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Old 08-16-2010, 07:46 AM
Location: Houston, Tx
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Originally Posted by arrgy View Post
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.
If you ever commit a serious crime and go with an insanity plea I think this trip would go along way to providing proof. 40 hours is insane!
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:53 AM
Location: Orange County, CA
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600 miles or 12 hours, whichever comes first, 10 hours during the early darkness months. If at all possible, avoid driving after dark at the end of the trip or in a new unfamiliar area. Do not speed, not more than 5 mph over the posted speed limit, often at or even slightly below if ahead of schedule or when trying to conserve fuel. Make frequent short stops, every 2 hours preferred, 3 at the most, for 5-10 minutes to walk and stretch, and one longer meal and gas stop. These guidelines, while seemingly conservative, make the drive pleasant and safe, not an endurance test. Have never been in a crash or received a traffic citation on these long open highway journeys.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:32 AM
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I think you should go for it! 10 hours can actually go by pretty quickly if you have a good audiobook or playlist. This is coming from someone who has driven by herself from Chicago to LA in 3 days (two of those days driving 15 hours alone in the car).
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:18 AM
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I'm going to make a drive to mobile alabama from los angeles california this coming tuesday the 17th of may I'm planning on driving between 7 am and 10 pm on my first day and then driving the next 15 hours the next day after a 6 hour sleep and that should get me into mobile alabama between 8 and 10 pm local time wednesday night .
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:22 AM
Location: EPWV
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Some of these people's extended driving time on the roads with nary amount of sleep is downright scary
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:14 PM
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We (2 drivers) will be driving 600 miles at the end of the month. Roughly 9 hours on the road with 1 break of at least 1 hour and 2 other 15-30 minute breaks.

I would rather drive less. - If I'm on my own, I prefer not to do more than about 350 miles in a day. Just sitting in a car is tiring (It's not 'rest'.) The 600 mile trip is going to be a long (enough) day.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:13 PM
Location: Tampa
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We have driven from Tampa, FL to Westchester, NY (about 1,200 miles). I am the only one who drives. My husband may drive for an hour, tops. It takes me about 12 hours or so with stops for gas and stretch breaks. We stay overnight in a hotel then set out again first thing in the morning for the second half. I have done the whole trip without stopping overnight. That is a killer! I just can't do that any more!
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:51 PM
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I have driven from Naples Florida to Niagara non stop. I'll never do it again. My father in law left at the same time we did and stopped for the night in West Virginia. I got home about 10 hours ahead of him and I was baffed completely. I went to bed passed out and slept all day. At about 5pm my wife woke me up cause her parents had arrived. I still felt like a dog's breckfast and her 85 year old dad was bright eyed and bushy tailed. Scheech!!
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:08 PM
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I am planning a cross country trip this summer...and plan to wake up early, 4 am, hit the road, and drive until breakfast, make a quick stop, then keep going until about 4 or 5 in the afternoon, pull over, have dinner, and find a hotel.

When I was young, I once drove from Seattle to SLC, and tried to do it in a day. I pulled over for coffee at a 7-11 just over the Utah border, and fell dead asleep in my car until the next morning. I was just going to "rest my eyes for a minute"...that taught me, that you just can't do it..even when I was young I could not do it.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:03 PM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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14 hours.

At an average speed of 65 mph, that's 910 miles.
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