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bluebomber
02-11-2007, 09:43 PM
Hey im coming from San Antonio with some friends and hopefully leaving thursday. We all have school and have to leave late thursday around 5 or so. Does anyone know if its a good idea and possible you think for 3 people to drive 24 hours straight(besides gas or food) to California at that time at night. It wouldnt be a big deal if we left early in the morning but starting off at the end of a long day im wondering if i should allow us to make this kind of deal. Any advice?

Nothing000
02-11-2007, 09:55 PM
I am sure it is possible, but I wouldn't do it man. But I have trouble driving for more than about two hours, so maybee you have more stamina than I do.

tiffdud41
02-11-2007, 10:02 PM
don't be a puss'
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Courtney
02-11-2007, 10:10 PM
It sounds unpleasant to me. But if you switched off driving responsibilities so that the others could sleep, it's definitely doable.

Could you maybe leave on Thursday around 5pm, then stop in El Paso around 1am to sleep, and then drive the rest of the way on Friday?

Or, even better, pay the extra money for airfare.

Leckie
02-11-2007, 11:02 PM
me and some friends are doing the same thing coming down from victoria, bc. the plan is leave early wednesday, drive throughout the night rotating the driving responsibility, and arrive sometime on thursday. i think as long as everyone gets sleep it's not a big deal

dontfeedthebird
02-11-2007, 11:05 PM
You're gonna crash and burn.

All That I Am
02-11-2007, 11:06 PM
Anything's possible
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WITH CRACK!

suprefan
02-11-2007, 11:10 PM
I did L.A. to Denver in 15 hours ALONE just stopping for gas when I needed to. So its doable.... And yes crack helps...

roberto73
02-12-2007, 12:14 AM
For two summers in a row I drove from California to Ohio straight through, 32 hours. And I have almost zero memory of it since I spent most of the time hopped up on No-Doz and Mountain Dew. Painful.

So, yes, you can definitely do 24 in shifts.

wmgaretjax
02-12-2007, 12:38 AM
I've done it with just two. It's not too bad, not fun, but totally safe if you play it right. Caffeine/energy drinks + swapping regularly + the music turned up.

crazzz2007
02-12-2007, 01:05 AM
san antonio to indio is approximately 1225 miles. If you average 75 mph, the trip should take you about 16 hours driving time. If you pull over only twice for gas and rest (allocate 15 minutes each), the trip should still take less than 17 hours.

Tomasz
02-12-2007, 01:24 AM
Take a ferrari and do it in 12 hours...

bmack86
02-12-2007, 01:34 AM
your name threw me off

Good Days Last
02-12-2007, 01:41 AM
So are you guys going for two days, one day? All three?
Cuz if you're going for all three... eh idk.

I"m a bit messed up right now.

kaeso
02-12-2007, 02:37 AM
im in practically the exact same situation, except leaving from seattle. We are just planning on leaving wednesday afternoon so we have some time to recover from the non-stop drive.

vinylmartyr
02-12-2007, 02:43 AM
I drove 28 hours straight from OKC to LA once. I was sober.

momof5
02-12-2007, 08:46 AM
You could probably do the drive but then how do you do the festival for 3 days? You will be exhausted and I don't think Friday will be much fun ,plus you will miss all the early acts on Friday. I would figure a way to leave earlier. I am coming from LA and we leave Thursday morning because we are all excited and want to party and relax at the hotel before and after the Festival!

bartelby
02-12-2007, 09:38 AM
you can do that no problem with 3 dudes...just make sure to get some sleep while you're not driving...

Meadowsmeister
02-12-2007, 11:23 AM
my estimate is about...an eight ball of coke, you'll make it : )

kimery08
02-12-2007, 11:27 AM
redline.

but dont drink too many. you may die.

ThunderInTheSky
02-12-2007, 11:27 AM
just skip school

Nothing000
02-12-2007, 05:54 PM
I don't know man, I don't think even truck drivers can last more than 3 hours on the road at one time.

noisemachine
02-12-2007, 05:59 PM
I drive 5 hours straight from school to home all the time and its nothing. Ive done 8 before and its a little tiring, but still no biggie. If you all do 8 hour shifts you should be fine.

dontfeedthebird
02-12-2007, 06:00 PM
i can go for fifteen minutes. on the road or in the bed.

mountmccabe
02-12-2007, 06:13 PM
I don't know man, I don't think even truck drivers can last more than 3 hours on the road at one time.
Hahahha. That's a ridiculous statement.

