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    Default Denver to Portland

    Hey all,

    New poster here, but just thought I'd get a few opinions from people. In a few weeks I'll be driving to my parents' house in Portland, OR from my place in Denver, which is about a 1,250 mile drive. I've driven it before, usually with my mother or brother, and we've always done it in two days because she's finicky about long days. However, I tend to like long drives, and this time my only passenger would be my dog (a lab, so pretty low maintenance).

    Long story short, I'm considering doing this all in one go, with maybe a couple hours' rest along the way, rather than staying a full overnight. Thoughts?

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    Default The art of the Speed Run

    Quote Originally Posted by lfoster0902 View Post
    Long story short, I'm considering doing this all in one go, with maybe a couple hours' rest along the way, rather than staying a full overnight. Thoughts?
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum, if you've looked around this site very much, you'll rapidly see that our advice regarding road trips is to NEVER travel more than 8-10 hours in a day -- which in real-life equates to about 600 miles. Especially when you are solo -- your dog is truly a companion -- but unable to share in the driving duties. Driving that far without adequate sleep puts you and your dog and everyone else on the road that day -- at risk. Simply put you are unlikely to get much positive response from any of the expert roadtrippers on this site.

    1200+ miles in a day is technically impossible if you follow speed limits and stop for fuel and food -- unless you have a police escort and/or you are a professional driver. That being said.... I and just about everyone of the long-term members of this roadtripping community have driven that far in a day -- We just don't recommend it. Here are some tips for doing a SPEED RUN and living to drive another day.

    Mark

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    Default Not just dangerous, deadly

    Sorry, but trying to drive 1200+ miles in a day isn't something that is done by someone who likes long drives, because someone who likes long drives knows that trying anything close to this is beyond the limits of the human body and quickly becomes extremely dangerous.

    As Mark mentioned, it is impossible to do in a day, because it will take you more than 24 hours! There is simply no possible way any human being can be close to having the alertness needed to be a safe driver for those kinds of hours. The reality is that as the hours tick by, your driving skills will sharply decline, and long before your arrive at your destination, your driving skills and reaction times would be as bad as someone who was severely intoxicated. There's just no getting around the fact that you'd be putting the life of yourself and everyone else on the road in an extreme amount of danger.

    Professional drivers, who make their living doing long drives, are prohibited by law from attempting such a trip, or anything close to it. In fact, for a professional driver, this would be near the limits of what they are allowed to do in 2 full days! 600 miles is pretty close to the limits they have to follow per day, and you should ask yourself why you think you could safely do what professionals can not.

    Enjoy long drives... but be smart enough to know that you need to be safe so you can be alive to make another one after this trip is done!

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    Yeah, I figured, and I'd probably end up stopping overnight in Boise anyway. Just thought I'd get some second opinions, though.

    Thanks!

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    My husband is a former commercial driver. He was definitely not allowed to drive more than 10 hours in one day, which equates to about 600 miles, before taking an 8 hour rest period. You are best off, as stated by Mark and Michael, taking that overnight in Boise. You'll appreciate your drive the next day a lot more!


    Donna

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    Default Still pushing it.

    Even Boise is pushing beyond the boundaries and you will more than likely wake up tired the next day meaning a later start or fatigue setting in earlier. I would recommend stopping over in Twin Falls and have a relaxed second day to Portland.

    Have a safe trip !

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    I have to agree with Dave, driving more than 800 miles in one day is very dangerous as a solo driver, especially when you have to get back on the road the next day. Despite what online mapping programs tell you, you're going to be on the road for 14-16 hours to cover that distance when you factor in the bare minimum of basic stops. Even if you arrive in Bosie safely, it will significantly impact your ability to be a safe drive on your second day. There is a big difference between trying to cover 800 miles in one day, with multiple drivers, and trying to do it as a solo driver and having to get back in the car and do another long day on the road the next day.

    As I asked previously, but I'll ask again, why do you think you can safely do what professional drivers are forbidden from doing because of safety?

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    I've driven it before, usually with my mother or brother, and we've always done it in two days because she's finicky about long days.
    She's not finicky, she's smart.

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