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Old 02-12-2010, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Inception
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I want to take a road trip so bad, after this winter blizzard we just had in DC, I'm thinking about heading south florida, but I don't know if I can do it by myself, even though I've driven 8 hours by myself before, then i'm sure I can split the hours up and make it a two day trip, but I may have to stop in Atlanta cuz I don't know if I want to spend money on a hotel..
If you are coming from DMV you do not want to stop in Atlanta as that will take you too far west. From DMV, I would take 95 S and stop Savannah or Jacksonville, FL.
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Old 02-12-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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About 6 times a year I drive Charlotte NC to Toronto. its 17 hours including brief gas/bathroom stops.

Yes, I am nuts.
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Old 02-13-2010, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Home of the best seafood
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If you are coming from DMV you do not want to stop in Atlanta as that will take you too far west. From DMV, I would take 95 S and stop Savannah or Jacksonville, FL.

Savannah...I was thinking about stopping there because it's closer to my destination. Your right!
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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I guess it is all realtive to what you are used to.
You're right on that.

I'm used to long distance driving. Everyone else I know is not.

Longest I drove was around 680 miles in one day. I stopped frequently to stretch my legs, go to the bathroom, had some water and some snacks but I did not stuff myself. Point is, if you stuff yourself, you start to get sleepy.

My one friend thinks that 30 miles is a very long distance to drive.

But it depends on where you are. If you're in the midwest, you have to drive quite a long distance to the next place.
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Waco, TX
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After re-starting the pick up and straightening it out, I realized there were no RR tracks anywhere.

That train was a halucination from lack of sleep.

Never will drive when that tired again !
That's pretty bad. I don't know if I can top that, but there are two instances of sleepiness at the wheel that I remember clearly.

First one was in high school. 3 of my friends and I had gone up to Minneapolis (about 6 hours) for Ozzfest. Ozzfest was an all day event, from about 8am to 11pm. We decided to drive back after the concert instead of camping out one more night. About an hour from home, all four of us were asleep, including myself at the wheel. I woke up when I hit the rumble strips on the opposite side of the road. The road was going over a slight hill and curving to the right. Fortunately the rumble strips were there to wake me before launching the car into the ditch, and fortunately there was no oncoming traffic at the moment.

The second was when I was about 22. I had driven overnight from Albuquerque, and was north of Omaha on I-29 early in the morning (about 13.5 hours going at that point). I had planned to stop in Onawa, IA for gas. I woke up staring at the exit for Sloan, which is about 10 miles north of Onawa. There was about a 30 mile stretch that I just don't remember driving. Basically, I was effectively sleeping while driving.
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:36 AM
 
Location: long island ny
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I can go about 13 hours max with breaks. I tend to get too sleepy-eyed and I don't like driving at night.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:03 AM
 
Location: TX
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I drove from Disneyworld to Houston, TX (nearly 1000 miles) in one day.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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What could I do and what will I do are two different things! We recently drove from Dallas to Nashville and broke it into two days. It was about 6 hours each day. I did not want to attempt the 12 hour drive (considering stopping for lunch/rest breaks) because I have been battling back problems and did want to push the envelope too much on that. We could have driven the 12 hours otherwise. Really though, I consider about 7-8 hours driving to be a comfortable one day car trip. Again, what can be safely done and what I would consider desirable are two different things.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:39 PM
 
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Different people have different tolerances to how long they can drive,when you start getting tired and need to sleep then thats how far you can drive. On my bi annual trips to Florida from Montreal i usually leave around 4pm and drive till lunch time the next day which usually gets me to the NC/SC border area where i get a motel (pedro's usually)and sleep till midnight then get up and do the last 10 hours to my destination in Florida, i doubt i could drive that far if i was dealing with daytime traffic through NYC,Balt.Wash,Richmond. And the daytime highspeed heavy traffic through the Carolinas and Georgia.
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:43 AM
 
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Years ago I rode a motorcycle from Boston to Phoenix in three days. 1000 miles a day x 3

Drove a car the same distance in just a little less time. Mostly freeway so it was easy enough.
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