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Take care of the lawn.
The rest of your yard may be OK for a few weeks, but the grass? It just keeps growing -- or, if it doesn't rain, it dies. Find someone to mow and water the grass a few times. If you have a sprinkler system, you don't need to do anything other than make certain it's on and scheduled for a watering every other day (or less, depending on your city's watering codes).
Don't forget the houseplants! They need someone to come water them, talk to them, and play them classical music. A friend or family member is great, or you can pay a service to handle this. Alternatively, you could leave them in a water-filled tub for the duration of your vacation.
Take care of your work.
I don't know how your workplace can spare you for six weeks, but if they're able to, you need to have other people cover for you. Or, maybe you can take work with you (but then it's not really a vacation, is it?).
To manage the work-flow, try to schedule some tasks to be completed just before you leave, and plan for others to start up soon after your return. For everything else, make sure someone else can handle it. Brief them well and give them all the necessary paperwork, contacts, etc. Tell your customers who they should contact... and by "who" we mean "which of your co-workers." Remember, you're on vacation.
If you use an MP3 player, purchase new music expressly for your road trip!
Ever listened to Bob Seger's "Roll Me Away" while actually standing on the Great Divide? Have you ever danced on a mountain in Vermont while Frank Sinatra croons "Moonlight In Vermont?" I've experienced these moments, and more.
So pick some special music and bring it out at just the right moment to create magical roadtrip memories. Bonus: every time you hear these songs in the future, you'll remember these amazing moments.