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Old 03-31-2019, 08:33 PM
Status: "Summer!" (set 16 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Didnít get that impression at all. I love to travel but would not do a car trip like that with a two year old. Maybe you need to teteD the thread if thatís what your getting out of it
Ditto. I touched on the lengthy car trips we took- from our suburban Denver home to Pittsburgh to visit my parents and then on to something else, beach in Delaware, Niagara Falls, etc. I just wouldn't do this particular trip.
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Old 04-01-2019, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Florida
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We have also done road trips with young children but 7-10 days of 8-10 hours in the car each day (plus sleeping at rest stops!) alone with a two year old only to do the whole thing again a week later sounds like misery of the absolute worst kind.
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Florida
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OP. Bring the car seat in the house. Place it so the kid can only see the back of the couch. Go about your business and stop and tend to him/her every two hours or so for the whole day.
Do it again tomorrow. See if you'll do it again the third day or even if you're able to get him in the damn seat without force.
Remember, nobody else is allowed to talk to or in any way amuse the kid either.
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:44 AM
 
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The important part to remember (and I think a couple people have mentioned but it bears repeating ...)

Being confined to a car seat all day with nothing to do and no interaction means that the child is going to do A LOT of sleeping during the day. Then when you stop and and you (being the only driver) desperately need to sleep, the child will be wide awake and will prevent you from resting. Which makes the next day’s drive pretty dangerous.

Lather, rinse, repeat for 20-ish days of driving.
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:23 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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lack of sleep ...Which makes the next day’s drive pretty dangerous.

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scenarios, - Kid can't call for help
1) Driver goes off the road and over a ditch bank, out of site.
2) Medical emergency of driver incapacitates them.
3) Sleep deprived makes it too dangerous to drive or be a parent.
4) Altercation with another driver.
5) Every fuel / rest stop there is a risk of unique problems.
6) Car trouble
7) Detour / or city and get lost.
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Old 04-02-2019, 02:47 PM
 
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Thank you for understanding! It's interesting that no matter where I'm asking, despite trying to be very clear that I'm looking for roadtrip advice, I always get people trying to convince me to fly instead.
To be clear, the title of your post was: "Am I crazy? Cross-country with a 2-yr old"

Although we did drive from Maryland to Toronto when I was pregnant and had a two and four year old in the back seat, I was also with my husband. So much easier because I had another driver and the two year old had a buddy.

To answer your question---yes, it is a bit crazy!
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:01 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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To be clear, the title of your post was: "Am I crazy? Cross-country with a 2-yr old"

Although we did drive from Maryland to Toronto ...
To answer your question---yes, it is a bit crazy!
Cross country is only 3 days. (doable, not safe for either (or others))

OP = AK to NE USA is 10 days... just tad longer than 'cross country' (USA)
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:16 PM
 
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Cross country is only 3 days. (doable, not safe for either (or others))
3000 miles in 3 days?
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:38 PM
Status: "Summer!" (set 16 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Cross country is only 3 days. (doable, not safe for either (or others))

OP = AK to NE USA is 10 days... just tad longer than 'cross country' (USA)
Anchorage to Gettysburg is 4218 miles, 71 hours by car, per Google. And that's just time in the car! It doesn't count nights in a motel, time in a restaurant, rests at rest stops.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/anch...5!2d39.8309293
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Old 04-03-2019, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Anchorage to Gettysburg is 4218 miles, 71 hours by car, per Google. And that's just time in the car! It doesn't count nights in a motel, time in a restaurant, rests at rest stops.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/anch...5!2d39.8309293
Right, or traffic, driving more slowly or stopping due to inclement weather, etc. With a toddler, I could see this taking 12 days one-way if you throw in a couple of traffic episodes, a day of torrential downpours, and a day where the toddler has diarrhea or vomiting from eating all of the fast food they're likely to eat.
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