After a visit to my local AAA office (not to be confused with AA, I'm still in the denial phase you see), on the top of my desk is a map with highlighted with a tentative route. My MP3 player is loaded up with The Doobie Brothers, Bee Gees and Dr.Dre; music, check. Dry bag loaded with camping gear, check. Thanks in part to the collective knowledge of ADV, equipment,.. check, for now, until I'm far from home. The time I have for this trip is fairly flexible but like most of us, budget is not. I've been reading a lot of threads about how to sleep on the cheap, and reading the threads about estimated costs vs "actualized" costs is adding a bit of pee to my cheerios already. In any case, although I'm seasoned rider, this will be my first ever cross country trip. I would welcome your advice on the following. In return, I plan on contributing some of my own gained knowledge as the result. E.g. "Crap, the Aero Press doesn't work so well as a BBQ flavor injector." 1. Nice, quiet but cheap places to stay on the way. (Due to budget, campgrounds preferred but will more than likely stay at hotels every third or fourth day) 2. Critique my route, offer alternatives, places I need to see along the way. 3. Tips and wisdom (i.e., money saving tips, possible pitfalls, gained perspectives from life on the road). My route, a rough draft: From Portland, OR take 84 then 12 to Missoula, take 90 to Yellowstone (visit Cody while there), drop down 287 to Ogden, then take 6 to Moab (Arches, Canyonlands), take 191 town to Monument, then down to Sedona past Flagstaff. Here's where my planning turns a bit grey: Take 40 all the way to Ark past Albuquerque, Amarillo, Oklahoma City into Ark? Looks like a good straight path from there. I've not planned fully the return route but hope to have enough lembas bread left for the trip home. I'd like to thank YFFS in advance for your help and assistance.