So, the road trip travel plan itself for next summer is already pretty well underway. It's going to be California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada. Lots of national parks (Yosemite, Grand Canyon & so on), a little bit of the big cities (1 night LA so that we can see the Hollywood sign and get out basically and so forth).
But, in all honesty I've never done a real road trip in my life. One really practical question related to that: how is eating for instance a lunch "typically" handled on a road trip? Is it kind of skipped and just eating bananas and other stuff in the car while driving? Or is it really necessary to plan the daily driving not only for getting from yesterday's location to the new location, but also so that you have a plan that in 3 hours after leaving you'll hit small city X and find a diner there to have a lunch? The feeling I get out of that that the trip is in that case very very pre-designed and having your schedules 3 hours off for whatever reason is already a very big deal. Or is it just simply so that there are enough locations here and there in the Southwest to decide on the fly that "let's visit that next town to grab something to eat"? Thoughts? Comments?