|Barked: Fri Jul 27, '12 7:07pm PST |
|We took a cross country 9-day-one-way-Washington-to-Virginia road trip a little over 2 years ago, and then only a Virginia-to-Tennessee-and-back trip, maybe 2 months ago.
During the trip to Tennessee I needed to stop often--every couple of hours or sometimes even ever hour, because recently I've developed some problem with my right leg where it starts painfully cramping up when I've been sitting for too long. That worked out nicely for the dogs, but honestly they probably did not need to stop as often as I did.
Back when we took our cross-country trip we stopped only maybe 3 or 4 times a day as I remember--Not including stopping to sleep or the times we stopped to camp for a couple days at Yellowstone, then again at the Badlands. That was before my leg issue started, and back then we only had Ava. Plus, we were driving in my big old van where Ava had enough room to get up and walk around a bit if she wanted to. My van doesn't have middle seats, so there's this wonderful big empty space between the back fold-out bed and the driver's and passenger seats. Mostly she stayed under the bed. We'd also take her on mini-walks at every rest stop, but we didn't stop any more often than we humans needed to (I should note that if we were driving a car instead of a big hulking van we would have stopped more often than that, since she wouldn't have had the option of stretching her legs in a little car).
She ate breakfast and dinner when we did, there was a cup that we kept in a cupholder full of water at all times.. not enough to spill but enough for her to get a good drink, and I'd refill it as often as I needed to.
I couldn't offer any advice about hotels, as we slept in my van every night, either at empty hotel parking lots or rest stops. Just make sure to pack lots of water--we bought 2 big 24-packs of bottled water from Costco, which was honestly a lot more than we needed even for a 9 day trip, but that's ok because we didn't know how much we'd be using and it's good to be prepared.
Edited by author Fri Jul 27, '12 7:14pm PST
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