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QantasA333
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Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:44 am

The question is simple: When was your last road trip, and to where?

Mine was from Adelaide to Melbourne and return. Not far, but still takes a fair amount of time: 8hrs, so 16hrs all together.

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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:13 am

My last road trip was Atlanta-Saint Louis-Chicago-Indianapolis-Atlanta. It took about 11 hours on the Chicago-Atlanta leg. Maximum freeway speed was about 85 mph between Saint Louis and Chicago.

Minimum freeway speed was 20 mph between Mt. Vernon, IL and Saint Louis. The roads were iced over; we passed at least 30 cars in ditches along the road. One was upside down.

If all goes as planned my next road trip will be Atlanta-Davenport-Cheyenne-Denver-Salt Lake City-Reno-San Francisco-Los Angeles-San Diego-Las Cruces-Albuquerque-Oklahoma City-Little Rock-Memphis-Atlanta. I'm looking forward to it even though it's months away.
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:18 am

Not entirely sure what you mean in terms of roadtrip, but my last long distance drive was from Rochdale to Exeter and back a few weeks ago, 535 mile roundtrip.  Big grin
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:18 am

From Orlando, FL to Austin, TX on October 19 and 20.

Distance of about 1161 miles according to Google Maps. Says it takes 17hrs 52mins but it took me around 20, I had to slow down after I slammed into a piece of a truck tire on I-10 near Tallahassee doing 75ish. I was passing someone on the left and when I pulled side-by-side with that person, the tire was heading toward me and I had nowhere to go.
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:20 am

Back in August - Calgary, AB - Jasper, AB : Onlyu 3 hours trip but BREATHTAKING Scenery

On my way back: Jasper-Lake Lousie-Banff-Calgary Best roadtrip EVER!
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:44 am

Wow, my last real roadtrip was almost 2.5 years ago: London, ON - Charlotte, NC - Melbourne, FL - Kissimee, FL - Atlanta, GA - London, ON. Slightly under 5000 km.
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:48 am



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 4):
On my way back: Jasper-Lake Lousie-Banff-Calgary Best roadtrip EVER!

My last one too! Back in Late June I did the Lake Louise - Banff - Calgary run. Stunning scenery!

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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:41 am

BOS - LAX, via:

Providence, RI
Bridgewater, NJ
Dayton, OH
Chicago, IL
Lexington, NE
Pueblo, CO
Gallup, NM
Grand Canyon, AZ
Las Vegas, NV

over about 10 days (including 2 nights in Vegas).
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:28 am

Oklahoma City - Dallas - Jackson, MS - New Orleans - Dallas

Spent several days in Jackson and a few nights in New Orleans.

Oklahoma City - South Padre Island, TX 13hrs in the car with my family. I don't know why we drove. South Texas is probably the most BORING place on Earth until you reach Padre.

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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:49 am

Just drove from Connecticut to Florida, left on Friday, the day after Christmas, the traffic was very heavy on I-95, especially on both Friday and Saturday.

Spent the first night in Chester VA, just south of Richmond, we ran into a 20 mile backup southbound on I-95 from Lorton to Fredericksburg VA.

The second night we wanted to at least make it to Jacksonville Florida, but the traffic was so heavy especially in South Carolina, sometimes bumper to bumper. I still use a CB when on a road trip and the truckers were reporting heavy traffic from Savannah, GA to the Florida state line, almost 110 miles, so we spent the night in Savannah. The last day was speed limit the whole way to our destination.

My wife has the luxury of staying in warm Florida until mid Feb, while I flew back after the New Years. When we return to Connecticut in February, then we will take the Auto Train back from Florida to Virginia and leave the driving to someone else for most of the trip.
 
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:16 am

Pittsburgh -> Washington, DC via Breezewood Round Trip

DC's only four and a half hours away without DC's notorious traffic jams, so we go pretty often.
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:22 am

just got back from a week long road trip, came out to be just under 4,000 miles and 17 states.

from omaha to wichita, oklahoma city, dallas, houston, baton rouge, new orleans, mobile, pensacola, atlanta, charlotte, columbia, charleston, louisville, cinccinati, indianoplis, chicago.
 
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:40 am

Melbourne, FL- Ocala, FL. Ocala FL, Ocoee, FL. Ocoee FL- Melbourne, FL.

Once I become a truck driver, i'll have lots.

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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:42 am



Quoting QantasA333 (Thread starter):
When was your last road trip, and to where?

In Mexico, last summer, took week and a half. I'll put the airport codes as a rough route, I'm too lazy to spell out all the cities: HMO,NOG,CUU,TRC, MTY, CVM, SJD, QRO, MEX, TLC, MLM, GDL, TNY, MZT, CUL, LMM, CEN, GYM, HMO.

So now I can say I've set foot on 28 out of the 31 states in Mexico. I'm just missing the Baja Californias and Tamaulipas.
 
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:52 am

Compared to just about everyone who already posted, my last road trip was nothing! But at 4.5 hours, for me it was still one of the longest times I'd ever been in a car - Dubai, UAE to Muscat, Oman. It really wasn't that far...but we got delayed at the border for 2 hours in each direction, which sucked!
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:13 am

I drove from Johannesburg to Cape Town and back in December, 1,430km each way. There were two of us in the car and we towed a trailer with my motorcycle on it. Both times we left at 3am, going down took 15 hours and back 13 hours. The down trip was longer because I was driving slower and we had some trouble with the trailer so had to stop a few times.

Overall fuel consumption in my BMW 320d was 8.2 litres/100km or 34.45 mpg (imperial).
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:39 pm

My last RT was from San Fransisco to Los Angeles on highway 1 and then further on to Las Vegas...it was beautiful and i hope i get another chance to do it soon....  bigthumbsup 
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:06 pm

Last long distance drive was Oxford-Durham-Oxford, a mere 499 miles (exactly!); my Skoda Fabia 1.4 took it pretty well and was able to squeeze out an average MPG somewhere in the 50s.
Just over a week before that, I'd taken a Ford Edge from San Francisco, through Yosemite, to Las Vegas, and then down to Los Angeles, with various diversions along the way. From pick up to drop off I did 1231 miles. Very comfortable car, fuel economy not awful I suppose given the type of car it was. A few drive-thrus, a few ghost towns, and the odd lonely road...
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:56 pm

We did a great one in September:

Maidenhead UK - Dover - Calais - Royat (Massif Central), France - Cassis/Nice - Tuscany Italy - Berne, Switzerland - Dijon, France - Maidenhead.

Roughly 2500 miles.

Plan on doing the same trip late July '09 - but heading further down Italy.

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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:27 pm

Belgrade-Budapest-Bratislava-Vienna-Linz-Salzburg-Munich-Innsbruck-Verona-Venezia-Bled-Belgrade ~3200km / 13 days in August 2008

Next one: Los Angeles - San Francisco - Portland - Seattle, ~2300 km / 19 days in April/May 2009



  

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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:46 pm



Quoting AF340 (Reply 6):
My last one too! Back in Late June I did the Lake Louise - Banff - Calgary run. Stunning scenery!

A few years ago we did almost the reverse route, flew into Calgary, then drove west and staying in Banff, Kamloops, Whistler and Vancouver.

I agree the scenery especially between Calgary and Kamloops was awesome. Would love to do it again. The husband of the other couple we traveled with played a round of golf at a course nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains just outside of Banff, he said it was the most beautiful golf course he’s ever played on.
 
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:24 pm

June/July 2008 was my last road trip (long drive): Den Haag - Mirmande - Malaga - Barcelona - Montélimar - Den Haag - 5114 km or 3196 miles.

This year we are considering either driving down to Barcelona, or driving to Morocco, or flying to Johannesburg, hiring a car and meandering down to Cape Town to see friends.
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:45 am

Christmas 2008, or last Christmas: Flew down on UA: ORF-IAD-MCO and drove up I-95 from Florida to Virginia.
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:46 am

My last (only) major roadtrip was in July 2007, from Fort Wayne, IN, to San Francisco, CA.

I was moving out to San Francisco to start my PhD studies (in craniofacial embryology) in 2007, at UCSF. A month before, I had moved back home from London, UK, where I had spent 3 years! So I packed just about all my worldly belongings (and my Great Archive of my life) into my 1998 Bonneville and my sister's Dodge pickup truck.

