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Old 12th January 2007
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Default Many of you have done what I call "The Cross-Country Hustle"

I recently flew out to California to help a friend move back to Massachusetts. Before going, I knew I would have to help him drive his car full of luggage back to Massachusetts. It was 3101.4 miles through many states and we did not stop driving. The only times we stopped were to get gas or take-out. The total time driving was 44.25 hours, from the time we left Fedex to the time we were at the end of our MA exit on I-495. Has anyone else done this? If so, what was your total time, and what kind of car?

My friend was lucky enough to have a 2006 Scion tC, no, not the ugly ones. This car is a blast, and for not too much money. But the seats made my bottom hurt for days.

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I did that from Vancouver to Winnipeg, one day layover and then back again (Pick up a sail boat). So it was 3000 miles, but with about 18 hour layover in between. Oh and a nice two hour layover in Swift Current talking to the Pony Riders about some stuff.
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Here are some pictures of the gala event. And yes, I yearned for the seats in my saab so badly.










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But the seats made my bottom hurt for days.

I will post pics soon.
Not necessary!!
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That's a very respectable time. The record Cannonball run was just under 33 hours.

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The total time driving was 44.25 hours, from the time we left Fedex to the time we were at the end of our MA exit on I-495. Has anyone else done this? If so, what was your total time, and what kind of car?
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I drove from New Jersey to Fresno, CA via Indianapolis and Oklahoma City. (we visited friends along the way.) My sister and I in a Ford Exploder pulling a U-Haul trailer.

My then-girlfriend (now wife) drove both of our cars from New Jersey to Utah. 1989 Ford Porbe GT (for sale!) and 1997 Plymouth (yes, plymouth) NEON (still running with 175k!) We were moving, so both cars were loaded to the ceiling, even the passenger seat was full, with my jack russell terrier sitting on top. We made it to Chicago the first day, about 800 miles. Next day was 500+ miles to Lincoln, NE. Then another 500 miles (took a side trip to see some sights) to Cheyenne, WY. Last day was another 500 miles to Orem, UT.
Spent a year out there, and then drove back, even more full, and we went through some very high elevation areas through Colorado, 10,500ft crossing the continental divide after Vail. I very seriously considered pushing her little neon with the probe, she was floored and couldn't get over 35mph! Semi-trucks were passing her. The probe's turbo was still kicking, so I was much better off.
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I met an x girlfriend in Mass and drove with her to Phoenix - she had a Ford Escort which she packed extremely full of stuff - so full the drivers seat couldn't be moved back and it was set up with her leg room - so 3+ days of driving with my knees around my ears in a Ford Escort gt - going to 120degree Phoenix to move up to a 3rd floor (no elevator) apartment - and she gained 20lbs since I saw her last - absolutely brutal trip! just had a few flashbacks after reading your post.
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In Feb. '87 or '88 [it's hard to get old] I was living in /Syracuse, NY and drove my '79 celica to Monterey, Ca. by way of Fla and Texas. [OK, this trip took a week] but while in Monterey I traded my car for an '84 Celica hatchback w/ cruise control [1st cruise I ever had]. I made the return trip basically Interstate 80 & 90 all the way alone. It took 50 hrs. However, I don't reccomend it. I hallucentated[sp] that I was on a downgrade from Cleveland to the NY state line. I did get really great mileage though [over 40 mpg on the last leg]
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Well, we did 13 States and travelled nearly 5,000 miles last September in a hired Grand Caravan, but that took a month. We love those vehicles!
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The kind of roads you wish you had a faster car
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The kind of roads you wish you had a faster car
The Scion was not very fast, but it was certainly not slow. I think it has 160hp and does not weigh very much. Overall I am glad it was that and not his previous cars, Jeep Wrangler, Mercury Sable (mucho frame damage from playing bumper cars, seriously)... With all the gear, and the bike on the back, the tC still ripped through the gears, but the whole time I wanted my car down there because of the space and the speed.
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Wow - I wish we had roads like that in the UK!
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I drove coast to coast across Africa in a VW Golf, from Mozambique to Namibia. That was an interesting road trip. Great little car as well - really strong.
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Talking of Cross-Country hustle, slightly off thread, but check this out, here.
All for charity of course, and two 900's and a 99 in the running. Started today.

Look forward to the field reports!
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First did it on an R27!!! Took 2 weeks - lots of detours
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