. Glorious stuff. You'll read about it in a future article i'm working on. On the return, I did it solo - and man, what a difference! Turns out two other colleagues (you've probably read their touring stories in this magazine) recently hit the road too. They're heading on a similarly drawn -out tour, and Tad agreed to document the journey with posts on his blog. Check it out here: