Road Trip Across The States

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  1. Nerd Bomber

    Nerd Bomber Consulting your needs

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    So in about a week I'll be helping my father move out of his home in new england to his home in las vegas. We'll be driving across the country doing this (while I'll be flying back when I get there). I've never been past the mississippi so am a bit excited. I'd like to know what to expect though. I know there will be endless hours of driving but I'm hoping that we'll be able to stop at some fun spots along the way.

    So, anyone have any road trip stories to tell or any tips of what to expect?
     
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    I dunno why but I keep picturing you as Mad Max pulling some Road Warrior moves on the way. Must .deliver.fuel.

    Don't know of any fun spots to hit, but I usually take a ramp off when I see Walmarts for TF hunts and usually there's a bunch of other places around them. (Those Walmarts are strategically placed)
    I like to get fat when I roadtrip and hit all the interresting restaurants, makes ya sleepy for the drive though.
    Stay away from tea or you'll be pissing every 5 min.

    You'll see alot of museums, caves,etc roadsigns on the way and those places make fun little stops .
    Then again, sometimes I just want to get to the destination asap so I can stretch out and sleep

    Don't forget to Buckle up!
     
  3. Streck

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    What route will you be taking?
     
  4. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    i think the more pertinent question is, what do you put on the road trippin' mix CD?

    (psst, dont forget RHCP's road trippin'.)
     
  5. Nerd Bomber

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    I won't know until later in the week except that we're taking a southern path down through pennsylvania towards oklahoma, hitting the grand canyon, and then vegas. We're leaving sunday.

    I'm curious about that myself.
     
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    Expect hours of tedium with sharp peaks of fear at inner-city interchanges.
     
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    Too bad the move wasnt timed about 5 weeks later...you could've make an interesting stop in Kentucky...
     
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    QTF.

    Of course, I am looking at this from the I-70 point of view. I've done that from Jersey and back (to Kansas City) a few times and have gone to Indy, IN the past 3 years. It is a very tedious drive.
     
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    So, something like OatFuck then.
     
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    I booked my flight back today. I was surprised that it's a seven hour flight to OH then a two hour flight back to new hampshire. I thought it'd be much shorter.My budget is pretty tight though so I went with the cheapest fair.
     
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    I suspect it'll be tedium, unless your route is specifically plotted out to include places of interest every so often.

    Last year I had to drive to a friends wedding in France, hour and a bit to the ferry, and 7 hours once I was in France... and endless roads are pretty mind numbing.

    Make sure you have lots of caffeine drinks for the driver!!!

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    And see if you can get hold of a GPS/Satnav for the trip, for a trip this long it'd probably be worth it.
     
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    Where's he moving to in Vegas??? I lived there for four years... I miss it there...:( 
     
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    You could watch National Lampoons Vacation to get an idea of what to expect on your road trip. Holiday Road!!!
     
  16. Chaos Muffin

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    Can't help but to think about St Louis.
     
  17. Aaron

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    My personal nemesis is actually in your hometown. I-65 South to I-64 East. Making it from the left lane to the right lane of a slow interstate in around a half mile has turned my nerves to Jello on more than one occasion.
     
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    All I know is that he has a place on the outskirts near the highway.
     
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    That reminds me NB, I strongly recommend stopping at East St. Louis. It'll be an experience you'll never forget.
     
  20. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    All right, some of the AZ and NV locals can correct me on these, but here's my 2 cents, Nerd Bomber...

    2 years ago, my friends and I used Route 40 to travel through a good portion of the west. Now, the neat thing about interstate 40 is that it traverses the country - as a matter of fact, there's a sign for Interstate 40 in Wilmington, NC that says "Barstow, CA - 3,512 miles." I know, I drive past it every time I leave the beach and I'm always tempted to take that ride.

    I know Route 40 from the beginning of Arizona all the way until it gets into Los Angeles. It's, as has been said, a combination of tedium with random wild stuff along the way.

    Once you hit Arizona - should you take 40 - you will have access to a variety of neat landmarks, including the Meteor Crater, the Grand Canyon (only about 1 hour off of 40, around Flagstaff) Hoover Dam (which, actually, you can take 85(?) to get to, and then use that same route to drive straight into Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson style) and countless scenic Route 66 stops along the way (elements of Route 66 paralleled the new Interstate 40 through some of Arizona and Nevada.)

    Whatever you do, I wish you the best of luck and I hope you have fun. I've always wanted to do that and I envy you.
     
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