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Old 08-14-2012, 07:34 PM
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Has anyone driven from the east coast to Colorado? Care to share their stories? Hubby and I will be doing it next month, along with a 22 foot truck, towing a car


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Old 08-14-2012, 08:42 PM
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As a matter of fact, we did the trip from Fredericksburg, VA to COS less than two years ago with two cars (a ten year old Toyota 4-Runner and a 2007 Saab wagon) loaded to the gills including an aging cat. No real stories to tell. It's really a pretty straightforward fast trip (though we took our time, with plenty of breaks and a stop in Topeka KS to spend the night with a friend). Once you get through a short mountain stretch in West Virginia, it's pretty flat and fast. Plenty of chain motels to stop for the night along the way. Not much in the way of construction or other traffic delays (especially if you take beltway/bypasses around the KC and St. Louis or hit them on a weekend, like we did). Made it to COS in 3 days, with no drama. As noted above, most of our trip was on a weekend, so we avoided commuter traffic in the two big cities we passed through; highly recommend you do that, especially if you're driving a truck and towing a car).

Good luck and welcome to Colorado Springs.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:10 PM
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We broke it up into a 3-day trip, from Fairfax County.
- Night one in Indianapolis.
- Night two in Topeka.
- Night three in COLO SPGS.

Took I-70 all the way, but there are other ways, pick your favorite.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:13 PM
Location: Falcon, Colorado, USA
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In 2006 we left Charleston S.C. for Denver. Driving a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer loaded 2 adults, 2 children (6yr & 2yrs old) 1 cat, 1 dog. Towing a 2002 Chevy S10 on a dolly. The S10 was loaded inside and out with all our "stuff" The cat and dog rode in the back. We averaged 9-12 mpg and always stopped for fuel around the 1/2 tank mark. We stopped every night made the drive in 4 days. North on 95 (to visit family) then east thru Virginia, then connected to 70 and headed west.

When we hit Limon, Colorado we stopped at a Wendy's for lunch. We opened the windows in out vehicle and parked where we could watch it. Our pets where inside and it was October kinda chili out. While we were eating my daughter said there goes our cat. I was like crap we made it this far now he is going to be lost. We searched for hours and found him in an abandon garage that he would not come out of. I was at the point that I was just ready to leave him. My family had other plans, so the wife said drive around the back and see if he will see the hop in... I get to the vehicle start it up drive around the back open the rear hatch and there is our dog and cat! The cat in the garage was not even ours... I can only imagine what would have happened if we caught the other cat and tossed him in the vehicle.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:04 PM
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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We drove from Northern Virgina to the Springs. It was a great drive. No real stories. Before that, we drove from Anchorage, AK to El Paso, TX to Northern Virgina. Almost 6000 miles. Great time with wife and 2 kids but never again!
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:39 AM
Location: Virginia
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I went the other way, home is Colorado for us and we moved out here to Yorktown, VA. Can I hop into your moving truck? I will pay for your gas.
We did it in 4 days but that's because we have 3 kids, 3 cats, a large Uhaul with car dolly/Dodge Neon, Nissan Armada, and a Dodge 3500 pulling a 36 ft camper. Nothing uneventful other than a flat tire.
Be prepared for the brown (darn drought!), loss of trees, and conservative way of life. I hope you like it, we loved it!
Pikes Peak or BUST!!
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