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    How long/far do you commute daily by car?

    This may not be the right forum for this but this is where I hang on BF, I recently got laid off from my job and have been in discussions with a firm in Burlingtin NC, I have family that we would like to move near in that area, Zebulon NC.
    Here's the deal, it is an 85 mile, 1:15 hour drive, does anyone here commute that far? Am i out of my mind is this doable for the right money and achieveing goals we want as a family? A ton of biking in the area that is attractive.
    Just trying to find out what others are doing.

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    85 miles one way?

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    My longest commute in 10 years has been 12 miles, currently ~8 miles.

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    I used to commute only ~20mi, but 2 hours to get home on some days in DC.

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    About 10 miles, 45 minutes or so in rush hour.
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    I would expect your commute to take longer than that, just based on my experiences with the Raleigh-Durham area. Consider finding somewhere closer to work since you'll be making that trip twice a day. Family will still be very close by(sometimes too close, probably).

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    25 minutes for me but I have a coworker that drives 2:30 each way.

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    58 miles and it takes me 70 minutes each way.
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    I've been doing long commutes to work for a long time. The last 5 years it's been 47 miles each way, a relative picnic compared to the 75 to 80 miles each way I did for the previous 15 years.

    It's tough, that's for sure, but it's doable, especially if you're young. I couldn't do the 75 miles today. Yes, I did it for my family too . . . and myself. I didn't want to raise my kid in NYC and I wanted to come home to peace and quiet myself, making the commute all worthwhile.

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    Rail157, I did the drive wednesday morning, 85 miles in 1:15, BUT it was at 10:00, not the earlier rush hour or THE EVENING JAM.
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    And with that I have to move this to Foo - it's just not cycling related. But of course you'll get useful feedback there too.
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    If you mean 85 miles each way, that would take too heavy a toll on my quality of life, and turn me into a grouch. With rush hour(s), I'd expect to spend at least three hours a day in the car, and would re-calculate my hourly rate at 11 instead of 8 hours a day, before I let the allure of a salary make the choice for me. Personally, I refuse to work outside of my city limits, because my time is valuable, and I have other goals that need tending to.
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    I'm about a dozen miles round trip. I considered a job that would have been about 60 miles and an hour one way, but no way in hell the money would have been enough.

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    I do 65 miles each way (Lafayette, IN to the NE corner of Indianapolis)and it takes me around 1:15 each day. It's a function of living near the fiancee's lab at Purdue and a job I love. The only reason I can deal with it is that I know that it'll only be a few years of it. It does take a toll on you, especially if you're used to being home at 5:30 each day. Suddenly you end up getting home at 6:45 instead, plus you have to wake up really early. I don't know how much of an issue snow is in that area, but if you work for a place where arriving late is a problem, then you need to wake up even earlier in the winter. Also, unless you're flying, 85 miles is probably going to take more than 1:15 by the time things like stop lights and traffic come in to play.

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    I don't have a car thank goodness.

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    50 miles each way here. i'm going to say 85 is too much, trust me. 50 sucks, but i like my town and my job, so such is life...

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    4 miles on mostly residential streets. I couldn't handle a long commute.

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    I commuted 67 miles one way from Tampa to Venice for a year. Of course I bought Honda 2 door Civic Coupe that gets 40 miles a gallon. Even at 40 mpg fuel was a major factor but the economy dictates how far we are willing to commute. At the point where I was able to make a decision on which employer to work for, I quit the job and the commute. Now it is only 24 miles one way to Bradenton, Fl to my present job.

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    I go about 9 miles each way. I use back routes so it takes me about 20 minutes no matter what time of day it is.

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    I've always made sure my commute is less than 1/2 hour each way. My time away from work is too valuable to spend it on driving. Having said that, I don't have any kids. I can see the sacrifice if you're trying to provide a better life for your family.

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    10 miles each way, 15min mostly country. I have driven in Chicago rush hour and don't know how you people do it on a daily basis!
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    Here is how I am even thinking about doing this, I currently have 5 acres that is mostly lawn, that takes a bunch of time and expensive equipment to maintain it, I spend all day on a saturday and some evening time also, plus there is a BIG mortgage.
    If we make the move we are looking at a townhouse in a small complex where the family we are closest to and want to be with live, smaller mortgage, with family, time in yard traded for time in car, gas traded for lawn equipment, so I'm thinking I'm ready to trade windshield time during the week for free time on weekends doing saturday group rides, sitting on porch with coffee and paper.
    I'm used to high mileage having been an outside industrial salesperson for years, 40k+ miles a year, I don't know, a lot to think about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    4 miles on mostly residential streets. I couldn't handle a long commute.
    ditto

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    On Tuesdays, 116 miles each way - @ 2 hours
    On Wednesdays & Thursdays, 75 miles each way - @ 1.5 hours
    Mondays and Fridays? I could be not working, or I could be driving anywhere from 34 miles to 175 miles to get to work...

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    47 miles each way, just under an hour, all rural blacktops. You get used to it. Going in, the alone time is kind of nice. Coming home is bad because it is cutting into MY time.

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