To add to your trip, this four-day itinerary includes two full days of waterfall and natural-water area activities like swimming, rafting, sea kayaking, mountain biking, and more. So don’t forget to pack safety gear, and read the weather forecast for river flows, as many trails are closed.
If you’re driving long-distance, you’ll meet remote areas that may close roads or have unpredictable weather. We saw lots of warnings about such things as drought, volcanic activity, river overflow, flooding, storms, and heavy rain. You’ll also need your maps and some automotive knowledge: if you’re a first time driver, the Car Care Kit of the Car Care booklet and CD-ROM and the California Highway Conditions provide important information.
You can pick up the CD-ROM map at roadside gas stations. (The maps on the booklet are much more detailed and aren’t always available at gas stations.) You can download the California Highway Conditions instructions from CalTrans. (http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/dph/fuel/maps.html)
Before your road trip, be sure to study the road conditions. Keep in mind that both states and the federal government have breakdown centers at their main office locations, like in Oakland and Sacramento, that can help you with road questions. In addition to the main offices, fuel delivery trucks will often pull up at your gas station for gas delivery, which you’ll need if your gas is running low.
Check the weather forecast before you start your road trip. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) can provide information about road conditions and possible road closures at www.ots.cd.ca.gov . d2c66b5586