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Posted: 5/31/2002 12:01:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:07:04 PM EDT
So long as you don't make any pitstops, you should make excellent time...  [;)]

Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:09:09 PM EDT
I think your math is a little off. 944 miles at 65mph will take 14.5 hrs. If you can drive for 14.5 hours with no stops, no tolls, no traffic slowdowns, then you can probably make it, but I think 19-20 hrs would be a more reasonable estimate.

Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:10:05 PM EDT
12 hours......Don't think so buddy!!  

I used to travel 660 miles from NC to Florida when I was in the Marine Corps.  I was always doing between 75-80 and the fastest I ever made it was 9 1/2 hours.  10 hours was about my average.  
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:12:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:15:24 PM EDT
Yahoo maps says it's 944 miles to Nebo Il. They claim that's 19 hours. I think it's more like 12 and half (averaging 65) So if I leave right now, without going to my house, I should be there by 5 in the morning.

Unfortunately the weather report is scattered thunderstorms so that might mess up my wingtips.
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Yeah, I'd say it's pretty far to drive at one time.  That being said, it's certainly possible (I've done it, once), particularly if you don't have to make a bunch of bathroom stops or food stops.  Pack a bunch of junk food and drinks (with caffeine), and pick your road music wisely.  Judas Priest would be a better choice than Gordon Lightfoot, especially towards the end of your trip.  

If you feel tired, please pull off somewhere and sleep.  Don't try to make it "just another few miles".  I'd really rather not read about your fatal accident in the newspaper.

Be careful.

Edited to add:  I was talking about distance, not time.  I agree with the others, Aimless, your math could stand some help. [;)]
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:15:27 PM EDT
944 miles at one time?  Alone?  That depends on what kind of driver you are.  I hate driving alone for more than a couple of hours because I get the sleepies.  If I have someone to talk to, I could drive for hours.  If you don't have such problems, 944 miles is okay.  I'd count on being there around 8 or 9 in the morning though.
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:18:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:19:19 PM EDT

Well I was the only guy in my class who got a C in "Accounting for Lawyers"
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Do you do tax returns? [:)]
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:19:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:26:58 PM EDT
If you don't hit any cats or dog(they slow you down .2mph) and just pee in your hand and chunck it out the window,I bet you can be there in 11.5 hrs.
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:33:53 PM EDT
Oh well, I did my friend's house closing for free this week (of course) so he owes me a few beers tonight and I can try (for the 10,000x time) to weasle his Colt Delta Elite out of him.
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Good luck! I've got one (Delta Elite HBAR) that I bought new like 10 years ago, and they won't even get it outta my cold dead fingers! I'm takin' it with me!
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:35:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:41:57 PM EDT
Short answer yes.  It took me 19 hours to drive solo from Huntington Beach CA to Boulder CO, (900miles) stopping only for gas, food, and restrooms.  I probably risked my life and would not recommend it.  I was young and stupid (and in a '72 VW Camper-barely made it over the Loveland Pass)....I think a girl was involved but I've tried to put it out of my memory and if I'd killed myself I'd have killed her pet Lhasa-Apso too.  The dog deserved better.

Trips from HB to our condo in Mammoth CA, 350 miles, take 5 1/2 hours minimum, downhill, 6-6 1/2 on the uphill run, 70 -75 mph.
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:44:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:46:23 PM EDT
Not if you're driving a 944. Zzzzooooooommmmmm

Link Posted: 5/31/2002 12:56:23 PM EDT
I drove from Houston to Denver at one time long ago by myself.  Absolutely the worst trip I ever had, and I was definately in the sleep depravation / highway hypnosis zone at the end.  On the return trip a stretch of road that I thought only lasted 30-40 miles wound up being just under 200.  I still can't believe I made it without becomming a statistic.[xx(]

I didn't really save any time going all at once, since I slept for the first day solid from around 0600 when I arrived until about 2200 that night.  I think the total trip took around 22 hours, and the posted speed limit was NOT observed.  At times, I really cranked the ole SVO up.  Once the elev. got up though, the power went waaaaay down.

