Well, this isn't a SMB trip or even a van trip but I'm hoping any info shared will help others plan trips, especially since it's right in prime Western US/Eastern Sierra country.
I have an unusual work trip coming up that entails running a small trailer out to a trade show in Vegas for a client, then sitting for a week before I bring it back. I'll be towing with my Tundra pick up. The reason for towing with the truck rather than my van is that nearly a year ago I put down a deposit on a Super Pacific truck camper. At this time I had no van, no thought of another van, and was happily camping in a RTT on my truck. So, the Super Pacific top is ready and I have a week to run up and get it in Portland from Vegas and return. For those who will ask, no I don't have any idea what I'm going to do with it long term. For now I'll keep both.
I will be leaving Vegas and have 2.5 days to drive the thousand miles to Portland, picking up my top Tuesday. For the return I have more like 3.5 days. I'll be alone and equipped to get about anywhere off road and coincidentally the country between these two points is about the only place in the US I have not explored.
I'm thinking the most scenic route would be to head generally west to Mono Lake and work my way up 395 to at least Reno, then maybe start working NW towards Lassen/Shasta. For my return I have no reason to cover the same ground and will probably go east over to McKenzie River area/Bend/Crater Lake before working south. I have never seen Lake Tahoe or Lassen or really much of Northern CA away from the coast.
Can some of you who live/travel in this country put me on some roads, camp spots, breweries, taco trucks, day hikes, sights not to be missed?
My general prerequisites are: Meet up with some of you guys if possible, no need for organized campgrounds, take the road less travelled/untravelled.
Feel free to PM anything you'd rather not share in regards to off grid camping. It's getting crowded out there, I know.