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Old 10-04-2015, 07:51 PM
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Originally Posted by curious1111 View Post
Long story made short, I had some recent minor ear surgery. Nothing serious, but I am grounded from flying for 3 months. Over the last couple of days, a very unique business opportunity has presented itself for me, but requires me to be in New Jersey no later than 1pm on Monday 10/5.

I could leave Austin, TX as early as tomorrow Saturday 10/3 at 1pm. So 48 hours to get there. Google maps says it is about 24 hrs of driving.

I am one of those people that doesn't mind road trips and lots of driving, although I am usually doing it for personal travel with family, so more relaxed. This would definitely be gas /food/rest stops only. I would not be rushed on the way back, its all about making the meeting.

Just curious if anyone has ever driven from Texas to NJ before, and if you think its doable within 2 days, including gas, food, and some rest stopping.

At the end of a long trip, I once drove (almost) straight from LA to Austin, with only a short rest stop break where I slept for about 3 hours. I think I drove about 15 hours that day. I would call that my maximum safe driving hours.

My math says that I can probably make it work, but I wanted to get other options. thanks!
I once drove from Big Springs, Texas to the Boston area in 2 days. I was very young and in the Air Force at the time. It was back in the early 70's, when there was a lot less traffic. In today's world and traffic, then I think it would be very difficult. The closer you get to the East coast, the heavier the traffic gets. It would just be to difficult to make time in all that traffic.
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:40 PM
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So did you go?
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:38 PM
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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I've done Tuscaloosa, AL to Phoenix, AZ in 25 hours straight. That was a bit too much, but the point is, you can do it.

I'm sure by now you're either there or on your way back.
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Old 10-09-2015, 01:13 PM
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Why are you "grounded" from flying?
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Old 10-09-2015, 01:32 PM
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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That drive can be easily done with another partner, or with copious amounts of 5 Hour Energy drinks. I drove from Chicago to Amarillo in 17 straight hours once.
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Old 10-09-2015, 02:57 PM
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After 10 hrs of driving I start to hallucinate and the oncoming cars begin to look like sheep jumping over a fence. Be very careful. No "business opportunity" is worth putting your life and the lives of others at risk.
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Old 10-09-2015, 03:26 PM
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Originally Posted by crystalballmagic View Post
I drove I think 28 hours without sleep. It was hell. I was seeing zombies at the end of the trip and my eyes we're sinking in.
Yikes! I think everyone who saw you after that also claimed to have seen a zombie.
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Old 10-13-2015, 10:14 AM
Location: Lawless Wild West
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My step dad drove from NYC to Phoenix in two days. He barely slept though and he was speeding. I wouldn't recommend it.
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Old 10-13-2015, 06:44 PM
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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I've driven from Minneapolis to Orlando is 21 hours. Austin to Newark is roughly the same distance. It's definitely possible.
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Old 10-14-2015, 06:43 AM
Location: Liminal Space
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I know a couple who drove from New Jersey to Redding, CA in 50 hours non-stop by switching off drivers. This was in the 1970s.

The deadline for your trip already passed, but it sounded doable to me. Based on the schedule (1pm Sat. to 1pm Mon.) you would really be making the trip over three days/two nights. I would break it up into 10 hours Saturday, 10 hours Sunday and 4 hours on Monday morning, leaving around 6am to ensure being on time and refreshed by the 1pm meeting. My $.02.
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