My sedan was filled to the ceiling, all seats (except the driver seat) filled around me, with dozens of boxes, my guitar, violin, antique trombone, and other stuff (the trunk was also full). My sister's pickup truck was filled inside with more boxes, and the bed was filled with my furniture.

We caravanned it all the way across from Indiana to California, over 4 days (July 17-20).

We left Fort Wayne, IN, took US 30 to Chicago, then headed westward on I-80 for the rest of the way.

Along I-80 west, the route was Illinois-Iowa-Nebraska-Wyoming-Utah-Nevada-California.

Some highlights of the trip were a huge rainstorm just west of Chicago at night; flat land all the way across Iowa and Nebraska (a really boring drive); the Bonneville Salt Flats where I collected a shot glass full of white salt; and especially, Nevada, where I saw a triangular UFO and stayed in a motel in Elko, NV, where "alien mutants" were said to reside!

We got to San Francisco at 8pm July 20, 2007, and my sister helped me move into my UCSF Mission Bay studio apartment, which still has some huge boxes still piled up (there's no room for everything).

The only things I left at home were my piano (no room in a tiny UCSF studio apartment for it), my organ, and some of my own artwork still hanging at Mom's home today as my art gallery.

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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:49 am

Most recent road trip? I got here Thursday night. I left Tuesday morning. 2,100 miles, apprx. 34 hours of driving. Here are some tips from the road:

Day 1: South Royalton, Vermont to Chicago, Illinois, apprx. 1,000 miles and 17.5 hours
Vermont is still cold in the morning. Drove to Glens Falls, NY, then down to Albany, then across 90. Pretty smooth sailing until we got about 15 miles past Buffalo. Snow started. Snowed until about Sandusky, Ohio. Keep forgetting that New York is around 500 miles across. If you are looking for dinner and find yourself in Toledo, just keep driving. Asked for a sit down restaurant and told the options were Bob Evans or Subway. After 45 minutes of aimlessly driving around, we found a Cracker Barrel. Drove on through Indiana. More snow. Into Chicago. Snowing again. Arrived around midnight Central. Slept.

Day 2: Chicago to Omaha
Walked down to Navy Pier, had lunch with a friend at an amazing pizza place. Then headed out of town on 88. More snow. It stopped somewhere near the DeKalb toll plaza. Started again near the Quad Cities. Stopped soon after. Cold still. Dinner in Des Moines. Finally found a place to stay in Omaha on the west side of town.

Day 3: Omaha to Denver
Cold start in Omaha. At least the hotel had mixed fruits for breakfast. Michael drove through Nebraska. I took over at the Colorado border. After a rousing game of parking lot football in winds gusting to 40 mph at the Colorado welcome center, it is off on the final stretch to Denver. Pull up to the apartment in Uptown and unload my stuff, start settling in. Yay!

Took a quick day trip today to Loveland ski area, only like 60-70 miles away. Great snow, great boarding day! Only got two runs in, though. Brother's shoulder decided to get in a fight with the mountain. His shoulder lost.

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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:20 am

Atlanta to Banner Elk, NC for a ski trip. Five hour drive. Not exactly your Utah slopes, but still fun.

Before that was Atlanta to Charleston, SC and back in August Atlanta to Destin, FL. Earlier in the year we went to Savannah/Tybee Island, GA

(good roads all around, even country side roads, with perhaps the exception of the Florida panhandle. . hurricanes I figure)
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:26 am

Des Moines, Iowa to Fort Campbell Kentucky and return back in March. About a 12 hour trip each way.
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:33 am

I've driven from New Jersey to Florida a few times but have not done that in about 14 years, I think I set the all time land record for driving New Jersey-Fort Lauderdale. I drove Central New Jersey-Fort Lauderdale in 15 hours 45 minutes. Stopping only for gas, which is when I used the bathroom. It was the worst experience ever, the only thing that kept me awake was chain smoking all the cheap cigarettes I bought in North Carolina.

As for my last road trip, I drove from New Jersey to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to stay at a house my Parents were renting there. Not a bad drive, took some back roads someone recommended through North Carolina tobacco country which was gorgeous. I flew home on a CO 737-300 (first Class).
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:00 am

Orlando, FL -> Destin, FL (to Eglin, AFB) -> Orlando, FL.

