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Eastern PA to the Valley of the Sun.

Please share problems you've encountered on 1000+ mile roadtrips

Best route? Through STL & OKC a good drive?

Another option has me going through Knoxville,
Nashville & Memphis

Is through KC and Wichita a better way to go?

I'll have the car packed and will be traveling with my dog.

Mapquest puts it between 36 & 38 hours depending on which route I take. Going to try to get there in 3 days but will try to break it into chunks and hopefully do a little sightseeing, what little may be possible with a dog riding shotgun :)

Anything you can contribute would be great, such as speedtraps to avoid, areas of high congestion etc.
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By the time I get to phx...........she,ll be rising........I lived in phx for 15 years great town! Well , was a good town!
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Be careful " the road" has become a scary place! Trust me on that Im a chaufuer! I see it all kid!
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Take a pistol stashed away safe! Dont talk to strangers!
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Take a HD camera and document the democrat destruction the whole way!
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By the time I get to phx...........she,ll be rising........I lived in phx for 15 years great town! Well , was a good town!
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I've been several times to visit and although locals complain about crime and illegals, I see nothing but potential. Along with just reading today on one of those Forbes lists that Arizona is just 2nd behind ND in forecast economic growth over the next 5 years.
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I can help man. I traveled from Northeast Ohio to California many times. My best trip time was 36 hours one way. And I had over 2000 miles to travel easy.

If your feeling tired, sleep!

Spend as little time as possible at each gas refill. Make sure you have a spare gas can that can seal tightly and make sure it is full.

Make sure you have a good spare tire, I have gotten one flat tire our of 5 round trips. Also one spare isn't enough, make sure you get a fix a flat in case you get a double blow out.I also got a cracked windshield because of a little pebble rock that was kicked up by tires.

So make sure you got some extra money in case of unplanned emergencies.

If you are going to take 3 days to get there research some site seeing spots and maybe some restaurants that are well known for challenges or just great food. Also if you like to run with your dog there are cool places to do that along the way.

DO NOT SPEED, lots of states have decent speed limits. If anything travel the speed of traffic it usually is 5-10 MPH over the limit anyways. If your going to speed, do it very smart or not at all. Meaning unless you can guarantee yourself that your okay to do it don't.

Make sure if you have any friends in any of the states your going through or family that they know your passing by. You don't have to visit, but if something happens to you it's nice to know someone isn't too far away.

Stay away from strangers, if you can. Stay away from truck stops if you can as well. No Hookers, No Drugs, and No Alcohol, Don't use any pick me ups either. Mountain Dew is okay, just not a 6 pack of dews. Too much caffeine can dehydrate you fast in a drive.

Enjoy your trip and plan out some places to chill out with your dog and have fun when you can. Traveling can get stressful so cool recreational spots along the way are great to relieve tension that builds up in your upper torso from driving so long.

Stretch and warm up each stop really fast to stay alert and keep the blood flowing. You can get neck cramps and shoulder cramps and even bad headaches or all three and more if you stay in place to long.

The worst is turning your head to see if your clear and your neck freezes up and you are stuck. Being in pain and driving sucks big time.
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If you can, take your time and see things. It would be a shame to ride by something spectacular and not stop. You will kick yourself later.
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I can help man. I traveled from Northeast Ohio to California many times. My best trip time was 36 hours one way. And I had over 2000 miles to travel easy.

If your feeling tired, sleep!

Spend as little time as possible at each gas refill. Make sure you have a spare gas can that can seal tightly and make sure it is full.

Make sure you have a good spare tire, I have gotten one flat tire our of 5 round trips. Also one spare isn't enough, make sure you get a fix a flat in case you get a double blow out.I also got a cracked windshield because of a little pebble rock that was kicked up by tires.

So make sure you got some extra money in case of unplanned emergencies.

If you are going to take 3 days to get there research some site seeing spots and maybe some restaurants that are well known for challenges or just great food. Also if you like to run with your dog there are cool places to do that along the way.

DO NOT SPEED, lots of states have decent speed limits. If anything travel the speed of traffic it usually is 5-10 MPH over the limit anyways. If your going to speed, do it very smart or not at all. Meaning unless you can guarantee yourself that your okay to do it don't.

Make sure if you have any friends in any of the states your going through or family that they know your passing by. You don't have to visit, but if something happens to you it's nice to know someone isn't too far away.

Stay away from strangers, if you can. Stay away from truck stops if you can as well. No Hookers, No Drugs, and No Alcohol, Don't use any pick me ups either. Mountain Dew is okay, just not a 6 pack of dews. Too much caffeine can dehydrate you fast in a drive.

