Driving from CA to CT

Oct 30th, 2005, 07:00 AM
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Driving from CA to CT

my 2 cousins and i are driving from Irvine, CA to Stamford, CT. we are leaving sunday 11/20 at around 6 am. do you think we can get to CT by wed night 11/23? we are going to take rt 40E all the way across and then hop onto 81N in virginia. any tips, suggestions? thanks
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Oct 30th, 2005, 08:06 AM
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The math is pretty easy

4 days
750 mi/day

10hrs per day at 75mph average
12hrs per day at 60mph average

Assuming the 3 of you take turns driving, yes it is doable. Long, hard drive, but doable.
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Oct 30th, 2005, 08:24 AM
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As j62 stated, it's doable. Go to freetrip.com for milage, time and hotels. Enter the trip in segments since you want to use I-40 and I-81.

Irvine-Knoxville, Knoxville-Scranton,PA, Scranton-Stamford

If we hadn't taken a side trip on the way, we could have driven Woodstock,VA (I-81) to San Diego in four days last September. You would have about an additional five hours to Stamford.
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Oct 30th, 2005, 07:50 PM
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Any specific reason why you want to take I-81?

The flatter and faster route would be I-40/44/70/71/80.
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Oct 30th, 2005, 08:06 PM
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It's about 2930 miles if you take I-40/81:

Day 1: Irvine, CA to Albuquerque, NM. 784 miles.

Day 2: ABQ to perhaps Russellville, AR (before Little Rock). 806 miles.

Day 3: Russellville to Wyethville, VA (lots of motels there, but other SW VA towns are okay). 775 miles.

Day 4: 569 miles to Stamford.

If you take I-40/44/70/71/80, it's about 100 miles shorter.

Day 1: same 784 miles to Albuquerque.

Day 2: ABQ to Springfield, MO. 831 miles.

Day 3: Springfield to Columbus, OH. 635 miles.

Day 4: 581 miles to Stamford.

Don't forget that you lose 3 hours driving from Pacific Time to Eastern Time.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 08:08 AM
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no real reason to take 81N. from looking at the map, it looked like a good route to hop on.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 08:11 AM
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rkkwan - i will defintily go with the shorter route! thanks so much for your help, i appreciate it!
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