Took the RX8 on a nice road trip to the USAF museum for this lovely website.
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:50 am

Back in the middle of June, I went

Sheboygan, WI -> Hartland, MI

That was about 7.5 hours straight shot, including traffic and a wrong turn in Chicago. The next day, I went

Hartland, MI -> Sandusky, OH

Had a great weekend, and much thanks to the family I stayed with!
 
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:14 am

Christmas 2008. 4,300km

Sydney-Wagga Wagga-Mildura-Coonawarra-Adelaide-Flinders Ranges-Broken Hill-Dubbo Sydney.


Now planning Christmas holidays for 2009. lete, and
 
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:47 am



Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 21):
flying to Johannesburg, hiring a car and meandering down to Cape Town to see friends.

If you intend meandering then don't go the direct road because it is extremely boring.
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:27 am



Quoting Andz (Reply 31):
If you intend meandering then don't go the direct road because it is extremely boring.

We're looking at Johannesburg - Blyderivier Canyon - Kruger NP - Port Elizabeth - Plettenberg Bay -Oudtshoorn - Swellendam - Cape Town. And points in between.

This incorperates things we're both interested in: wildlife, gardens and wine. But if we go, it will be in October. We're still at the very early planning stage.
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:29 am

Yeah that is quite a meander! Kruger to PE is a long haul though, where do you intend visiting in between?
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:31 pm



Quoting Andz (Reply 33):
Kruger to PE is a long haul though, where do you intend visiting in between?

Indeed, about 1430 km / 895 miles. But we are still at the early planning stage. We could drive back up to Jo'burg and fly to Port Elizabeth (pity there are no 727's in BA Comair colours any more).
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:39 am

Dallas to Washington DC in September or October. I forgot when I moved... Haha. I made the drive in about 21 hours over a little under 1,300 miles. I was pissed when I realized I was too tired to continue in Roanoke, VA. at 2AM and had to get a hotel room. I hit a storm while driving on I-40 through the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and that really took a lot out of me -- the combination of a winding highway with no lights, night, plus storms made me have to really concentrate for a good two hours. I really thought I could pull off the drive being that I've done Dallas-Grand Forks (and reverse) in one day over 19 hours.

I absolutely detest long drives (give me a plane ticket), but they must be done sometimes.

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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:37 am

I did Billings, MT to Cincinnati, OH last September when we moved out here. In December we went up to the old lady's sister's for Christmas. She got the flu while we were there, and puked once every hour on the 7 hour drive from Petoskey, MI back to CVG. Joy.
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:21 pm

May last road trip was a simple 6 day affair: Winnipeg to Summit IL (869 miles), then to Mississauga ON (via Neenah, WI and Chicago, IL - 917 miles) and finally back to Winnipeg MB (1,341 miles) in 6 days. And today I leave Winnipeg, MB for Neepawa MB, and Carpentersville IL, then to Elk Grove Village, IL and back to Winnipeg (4 days round trip, 1,922 miles). My record road trip was a 31 day marathon many many years ago. Ah, the life of living behind the wheel...
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:44 pm



Quoting Don81603 (Reply 37):
Ah, the life of living behind the wheel...

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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:18 pm

Last June: Boston, Mass. to Saint John, NB return.

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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:54 am

Darwin to Melbourne via Adelaide
3 legs, 3 days.
close to 4200km in 3 days
The stopover in Adelaide also included a night out till 4am followed by fun with the girlfriend. Luckily Adelaide to Melbourne is a short drive
 
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RE: Your Last Road Trip?

Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:53 am

My latest road trip (July 2008) was from home here in Long Beach to San Diego down Interstate 5, then across I-8 along the Mexican border over to Yuma, Arizona. Then onward on I-8 to I-10 south into Tucson for a few days. From there, a short 2 hr drive back up 10 to Phoenix. After spending several days with good friends in uber-hot Phoenix, headed across Arizona on I-10 to spend a night in Palm Springs. Finally, back on 1-10 back into the rat-race known as the Los Angeles basin.

Total mileage was 1400 miles and I was quite glad to sleep in my own bed and listen to the waves lap against the shoreline after 10 days away from home.

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