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Old 08-03-2010, 12:27 PM
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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You can easily do that in one day depending on how high maintenance both of you are. If you drink soda instead of water you won't have to stop for bathroom breaks as much. The most I have ever done in one day is about 900 miles. It took me about 16 hours. If you feel crazy tired pull over in a truck stop and take a 30 minute power nap. Christmas always stresses me out for the same specific reasons that you are mentioning here. Good luck.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by ImpalaAL View Post
Just did Novi, MI to Rockford, IL and back solo last friday. It was 722 miles roundtrip. Chicago traffic added probably a good hour and a half...even in the late evening there's no avoiding it. Sirius radio and McDonald's coffee was my friend
I think that I would have been tempted to use I-80 or cut up to I-88 to avoid most of the Chicago traffic.
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:21 AM
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I routinely drive 800 miles from Lexington KY to Leesburg FL. It's about 13-14 hours including stops.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:01 AM
Location: Gallatin, TN
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I recently did Nashville to Sarasota in about 13 hours (including stops). I think the most I could do would be about 15 hours. I was dog-tired by the time we got to Sarasota. Stopping at regular intervals will help. I fill up every time I hit a half tank of gas to stretch legs, get a snack, etc and so I don't get stuck with just fumes in the tank if there's a traffic stoppage.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:51 PM
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Most of the recent posts are similar to me--------900 miles or 16 hours.

Whichever comes first. If I hit stretches of bad weather, I will stop after 16 hours even if I didn't get 900 miles in.

Big difference between 16 hours in good weather than 16 hours where part of it was in dense fog, heavy rain, or slippery roads.
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Old 08-06-2010, 04:04 PM
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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I think we may have pushed it from El Paso to Houston on our recent road trip. That was 750 miles.

Normally, I think we can pull off 400-500 miles, between 2 people. We don't like to push ourselves, especially if we are tired. So, I don't think we'll do another over-600-miles any time soon.
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:55 PM
Location: Frisco, TX
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The wife and I just returned from a road trip to Fort Myers, FL - 1250 miles non-stop (not really - our Jeep has a small tank). I drove 90% of it and she drove the rest, and we managed to get there in 24 hours and return in 22.
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:31 PM
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Philadelphia to Phoenix...one trip in a rental truck just stopped for gas, food and bathroom. Took 40 hours. The hardest part is the very end, driving down I-17 from Flagstaff with no sleep and thousand foot drops is not fun.
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:34 PM
Location: Sacramento
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I used to be able to drive about 800 miles in a single day. However, now I have about a 600-650 mile maximum goal before stopping for the night.

I do almost all of the driving. Sometimes my wife will drive 20-30 miles in the mid-afternoon while I take a brief nap.

It is a lot easier to rip off the long miles when you are in your 20's or 30's, when nearing 60 it seems a little more difficult.

My all time high day was back in May of 1972, going from Cambridge, Ohio to Oklahoma City in a single day, a distance of 980 miles. I drove from Philly to Los Angeles, and only had 3 1/2 days to complete the trip.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:23 AM
Location: SWUS
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Did Ruidoso, NM to Flagstaff, AZ solo, and since I've only been driving a year or so that's pretty good no speeding tickets yet, but I sure am glad I did stop instead of going straight through on my second wind- my tires were pretty much done and if I didn't get new ones in Needles, CA (which really stung the wallet, btw) I might not have made it to my destination.

Damned I-40 construction in AZ, I think it chewed up my tires prematurely.. but whatever.

8 hours 30 min was about how long it took- I wanted to use I-40, and even if I used a smaller road it would have been about the same- shorter time vs. higher speed limit on I-40.
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