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Old 08-16-2013, 05:32 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I don't like to drive at night, so when I do a long road trip like that, I get up before dawn...
Last I checked it's still dark BEFORE DAWN, so technically, it's night.

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Old 08-17-2013, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA to San Antonio, TX
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Thank you all for your helpful tips and comments. I appreciate it!

I will let you all know how my trip went when I'm back in San Antonio !
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Good luck!

Road trips are awesome, I love them.

Your trip should be pretty easy, it'll be boring but it's an easy drive.

One key, IMO, is to break your time down: listen to music for a couple hours, talk to friends (hands free) for a couple of hours, silence to think for a few hours, etc...

Like the others said, have someone check your car out, make sure the maintenance is up to date.

Have a pillow/blanket in the car in case you have to pull over for a quick nap.

Use your AC, don't be afraid of the vehicle overheating if the mechanic has checked it out. Heat will fatigue you and opening the windows are freeway speeds will reduce your mileage. Use cruise control to maximize your mileage.

Like it was said above, once you get east of El Paso, there isn't much out there. I would top off in El Paso before heading further east on I10. Gas is about $3.40 at most places here for regular.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA to San Antonio, TX
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Hey everyone! I'm finally back in San Antonio after 3 long days of driving.

Everything went smoothly, but my car overheated in Phoenix, so I had to stay there for the night. Thank you all for the advice and tips you provided. I followed most of them, which made for a generally pleasant trip!
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:55 PM
 
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Don't set the ac to frigid, but sufficent you aren't suffering.
FWIW, a car AC is either ON or OFF. There is no in between setting. When you set the temp to a warmer choice, the system circulates more hot coolant water in front of the blower, thereby causing the air temp at the vents to be warmer.

But the AC unit is still working at its normal full ON level so feel free to keep the temp selector as cold as you want.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:33 AM
 
Location: SNA=>PDX 2013
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Hey everyone! I'm finally back in San Antonio after 3 long days of driving.

Everything went smoothly, but my car overheated in Phoenix, so I had to stay there for the night. Thank you all for the advice and tips you provided. I followed most of them, which made for a generally pleasant trip!
Glad you made it okay. Bummer about the car overheating. Hopefully all is well with it now. So, was TX as flat as people say? I've never been. Just heard the stories about seeing Dallas for hours on end. LOL.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA to San Antonio, TX
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Glad you made it okay. Bummer about the car overheating. Hopefully all is well with it now. So, was TX as flat as people say? I've never been. Just heard the stories about seeing Dallas for hours on end. LOL.
It was pretty flat, but there were some beautiful hills and mountains that I enjoyed while driving.

Actually, I didn't see Dallas or any other city for hours on end. I definitely thought about what others said about it though. Maybe I was too distracted jamming out to my music!
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:47 AM
 
Location: No. California
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Smile Driving alone from California to Austin, Texas

Wow! Once you hit any part of Texas, make sure you have plenty of upbeat music, a camera etc. because crossing Texas goes on forever it seems. A long and boring drive. A huge mistake I made was drinking way too many Monster Energy Drinks. The crash put me all the way down....slept 5 hours straight after reaching my destination!

I experienced Route 66 enroute to Missouri and stopped along the road to check out the roadside museum before I couldn't take anymore. Crocheting, reading, watching movies on my phone put me in the spirit to keep on going. One thing I found useful, to some, maybe not a good idea, is where there were two or more big rigs I stopped (most will look out for a person traveling alone) When they would start to leave so did I and tried not to rush the trip. That won't work with Texas anyway.

Happy traveling!
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Ouachita Mtns of Arkansas
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I drove from Hermosa Beach, Ca. to Houston, Tx. in two days. The first stop was in Las Cruces and last in Houston. Interstate 10 all the way to San Antonio then to Houston. Have a great trip. It's long and boring.
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Old 10-28-2014, 08:20 PM
 
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It was pretty flat, but there were some beautiful hills and mountains that I enjoyed while driving.

Actually, I didn't see Dallas or any other city for hours on end. I definitely thought about what others said about it though. Maybe I was too distracted jamming out to my music!
hey erick i will be doing the same trip in mid december.. wondering what stops did u make in between.. i'll probably follow everyone's advice here and do 3 days.. .just wondering what hotels you stayed, and did u put gas in el paso cause i heard going east it's just flat till u get till san antonio. anyways moving there from LA to San Antonio. Keep me posted if u get this message. thanks
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