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Old 12-29-2009, 11:41 AM
 
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One time a roommate and I drove from south of Los Angeles to Colorado Springs in one stretch. That's about 1,200 miles in 16 hours, I think. I would not have wanted to do that on my own but I probably could in a pinch, especially seeing as how I drove about 80% of it. But normally I'll stop in Cedar City Utah for the night, which is about the half way point. I enjoy road trips but driving long distances in one day (say over 600-700 miles or so) is not something I'm into. I'd much rather stop around dinner time and relax and be refreshed the next day, even if it takes me longer to get there. But now that we have a 3 year old, 1,000 miles in a day car trips are out of the question anyway.
--" about 1200 miles in 16 hours"--

That would be very hard to accomplish as you would have to average 75 mph from start to finish. ( gas stops and bathroom stops would have to be included)

We have found despite driving freeway speed ( or a little above) and despite making quick stops for a bite to eat and gas ) it is hard to average over mid 60 mph on an entire long trip)


Averaging 75 mph on a 1200 mile trip from start to finish is very hard to believe
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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--" about 1200 miles in 16 hours"--

That would be very hard to accomplish as you would have to average 75 mph from start to finish. ( gas stops and bathroom stops would have to be included)

We have found despite driving freeway speed ( or a little above) and despite making quick stops for a bite to eat and gas ) it is hard to average over mid 60 mph on an entire long trip)


Averaging 75 mph on a 1200 mile trip from start to finish is very hard to believe

Yeah, it's hard to do staying within the speed limit (or very close), but if you don't mind bumping it up a little bit, you can cover a LOT of ground in pretty short order. For instance, I once crossed Alabama on I-20, a distance of 218 miles, in 2 hours and 25 minutes and that included slowing down for Birmingham.

Of course, the downside is that you might get caught, but look at it as safety factor: The sooner you get to where you're going, the sooner you can go to bed. The sooner you go to bed, the more rested you are the next day and everyone knows a rested driver is a safe driver.
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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Doing it over a distance of 218 miles is a lot different than maintaining it over 1200 miles.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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When I came back from North Carolina I had just about 869 miles from where I left to my front door. I left at 6 am and was home by 9 that night. I was by myself both times and stopped for only gas and lite meals like foods that are not greasy. I lived off subway and trail mix when traveling it kept me going. Drink lots of water. Just my advice.
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Doing it over a distance of 218 miles is a lot different than maintaining it over 1200 miles.

No, not really. At least, not at that speed. Even including fuel stops and a grab-and-go meal, that 1200 miles can be done on the interstate in 13 hours....14 tops.

Yeah, those kinds of speeds aren't for everyone, but it can be done.

(ps: I don't want y'all to think I'd drive my car that fast in traffic. I wouldn't. But, I did spend many, many years doing that in a big truck. )
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:08 PM
 
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No, not really. At least, not at that speed. Even including fuel stops and a grab-and-go meal, that 1200 miles can be done on the interstate in 13 hours....14 tops.

Yeah, those kinds of speeds aren't for everyone, but it can be done.

(ps: I don't want y'all to think I'd drive my car that fast in traffic. I wouldn't. But, I did spend many, many years doing that in a big truck. )
---" doing that in a big truck "---

Windbag !

Doing a 1200 mile trip in 13 to 14 hours would mean averaging over 85mph ( 14 hours) or averaging over 92 mph ( 13 hours)

Exagerate much ?
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Texas
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---" doing that in a big truck "---

Windbag !

Doing a 1200 mile trip in 13 to 14 hours would mean averaging over 85mph ( 14 hours) or averaging over 92 mph ( 13 hours)

Exagerate much ?
No, not much and not this time either. And, I've got the driving record to prove it!
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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I do the 1300 mile trek from Montana to SoCal all the time stopping in St George Utah (700-800 miles from Montana) by myself. Never had an issue.
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:03 AM
 
Location: I-35
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Austin to Denver non stop until Amarillo TX it took 7 hours to get out of Texas. Then only 4 to Denver from there.
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:28 AM
 
Location: SA
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I will usually call it a day after about 14 hours of driving, however see the people on the road that fly past me like the previous poster who did the 1200 miles. I usually try to jump in behind a run with them for a little while but I choose not to push it and I have the driving record to prove that.
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