My parents and I drove the 1500 miles from Phoenix, AZ to Jackson, MS in an RV in 24 hours And then after 48 hours we drove back. We had three drivers (I did the fun 10pm-4am shift each way) and a fridge, microwave, bathroom, couches and chairs and a bed so it wasn't that big of a deal at all.

You can def do it; you just have to make enough room for one person to actually sleep and rotate driver/copilot/sleeper and stop and walk around when you the driver gets tired. And if you're not the driver or the copilot sleep/relax/rest as much as you can even if it's bright out. Earplugs and a sleep mask (also useful while camping if that's what you're doing) might be worthwhile.

Bring a good sized cooler with drinks and food. Fresh fruit would actually do quite a bit towards keep you sane.

And realize that unless you can leave earlier that you're going to miss some of the festival on Friday. Don't try driving 100 mph on no sleep in the middle of the night or you're going to drive off the road or get pulled over and either would ruin the entire weekend if not more.

HEADSTRUCK
02-12-2007, 06:14 PM
i have driven from milwauke to riverside cali a couple times. about 30-32 hrs strait. u can do it but it sucks

Sp1ralArch1tect
02-13-2007, 12:38 AM
if u drive 24 hours straight dont matter when u leave i guess:/ but its definately possible ive spent 3 days awake and moving so im sure u can manage 24 small hours:D

fac429
02-13-2007, 12:42 AM
You can do it if you're all partaking in Crystal Pepsi. Did I say Pepsi? I meant meth.

vinylmartyr
02-13-2007, 01:02 AM
meth is the worst shit ever

calmlikeabomb
02-13-2007, 01:24 AM
im usually the one driving, but it always seems to take me a day to recover after spending 24+ hours in a car.

fac429
02-13-2007, 09:51 AM
meth is the worst shit ever

Agreed, but Crystal Pepsi was also pretty bad.

dylanfan
02-13-2007, 09:58 AM
i drove 36 hours straight once, do drug either

Goliyth
02-13-2007, 10:13 AM
I'm coming from Atlanta (31 hours) with 3 drivers... 3 hours on then 6 hours rest or something like that. Leaving wednesday morning, planning it on actually taking 36 hours with stops and all, getting there thursday night.

What I'm more concerned about is the 31 hour drive home, when I will have absulutely nothing to do except reflect on what I just did on the campgrounds...

gaypalmsprings
02-13-2007, 10:24 AM
not if you're gay

automatik
02-13-2007, 03:13 PM
I drove with 2 other people from Austin last year - we took 3 hour shifts. It took us about 18-19 hours to get there, not 24, and we stopped regularly to get gas and food. It's actually not all that bad, but its definitely a boring drive (I-10 is not scenic from Texas to California). And strangely enough the ride back was easier than the ride there (I think it actually took us a bit longer to get there than drive back).

amyzzz
02-13-2007, 03:18 PM
I drove 28 hours straight from OKC to LA once. I was sober.I was gonna say I've driven 16 hours straight (from Phoenix to Houston), but man, you've got me beat. I was sober as well--driving to a free Catherine Wheel concert.

Havocquarm
02-13-2007, 04:44 PM
redline.

but dont drink too many. you may die.

Listen to this man, go get some redline. I drank one and a half in one night when I went to the club, I felt like I was gonna jump out of my skin, probaly the worst time trying to sleep I've ever had.

boarderwoozel3
02-13-2007, 05:01 PM
If you have three people just take turns driving/ sleeping.

As far as the meth goes, don't fuck with it but not becuase its bad for you. Meth is poor peoples' blow, makes you look a bit white trash too. Yayo is way more fun anyway.

smilingdownward
02-13-2007, 05:07 PM
you can do it. ive driven 15hrs with out switching off from seattle to SF, it was no problem. with three other ppl and some redbull you can make it no problem.

