So it's settled. After a few initial hiccups about whether Soham would be coming for the trip or not, it was finally settled that Soham and I were off on a road trip starting on Tuesday after he spoke with Dr Craig Douglas, his Thesis Advisor. The basic idea was to drive across US from Lexington and end up at Grand Canyon National Park. Then roam around in the general area and fly out to Lexington and Philadelphia respectively.
Our conference room where the trip plan ( the "load bearing structure" in Soham's words ) was made, was his dorm room at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.