UPDATED: The route is mostly figured out. Nashville and the Natchez Trace will no longer be part of this trip, as my family wants to meet me in New Orleans instead. So if a mod wants to change this thread title to "Bay Area to New Orleans and Back" that would be fine with me!
Tentative start date is May 31, the day after Memorial Day. Current approximate route plan is as follows:
Each destination point represents a nightly stop. Some stops, especially New Orleans, will be more than one night and so the trip will extend to about 20 days. I'm planning about 7 nights of camping and expect to sign up for Verizon Mobile Broadband to keep up with clients and other stuff while on the road.
Routing over the mountains in California may change, depending on which passes are open. I'd really like to take Sonora Pass or Tioga Pass.
Here's a tentative summary of the schedule:
Tue May 31 Beatty, NV or maybe Texas Springs campground in Death Valley
Wed Jun 1 Prescott, AZ (camping)
Fri Jun 3 Silver City, NM
Sat Jun 4 Ft. Davis, TX (camping)
Sun Jun 5 Kerrville, TX
Mon Jun 6 Houston, TX (visiting family)
Tue Jun 7 Covington, LA (visiting a friend)
Tue Jun 9 New Orleans, LA (family gathering in the French Quarter!)
Sun Jun 12 Greenville, MS (more family)
Mon Jun 13 Sardis Cove campground, OK (camping)
Tue Jun 14 Lubbock, TX (visiting a cemetery)
Wed Jun 15 Hyde Memorial State Park near Santa Fe, NM (camping)
Thu Jun 16 Monument Valley, UT (camping)
Fri Jun 17 Bryce Canyon National Park, UT (camping)
Sat Jun 18 Bob Scott campground near Austin, NV (nothing special here, just a place to camp)
Mon Jun 19 Home (Fairfield, CA)