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Old 04-03-2009, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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Changing drivers of course, but would this be a terrible mistake?

We just found my husbands half brother and he lives in AZ (at the CA border) and we live in Virginia. Flying DH, me, adult daughter and teenage son is just too expensive then we still have to rent a car. For a drive, we would be renting a car and we would have 2 or 3 adult drivers. Mapquest says 36 hours to drive.....

Anyone done this? IF we did this, we would take our time driving back so we could do a bit of sightseeing along the way - probably take 5 or 6 days coming home.

Would this be totally crazy?
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Changing drivers of course, but would this be a terrible mistake?

We just found my husbands half brother and he lives in AZ (at the CA border) and we live in Virginia. Flying DH, me, adult daughter and teenage son is just too expensive then we still have to rent a car. For a drive, we would be renting a car and we would have 2 or 3 adult drivers. Mapquest says 36 hours to drive.....

Anyone done this? IF we did this, we would take our time driving back so we could do a bit of sightseeing along the way - probably take 5 or 6 days coming home.

Would this be totally crazy?
You certainly can do this and having 3 drivers available is much better than 2 so that the driver has somebody to talk to. However, once the sun goes down and there isn't much scenery to look at, the drone of the tires on the road can be difficult to overcome. An hour or two at a rest-stop when those lids start feeling heavy will usually provide a much needed jump-start.

Two of us once drove from San Diego through the night to Snowbird in Utah, skied all day, hopped in the car and continued on East to Denver before stopping. I think that was close to 36 straight hours.
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Depends on your age. When I was young, I drove from Pensacola FL to Seattle WA, non-stop, all by myself, it took 90 hours, there were no interstates in those days. Thirty years later, I drove non-stop Cincinnati to Oakland, that took about 55 hours, mostly on the interstate.
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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My brother and I drove from Raleigh to Denver in 27 hours. After a week of skiing, hiking, mountain climbing & sightseeing, we drove from Santa Fe back to Raleigh in 26 hours. Needless to say, the eastbound trip was much worse since we knew then what we were getting into. Fifteen years later, I'd do it again without hesitation if I had the chance!
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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Thanks for your replies! I think I have found a way to come up with some extra money, so we are now planning on flying to one city out west and then driving to see sights in NV and AZ. I'm making another post on that
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:16 AM
 
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Keep in mind that the minimum age to drive a rental car is usually 25, so even if she is an adult, your daughter might still not be old enough to operate the vehicle.

I ahve driven with two other drivers across the country, and wouldn't do it again non-stop. You really don't sleep well in the car. You really should consider getting a hotel for some real sleep at the halfway point.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:22 PM
 
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No, had to stop for gas every 5-6 hours and 3 bathroom breaks.

But other than that, yes. Many do it and it will take you about 2 days from LA to Wilmington -straight on I-40 or you can mosey down to I-10 and come up the east via I-95.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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Crazy and foolish. You have no idea how dangerous it is driving when you're that tired. A car is a deadly weapon.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Bayou City
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Driven cross-country solo plenty of times. Best way to do it is to plan your stops for every major city or town in your path, or stop every 4-6 hours, whichever's more convenient.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Cook County
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Depends on your age. When I was young, I drove from Pensacola FL to Seattle WA, non-stop, all by myself, it took 90 hours, there were no interstates in those days. Thirty years later, I drove non-stop Cincinnati to Oakland, that took about 55 hours, mostly on the interstate.
wow, thats impressive.

Ive done about 20 hours nonstop solo...and about 35 hours with one other driver.

Is it crazy? No way, in fact, I think its a lot of fun. Youll see alot of landscape, pass through states youve never been (I assume) and see lots. I say do it

Road trips are awesome, if my wife lets me, Ill totally retire in an RV and just drive.
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