So why East to West
1. We like to start from home. Although we have done one shake down trip, we tend to discover problems on the first day. It's easier to solve problems near home. If the airlines are going to delay, damage, or lose our luggage, we'd rather that they do it after we have completed our trip than before we start.
2. We want an easy start. The C&O Canal and Allegheny Gap offer a relatively flat start compared to hitting the Cascades in the first week. When we get to the Rockies, we should be in pretty good shape.
3. Our son and daughter-in-law live on the West Coast. That's a goal worth focusing on.
4. People who have traveled both ways have assured us that the wind is against you no matter which way you go. We are as likely to encounter side winds as head winds or tail winds. The prevailing winds prevail at altitudes that affect weather and airplanes, but many other factors govern local winds.
5. We like the idea of the sun being behind us when we start the day. We hope to be off the roads before the summer sun is in our eyes.
6. We like the idea of generally following the history of European settlement in the United States.