Enjoy your trip and plan out some places to chill out with your dog and have fun when you can. Traveling can get stressful so cool recreational spots along the way are great to relieve tension that builds up in your upper torso from driving so long.

Stretch and warm up each stop really fast to stay alert and keep the blood flowing. You can get neck cramps and shoulder cramps and even bad headaches or all three and more if you stay in place to long.

The worst is turning your head to see if your clear and your neck freezes up and you are stuck. Being in pain and driving sucks big time.
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thanks man, ton of great advice. I'll make sure I get a couple cans of fix a flat. Not going to be enough space for a 2nd spare though...which reminds me I finally need to join AAA before I head out. peace
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If you can, take your time and see things. It would be a shame to ride by something spectacular and not stop. You will kick yourself later.
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Absolutely, but with my dog in tow, I'll be limited to pet-friendly attractions anyway.1dunno1
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Took a cross country trip for six weeks in an RV. BEST TIME OF MY LIFE! go to carslbad caverns new mexico, Colorado, grand canyon.. so much to do... plan it out well though but leave extra days in your schedule for random spontaneous ventures. One day me and my dad stopped at a little stream in Colorado.. saw moose and caught my first trout. and we didnt plan that! Yellow stone is awesome too.. omg so much i could go on and on
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oh btw go south and then west come back north and east
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oh btw go south and then west come back north and east
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thanks for the tips. it's a one way trip though.
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Drove from WV to NV a few times last year.

Pretty nice drive. The mid west is pretty empty. Overpopulation my ass ;P

Make sure to keep your gas tank kinda full in Kansas. Weren't too many gas stations there..

I drove through Oklahoma during tornadoes. That sucked. Probably was watching the sky more than the road.
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Eastern PA to the Valley of the Sun.

Please share problems you've encountered on 1000+ mile roadtrips

Best route? Through STL & OKC a good drive?

Another option has me going through Knoxville,
Nashville & Memphis

Is through KC and Wichita a better way to go?

I'll have the car packed and will be traveling with my dog.

Mapquest puts it between 36 & 38 hours depending on which route I take. Going to try to get there in 3 days but will try to break it into chunks and hopefully do a little sightseeing, what little may be possible with a dog riding shotgun :)

Anything you can contribute would be great, such as speedtraps to avoid, areas of high congestion etc.
 Quoting: Headin' West 26082320


OP.....you should read this guys blog.
It's interesting.
Dunno if you are planning on using a trailer though.

2012 Trip Across the US - 138 Days & 16,255.4 Miles
[link to www.lakeshoreimages.com]
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Take a decent sized cooler with plenty of juice, iced tea/coffee, pb&j with some bread, fresh fruit and WATER! Never ever try to cross the desert without water. A small 1 or 2 man tent would probably be a good idea too.

If you get tired of the food in the cooler, find a mom and pop eatery (no national chains) because the company and service are usually pretty good, they tend to be cleaner and friendlier, and the company and friendly tips from the locals can come in handy. I traveled with a band for years and we always asked the locals where the speed traps were usually set up and where traffic tends to bunch and bind (like your underwear after 10 hours of driving).

Also bring a decent sized (not oversized) knife as well. A roll of electrical tape, a roll of duct tape and a small tool kit with the basics. A pair of work gloves and also a few pairs of disposable latex gloves as well (these come in handy while pumping gas, checking oil, or doing any emergency maintenance when there's not a convenient place to wash your hands afterward). Bring a flashlight, some extra oil, and a small gas can as well. Stay away from truck stops unless you want a quick shower and then you better have some flip-flops to protect your feet (some truckers can't see their toes and couldn't give a fuck about them). If you do need to stop at a truck stop, try to do it during daylight hours.

If you have a smart phone get a few apps like hotels tonight (cheap last minute deals with that app have saved my ass plenty) a cheap gas locator, and maybe apps to find cheap places to eat along with a free wifi locator.

Slow and steady wins the race as well as getting you better gas mileage. If you have cruise control, use it. At night while there's little to see find a truck to follow and break the air in front of you. If you have a GPS device with traffic updates take it, not to mention a good old fashioned road atlas that was printed in the last year or two.

Before you go, make sure all your lights and signals are working properly. Make doubly sure the light over your plate works too (in fact, take a spare for this one and know how to change it). Make sure all registration, insurance, and any other regulatory stickers/papers are up to date. If you don't have a plate on the front of your car (some states don't require it and some do) get one. If you only have one on the back and a cop wants to take a look, that's as good a reason as any to pull you over and start snooping (trust me on this one; I speak from experience). Also, if you're a smoker, use the ash tray in your car. NEVER throw a butt out the window! Be sure to always wear your seat belt too.

