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?


PumpkinAngel

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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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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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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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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 2:30pm

1.  How many miles do you consider a road trip and when does it cross over into an insanity trip? I hate road trips, but when I have to do one, about 300 miles. Anything more than that requires a jet and a rental car at the other end.

2.  Armadillos, endangered species or not? No clue. We did see a lot when we lived in Texas.

3.  Boiled peanuts, regular or cajun? Regular, but you can't get them up here in New England. I always seek them out when I'm down south.

4. GPS, MapQuest, road atlas or some combo? GPS. I'm an idiot without it. (Actually, I'm an idiot with it, but it does help me hide it better.)

5.  Hotel, motel, bed & breakfast, condo, house or ? Love B&Bs, especially old houses that have pets.

6.  Rent or drive your own car? If it's a road trip, we're in my minivan. Otherwise, we rent after flying there.

7.  How often do you stop?

Every couple of hours. Did I mention that I hate road trips?

8.  How many tent revivals did you see on your last road trip? Hmmm, none. I'm guessing you live in the south somewhere?

9.  Ipod, podcast, radio, cds or ?  A nice mix of silence, conversation, radio and CD. I don't like to have music on while we're conversing.

10.  Eat local or fast food? Local.

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Registered: 07-08-2001
Tue, 07-02-2013 - 12:17pm

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

I love road trips!!

1.  How many miles do you consider a road trip and when does it cross over into an insanity trip? I guess more than it would take to get there and home in a day's time? *edited to add, insanity would be when it is no longer fun and there is still at least a half day of driving left. Or being 6 months pregnant and thinking "yeah, road trip!"

2.  Armadillos, endangered species or not? Not by me! I see "broken helmets" along the road all the time.

3.  Boiled peanuts, regular or cajun? Regular. *edited to add, I hate boiled peanuts and initially read this as a choice of three, but I get it now. So my new answer is "Ewwwwwwwwwww!!!"

4. GPS, MapQuest, road atlas or some combo? Combo of GPS and Google Maps on my iPhone

5.  Hotel, motel, bed & breakfast, condo, house or ? Depends.  It would be nice to have a combo. Usually road trips have a destination at a family member's home, so it's usually hotel/motel along the way unless we rent a camper.

6.  Rent or drive your own car? Drive my own

7.  How often do you stop? Depends on whether the kids are with us. If they are, we make several stops every day for meals and sightseeing. Once DH & I took a road trip from Florida to western NY, then to New England, then back to Florida. I was 6 months pregnant with my first, and it was awful. Had to stop every hour to pee. lol

8.  How many tent revivals did you see on your last road trip? Uh...none? But I wasn't looking for them.

9.  Ipod, podcast, radio, cds or ? I like to find local radio stations, but otherwise CDs

10.  Eat local or fast food? Local whenever possible. Fast food only in extreme desperation.

 

Fun fluff!! Smile

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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 10:35am

<<2.  Armadillos, endangered species or not?

I've never seen one (have never driven THAT far), but I've always wanted to bake the armadillo red velvet cake from that one movie...>>

Steel Magnolia's!  Love that movie.  I think they are coming farther and farther north, poor things must be really slow or not very smart.

<<Is it just me? I wish that when we made decisions outside of what TomTom suggests, I'd like the voice to get demanding and irritated. Maybe call us names. "I SAID TURN LEFT YOU MORONS!">>

No, it is not just you, lol.  I think the same thing with my gps.

PumpkinAngel

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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 10:33am

<<2.  Armadillos, endangered species or not?

For what? >>

A species threatened with extinction.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 07-02-2013 - 8:19am

1.  N/A.  The furthest we've driven for a vacation was probably to Disney, We stopped overnight and made it there the next day, early afternoon.  Early enough to swim and sun bathe at the hotel pool. 

2.  Yes.  Black bear sighting.  Slowed down for a moose in Maine too. 

3.   N/A.

4.   Both DH and I prefer printed directions, mapquest or google. 

5.  Hotel.

6.  Own car.   

7.  Meal breaks and restroom/dog walks.

8.  Yes.

9.  Radio, Cds.

10.  Local. 

 


 


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Registered: 05-31-2011
Mon, 07-01-2013 - 9:21pm

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

I don't know if there's a number--a road trip like the state of mind you're in when you get into the car knowing that this is what you're doing today. Usually, all day.

2.  Armadillos, endangered species or not?

I've never seen one (have never driven THAT far), but I've always wanted to bake the armadillo red velvet cake from that one movie...

3.  Boiled peanuts, regular or cajun?

Can I opt for chocolate-dipped?

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

GPS, though I have a mild obsession with maps so I study our destination on Google Maps, especially street-view. On my first trip to Las Vegas, I'd studied the city in depth while writing several informative travel articles about it, and despite doing with a handful of Vegas veterans, I knew my way around a wee bit better.

Is it just me? I wish that when we made decisions outside of what TomTom suggests, I'd like the voice to get demanding and irritated. Maybe call us names. "I SAID TURN LEFT YOU MORONS!"

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

Hotels are fine. It doesn't matter where I stay, all I can think about are those exposes from 1990s infotainment primetime that showed all the sperm and other bodily fluids with a black light.

6.  Rent or drive your own car?

Drive my own car. There's already coffee in the carpet anyway. 

7.  How often do you stop?

When we have to pee and/or need to eat.

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

I've never seen one, but I do know of a 40 mile stretch of state highway in eastern Tennessee where there more gun shops than churches, and there's a whole lot of churches! I've also seen yard sales on the side of the highway in the same area on the shoulder. 

9.  Ipod, podcast, radio, cds or ?

We rarely listen to music on road trips. The entire reason I love them is that dh and I talk the entire time. When we do listen to music, it's usually from the MP3 player or from our phones.

10.  Eat local or fast food?

Fast food usually, but it depends on our travel budget. My mom has dragged me to more greasy spoons than I care to admit--enough for a lifetime, really. 

You and Bord both have had some really awesome fluff lately!


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Mon, 07-01-2013 - 8:53pm

pumpkinangel wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:11pt; font-family:Arial, sans-serif">Apologies to those who don't like road trips...top 10 t</span><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif; font-size:11pt">houghts/comments from my latest road trip...</span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt; font-family:Arial, sans-serif">1.  How many miles do you consider a road trip and when does it cross over into an insanity trip?</span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt; font-family:Arial, sans-serif">2.  Armadillos, endangered species or not?</span>

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1. I guess 100.  If the trip takes more than one day it becomes an insanity trip. We fly those ones now.

2. Not here, they are not. 

3. Regular

4. combo

5. Have never done a Bed & Breakfast, do not think I would like.  Have done hotels, motels, rented a house. and also a cabiin.    Which depends on the cirsumstances.

6. We have only rented cars when we fly somewhere  or when our  car is in the shop.

7. Probably every couple of hours.

8. None.

9. DH likes silence when he drives and the driver gets to set that rule so usually silence.

10.  Both depending on availability. 

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