The girls and I are on the same page now. On longer-mileage days, we're rising early so we can get in some miles, have a nice long midday break, then get to camp. Today was our first day at this effort, and it worked beautifully.
I popped up at sunrise at Lake Erie State Park, rounded up the trailer and prepped breakfast. Then the girls crept out of bed and into the van where they went back to sleep for awhile while I enjoyed a drive along the Lake Erie shore. (REALLY!? That's a LAKE!?) It offered oceanic views without the smell or current. Birds, water, fish, boats, marinas, but boat ramps instead of boat cranes/lifts. They arose at their leisure and enjoyed breakfast while I continued the 90 minute morning drive to Niagara Falls.
Today's driving lesson: 60 New York miles take a LOT longer to cover than 60 California miles. But we made it to LeRoy, NY in time to pick up a general delivery package forwarded from Utah (THANKS, Aunt Kathy!), grocery shop, try local pizza and hit camp WELL before dark.