Aside from that, do some homework about the places you'll be traveling through and have an idea where and how often you'd like to stop and take a break/sightsee. If you nod off just once roll all the windows down and stop at the first place you can and find a place to go and sleep for a while. NEVER drive tired and say to yourself "I gotta find a place to stop." Always stop and find it, get your directions straight, and go directly there and get some rack time. This is also where the coffee/tea comes in handy.

Keep most of your money on a debit and/or a pre paid card or traveller's checks and keep them stowed away in a safe place. I usually keep my bank card in my pocket, a pre paid card in one of the door wells and about $200 cash stashed somewhere hard to get to.

Last but not least, if you do get stopped by an enforcement officer be sure to find a safe place to stop. If the break down lane is only as wide as your car go to the next exit and explain to the officer you were concerned for his/her safety in such a narrow lane. Trust me, they'll appreciate it. Before the officer gets out of their car roll down both front windows (as far as you can trust your dog not to jump out on the passenger side). If it's after dark when you get pulled over turn the dome light so he/she can see in without too much trouble. Especially if you have crap piled up in the back and you can't see in/out of the rear window. KEEP BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL SO HE/SHE CAN SEE THEM AS THEY APPROACH!!! Be sure to have all your paperwork somewhere close so you don't have to dip out of sight to get something. Officers get jumpy when your hands disappear. Lot's of sir and/or ma'am with a level voice and no sudden movements. After a few minutes most cops have a gauge on who they're talking to and will relax once they understand you're not going to be trouble. If you have a registered firearm be sure to let the officer know right away and don't travel with the gun loaded. Keep the ammo and the gun far apart but easily accessible unless you're licensed/certified to carry concealed. I normally travel with the ammo in the back and the gun up front. Most people see a gun and that's enough for them. They don't have to know it isn't loaded. Also, if you're traveling armed, know the laws of every state you're going to drive through. Last thing you need is a cop to lie to you about the law and take your shit based on your supposed ignorance of state regulations.

NEVER travel with drugs or alcohol.

No matter what happens DON'T PANIC(!!!) and always have a towel.

Other than that, see and do everything you can think of, talk to the locals if they seem amicable, and take a shit tons of pictures and video. Don't forget to check in here and let us know how's it going as well as catching up on all the weirdness and fuckery that goes on in the world during your trip.

Safe and happy trails!

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Take a decent sized cooler with plenty of juice, iced tea/coffee, pb&j with some bread, fresh fruit and WATER! Never ever try to cross the desert without water. A small 1 or 2 man tent would probably be a good idea too.

If you get tired of the food in the cooler, find a mom and pop eatery (no national chains) because the company and service are usually pretty good, they tend to be cleaner and friendlier, and the company and friendly tips from the locals can come in handy. I traveled with a band for years and we always asked the locals where the speed traps were usually set up and where traffic tends to bunch and bind (like your underwear after 10 hours of driving).

Also bring a decent sized (not oversized) knife as well. A roll of electrical tape, a roll of duct tape and a small tool kit with the basics. A pair of work gloves and also a few pairs of disposable latex gloves as well (these come in handy while pumping gas, checking oil, or doing any emergency maintenance when there's not a convenient place to wash your hands afterward). Bring a flashlight, some extra oil, and a small gas can as well. Stay away from truck stops unless you want a quick shower and then you better have some flip-flops to protect your feet (some truckers can't see their toes and couldn't give a fuck about them). If you do need to stop at a truck stop, try to do it during daylight hours.

If you have a smart phone get a few apps like hotels tonight (cheap last minute deals with that app have saved my ass plenty) a cheap gas locator, and maybe apps to find cheap places to eat along with a free wifi locator.

Slow and steady wins the race as well as getting you better gas mileage. If you have cruise control, use it. At night while there's little to see find a truck to follow and break the air in front of you. If you have a GPS device with traffic updates take it, not to mention a good old fashioned road atlas that was printed in the last year or two.

Before you go, make sure all your lights and signals are working properly. Make doubly sure the light over your plate works too (in fact, take a spare for this one and know how to change it). Make sure all registration, insurance, and any other regulatory stickers/papers are up to date. If you don't have a plate on the front of your car (some states don't require it and some do) get one. If you only have one on the back and a cop wants to take a look, that's as good a reason as any to pull you over and start snooping (trust me on this one; I speak from experience). Also, if you're a smoker, use the ash tray in your car. NEVER throw a butt out the window! Be sure to always wear your seat belt too.

