Road trip Questions

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Tue, 06-24-2014 - 9:20am

Road rules, Do you have any when you travel

Do you take meal breaks when you travel or do you eat in the car

DVD, Iphone/pod, radio, other for entertainment

Who drives, Do you take turns

How far is/was the longest road trip you've taken

 

 

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Tue, 06-24-2014 - 9:33am

    Road rules, Do you have any when you travel? More like practices that have evolved over the years than hard and fast rules.

    Do you take meal breaks when you travel or do you eat in the car? We never eat in the car.  We have breakfast in the hotel/inn/B&B, picnic lunch, and dinner in a god local restaurant if possible.

    DVD, Iphone/pod, radio, other for entertainment? Depends on who is in the car.  My younger son has a portable DVD with headphones.  If it's just me, radio or audiobook.  Husband likes to listen to NPR news but very little else.  I play on the phone a lot when I am a passenger.

    Who drives, Do you take turns?  Husband and younger son prefer to be the driver.  Older son and I would rather be passengers if we are with them, but I usually end up driving about 1/4 of the time when I'm with DH.

    How far is/was the longest road trip you've taken.  About 7000 miles; just under a month.

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    Tue, 06-24-2014 - 9:36am

    jamblessedthree wrote:
    <p>Road rules, Do you have any when you travel</p><p>Do you take meal breaks when you travel or do you eat in the car</p><p>DVD, Iphone/pod, radio, other for entertainment</p><p>Who drives, Do you take turns</p><p><span>How far is/was the longest road trip you've taken</span></p>

    1. Some.  No whining.  Driver chooses the radio/music.  Try not to puke IN the car.

    2. Yes.

    3. All of the above.  When road tripping with son and DIL, DGS1 usually gets the last row's DVD player and the adults get the middle row's DVD player.  When it's just me, I will play the iPhone or put one of my dialogue-laden chick-flicks (Like any of the Austen movies) on the iPad and put that in the passenger seat.  I just listen to the movie--I know them well enough that I don't need to watch them--these movies are ones I often play in the sewing room for the same reason.  But this is usually if I'm driving home to IL--I-70 in Ohio/Indiana is one of the single most boring drives I've been on.  Heck, even I-95 in Georgia at 3am is more interesting.  But my bias is likely more based in my eagerness to get to the other side than anything inherently wrong with either Ohio or Indiana.  Now that I've reconnected with some of the folks from my high school in Germany, I've had more reasons to stop in Ohio.

    4.  Not if I'm the only one in the car.  and with son/DIL, my son rarely gives up the wheel.  When he does, it's usually because my DIL is getting motion sick and driving helps settle her stomach.

    5.  The trip from Monterey, CA to San Angelo, TX with me, my Army BFF, my ex, and another couple.  We took a full week, stopped in Las Vegas (boring!) and visited Lake Mead (very VERY nice) and the Hoover Dam (very cool).  We stopped at all the state line signs and my ex took pictures of my BFF and I at the sign.  We stayed at Motel 6's along the way except when we stayed in Williams, AZ when the hotel was owned by a friend of my ex's grandfather who lived there.  We stopped for the night, had dinner at the ex's grandparents and then visited the Grand Canyon.  We stopped at all kinds of places along the way, and just played tourist and we seriously had the best time ever.  In all the vacations I've ever taken, that one is easily in the top 3.  We were all young, had *some* money, but not tons of it, but enough to just enjoy ourselves sightseeing over parts of the US that none of us had ever seen. 

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    Tue, 06-24-2014 - 9:42am

    I'll give you I-70 through the Midwest as one of the single most boring drives on the continent.  She said from Indianapolis.

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    Tue, 06-24-2014 - 9:46am
    Oooh, that's a good one - driver picks the music/entertainment. We typically take turns if it' radio station stuff. DH prefers to drive most of the way too.

     

     

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    Tue, 06-24-2014 - 9:47am
    What was the 7000 mi trip bordwithyou? Curious.

     

     

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    Tue, 06-24-2014 - 9:51am

    jamblessedthree wrote:
    What was the 7000 mi trip bordwithyou? Curious.
    .  The one we are on now, which has taken us from central Missouri to Newfoundland and back.

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    Tue, 06-24-2014 - 10:04am

    jamblessedthree wrote:
    <p>Road rules, Do you have any when you travel</p><p>Do you take meal breaks when you travel or do you eat in the car</p><p>DVD, Iphone/pod, radio, other for entertainment</p><p>Who drives, Do you take turns</p><p><span>How far is/was the longest road trip you've taken</span></p>

    I don't know if I would call them rules, more like preferences.  We eat, shop and visit local while trying to avoid national chains if at all possible.  We sometimes take breaks and sometimes eat in the car.  Yes, all of the above for entertainment.  I usually start driving, sometimes we take turns but dh doesn't like to drive if at all possible and I like to drive, so it works.  Probably 3000-4000 miles over the course of the trip.

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    Tue, 06-24-2014 - 10:14am

    Road rules, Do you have any when you travel

    My main road trip rule is that they have to be less than about 500 miles or 3 states, whichever comes first.  Any more than that, and we fly.

    Do you take meal breaks when you travel or do you eat in the car

    I always take meal breaks.  Makes the next morning much less sore.  

    DVD, Iphone/pod, radio, other for entertainment

    Radio, talking.  Soooooo much talking.LOL

    Who drives, Do you take turns

    Usually me.

    How far is/was the longest road trip you've taken

    When Joel was a baby, we drove with my family to Traverse City, MI...about 870 miles.  That's when I instituted the 3-state rule.LOL


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    Tue, 06-24-2014 - 10:15am

    1. Yes. No eggs for breakfast.

    2. Both. We may grab snack food occasionally and skip an actual meal.'

    3. We've never done the car TV thing. I decided when the kids were little that they needed to learn how to amuse themselves without TV. Sometimes, we play music from our phones, but mostly we talk. My husband and I have really great car conversation... we both look forward to it.

    4. My husband can only drive short distances, so it's mostly just me now.

    5. From Michigan to Florida. 
    The most interesting was riding in a limo from Michigan to Nashville for one of dh's work trips. The limo company owed some debt to my dh's boss, so they negotiated. A dozen of us stuffed into a stretch Hummer. It was amusing for about 15 minutes of the 8 hour trip.

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    Tue, 06-24-2014 - 10:18am

    lauren1063 wrote:
    <p style="font-size:13px">When Joel was a baby, we drove with my family to Traverse City, MI...about 870 miles.  That's when I instituted the 3-state rule.LOL</p>

    That would do it.  At least if I'm going to IL, there's my Mom and Dad and a trip to Avantis for lunch.  With a better than even chance of getting up to Chicago (or at least Oak Brook) during the trip. :)  

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