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Old 06-06-2013, 12:16 AM   #1
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Question Cross Country - Anybody do it?

So I'll be making a move from New Jersey to California sometime in mid July, and I'm debating among other things whether I want to make the drive across the country in my L99 2SS or have the car shipped out and hop on an airplane instead.

I'll be going with my girlfriend and it seems like I'd be saving a couple hundreds bucks doing the drive; having a car shipped out seems to cost anywhere from $800-1000, and the total cost of flying would be around $400 for two (I've got a slight discount). Total cost I would expect to be ~1200-1400.

I've read here that people are getting up to 350 miles a tank with their 2SS, so with a 2900 mile ride I would assume I would need to fill up around 8 times throughout the trip at an average cost of $60 or so. That would equal to around $500 bucks, and I'm guessing with hotels, food and other miscellaneous stuff the total cost would run probably around $900 ball park.

I would guess that I would possibly be saving between $300-$500 bucks making the ride, and seeing the country in my Camaro seems like a once in a lifetime opportunity. What do you all think? Anybody do it before?
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:32 AM   #2
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Dude, once in a lifetime experience.
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:39 AM   #3
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Do the road trip.. I went from Cali to Maine about a year or so it was a blast. i was doing about 11 hours a day on the road and didnt even feel tired. Nothing like seeing the country by driving across it!
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:51 AM   #4
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2 trips on Route 66 from Indy to Chicago to LA and back. Worth every minute, every mile, every penny. Do it!!
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:56 AM   #5
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what part of california you coming to?
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:22 AM   #6
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I've done it probably 25 times, but not from the east coast, from Kentucky. If you've never done it, I highly recommend it, but be prepared for a lot of monotony. You have no idea how big this country really is until you get in a car and drive across it. If you're going do freeways, and I assume you are, try to route yourself onto I-70. I've been across them all and for the most part, I-10, I-40, I-80, and I-90 go around the the pretty stuff, which just adds to the monotony. I-70 is the one exception and it's just as monotonous as the rest, east of Denver. But from Denver west, it has to be one of the most stunning freeway drives in the world. They should do a Modern Marvels episode about I-70 in Colorado. It dumps you off onto I-15 in the in the middle of Utah and that is also pretty to about the Nevada line. Good luck and have a safe trip.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:32 AM   #7
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You can stare at the back of an airplane seat anytime. As soon as your plane touches down on the west coast, you'll wish you had drove the Camaro. Stop off in WI on your way through and visit one of the largest car shows in the Midwest.

http://www.iolaoldcarshow.com/showinformation.php



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Old 06-06-2013, 02:13 AM   #8
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You can stare at the back of an airplane seat anytime. As soon as your plane touches down on the west coast, you'll wish you had drove the Camaro. Stop off in WI on your way through and visit one of the largest car shows in the Midwest.

http://www.iolaoldcarshow.com/showinformation.php



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Old 06-06-2013, 02:14 AM   #9
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I went from Virginia beach to Lemoore in mine. Great experience. Do it.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:52 AM   #10
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Drove NY to the West Coast (and way NorthWest to Alaska for that matter!) a few times. If your just going to power through and not make a trip of then fly. However, if you plan on taking your time, hitting the National Parks and such then for sure drive. I usually took 2-3 weeks with lots of stops along the way. Seems to me most of the good stuff starts about halfway accross the country. Man, you could spend weeks in the 4 corners area alone! This country really is stunning ... but as mentioned it is quite large and there is a ton of Monotomy too.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:00 AM   #11
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Ditch the GPS, buy an atlas, veer off the interstate and take the two lane highways.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:35 AM   #12
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Get some of your friends and do a Cannonball Run!
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:40 AM   #13
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I just recently moved from NC to AZ and I drove the 2010 SS that I had cross country. Amazing trip, I loved every minute of it.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:46 AM   #14
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drive it! where in ca are you coming?
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:56 AM   #15
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Get some of your friends and do a Cannonball Run!
It will be easy to fit them all and their luggage into the Camaro for a 40-hour car trip!
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:01 AM   #16
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Texas to Cali and back, Do it!
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:55 AM   #17
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Get some of your friends and do a Cannonball Run!