Aside from that, do some homework about the places you'll be traveling through and have an idea where and how often you'd like to stop and take a break/sightsee. If you nod off just once roll all the windows down and stop at the first place you can and find a place to go and sleep for a while. NEVER drive tired and say to yourself "I gotta find a place to stop." Always stop and find it, get your directions straight, and go directly there and get some rack time. This is also where the coffee/tea comes in handy.

Keep most of your money on a debit and/or a pre paid card or traveller's checks and keep them stowed away in a safe place. I usually keep my bank card in my pocket, a pre paid card in one of the door wells and about $200 cash stashed somewhere hard to get to.

Last but not least, if you do get stopped by an enforcement officer be sure to find a safe place to stop. If the break down lane is only as wide as your car go to the next exit and explain to the officer you were concerned for his/her safety in such a narrow lane. Trust me, they'll appreciate it. Before the officer gets out of their car roll down both front windows (as far as you can trust your dog not to jump out on the passenger side). If it's after dark when you get pulled over turn the dome light so he/she can see in without too much trouble. Especially if you have crap piled up in the back and you can't see in/out of the rear window. KEEP BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL SO HE/SHE CAN SEE THEM AS THEY APPROACH!!! Be sure to have all your paperwork somewhere close so you don't have to dip out of sight to get something. Officers get jumpy when your hands disappear. Lot's of sir and/or ma'am with a level voice and no sudden movements. After a few minutes most cops have a gauge on who they're talking to and will relax once they understand you're not going to be trouble. If you have a registered firearm be sure to let the officer know right away and don't travel with the gun loaded. Keep the ammo and the gun far apart but easily accessible. I normally travel with the ammo in the back and the gun up front. Most people see a gun and that's enough for them. They don't have to know it isn't loaded. Also, if you're traveling armed, know the laws of every state you're going to drive through. Last thing you need is a cop to lie to you about the law and take your shit based on your supposed ignorance of state regulations. NEVER travel with drugs or alcohol.

No matter what happens DON'T PANIC(!!!) and always have a towel.

Other than that, see and do everything you can think of, talk to the locals if they seem amicable, and take a shit tons of pictures and video. Don't forget to check in here and let us know how's it going as well as catching up on all the weirdness and fuckery that goes on in the world during your trip.

Safe and happy trails!
 Quoting: JTFC


WOW! Thanks for your input JTFC! Lots of stuff to prep for that I hadn't yet considered. Glad I posted this and really glad you took the time to reply! hf
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Eastern PA to the Valley of the Sun.

Please share problems you've encountered on 1000+ mile roadtrips

Best route? Through STL & OKC a good drive?

Another option has me going through Knoxville,
Nashville & Memphis

Is through KC and Wichita a better way to go?

I'll have the car packed and will be traveling with my dog.

Mapquest puts it between 36 & 38 hours depending on which route I take. Going to try to get there in 3 days but will try to break it into chunks and hopefully do a little sightseeing, what little may be possible with a dog riding shotgun :)

Anything you can contribute would be great, such as speedtraps to avoid, areas of high congestion etc.
 Quoting: Headin' West 26082320


OP.....you should read this guys blog.
It's interesting.
Dunno if you are planning on using a trailer though.

2012 Trip Across the US - 138 Days & 16,255.4 Miles
[link to www.lakeshoreimages.com]
 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


Thanks UCE! I'll check it out, no trailer, just a RAV4.
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Drove from WV to NV a few times last year.

Pretty nice drive. The mid west is pretty empty. Overpopulation my ass ;P

Make sure to keep your gas tank kinda full in Kansas. Weren't too many gas stations there..

I drove through Oklahoma during tornadoes. That sucked. Probably was watching the sky more than the road.
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yeah midwest is boring for sure...drove through OH, IN, IL, IA, NE, WY & UT a few years back. If my destination were the same, I'd add AT LEAST an extra 300 miles to have something different to look at!
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TN has the best roads according to truckers in the entire U.S. 40, running through OK is fairly bumpy. But a a pretty much straight shot. I've lived in both states. I''m hitting the road next month myself. Got me a nice towing vehicle and am waiting to pay for a nice travel trailer. Good luck.
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Valley of the sun during the summer is crazy. You should be here NOW. Best time of year is winter if you're going to visit AZ.
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TN has the best roads according to truckers in the entire U.S. 40, running through OK is fairly bumpy. But a a pretty much straight shot. I've lived in both states. I''m hitting the road next month myself. Got me a nice towing vehicle and am waiting to pay for a nice travel trailer. Good luck.
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Thanks PokerFace, you've lived in both TN & OK or both PA & AZ?
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Valley of the sun during the summer is crazy. You should be here NOW. Best time of year is winter if you're going to visit AZ.
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just got back from there this week. It was Amazing. Left home saturday, it was 19. Landed at PHX at 8pm...65! 3 days of 77 and then back to snow and face-freezing wind! I hate it here!

