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Old 06-15-2008, 07:20 AM   #1
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Hours vs. Miles

When you're travelling, do you limit your daily travel by miles or hours on the road?
What are your parameters?
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Old 06-15-2008, 08:07 AM   #2
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Hours on the road. Doesn't matter how many miles, really, we may stop here and there to look around, but when it gets to the point when we are hungry and tired, we stop for the night. We may have a goal of getting to a particular place for the night, but we don't drive hard or tired to meet a mileage quota. That's not fun. And we prefer not to have to set up the trailer at an unfamiliar campground after dark. In fact, when we are traveling we try not to have a set schedule at all, unless we are on our way to a place in a certain time frame. Then we just allow leisurely time to get there.
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Our trips are generally less then a days travel. When we do longer trips we will pick a target location and make reservations for the overnight stop.
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Old 06-15-2008, 08:17 AM   #4
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We try not to limit our travel by miles or hours. Unless we have to be somewhere for an event, we just wing it.
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Old 06-15-2008, 08:42 AM   #5
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I work under the rules I gave myself as an OTR driver: Never depart earlier than 45" prior to local dawn, and arrive no later than about one-hour prior to local dusk (times for such can be checked at noaa.org). The final hour is the "give" in the day for unforeseen problems, or just the desire to wander around a little. This means, roughly, ten hours of driving time in a 13-14 hour day (summer). The idea is to stop every 2' for a 15" break, and every 4' for a 45-60" break that includes a meal. Steady progress achieved in small bites of 125-150 miles; feeling something other than worn after camp set up.

I still like the, "300 miles or 3 o'clock", rule for trailer-travel as it means about 6-hours of total travel, driving and stops included (50 mph average); keeping me out of morning and evening commuter hours.
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Old 06-15-2008, 09:02 AM   #6
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We make a point to knock off and arrive at camp by around 4pm. This gives us time to set up, get the lay of the land, put the chairs out and greet 5:00 in a civilized manner.

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Works for me! After 45 yrs on a big truck REDNAK I think your rule is a good one. I don't do so well after dark anymore,although all I ever did was NITES. Cooler ya know. and the DOT guys were home watchen TV.LOL. We did that first trip out,only 120 miles but wasn't ready to roll before dark so canceled till the next day.Never get in a hurry.Campin's supposed to be fun,but not when you are tired.
We always do 2 hr stops 15 minute breaks and let us all walk/Dogs included.
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