Nothing says Utah and heals those travel woes like a nice thick milkshake and some french fries with fry sauce. :) We did make it. It wasn't fun, and I'm not really sure I would do it to myself again, but we did it. Although faced with the same budget we have now and another chance to come home for a month, maybe I would forget by then how it was and do it again. And it's true, the further west we got the nicer people were and some old couple even helped us off the plane in Utah. And in the end, it was probably worth it. My kids have already let me know that "Utah is awesomer that Miami."
(And in case you don't know the awesomeness of fry sauce you are really missing out on the ketchup/mayo combination that for some reason is really GOOD! And really Utah.)