A lot of people have an aversion to road trips because they don’t like riding in a car for hours on end. On any long route, there is inevitably a day or two of long hauls between destinations. We’ve found that if we limit the time spent driving in a day, it makes the experience much more tolerable. About eight hours is the sweet spot for us. We both grew up in families that took long road trips in the days before in-car DVD players (travel bingo anyone?) so neither of us has a problem with long drives. Your results and patience may vary. We may have been known to break into song around hour seven, but that’s a rare case.
It’s no fun rushing out of a hotel, sitting in a car for 14 hours and then eating some fast food and going to bed. By limiting our drive times to 8 hours it creates a nice day schedule of a leisurely breakfast, drive four-hours, stop for lunch, drive four more hours and then arrive at a stopping point in time for a little sightseeing, a nice dinner and a couple drinks before resting for the next day. We also generally trade driving duties every 2-3 hours.
For example, on our 2009 Western Loop, we took two days to get back to Chicago from Denver, stopping overnight at the halfway point of Omaha, Nebraska. We were able to use the hotel pool, check out the riverfront and Heartland of America Park, followed by a great meal at Twisted Fork and drinks in the Old Market neighborhood. We were glad we stopped and explored a bit of a new city and by the time we got back to the hotel we’d forgotten we’d spent eight hours in the car that day. The next morning we were refreshed for the final eight hour roll home. Last year, Memphis also worked well as an approximate halfway point on the way to and from New Orleans. Why drive yourself crazy going all-out in one 15 hour day, when you can make a much more pleasant two-day jaunt?
HighKickTravel on InstagramVisitors on the Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver. #britishcolumbia #vancouver #capilanosuspensionbridge #cliffwalkStawamus Chief is a triple-peaked mountain right next to the town of Squamish, BC. It is the second-largest granite monolith in the world after Yosemite’s El Capitan. We climbed up 2,000 vertical feet in just over a mile... it’s a steep one. #exploresquamish #squamishbc #stawamuschief #stawamuschiefhike #steephike #seatoskyOverlooking Pender Harbour, British Columbia from the top of Mt. Daniel. #britishcolumbia #sunshinecoastbc #mtdaniel #penderharbour #waterways #highkicktravelMisty morning at Sprockids Park in Gibsons, BC. #gibsonsbc #sprockidspark #langdalefalls #hikebritishcolumbia #hikebcJust arrived in Gibsons, British Columbia for spring break. The year of Canadian vacations has begun! #gibsons #gibsonsbc #britishcolumbia #visitsunshinecoast #sunshinecoastLast weekend we took a trek out to the burbs to visit the traveling exhibit “The Whole World A Bauhaus” at the Elmhurst Art Museum. A great collection of art pieces from the famous German school is on display through April 21st. It’s the only stop the show is making in the US, so check it out if you’re in the area. #thewholeworldabauhaus #elmhurstartmuseum #bauhaus #modernart #bauhausdesignHappy b-day GC! Grand Canyon National Park turns the big 100 today. Pics from our hike down to Plateau Point in spring of 2012. #grandcanyon #grandcanyonnationalpark #plateaupoint #brightangeltrail #highkick #highkicktravelYesterday’s change in designation from National Lakeshore to National Park makes Indiana Dunes the 61st in the system. Also, we now officially live within day trip distance of a National Park! Pics are from an August 2009 visit. #newnationalpark #indianadunes #indianadunesnationallakeshore #indianadunesnationalpark #lakemichigan #sanddunes #midwestnationalparksFancy taillights then and now. Can’t decide which car we’d rather take on a road trip... #roadtrip #cadillac #audi #tailfins #ledtaillights #eldoradoconvertible #cadillaceldorado #chrome
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