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Old 03-07-20, 10:37 PM
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What has been your craziest travel itinerary?

Neighbor flys out of San Antonio at 4am to San Francisco for a 2 hour meeting then flys back to San Antonio the same day. Thatís crazy but doable. My longest day driving was 1,000 miles because I refused to stay in Tulia, Texas. Just look up Tulia Texas and you will see why.

Now is it flys or flies? I heard the argument both are correct.
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Old 03-08-20, 04:02 AM
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My craziest travel was an odd job I took between college semesters in the 1980s. I worked for a broker that traded and sold European cars between dealers all around the US.

This was during the Reagan go-go yuppie economic boom fueled by avarice and cocaine, and suddenly there was a huge demand for Mercedes and BMWs. Back then Mercedes had a very restrictive policy. They dictated how many cars a dealer would be allotted. Didn't matter if they could sell twice as many a month, or couldn't sell that allotment in an entire year. So we bought Mercedes from a Ford dealership in North Dakota that wanted the prestige of selling Mercedes, even though nobody bought them. We'd pay a little above wholesale, then drive them to a boomtown where there was a huge demand -- places like Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, etc. -- and sell for a profit. They could turn around and flip the cars for above MSRP because of the high demand and limited availability.

Because we had to move quickly and bought/sold cars on a case by case basis, after inspecting each, we couldn't organize these transactions well enough to use car haulers. So we flew out to buy the car, then drove it to the next buyer. And we disabled the odometer. Easy with the Mercedes back then -- just pull a ceramic fuse with metal strip, and replace it with a homebrewed fuse with a long wire that reached the driver's cockpit, and ended with an on/off switch. So I could periodically click the switch to check my speed, then flip it off again to disable the odometer. After awhile you get pretty good at estimating your speed -- I'd use roadside markers to help. So I might add 20 miles to the odometer in a 1,000+ mile cross country trip. But there was also another hidden odometer, so the broker I worked for would arrange for a guy to meet us before we delivered the car -- he'd reset the hidden odometer. And the dealers knew this was going on. They didn't care, as long as they could flip the car for a profit to coke-addled yuppies with more income than sense.

It was a crazy era. Pretty much exactly like a Bret Easton Ellis novel.

Back then I had plenty of energy and didn't use anything stronger than a lot of coffee. Never needed any powdered stimulants. And I loved to drive. In a typical week I'd fly to North Dakota, pick up a car, drive it to the Southeastern US boom towns in 24 hours, fly back somewhere else and do it again. Usually two such trips a week. Then I'd collapse at home for the weekend and go again the next week. The money was okay, mostly it was a fun job between college semesters.

The Mercedes were surprisingly pleasant and mostly functional cars. Not nearly as fancy as I'd imagined. They were solid, smooth, handled beautifully at high speed, not particularly exciting. Felt almost like driving a luxury truck. They were so perfectly balanced that a high speed front tire blowout wouldn't cause the car to swerve out of control. I'd buy one now if I could afford it, mostly because they were so practical.

The BMWs were sportier but not nearly as solid. The Porsches were hella fun but the 928 was twitchy and poorly balanced, way too much engine for the way it handled. The 911 bodies were built like VW Beetles, kinda crappy, but they made up for it with incredible handling and smooth power. The 924 was a pretty good compromise, better build quality in the body and cockpit, good handling and power.

It all ended abruptly. Both brokers I worked for got busted for various infractions. Nobody bothered with the drivers. And the European car manufacturers caught on and changed their policies to better suit the dealer's needs, so the broker business model was obsolete. Just as well. I think I got six speeding tickets during my last month on the job. Radar detectors weren't working well anymore -- cops switched to instant on and other tricks. Got to the point where I wasn't making enough money to cover my speeding tickets.

Looking back I have no idea how I got by on so little sleep. Couldn't do it now. I get sleepy during a long bike ride now.
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Old 03-08-20, 05:48 AM
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Perhaps our 8-month RTW trip?
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International air travel: Los Angeles to Dallas to Miami to Buenos Aires (Argentina), bus ride across Buenos Aires to the domestic airport, then fly to Mendoza in western Argentina. 24 hours total travel time.

Here's a schedule a former employer set me up with: Los Angeles to Houston to Charlotte, overnight and next day at a customer's facility in neighboring South Carolina, back to charlotte and fly to Tampa Bay that evening, next day in central Florida (Plant City) at another customer's facility, then back to Tampa Bay airport and fly to Dallas overnight, next day at another customer's site south of Dallas, back to Dallas to catch a flight back to Los Angeles that evening, then two hour drive home, 4 hours sleep then back in the office at 7AM for an 8AM meeting. That was probably the worst of it, but many similar experiences at that employer and I left them after one year. They had trouble keeping employees . . . I wonder why?
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SeaTac to Rio w/stops in LAX, Mexico City, Lima, Santiago, Mendoza, Buenos Aires, S„o Paulo, land in Rio like 24 some hours in transit. 3 plane transfers.
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Went to Wuhan to eat bats. 🦇
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Went to Wuhan to eat bats. 🦇
That's how the zombie apocalypse starts, y'know.
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Got up in the dark at a campground just outside of Sevilla. Rode a couple of miles to the airport. Bagged up the bike and gear. Flew from there to Barcelona, then Barcelona to London then London to Philadelphia.
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Went from PHL to ORD to LAX to NRT to SIN to FRA to JFK in 2.5 weeks. But the craziest trip was an "overnighter" on a 7 passenger Super King Air in a thunderstorm after a 36hr work day.
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Dallas-Fort Worth to LAX to Sydney to Adelaide. My wife flew to Santiago, Chile, 10 hours-ish, did lunch with me, and flew home, another 10 hours.
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