Spent a week in Tucson last July so I know what I'm getting into! Thanks!
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Eastern PA to the Valley of the Sun.

Please share problems you've encountered on 1000+ mile roadtrips

Best route? Through STL & OKC a good drive?

Another option has me going through Knoxville,
Nashville & Memphis

Is through KC and Wichita a better way to go?

I'll have the car packed and will be traveling with my dog.

Mapquest puts it between 36 & 38 hours depending on which route I take. Going to try to get there in 3 days but will try to break it into chunks and hopefully do a little sightseeing, what little may be possible with a dog riding shotgun :)

Anything you can contribute would be great, such as speedtraps to avoid, areas of high congestion etc.
 Quoting: Headin' West 26082320


OP.....you should read this guys blog.
It's interesting.
Dunno if you are planning on using a trailer though.

2012 Trip Across the US - 138 Days & 16,255.4 Miles
[link to www.lakeshoreimages.com]
 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


Thanks UCE! I'll check it out, no trailer, just a RAV4.
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It's an interesting read....takes some time though.
At least it will give you some ideas of potential stopovers and lookie-loos.

Funny thing too....he pulled the trailer with a RAV4 I think. lol

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TN has the best roads according to truckers in the entire U.S. 40, running through OK is fairly bumpy. But a a pretty much straight shot. I've lived in both states. I''m hitting the road next month myself. Got me a nice towing vehicle and am waiting to pay for a nice travel trailer. Good luck.
 Quoting: PokerFace


Thanks PokerFace, you've lived in both TN & OK or both PA & AZ?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 26082320


Actually I have...former military and got around a bit. PA has rough roads as well and many tolls. The roads in AZ aren't that bad compared to most states. Currently live in OK after a two year stint in TN.
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Eastern PA to the Valley of the Sun.

Please share problems you've encountered on 1000+ mile roadtrips

Best route? Through STL & OKC a good drive?

Another option has me going through Knoxville,
Nashville & Memphis

Is through KC and Wichita a better way to go?

I'll have the car packed and will be traveling with my dog.

Mapquest puts it between 36 & 38 hours depending on which route I take. Going to try to get there in 3 days but will try to break it into chunks and hopefully do a little sightseeing, what little may be possible with a dog riding shotgun :)

Anything you can contribute would be great, such as speedtraps to avoid, areas of high congestion etc.
 Quoting: Headin' West 26082320


OP.....you should read this guys blog.
It's interesting.
Dunno if you are planning on using a trailer though.

2012 Trip Across the US - 138 Days & 16,255.4 Miles
[link to www.lakeshoreimages.com]
 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


Thanks UCE! I'll check it out, no trailer, just a RAV4.
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It's an interesting read....takes some time though.
At least it will give you some ideas of potential stopovers and lookie-loos.

Funny thing too....he pulled the trailer with a RAV4 I think. lol
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You're right! That's Awesome...maybe I'll look into getting a similar rig before I head out...might turn a 3-4 day trip into a 2-3 week adventure! :)
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Re: Cross Country Road Trip This Summer...Looking for Tips
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02/09/2013 10:49 PM
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Re: Cross Country Road Trip This Summer...Looking for Tips
Eastern PA to the Valley of the Sun.

Please share problems you've encountered on 1000+ mile roadtrips

Best route? Through STL & OKC a good drive?

Another option has me going through Knoxville,
Nashville & Memphis

Is through KC and Wichita a better way to go?

I'll have the car packed and will be traveling with my dog.

Mapquest puts it between 36 & 38 hours depending on which route I take. Going to try to get there in 3 days but will try to break it into chunks and hopefully do a little sightseeing, what little may be possible with a dog riding shotgun :)

Anything you can contribute would be great, such as speedtraps to avoid, areas of high congestion etc.
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02/09/2013 10:57 PM
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Re: Cross Country Road Trip This Summer...Looking for Tips
Traffic in St Louis is a nightmare.

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