get Black Magic to sponsor it and your move will be free

Would it not be fun to do this just once?
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:54 AM   #18
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DRIVE IT!! Take your time and enjoy our beautiful country! I have crossed our country by road from Washinton to Florida to New Hampshire to California and everywhere in between.....wouldn't trade it for the world!!
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:41 AM   #19
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2 trips on Route 66 from Indy to Chicago to LA and back. Worth every minute, every mile, every penny. Do it!!
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Ditch the GPS, buy an atlas, veer off the interstate and take the two lane highways.
Rand-McNally Road Atlas has historic sites and scenic routes highlighted. The GPS we use only has fastest route and shortest route choices; no slowest routes. Searches for local restaurants and hotels worked well. So did drug stores and laundromats when it gets to that.

If you have time to take the two lanes. We took 5 days to travel from Chicago to New York. We saw everything. We went out of our way for state parks, old bridges, small towns, museums, etc.
If you get in a hurry you can jump on the interstate.


A full tank should let you drive ~8 hours. Average cost this year was ~4.10/gallon $60 per fill.

If you are going to drive long days try to reserve a room for the night. It seems after 4PM we had to hunt. The lunch stop can be the time to look ahead and make some calls. Your co-pilot can make calls while you are on the road.

Also calculate $75 average for a nice room with wi-fi/cable/continental breakfast. Those are all near the interstates.
Scope the Weather Channel to avoid bad weather.

$20/meal for two plus gratuity so $75/day there.

So after all that long wind it comes down to do you have the time and the money?
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:32 AM   #20
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Enjoy the drive.

I'm heading out to North Carolina later this year for about half a year. I've decided to drive (Seattle to Durham). I'll have my Sonic for the trip out most likely, however I should have another car by the time I return. Either way, I really look forward to doing the drive and seeing the sights.
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Thank you for all of the great input guys. As much as I would like to take my time to really sight see, my goal is first and foremost to get out there and start setting up the apartment and getting myself settled down. I'm going to make stops along the way but my hope is to not be on the road for more then 4-5 days tops. With that being said I'm learning towards driving. There will be monotony but it's going to be a lifetime experience.



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what part of california you coming to?
I'm going to be working at Universal City (USH), so I'm looking for places that are fairly close as I've heard that traffic is pretty bad and I'd like the commute to be no more than a half hour. So I've been looking at west hollywood, burbank, north glendale, south pasadena etc to rent an apartment. It's difficult to decide until I get out there. I'd welcome any feedback on good areas!
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Thank you for all of the great input guys. As much as I would like to take my time to really sight see, my goal is first and foremost to get out there and start setting up the apartment and getting myself settled down. I'm going to make stops along the way but my hope is to not be on the road for more then 4-5 days tops. With that being said I'm learning towards driving. There will be monotony but it's going to be a lifetime experience.


you won't regret it. I drove from Chicago to Phoenix on rt 66, then back to chicago up through utah and hopped on to I70... WOW beautiful.

both are totally different... 70 is definitely boring east of denver, but everything west of it is spectacular, and on 66 it's awesome to see the landscape change from fields and rolling hills / forests to the desert and plateaus to the mountians in the horizon.

you will not regret driving, whichever road you take.
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Drove from San Fran to Birmingham, AL by way of Vegas in a 2000 V6 Camaro with no AC in August a number of years ago. Death Valley was fun, I bought a bag of ice, this is true, and put it in my lap and let it "melt" all over me, but it's so dry out there that by the time we stopped all the ice was gone and my pants were dry.

Cost is one thing, te experience another, but just remember that the true cost includes your time, it's a haul, but If I had it to do again, I'd take my time and stop more to see stuff, as is, we were trying to drive 10-12 hours a day to hurry up and get back.
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