Road Trippin Fluff...

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Road Trippin Fluff...
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Mon, 07-01-2013 - 6:26pm

Apologies to those who don't like road trips...top 10 thoughts/comments from my latest road trip...

1.  How many miles do you consider a road trip and when does it cross over into an insanity trip?

2.  Armadillos, endangered species or not?

3.  Boiled peanuts, regular or cajun?

4. GPS, MapQuest, road atlas or some combo?

5.  Hotel, motel, bed & breakfast, condo, house or ?

6.  Rent or drive your own car?

7.  How often do you stop?

8.  How many tent revivals did you see on your last road trip?

9.  Ipod, podcast, radio, cds or ?

10.  Eat local or fast food?


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Registered: 11-22-2000
Wed, 07-03-2013 - 10:53am

1.  How many miles do you consider a road trip and when does it cross over into an insanity trip?

About 75 miles qualifies as a road trip for me.  Insanity is over 400 or so.  

2.  Armadillos, endangered species or not?

Eh, I would guess probably not.  

3.  Boiled peanuts, regular or cajun?

Regular, if I absolutely have to eat peanuts.

4. GPS, MapQuest, road atlas or some combo?

Combo of MapQuest/road atlas.  I am not a fan of GPS and only use it when I know exactly where I need to go and don't care how I get there as long as it's fast.  And I don't even trust it completely to do that.LOL  

Fun GPS factoids:  I was told by 4 separate people this weekend that when using GPS to get to my new place, it took them on 7 trips around the complex...and 3 past my building...before it finally got them to our address.  This does not build my trust in GPS.  Also, I was talking with a small group of economic development directors for small towns recently, who were complaining that the advent of GPS has caused something of a hit to tourist incomes in their towns, since GPS tends to bypass small towns that people used to drive through.  I know this is completely off-topic, but I thought they were interesting.

5.  Hotel, motel, bed & breakfast, condo, house or ?

Usually a hotel.

6.  Rent or drive your own car?

Drive my own.  

7.  How often do you stop?

As often as I need to.  

8.  How many tent revivals did you see on your last road trip?

I don't think I've ever seen a tent revival anywhere.  

9.  Ipod, podcast, radio, cds or ?

Radio, with CDs to fill in gaps between stations.  

10.  Eat local or fast food?

I prefer local..


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Registered: 03-27-2000
Thu, 07-04-2013 - 11:06am

1.  How many miles do you consider a road trip and when does it cross over into an insanity trip?  I've never thought of a "road trip" in a certain number of miles.  A road trip conjures in my mind a certain level of spontaneity or an element of fun.  I realize that is probably not the textbook definition of "road trip" but for me, that term usually was used when I was younger and would decide spur of the moment to drive somewhere for a weekend with friends.  And now I use it with my kids when I kind of spring a fun excursion on that at the last minute.  "Come on, pack a cooler for the car and let's head on a road trip to the beach" or something of that nature.  I've never experienced a destination as an insanity trip but for me it would be trying to drive somewhere like 20-24 hours without stopping for a place to sleep.  In terms of miles, I grew up taking long trips...from MD, we drove to places like Boston and Cleveland (6-7 hrs) regularly to visit family, we drove to Missouri, Minnesota, Chicago, Florida.  As an adult, dh and I spent 3 weeks driving across country just after we got engaged and were moving from Hawaii to MD.  Started in San Francisco at his parents' house.

2.  Armadillos, endangered species or not?  I have no idea.  I've only ever seen them in zoos and when dh and I traveled across country.

3.  Boiled peanuts, regular or cajun?  I'm not sure I've ever had a boiled peanut.

4. GPS, MapQuest, road atlas or some combo?  I have a fascination with maps so definitely a road atlas.  GPS is nice for specific directions, but when taking a trip, I absolutely need and want to look at a map along the way.  We used a road atlas in Ireland thankfully because it allowed us to venture off the beaten path and find some really cool sites we would have missed if we'd only used the GPS.

5.  Hotel, motel, bed & breakfast, condo, house or ?  Depends on the trip.  Spent 10 days in Ireland last August/September and stayed in B&Bs the whole time.  Much preferably, for us, than a hotel.  Hotels are good when you just need a place to sleep and won't be spending much time in the room.  Condos are fine for a longer vacation when you want access to a kitchen.  House is preferred if you like to entertain...for instance, we are fortunate to have a house at the beach which is very nice b/c we then have plenty of room to entertain our friends, the kids have room to play and hang out and the adults can have their own space.  I don't much care for motels as they usually are on the cheaper end of lodging so often can have seedy characters or questionable cleanliness, bedding, etc.

6.  Rent or drive your own car?  We've only rent a car if we are not started from our home.  IOW, we fly to California then rent a car while there.

7.  How often do you stop?  Depends on how far the trip is.  When we drive to Cleveland (6 hours), we usually stop once.  To the beach (2 hours), we don't stop.  Sometimes it just depends on traffic, whether we need to stop for a meal or bathroom, etc.  But generally speaking, we stop as little as possible unless we have planned stops to see sites/attractions along the way to our final destination.

8.  How many tent revivals did you see on your last road trip?  Never! 

9.  Ipod, podcast, radio, cds or ?  Radio and cds.  Neither of our cars have ipod capabililty as they are older cars.

10.  Eat local or fast food?  Local!  I hate fast food.

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Registered: 03-27-2000
Thu, 07-04-2013 - 11:18am

I should add in case you couldn't tell, that I love "road trips" in that I don't mind driving hours and hours to get to my final destination especially if I'm the passenger!  I suppose since I grew up taking long trips, I'm used to it.  When I was in college, I thought nothing of hopping in the car and driving 4-6 hours alone to visit my college roommates.  Even though we fly fairly often as a family since dh's family lives 3500 miles away, I find it to be much more of a pain - worrying about how much you can pack to avoid baggage fees, making sure your carryon is packed correctly to get through security, long security and check in lines, partially undressing to get through security, squeezing into tiny and uncomfortable seats with other passengers who can be smelly, loud, infringe upon your personal space, gross bathrooms, etc.  I'll take driving by car any day!

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