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Driving cross country

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by IheartGUNS, May 30, 2013.

  1. IheartGUNS

    IheartGUNS WaCo Well-Known Member

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    So my bro inlaw is moving back to the pnw and he is going to drive from Virginia. His wife and kids are gonna fly back, so which leaves him solo. He asked if I could keep him company and help out with the driving, then he said: you don't have to if you don't want too(guilt trip lol). I want to help my bro out but I can't even handle a drive to Seattle lol. What to do?
     
  2. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Offer to watch the kids so his wife can stay with him.
     
  3. timac

    timac Loading Magazines! Well-Known Member

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    I made the same trip myself, music and caffeine. Also don't stop at Wall Drug, South Dakota, you've been warned.
     
  4. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    Drive through states that acknowledge your CCL :)
     
  5. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    don't be p c tell him the truth
     
  6. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Avoid NJ, and Chicago at all costs. Otherwise, it is an OK trip. Eat some junk food - see some sights.

    I'm not sure Wall Drug is worth the stop - total tourist trap.
     
  7. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Wall Drug is a tourist trap, but they have some good American history books, buffalo burgers, and enough of an odd collection of memorabilia to keep a person entertained for a few hours.

    Personally at this time of year I'd recommend a few days' stay at Custer, South Dakota where you can feed the 'Begging Burros' of Custer State Park, watch buffalo walk through your RV park, explore Wind Cave (really cool, look it up), see The Needles, Rushmore and Crazy Horse...all within a few minutes drive. We did an 8,600 mile across-the-US RV trip with the kids this time two years ago and of all the places we visited, Disney Florida included, Custer and Colonial Williamsburg were the best.

    Keith
     
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  8. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    Bite the bullet and take the trip. if you don't want to do it for your brother, do it for yourself. I've done coast to coast twice, and this country is AMAZING. The best part is tha tthe further yo go west, the better it gets. Plan you trip to hit all the best land marks. You will have fond memories and a sore butt for years to come.

    Some places I'd try to hit along the way:
    Custer, SD, Like trainsktg said. Way too amazing. Throw in the Devil's tower on your way west.
    Badlands in both Dakotas.
    Yellowstone - enter through the HIGH pass from Sheridan, WY.
    Glacier National Park
    If you take a more southern approach, west of Denver is a mountain over 14,000 feet high and you can drive to the top.
    I'd follow that road west to the amazing canyons of Utah.
    I'm sure others will chime in with suggestions.

    If you listen too much to me, this trip will be about 24,000 miles long... If you do it, make it worth it.
     
  9. timac

    timac Loading Magazines! Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the other postings, take the trip. I enjoyed my cross country trip from Virginia, lots to see and very memorable.
     
  10. Silver Hand

    Silver Hand Southern Oregon Coast Well-Known Member

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    The guy is moving not going on a tour!
    Go if you can. There are times when having someone in the rig will keep you alive even if they don't drive or drive very little 2.5 hours is a nice safe nap for the main driver. I have had my son on board for a 5,000 mile trip from the southern or coast to Champagne Illinois and back, drove a blazer hauling a trailer. I took interstate 80 dead heading a trailer all the way there and loaded on the way back home with a new Harley on board. I did most of the driving and it took three days @75 mph, I got between four or six hours sleep. Been across the country Many many times.
    Once with my wife and two kids in the front of a 72 Chevy 3/4 ton standard cab and a trailer I built. Headed from NYC to S. OR coast. She was six months pregnant with our third. If he wants it bad enough nothing will stop him.

    It will be a life time memory for all involved weather you make it or not. Don't go if you don't want to but enjoy the most direct route if you take the trip.
    Silver hand
     
  11. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I've traveled it a few times as fast as I could go to get from A to B. I'm not sure why I was in such a hurry, but I do regret never slowing down for stops along the way.
     
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  12. notazombie

    notazombie Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    A road trip with your brother? What's the downside? Eat bad food, drink too much Mt Dew, see some sights. It's only a chore if you want it to be.
     
  13. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Take the trip!!
    You will have fun. Stay waaaaaaay clear of
    Illinois.
     
  14. Silver Hand

    Silver Hand Southern Oregon Coast Well-Known Member

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    I have done it the slow way four times and once on a motorcycle. I drove across I-80 before it was complete, the slow way in the pick up with my wife and kids a few times in the 1970s. Back then there was no fast way. Driving through the middle of towns after towns. Main street was the interstate when I was a kid. There was no I-95 going North, I ever saw till about 1961-1963.
    I have seen most of the other routs but never Rout 10 or 2 in Canada I hope to some day do them the slow way.... You are right about speed but there is a time and a place for everything. Hauling your goods or getting back to your family would not be the best time for me to go on tour. Everybody is different that's what makes us interesting.
    Silver Hand
     
  15. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Cody Firearms Museum in Wyoming. One of the best firearms collection in the world.
    Plan on spending at least half a day. You will not be disappointed.
     
  16. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    There's nothing I mean nothing like a mid west thunder storm. Love them.
     
  17. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have driven across from the East coast to the West coast. Be ready to be bored and have a sore azz. Word of advice...fly or stay home. :D



    But it will be fun for the first 3 states. Enjoy!!!!!
     
  18. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    That took you what....3 weeks? :bluelaugh:
     
  19. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    It probably would, and might be one of the first things I do if I ever get to retire.

    The first time I drove on a tight schedule - started at the Oregon Coast and drove to Bradenton Florida in 3 days. Day 1 picked up my then girlfriend in Twin Falls, stayed the night in Utah. Night #2 was in Shreveport, and got to Bradenton about midnight on day 3. I had a fractured leg, and the cooling system in my Jeep was failing, so had to drive with the heat full blast. Missed my GF's first grandchild's birth by a couple of hours, so after all that was still in the dog house. Believe it or not, I still enjoyed seeing all the new sights.

    The way back several months later was in two parts - I had a job as a contractor in Wisconsin. Drove there in 2 days, then when the gig was over, back to Oregon in 3 more. I decided I'd never rush it again if/when I make the next trip.
     
  20. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'd take that trip in a heartbeat. Would love to drive across the country.
     
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