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    What kind of Road Tripper are you?

    I just got off of 12 hours on the road, I'm tired.

    Are you like my brother who hates the freeway, loves side roads, and will stop to see anything? 12 hours for a trip that should have taken 9, killing me, the man is out to do me in.
    Or like me, who would rather get to where you are going, even if it meant passing up free money and beer? "If you don't want to walk, you had best beat me to the car!" <---said more than once today.

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    I am the type who would hear "12 hour trip that should have taken 9" and would bet I could do it in 8. Miraculously, my driving record is pristine

    Most efficient trip I ever had was Milwaukee, WI to Plymouth, NH in around 16 hours (you do the math). Had a carton of cigs under the seat for me and my travel buddy Matt. And we only stopped for more Mt. Dew (this was before RedBull existed in the US) and to go wee-wee. Got pulled over only once during the entire ordeal, and it was obviously in Ohio... Trooper must have seen my Penn State hat and figured I was on the way to school or something, because he let me off with nothing more than a "Just slow it down a bit, k?"

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    I'm the sleeping-and-looking-out-the-passenger-window type...no driver's license (21 years old).
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    Depends on the trip, I guess. I like taking scenic routes, but when I was driving from Toronto to southeastern Pennsylvania for a friend's wedding (then back to Toronto with a detour to drop a non-driving friend off in London, Ont), I just wanted it to be finished quickly with a minimum of fuss. Haven't really driven a car in years though.

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    I'm the "it took me 20 hours to get to San Francisco from San Diego" type. Then again I ride a motorcycle, no car for me. SO when I get tired/distracted I make sure I get off and grab some food and some shut eye.

    Ever see a guy sleeping on the side of the road next to a bright red Honda CBR thats me

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    i base my trips around this site
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    I like the back roads, stopping to see stuff... going slow... I could have been 24h with me at the wheel.

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    Love side roads. Like stopping and looking at veiwpoints, points of interest. Really enjoy being on a road that I have never been on before. I loathe I-5. Have been on it way too many times.
    "harder" is not a very good safeword.

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    Depends. If I have a destination, I tend to go straight there. If I'm just out for fun, it could be a while. I went to Nevada today for the hell of it. I was on the road for... eight or nine hours, I think.

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    Some road trips are scenic, but I've done a number of "stop just for gas and food" types of trips too: SF to Bozeman, MT in 24 hours, SF to Austin, TX, Austin to SF. I also rushed from Boston to SF once.


    Quote Originally Posted by kidonabike View Post
    I'm the "it took me 20 hours to get to San Francisco from San Diego" type. Then again I ride a motorcycle, no car for me. Ever see a guy sleeping on the side of the road next to a bright red Honda CBR thats me
    I rode a CBR600F3 from SF to San Diego for work once. On the way back I took a semi-epic route: I-15, then Angeles Crest Hwy east-to-west, then Mulholland (I think there was a gap so I had to find Mulholland again) all the way to the ocean, then Hwy 1 up to Ojai, Hwy 33 over the mountains (awesome road) into the central valley, Hwy 33 up to Hwy 198. I planned to take Hwy 25 but it was getting late and I was really cold so I just took 198 all the way to 101 and back home.

    13 hours in the saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife View Post
    Some road trips are scenic, but I've done a number of "stop just for gas and food" types of trips too: SF to Bozeman, MT in 24 hours, SF to Austin, TX, Austin to SF. I also rushed from Boston to SF once.




    I rode a CBR600F3 from SF to San Diego for work once. On the way back I took a semi-epic route: I-15, then Angeles Crest Hwy east-to-west, then Mulholland (I think there was a gap so I had to find Mulholland again) all the way to the ocean, then Hwy 1 up to Ojai, Hwy 33 over the mountains (awesome road) into the central valley, Hwy 33 up to Hwy 198. I planned to take Hwy 25 but it was getting late and I was really cold so I just took 198 all the way to 101 and back home.

    13 hours in the saddle.
    13 hours continuously? Thats a long ride

    I usually get off and stretch and stuff every 5 hours or so. The reason it took me 20 hours was I stopped in LA and Irvine to visit friends. That of course and I just like riding, any time spent on a bike is better than time off

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    If it is a road trip, I'd still be driving, and stopping...

    I prefer the backroads and stopping at the various sites for a look see.

    If I'm driving just to get from Point A - Point B, then I'll drive the most direct route and stop as little as possible. Mere transit between two points is not a road trip.
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    I don't have highways where I live. Every road is a "back road". That said, I've never really done a road trip of any decent length before.

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    Depends on the goal-orientedness of the trip, and attention span/nappingness of the kids.

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    Depends on the roads and the destination.
    Going to Savanah? Have to take I-16 and its balls to the wall and pedal to the medal, cause there is nothing to see or do till you get there.
    If I'm going someplace with nice scenery along the way (ocean, beach, etc.) then I can take my time and even stop here and there.

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    Depends on the trip.

    Usually, the car is transportation. For those trips, it's quickest route as I'm often going to someplace in particular for a reason. Sometimes we just go out for a drive. Then it's the scenic route.
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    Depends on the means of conveyance. When I had my Porsche 928, I would take every back road possible if it was a nice day and I wasnt in a hurry. Same thing with the motorcycle.
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    I've done Oregon to southern California in ~20 hours. My friend drove for a couple of hours towards the end so i could get a little rest.

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    I want to get there as fast as possible, so major roads, etc. That is if I have destination to get to and am spending vacation time there. If I was just driving to get somewhere and it was not time critical, l would take back roads. I love driving through little towns, seeing the sights, etc.
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    I stopped 8 times to pee on the way back from Buffalo to Boston. Took me 9.5 hrs to get back. I like to stay hydrated.

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    So you were peeing in a cup then?
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    So you were peeing in a cup then?
    I dont believe in recycling Everything..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    then back to Toronto with a detour to drop a non-driving friend off in London, Ont.
    That's 280 km out of your way. 3-4 hours of driving and $30-40 in gas.
    Next time drop him off at the Aldershot Via Rail Station.
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    I spent 2 years on the road from 2006 to 2008

    100,000 miles divided by pick up truck and motorcycle.
    i don't want to drive a motor vehicle for a while.
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    We tend to be quick travelers, making our way to our destination in a shorter amount of time. Still, we prefer scenic byways to less picturesque freeways and if its nice, we don't mind taking a break from driving for a hike or some dinner. There are some places that you just want to drive all the way through without stopping for anything, though. Those are the parts where we get the books out and take turns reading out loud to the driver.

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