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Old 04-07-2009, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Cook County
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also, Jtur, nonstop for 55 hours, 30 years later, so that means you have to be ATLEAST 46 more like 50/55 when you did this? How?? Redbull? Cigarettes? Im all for road trips, but thats insane to do that non-stop, and solo.
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:01 AM
 
Location: The city of White Bear Lake, just outside Minneapolis, and St. Paul
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Nope, about half-way though; From New York City to Minneapolis.
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I recently drove by myself from Sheboygan WI to Phoenix AZ in 33 hours. Stopped about every 4 hours for a short break gas and some fast food.
Will never do it again, took 2 weeks to recouperate from being so tired and stiff and sore.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:14 AM
 
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Who raised this 2 year post from the dead?

Anyways, there is a reason the government regulates that truck drives get mandatory rest after a certain number of hours behind the wheel. Before that truck drivers used to use amphetmines, speed, appropriately labeled "coast-to-coasts" in the trucking world (and "black beauties" or "christmas trees" in my drag addled youth world).

You can equally label this post "ever driver extremely drunk?". The lowering reflexes, reaction time, and awareness is very similiar with lack of sleep and intoxication. It's not something to brag about or encourage.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:23 AM
 
Location: City of Angels
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back when i was too young to rent a car i needed to get out to florida for a job. so me and my friend drove from tijuana to miami straight thru, took i think exactly 2 days.

used to drive from los angeles to seattle (and vice versa) all the time in one stretch.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I've driven from New York to San Francisco, and I was the only driver. This was in Nov 1996. I'd planned I-40 all the way, but had to take a detour in Texas due to an ice storm. The first leg of the journey was thru St Louis, on a one-way rental, then it was my car all the way.

The next longest road trip (one way) was a drive from Dallas to Seattle, about 2200 miles, and return of course (different routes). Again, just my dog and I.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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Again, just my dog and I.
I think the topic is not "solo", but "straight thru", tens of thousands of truck drivers drive solo cross country a day (taking 3 or 4 days), it's not a big deal...another poster confused the issue as well. Very significant difference. And if you indeed did it straight through, with stops only for gas and fast food, then I would venture to guess it would be your dog, and you, and your chemical aid of choice (something stronger than caffiene).
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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also, Jtur, nonstop for 55 hours, 30 years later, so that means you have to be ATLEAST 46 more like 50/55 when you did this? How?? Redbull? Cigarettes? Im all for road trips, but thats insane to do that non-stop, and solo.
I would stop and catnap for an hour or two along the way, which was enough. The first drive was in 1960 in a Renault Dauphine, the second in 1990, when I was 52.

In the 80's, I lived in Kansas City and worked only 2 days a week. The 5-day break was plenty of time to drive anywhere in the 48 without a sleep-stop, and have a few days to spend there. Once I went to San Diego, once to Cape Cod. Once when I had 7 days, I drove to British Columbia and back in January. No substances, no radio. A little coffee or cokes.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:39 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I drove from Nashville to near 4 corners in Colorado and finally pulled over to the side for a nap when I started seeing things run across the road that weren't there. That was less than 20 hours but at night it's a lot harder.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I've driven from Miami to Northwest Michigan straight through, not sure if that counts?
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