I'm glad I stumbled onto this forum - I have really enjoyed reading through old postings. I'll be driving from Mandeville, LA to Cambridge, MA in a couple of weeks as part of a move (I'm going back to school for an MBA). I'll be on my own since I'm flying my wife and baby up separately... we didn't want to make the baby drive 1,500 miles.
I've seen the guidance on this forum to expect an average of ~52-57 mph, and correspondingly to plan on 500-550 miles per day. However, I'm 24, in great health, and have a very interesting set of lectures to listen to on the roadway. I have driven 530 miles (to Dallas) multiple times with no issues. I even did it after work once... starting at 4 PM... that was a bit much. I average at least 60 mph on these trips, with my wife and baby along for the ride, and I can imagine going much further without difficulty. 75 mph is my cruising speed. Am I missing something in planning for a longer trip?
I plan to shoot for about 900 miles the first day, and then the last 600 miles the second day. On day one I plan to drive from 5 AM until 8 or 9 PM, eat a nice dinner at a restaurant, then sleep and rise semi-early again for day two (7 AM start?). On day two it looks like I could plan to arrive late-afternoon.
Question 1: Please poke holes in my plan if I am too optimistic. Should I pay the extra money for a second night? I must pick up my wife and baby from the Boston airport at the end of "Day 3" - the day after I plan to arrive.
Question 2: Is the Google-suggested route a good one? It starts with I-59N and switches to I-81N. This seems good because I avoid I-85/95, which I imagine as being pretty clogged up along the East Coast.
Thanks very much for your input!