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Old 10-07-2009, 11:05 AM
 
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I tried searching for any threads about this but could not find any.

I am going to be visiting my brother in Austin for 2 weks starting next week, but I hate flying, so this time iIam thinking about driving down there from Chicago.

I know the route, as I have researched that, but what I am wondering, is if anyone has driven that route BY THEMSELVES (or driven that much by themselves on any route).

If so - do you think it is possible for me to drive the distance in a 2 day time frame - i.e. leave chicago at 0600am and then arrive in austin the evening of the next day? or, am I biting off more than I can chew? Would I be pushing the safety limits (fatigue) etc, by driving more than 500 miles each day? I think I would be leaving Chicago and staying in either Memphis or Little Rock, and then arriving in Austin the next evening. Again, i will be going alone and not having a driving partner to split up the driving.

Thanks for any advice or input from anyone who has done this before!
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:09 AM
 
Location: New England
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I have done it several times, but my doggy was with me. I did my long drives driving a u-haul and towing my car and I was able to do 600 miles per day. If you are driving only a car, it should be no problem. My one issue was, i started getting tired once the sun went down, so as long as I got up early, it was still no problem getting in 600 miles (in a U-haul full of furniture and towing an SUV). Good luck!


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I tried searching for any threads about this but could not find any.

I am going to be visiting my brother in Austin for 2 weks starting next week, but I hate flying, so this time iIam thinking about driving down there from Chicago.

I know the route, as I have researched that, but what I am wondering, is if anyone has driven that route BY THEMSELVES (or driven that much by themselves on any route).

If so - do you think it is possible for me to drive the distance in a 2 day time frame - i.e. leave chicago at 0600am and then arrive in austin the evening of the next day? or, am I biting off more than I can chew? Would I be pushing the safety limits (fatigue) etc, by driving more than 500 miles each day? I think I would be leaving Chicago and staying in either Memphis or Little Rock, and then arriving in Austin the next evening. Again, i will be going alone and not having a driving partner to split up the driving.

Thanks for any advice or input from anyone who has done this before!

Last edited by blakesq; 10-07-2009 at 11:48 AM..
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I drove from Austin to San Francisco in 3 days, driving about 600 miles every day. What you're talking about doing is very do-able. Just take frequent breaks (a break every 90 minutes or so), eat healthy, and get plenty of rest in the evening. If you first yourself getting tired or drifting off, pull over, get out and walk around until you regain your senses.

Good luck!
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I bought a car in Colorado near Denver and drove it to Austin over two days. That is a slightly shorter drive than what is proposed - but it was not difficult. I drove the entire way alone.

If have never driven long distances alone - just plan on frequent stops. Don't drive if you're sleepy.

If you feel the need to talk on your phone while driving - get a headset or hands free.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:44 AM
 
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Have driven that before straight through and its tough. Other times I have driven it and stopped once at a hotel. But when I have driven that I have always gone the STL, Oklahoma, TX route.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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1100 miles is easy. Drove from PA to Austin last week. 2+ days.

Few tips for a easy/safe trip ( That I always follow):

#1 drive only based on your comfort hours ( mine is 9am to night fall )
#2 No alcohol
#3 Get a good night sleep
#4 I would avoid driving @ night, needs extra effort to concentrate.
#5 invest/borrow a good radar detector
#6 You will have a lot of flexibility if you do not book the hotel ( @ Memphis or Little Rock ).
#7 pack your ipod with tons of music or audio book

End your drive with good margaritas and Tex mex food ;-)
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:45 AM
 
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My husband drove to seattle alone, from austin. He also did 600 miles per day. You can do it. Drive during day time is easy.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Austin TX
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I drove from Austin to San Francisco in 3 days, driving about 600 miles every day. What you're talking about doing is very do-able. Just take frequent breaks (a break every 90 minutes or so), eat healthy, and get plenty of rest in the evening. If you first yourself getting tired or drifting off, pull over, get out and walk around until you regain your senses.

Good luck!
Ack! I've done that drive more times than I care to remember - the last time was last summer with a tiny schnauzer puppy as my navigator. Austin to El Paso (for me personally the worst part of the drive) El Paso to Phoenix, Phoenix to SF. Your tips are spot-on.

You should be able to cover Chicago to Austin just fine in 2 days.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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I used to drive from Amarillo to Chicago for Christmas to visit the family. It was like a 16 hour drive or so and I just did it all the way through and would stop off at rest stops to nap. The longest stretch was the crossover from MO to IL and realizing I still had another 5 hours to go! Of course, I was much younger then and I probably wouldn't drive through the night, just because my night vision isn't the greatest. You'll be fine.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:58 AM
 
Location: 95468
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I drove from Joplin Mo. to Santa Rosa N.M. in one day. About 800 miles.
The following day I drove to Los Angles. About the same mileage.
I was 25 then. I don't think I could do that now.
Drive during your more active times. Avoid nap times if you have any.
Study your route. Set goals at intervals. 5-6-7 hundred miles. Go till your done.
No unnecessary stops. Stopping to walk to stay awake is necessary.
The radio must work! Have towing coverage. And 4 cans of fix a flat.
Rest stops can be dangerous especially if few people. Many cars trucks & families are good.
You'll be fine. Best luck.
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