Hi, forum friends!
I am making a relatively last-minute move from Chicago to Boston and am debating if it's better to pay movers to haul my stuff or enjoy an impromptu road trip in the process :) I have never done this drive and I'll have a full rented truck, a boyfriend, and a cat to keep my company. We would prefer to drive ourselves and stop along the way.
My concerns are:
Hills! The topographical map shows quite a bit of elevation - at least from this flatlander's perspective. The route is all highway, but even those sometimes get tight and twisty - can anyone comment on whether that's a valid concern? (Keep in mind - driving an unfamiliar truck).
Weather! The shortest route hugs the great lakes, which would be beautiful, but I'm concerned about snow and ice - again in an unfamiliar truck.
Robbers! We would ideally want to make our stopover in a place with covered parking to avoid any funny business with our truck full of stuff. Is there a reasonable halfway point in a big enough city that this might be a realistic expectation? (We'd book ahead of time).
I have a tendency to over-focus on what could go wrong so I wanted to put the question to the experts. Is it worth it to brave the open road in the middle of winter on that particular route?
Thanks so much for any insight and advice!!! :)