Have you ever driven across the country?

Terri69 Terri69
We are planning a vacation and a lot of ideas are being thrown around. Have you ever driven across the country?
08/05/2012
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Sinfully Sinfully
Nope.
08/05/2012
ToyGeek ToyGeek
Yep, I've driven to at least 40 states. Make sure you have an emergency kit (first aid supplies, water, blankets, water, more water, some food, water), especially if you'll be driving around in deserts or on mountains. Try to eat in individually owned restaurants where you can try local specialties, instead of just eating fast food. Join a hotel chain's silly club thing for discounts and special treatment, you can end up staying in nicer places for the same money that way. Don't be afraid to sleep in your car in a Walmart parking lot if things go awry in your planning -- better to have an imperfect night's sleep that you can call an adventure later than to drive when tired and cause an accident.

Before you leave, excessive googling of your destination and all of the towns in between can lead you to awesome experiences just off the beaten path. So can chatting with waitresses, etc., on your travels.
08/05/2012
CountryPrincess CountryPrincess
when i was little we did, i've made shorter road trips though and let me say you gotta really like the person youre going with cause that's a lot of alone time LOL
08/05/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Florida to Montana (January, 2007) and Montana back to Florida (October, 2009). Moving trips, which included my ex-husband, a dog, and a cat. Advice?

1. Make sure you have another passenger who can drive so you can rest.
2. Grease the differential so it won't catch fire.
3. Take your time.
4. Carry your own toilet paper just in case.
5. Wear sunscreen - you can still sunburn inside the car.
08/05/2012
digit88 digit88
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Originally posted by Terri69
We are planning a vacation and a lot of ideas are being thrown around. Have you ever driven across the country?
nope
08/05/2012
funluvinmama funluvinmama
I have ridden across country with other people driving. But I have never myself driven any farther than 3 states away from home.
08/05/2012
Rossie Rossie
Driving to neighboring states is bearable, we don't have the energy and patience to drive across the country.
08/05/2012
Sodom and Gomorrah Sodom and Gomorrah
Oh way yeah! ROAD TRIP!!!

All I can say is expect the unexpected!
08/05/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Terri69
We are planning a vacation and a lot of ideas are being thrown around. Have you ever driven across the country?
Yup and I love doing it...stopping at little eateries and attractions is amazing!
08/05/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by Terri69
We are planning a vacation and a lot of ideas are being thrown around. Have you ever driven across the country?
I've never gone cross-country, but I have done the Eastern Seaboard several times.

I agree with Chilipepper's advice:

- Make sure you have another passenger who can drive so you can rest.
- Take your time.
- Carry your own toilet paper just in case.
- Wear sunscreen - you can still sunburn inside the car.

I'll add:

- Check road reports in the morning. Your meticulously mapped route for the day can be blown to pieces by road work and detours. It's better to know this before you get behind the wheel.

- Subtract 2 from however many hours you plan to drive. Everyone thinks they're up for 8+ hours of driving at the beginning of the day, but you will become cramped, bored and fatigued (not in the order) during the drive. Know when you reach your limit and don't push yourself beyond it. That "just a little further/longer" is when the accidents happen.

- Bring a first aid kit ($10) and a inexpensive jump box ($30). Better to say to yourself, "I didn't need it" when you reach your destination, than to say, "I don't have it" in the event of an emergency.
08/05/2012
Edeneve Edeneve
I've driven all over the states except the upper NE states. My first trip was from Californi's west coast to Florida' east coast down to Singer Island.
08/05/2012
RonLee RonLee
Western Illinois to Los Angeles, on a 550cc crotch rocket motorcycle.
08/05/2012
Dixiemomma Dixiemomma
yes! drove from FL to CA in '98 and then back from CA to FL in 2005.... it was fun , but avoid driving thru TX lol theres nothing for miles and miles and miles all you'll see is dead deer
08/05/2012
31 Flavors 31 Flavors
I recently did 16 states and 6000 miles over one month by myself. I did Route 66 from Santa Monica to Chicago, and I loved every mile of it.
08/05/2012
Beck Beck
When I was brewing in my mother's tummy I made a trip from Ohio to Nevada. Then when I was a year old we made the trip back to Ohio from Nevada.
08/05/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
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Originally posted by Dixiemomma
yes! drove from FL to CA in '98 and then back from CA to FL in 2005.... it was fun , but avoid driving thru TX lol theres nothing for miles and miles and miles all you'll see is dead deer
It was the same in South Dakota. *raises glass in sympathy*
08/05/2012
Pinkshirt Pinkshirt
Yes. It is a lot of fun.
08/05/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Many times, longest was Denver CO. to West Palm Beach FL. about a four day drive normally but I did it in three. Sure miss that truck. lol
08/05/2012
js250 js250
Yes--Montana to Pennsylvania when I was five. I often travel on road trips now, though. We enjoy going out of state and picking up vintage motorcycles. As a matter of fact, we are going to Washington Wed. afternoon to get an Indian Mini-Dirt Bike. These are pretty rare and after our third one--we have four--I told hubby I am not stopping until we have ten little Indians. We are keeping these bikes!!!
08/06/2012
G&L G&L
The most I've driven is about 1000 miles.
08/06/2012
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