Hi R, agreed ! Would be an epic trip.
But if I ever do that from Anchorage as a starting point, it'd have to be on a motorcycle! Even more epic !
Meeting up with Kiyomi in LA, taking her along. we've never driven through New Mexico b4 and for TX, only Dallas and Houston for 2 days each,
back when I was part of a IT crew doing Y2K upgrades. No R n R time, just airports and hotels and work.