Oh to be young and full of stupid adrenaline again......[rolleyes]

BTW, caffiene and Judas Priest begin to have diminished returns at about the 17 hour mark.[%|]

Link Posted: 5/31/2002 2:33:57 PM EDT
I drove from college to home (950 miles) in 15 hours with 2 stops.  Keep in mind you will be heading into Central Time Zone, so you appear to arrive an hour earlier than you're supposed to.
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 2:44:19 PM EDT
Ahh, thanks for the memories.

College in Charleston, SC, home was Scott AFB, IL, (somewhere near the BRC, I think.)

My chariot:   Marina Blue '67 Chevelle SS, 396, 4 speed.

My speed, around 70, but I could bark the tires at that speed.

18 hours, I think the average was.

I do not reccomend such a drive to anyone.

Once I distinctly remember thinking on a downhill stretch that I could safely take a catnap for a few seconds.

Link Posted: 5/31/2002 2:56:21 PM EDT
14 hours of driving per day is just about right for me . . . as long as I don't have to do that more than 2 days in a row.  That's quality thinkin' time.  I invent things in my head and carry a notepad & calculator.  If your mind requires more external entertainment, you might want to pick up a hitchhiker to share the driving.  JUST KIDDING about the hitchhiker!
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 3:00:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 3:05:22 PM EDT
God invented these for a reason...


Link Posted: 5/31/2002 3:08:18 PM EDT
For 944 you need a 911 [;)]
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 3:12:16 PM EDT
Is 944 miles a lot to drive at one strech? You bet your ass it is. Figure 19 to 20 hours of driving.
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 3:15:38 PM EDT
I think your math is a little off. ...
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An understandable mistake – this is distance and miles per hour.  

I believe the only numbers covered in law school are those with dollar signs in front of them!  [:O]
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 3:20:48 PM EDT
God invented these for a reason...


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And be subject to strip searches for toothpicks and nail clippers while Osama Bin Laden gets waved through? Umm... Pass the car keys!

It's a lot of miles. I just drove with 2 other people from Blacksburg, VA to Gainesville, FL in about 10 hours. Having even one other person to share the driving and conversation is a huge help. The traffic is nicer driving through the night, but the scenery is extra-boring, and you'll probably sleep through the whole day that you get there. I usually make the 300 mile drive from Gainesville to Ft. Lauderdale a couple of times a year by myself. If you pick a good day to do it, it's a pretty easy 4-5 hours or so through the afternoon.
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 3:30:04 PM EDT
Its wierd but no matter how fast you drive you'll never be able to do better than 50 to 55 (maybe 60 if you're real lucky) miles per hour.
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 3:31:07 PM EDT
Not if your drinkin' heavily.  
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 4:44:39 PM EDT
The longest I've ever gone without stopping was 1200+ miles, from Ft Sill OK to about an hour into PA on I70. That was a solo 20-hour trip, and I "probably" could have made it couple more hours but didn't want to chance the mountains at 3am if I was tired. I slept about 4 hours and made the rest of the trip to Biddeford ME in 1 leg, getting in around 1800. Total mileage, 1850, and time from start to finish, 39 hours. If I hadn't been forced to go through NYC I wouldn't have lost at least 2 hours there.

BTW, when I say "without stopping" I mean no rest stops, just fuel and pitstops.
Link Posted: 5/31/2002 5:48:18 PM EDT
I drove 925 miles from VA to BRC in 14 hours.  I didn't get above about 74mph, mostly 72 or so.  Not many breaks.

It was long but easily done.  Oh,  I wasn't alone driving.  Had someone to talk to.

Link Posted: 5/31/2002 6:11:01 PM EDT
Not if your drinkin' heavily.  
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