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Old 07-09-2013, 11:37 PM   #31
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When traveling across Canada (Ontario to BC) we aim for 500k (300 miles) per day. I would never attempt a 10 hr day. If you do want to drive 10 hr/day. I recommend a break every 2 hours. While in Quebec there are rest areas about every 30 to 50 miles. Stop at a rest area and walk around stay hydrated and have a great time.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:13 AM   #32
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Yea .. im kind of a 6hr a day driver. Maybe 7 hrs. if i stretch it ... but no more than that. If we drive 7 hrs, we will spend the next full day off the road, and enjoy the sights and sounds of our new surroundings. Pack everything in the trailer and truck the night before, get a good nights sleep and head out nice and early, beating the metro traffic.
When touching down for the nights stay .. leave your vehicle hooked up to the TV, remove the pigtail, level side to side, then level the front of the trailer, to take some of the weight of the rear of the TV. With everything still hooked to the truck, there will be no need for stabilizers (at least that's what I do).
Once morning comes ... drop the trailer, and you are ready to go ... out in about 10 minutes ... after your morning coffee of course.

hope this helps .. d-mo
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:32 AM   #33
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What you describe there d-mo, is one of the best reasons to own an A frame.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:03 AM   #34
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Last year this time, I drove from BC to NS in 5 1/2 days towing a 30 ft TT. I only had one blow out. I averaged over 1000 kms per day. That was my limit. I was in a time crunch and it had to be done. Would I do it again? Sure, why not. Would I drive the Northern Ontario route again. When he!! freezes over. When I reached Quebec, I felt I was home. Not because of all the French road signs, but because it was so close to home, relatively speaking. Sorry, I wasn't able to offer any tips. i don't drink coffee, red bull or any other stimulates. I keep hydrated with water and enjoy the scenery.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:29 PM   #35
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I have my A128S back cushions moved to the front bed during travel, 2 layer bed. On my way home a 1500 km trip, when I find a rest area, I just raise my A-Frame, unplug the 7-pin cable and take a nap. In less then 2 minutes I could be ready to go. Do you know if I nap for over an hour, will the TV battery survive the fridge battery consumption? I may not have to unplug anything.

I like the idea of drinking Red Bull, I never had one but I will try it and see how I react to it. I may take one before 3 hours from the last stop.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:47 AM   #36
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Not to be off topic, but how was Bruce? We toured the southern coast of Ontario on a trip from Kentucky to Niagara falls and Bruce was one place that we thought about going back for as a special trip.
My group have been going to the Bruce area once a year for over 20 years and camping in here http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/a...2/activ2a.aspx. Hopefully we will keep visiting this place for the next 20 years or more, so definitely come visit this place, you will love it there....

My plan is to camp at 6 National Parks on my East Coast adventure.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:49 AM   #37
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What do you do to increase your driving endurance?
What snack do have during the trip? Keep you sharp not sleepy
What do you do to make the long driving interesting when going solo?

This trip will be over 5000 km, I will take this as a challenge to make it safely and I am hoping I'll get some tips to make my driving enjoyable and not a struggle.

Driving tips please...
I love to drive, and pretty much all my trips are solo, long-haul excursions.
Unfortunately, my belief is that either you are that way or you are not. What is sheer bliss to me is torture for a lot of people I know.

I'm not sure there is any way you can condition yourself for long stretches behind the wheel -especially in the short time you have remaining.
How do you 'get in shape' to sit motionless for 10 hours?

Up until 2008, I spent 10 years commuting to work (solo) 110km each way.
Sometimes, after a 12 hour graveyard shift, it could be a bit difficult to stay awake on the drive home.
A snack of some sort helps. I used to be sure to have a handful of those small pepperoni sticks on hand (I used to buy them in big packages at the IGA). Mind you, I'm a dedicated carnivore and far less dedicated to healthy eating than I should be. Carrot sticks or some such thing might do the job (especially with lots of dip! )

It's strange, but when I quit smoking, I found it very difficult to stay awake on the drive home. I do not, however, advocate taking up smoking.

Music works for some people -others it lulls to sleep. Beware. Oddly enough, on that marathon 13,000 km trip I did last summer, other than doing the 'Ride of the Valkries' thing on my way out of town, the only time I had the stereo on was for an hour on the Dempster Highway (a movie soundtrack that sort of fit the country). Otherwise, the entire trip was driven in silence and I was just fine with that. Maybe I'm very comfortable with myself. Or, maybe I'm just weird. That fits, too.

I used to listen to talk radio all the time when I had satellite radio because I'm a bit of a news and political junkie. But when the satellite connection packed it in, I found I didn't miss it at all so I never bothered getting it hooked back up.

You may want to consider grabbing a few of those karaoke CD's. I've got a couple I used to use. I have an atrocious singing voice and invariably wind up laughing at myself. It's hard to fall asleep when you're laughing.

I never found getting out and going for a short walk to be much use when you're sleepy. It will keep you from driving into the ditch right there, but you'll right back in the same boat 10 miles down the road. If you're falling asleep -pack it in for a while. There's too much chance for real tragedy there.


My advice to you would be to not try to go long-haul like that. If you're not used to it or you don't like it, then it'll just be an ordeal -and you're supposed to be going out there to enjoy yourself.
Either shorten your range, lengthen your time or find a co-driver you can put up with.

Whatever you do, I wish you a safe and enjoyable trip.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:24 PM   #38
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I enjoy driving too. The best way to get in shape for sedentary activity is, like pretty much any other thing, to exercise. Just walk as much as you can before and during your travels. Walking helps moderate your blood sugar reducing those "hungry because I am bored" feelings and minimizing the afternoon sleepiness.

I listen to music some when driving, mostly singable rock oldies that are the cause of my poor hearing. Singing keeps me awake. I love late 20th century serious music and opera, but it just doesn't keep me going on the road. I mean who can sing to Philip Glass? I also listen to audio books and lecturers. As a history buff, there are alot for me to chose from.

My main problem is getting dehydrated. It exacerbates the hunger and sleepiness I feel. I have to make a special effort to drink enough water in the evening. But not so much that frequent stops are needed the next morning.
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I just reserved my first day campsite for 3 nights in La Mauricie National Park. I'm all in for the voyage and I still have so much researching to do.

I'm going to a cottage this weekend and I will try some of the tips I got so far about long driving.

The site I reserved is more than 2.5 hours drive to Quebec City or Montreal. Hopefully there are good spots to tour close to the site.

Happy Camping!
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When we went out east in '09 we didn't make any reservations and travelled for 2 weeks. We grabbed a campsite at the start of the Cabot trail, left the trailer and drove around counterclockwise. It was something to see, except for the rain and fog ruining our view 3/4 of the way through.

You have to see hopewell rocks, near fundy. BTW, you could stay overnight at some Quebec rest stops when we went in '09

Have fun, the first time you go is when you make your list of must see's when you return!
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