Mctommy
02-13-2007, 05:18 PM
san antonio to indio is approximately 1225 miles. If you average 75 mph, the trip should take you about 16 hours driving time. If you pull over only twice for gas and rest (allocate 15 minutes each), the trip should still take less than 17 hours.

how many cars out there have over 400miles per tank range?

3 people is very do-able.

Me and a buddy of mine did Salt Lake to Detroit in 24 hours. We just switched off every 3-3.5 hours when we were filling up on gas.

jeffro
02-13-2007, 05:26 PM
i've driven a 14 hour stretch a number of times, though i was pretty beat and nearly falling asleep at the wheel at the end of things...also driven multiple 10 hour stretches from ontario canada to phoenix, and from ontario to miami, switching off drivers of course. if you guys wanted to stay solid and not get too tired, stick to a 4-6 hour driving shift period and you'll be fine.

obviously depends on the person though. don't know if i'd bother with any stimulants to keep you going either, if you're doing such short shifts like that. should be good shit though. try not to die.

grossdale
02-13-2007, 05:53 PM
bring some extra antifreeze (water) with you. After 20 or so hours some cars wanna over heat no matter how new or what they are (..Lexus). Your asking the oil in your engine to do more then it's made to do once you hit about 18 hours non stop and that causes more friction ie: overheating. Think about an oil change the week you drive that far and make sure all your levels are topped off. Brake Fluid, Power Steering Fluid, Transmission fluid, Coolant (antifreeze).

I'd worry more about the car or truck makin it over the people being able to do it.

best of luck

Goliyth
02-13-2007, 05:59 PM
I'd worry more about the car or truck makin it over the people being able to do it.

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What, me worry?

hydrobomb
02-14-2007, 06:17 AM
We're 6 coming from Sudbury, Ontario and it'll take us about 42 hours. We have to leave on the 24th so we're driving straight through. We're going to take turns on driving and being a passenger while the rest of us will sleep. It's going to be an intense ride.

vinylmartyr
02-14-2007, 06:21 AM
I have driven across country 7 times that I can remember. I have taken a greyhound maybe 10. I strongly suggest you people fly.

vinylmartyr
02-14-2007, 06:24 AM
If you've never done it go for it but if you have man just save it for when your retired. I drove from Charleston SC all the way to Seattle to LA in 4 days and I broke down in Bozman Montana.

noteconomicallyviable
03-02-2007, 08:29 AM
Yes. I drove from Orlando to Ottawa and that was 26 hours. But you'll have to take frequent 2-minute stops by the side of the road, especially at night, because you'll catch yourself driving one minute and falling asleep the next.

Lazaro
03-02-2007, 09:33 AM
bring some extra antifreeze (water) with you. After 20 or so hours some cars wanna over heat no matter how new or what they are (..Lexus). Your asking the oil in your engine to do more then it's made to do once you hit about 18 hours non stop and that causes more friction ie: overheating. Think about an oil change the week you drive that far and make sure all your levels are topped off. Brake Fluid, Power Steering Fluid, Transmission fluid, Coolant (antifreeze).

I'd worry more about the car or truck makin it over the people being able to do it.

best of luck


and some cocaine....

wisconsinboozer
03-04-2007, 01:17 PM
ive drove 26 hours from NW Wi to clearwater florida, yea its possible just hop out and streatch for a few when you gas up and down a red bull every now and then

SubBass49
03-04-2007, 07:08 PM
I've driven from San Diego to Austin in a day & a half....but that was with an overnight stop AND a dust storm thats hut down the highway for about 4 hours. If you rotate drivers every few hours, or when ya get sleepy, it should work. Probably take less time than you think.

rainorshine
03-14-2007, 07:26 PM
i have done it and am doing it again from austin leaving thursday night maybe we can meet up and keep each other on track

SubBass49
03-14-2007, 07:35 PM
Well, I'm not exactly on the way for ya...I'm heading up from San Diego. You're better off just catching the 10 and taking that all the way...

jimmycrackcorn
03-14-2007, 09:44 PM
just skip school

i agree... just skip one day of school... what's the big deal?