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  1. Default Possible 'Round America trip

    Hey, new guy here. :)

    My friend and I were thinking about doing a road trip.
    We wanted mainly to go to Florida and Massachusetts (because we know people there).
    We'll be coming from [Phoenix] Arizona, and we figured, if we go to FL and MA, why not just go up north, and then down south again? - to make a big ring around the US.

    One of the problems we had, while barely planning (we haven't seriously started, but we talked about it a little) is could we make it from Phoenix to Huston in 1 day? its about 1175 miles.
    With 2 people driving it might be doable. But we're still uncertain.

    We would want to do it in a day because thats where we know someone (to stay at), but there really isnt much inbetween El Paso, TX and Houston.

    any thoughts?

    thanks :D

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    Default West Texas is full of places!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mecal View Post
    My friend and I were thinking about doing a road trip.
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!
    One of the problems we had, while barely planning (we haven't seriously started, but we talked about it a little) is could we make it from Phoenix to Huston in 1 day? its about 1175 miles
    Only if you were professional drivers and had a police escort. For normal folks such a drive would be closer to 1200 miles and will take 21 hours of driving. Even with the criteria of a speed run -- this would be nuts!
    We would want to do it in a day because thats where we know someone (to stay at), but there really isnt much in between El Paso, TX and Houston.
    West Texas is full of cool places to explore and enjoy -- here is a thread that addresses some of those places.

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Editor View Post
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!
    Only if you were professional drivers and had a police escort. For normal folks such a drive would be closer to 1200 miles and will take 21 hours of driving. Even with the criteria of a speed run -- this would be nuts!West Texas is full of cool places to explore and enjoy -- here is a thread that addresses some of those places.

    Mark
    alright thanks.
    Both of us would be driving though, so we dont fatigue ourselves.

    i'll check out those links.

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    Default a little advice

    If you're planning to go from El Paso to Houston, and trying to do it within that one day timeframe (*^$#?) :) I have a little tip for you- DO NOT ever go beyond the speed limit because all those little towns have police that seem to have nothing else to do than set speed traps. My boyfriend got a ticket for going 5 miles over! (5 miles!!) That stretch has the highest speed limit- so stick to it!

    and, you can always have a stop for the best barbeque in america in good ole San Antonio :) deelicious! (Ruby's)

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    Default Fatigue

    Simply Changing Drivers is not a method to avoid Fatigue. Even if you aren't driving, there is a physically draining aspect of being inside a car all day. If you are going to attempt it, the passenger will have to nap for at least some of the trip for this to even possibly be safe.

    I'd also tell you that your preception that there is nothing between El Paso and Phoenix couldn't be further from reality. You could spend days exploring Southern Arizona alone and barely scratch the surface of all there is to do there.

    I strongly urge you to cut this trip into 2 parts, it really will be best for you in the long run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikphire View Post
    If you're planning to go from El Paso to Houston, and trying to do it within that one day timeframe (*^$#?) :) I have a little tip for you- DO NOT ever go beyond the speed limit because all those little towns have police that seem to have nothing else to do than set speed traps. My boyfriend got a ticket for going 5 miles over! (5 miles!!) That stretch has the highest speed limit- so stick to it!

    and, you can always have a stop for the best barbeque in america in good ole San Antonio :) deelicious! (Ruby's)
    uh, it would actually be from Phoenix to Houston.... :)
    lol.
    What is the speed limit? 75 I imagine.


    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    Simply Changing Drivers is not a method to avoid Fatigue. Even if you aren't driving, there is a physically draining aspect of being inside a car all day. If you are going to attempt it, the passenger will have to nap for at least some of the trip for this to even possibly be safe.

    I'd also tell you that your preception that there is nothing between El Paso and Phoenix couldn't be further from reality. You could spend days exploring Southern Arizona alone and barely scratch the surface of all there is to do there.

    I strongly urge you to cut this trip into 2 parts, it really will be best for you in the long run.

    yeah we would nap.

    I said it doesnt look like there's much between El Paso and Houston,
    yeah small towns and whatnot, but there arent any big cities.

    I also have been to much of South Arizona.
    My uncle used to live in Tucson, and now lives in Dragoon - so we've explored quite a bit of it already.
    But mostly we want to get to Houston as fast as we can - because thats where we know someone that we can stay at.

    lastly, we dont even know if this trip will happen we're just talking about it now.

    I made this thread because when we saw the Distance/Time it took to go from Phoenix to Houston, we became very uncertain, so I figured i'd ask here of what you think.

    Now that I know its suggested against, we can begin to possibly plan another route.

    thank you :)

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    speed limit is 80 :)
    and sorry, I thought you were going the El Paso-(san Antonio)- Houston route.
    We would want to do it in a day because thats where we know someone (to stay at), but there really isnt much inbetween El Paso, TX and Houston.
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 03-09-2007 at 11:47 AM. Reason: Format for clarity

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