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Old 10-05-2013, 06:28 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Really? Google maps shows a minimum of 12 1/2 hrs drive time only from Mpls to Denver.
In my 20's on a cross country road trip I made the 800 mile drive from Denver to St. Louis in 14 hours, as I really wanted to get through Kansas and everywhere in between as fast as possible. I could have stopped in Kansas City but I wanted to keep going. Never again could I make such a gruelingly long drive, and I ended up getting sick and exhausted the next day. 8 hours is my maximum driving span within a day now.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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- Madison, WI
- Moncton, NB
- Quebec City, QB
- Atlanta, GA
- Nashville, TS
- Jacksonville, FL

Wow! Now that has given me some ideas..
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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In my 20's on a cross country road trip I made the 800 mile drive from Denver to St. Louis in 14 hours, as I really wanted to get through Kansas and everywhere in between as fast as possible. I could have stopped in Kansas City but I wanted to keep going. Never again could I make such a gruelingly long drive, and I ended up getting sick and exhausted the next day. 8 hours is my maximum driving span within a day now.
I complete 808 miles from Miami Beach to Raleigh twice a year in about 11 - 11.25 hours. I've even done it in 10 hours 50 minutes. It's totally doable if you drive modestly above the speed limit and don't stop for anything but fuel. I set my cruise control on the speed limit +7mph. That's how I do it.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:33 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I complete 808 miles from Miami Beach to Raleigh twice a year in about 11 - 11.25 hours. I've even done it in 10 hours 50 minutes. It's totally doable if you drive modestly above the speed limit and don't stop for anything but fuel. I set my cruise control on the speed limit +7mph. That's how I do it.
I think it helps if you are sleeping in your own bed that night. It also helps if when one arrives in St. Louis they don't go out drinking with a friend when they arrive, and the wake up the next morning to a hangover (yeah I left that part of the story out) on stifling humid June day being given a tour around St. Louis. "And here is the arch" me..."yeah that's great , can we go back now". Fortunately I got my mojo back the next day and enjoyed St. Louis.

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Old 10-06-2013, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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In my 20's on a cross country road trip I made the 800 mile drive from Denver to St. Louis in 14 hours, as I really wanted to get through Kansas and everywhere in between as fast as possible. I could have stopped in Kansas City but I wanted to keep going. Never again could I make such a gruelingly long drive, and I ended up getting sick and exhausted the next day. 8 hours is my maximum driving span within a day now.
My husband did something similar, back when he was about 40. Then he drove from St. Louis to Pittsburgh, where I was the next day, similar distance. I don't think he could do that now.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Really? Google maps shows a minimum of 12 1/2 hrs drive time only from Mpls to Denver.
It's easily 12.5/13.0. However, the speed limit on I-80 is 75 or 80 mph, meaning 85-90 mph is not unreasonable for average speeds. But that's why I suggested keeping it to mileage and not time.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Yeah. Probably more during bad weather.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:28 PM
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Location: Wonderland
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Due South - Cuidad Victoria, Mexico

East - Deadman Bay, Florida

North - Omaha, Nebraska

West - Santa Fe, NM
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:17 PM
 
Location: LBC
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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From Charlotte:

Albany
Atlanta
Buffalo
Baltimore
Chicago
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Detroit
Hartford
Indianapolis
Knoxville
Little Rock (Seems to be the most western major city I can reach in 12 hours)
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Toronto (Seems to be the most northern major city I can reach in 12 hours, barely)
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