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Old 04-04-2014, 03:46 PM   #31
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Possible?... certainly... Have I done it?..certainly...Would I do it again?....If I remember how I felt the last hundred miles NO WAY. I was beat for at least a day. So, if the day after arrival sucked, why not just make it a two day trip?
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:53 PM   #32
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As an "older" retired couple (64 & 66), we finally learned that being "retired" means we really don't HAVE to be anywhere and we have all day to get there. DW decided that her real calling is as my naviguesser, so I get all the wheel time.

We've resolved to having no more than 8 hours travel time a day. Out by nine, in by five..... No morning rush getting out and always pull into a CG well before dark cuz I hate holding a flashlight in my mouth. With fuel stops about every 3 hours or so, we typically average about 350 - 400 miles a day

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Old 04-04-2014, 05:23 PM   #33
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OakMan.... with the new information given of being in no hurry and no deadlines, most seem to agree to lean that this should be broken down into a leisure two day trip. Start a little later and end a little earlier on the first day and gauge from there on the second on about when they want to get 'home'.

Blessings and may they have a safe and uneventful trip.
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:35 PM   #34
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I think if they pulled out after breakfast 8-8:30ish and took the breaks as above and then call it a day before dinner 4-4:30ish they should get home and not be exhausted.
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:45 PM   #35
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Not pulling a trailer I do Birmingham AL, to San Antonio TX in one long day usually twice a year. I use to stop and it hurt me worse to get going the next morning. This year I will be going to Houston for Flyball so I will be taking the TT, hope I can do it in one!
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:49 PM   #36
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Not pulling a trailer I do Birmingham AL, to San Antonio TX in one long day usually twice a year. I use to stop and it hurt me worse to get going the next morning. This year I will be going to Houston for Flyball so I will be taking the TT, hope I can do it in one!
These numbers do not evaluate pulling a TT. Long trip for one day.

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Old 04-04-2014, 08:52 PM   #37
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Thanks for the input, I really appreciate everyone taking the time to post their thoughts on this matter.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:05 PM   #38
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:13 AM   #39
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Iím not looking to start arguments, Iím just looking for opinions.

The following drive will be done by a retired couple in a Class A dieselpusher. All driving will be done by one driver (age 60).

Leaving at 9:15 in the morning and then quick stop for lunch and a stop for dinner with an extra hour or two of rest before continuing. Arriving at destination about midnight with a total driving distance of 725 miles. A little more than half that drive will be on state highways and the rest on Interstates.

Whatís your opinion on this, dumb move or no big deal?

I personally think itís a dumb move because of the fatigue factor I think would come into play while driving at night.

Perhaps Iím overly cautious on this so I would really appreciate your thoughts on this.
I think it is too long of a trip. That is 15 hours a long haul truck driver is not allowed to make a run like that. The longest I have drove one way was around 6 hours and I was spent. It is a lot different than driving a car.
You also need to think about blood flow for someone in there later years, could be a recipe for a blood clot to form and a possible stroke.

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Old 04-06-2014, 11:39 AM   #40
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For a retired couple, I think this is a poor idea but I know how it goes. After 400 miles, the destination no longer seems so far away. Wish they had left earlier so that most of this time was during daylight hours.

I assume that they ended at home. If the end point was a campground, I like this idea less.
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