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Old 10-17-2015, 10:43 PM   #1
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Not recommended!

Procrastination and circumstances combined forcing us to make a 526 mile speed run in one day. We had just flown back to CA from ND and we're tired from a hectic week. So we decided to relax for an extra day before heading out in the RV. So what sounded good on Monday, felt great on Tuesday really sucked on Wed! Good weather and a great running coach made it bearable but that was just stupid! So, another lesson relearned the hard way...


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Old 10-17-2015, 10:53 PM   #2
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I've done between 700 and 800 on some days. Makes for long days though.
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Old 10-18-2015, 01:37 AM   #3
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Same here. There has to be a good reason to make those long runs of over 300 miles. Controlling 35,000lbs of vehicles for that many hours takes it's toll mentally and physically. I don't do it very often. (I don't know how OTRTs do it.)
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Old 10-18-2015, 07:27 AM   #4
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When I was MUCH younger 700mi. was a piece of cake. In fact in 1966 I went from San Diego to Andrews AFB in Md. in 49hrs. in my '65 GTO. Being retired now, there's nowhere I have to be that's going to be more than say 250mi. away.
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Old 10-18-2015, 07:31 AM   #5
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When I was MUCH younger 700mi. was a piece of cake. In fact in 1966 I went from San Diego to Andrews AFB in Md. in 49hrs. in my '65 GTO. Being retired now, there's nowhere I have to be that's going to be more than say 250mi. away.
Bet you wish you still had the goat though!
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Bet you wish you still had the goat though!
Exactly what I thought!
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Old 10-18-2015, 07:48 AM   #7
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I did 780 pulling my 43' toy hauler the 1st trip out. It was on Labor Day and with a lot of traffic. Not only was it stupid, it was dangerous. I have done many 500+ days since. That's just the cost of still working full time and having some place we have to be.
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Agreed. Not the best plan, or the safest....
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Not recommended!

I drove 850 miles in one day last fall. Solo driver. Easy.

Kentucky to Maine.
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Old 10-18-2015, 09:25 AM   #10
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Oh yea. Our Max is generally 200 with a push of 250 if needed. Did a speed run from SD to western PA a couple years ago for an emergency in 2days and another 5 months later from Charlotte, SC to western PA in a day and half. Only doable because we both drove. Now days I'll just get on a plane for those kinds of emergency trips
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:15 PM   #11
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Sure glad we're now in Retirement Mode vs Vacation Mode when traveling! Like being able to consider a 5-6 hour day, a long day!

Adding to the lore of all our yesterdays, I have two:

1) Zion, UT to San Diego, with the Sunday later afternoon traffic of San Bernadino area at rush hour. A full 12 hour day, with 2-3 extra added due to multiple accidents in the SB area. In our Bounder, which even though it handled well, was not a DP for long distant traveling.

2) My 'Marathon Run' was in a 1968 Rambler American, small 6 with three on the tree. San Diego to Biloxi Mississippi with the longest stop in Houston, for a 'sit down' restroom stop. 31 hours until I put me feet in the Gulf of Mexico! (Yeah, to see a girl. They can make you do crazy things.) My favorite part of this ride, was going thru Texas which seems to have mile upon mile of detours and highway construction going on. One dirt stretch, I was tooling along at 70 MPH. I see a dust storm coming up behind me very fast. A white convertible Eldorado with large steer horns, went flying by me. To LARGE men, wearing more gold then I'd ever seen, drinking beer were the passengers. On the rear of the car, was a Cowboy's Sticker, and '2 TALL'! I always assumed this was Too Tall Jones, and another player... Got a friendly wave, even with California plates, and long hair for that day!

Now that was a tired and stupid young man, driving literally non stop - and lucky! Oh, and no radio on the way East. A month later heading West, I had a portable 8 track radio/stereo - but could only afford one tape. America, a Horse With No Name... Still know that song way too well!!!

Best to all, and salute to shorter travels today!
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Bet you wish you still had the goat though!
You bet I do. In 1967 I got a Mustang which I still have, And then in '69 I got the "Judge" which I will NEVER get rid of, and I have a '57 Belair I picked up a number of years ago. I've actually dollied the Mustang a few times.
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I like 300 push to 350 for a nice campground.
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My limit is 500 miles or 10 hours, whichever comes first. That said, these days I try to stick to 350-400 miles, tops.
Newly retired and don't necessarily have to be somewhere at a given time, although wife is still working so sometimes we do.
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