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  1. #11
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    May 2011
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    Southern California
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    After figuring out your mileage (11,000 km or 6820 miles) and daily average (180 km, 112 miles), a couple of things spring to mind:

    First, add another 25% to the miles for "tourist miles". That's the mileage you'll need for your national park trips, to/from your motel and points of interest within each place, etc. So call your mileage between 8,000 miles and 9,000 miles.

    Second, most driving days, you'll find 112 miles to be a very, very short day.

    Renting one car for the entire loop is probably the smartest thing you'll do. You should ask about vehicle maintenance while you're on the road. Some rental companies (Enterprise, Alamo, National) may want you to bring the car to the nearest office for maintenance after a certain period of time -- either a specific number of miles or a specific amount of time. Knowing this ahead of time will help you plan where to meet that.


    Donna

  2. #12
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    Jul 2016
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    The Hague, The Netherlands
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    Hi Donna,

    Very good point about the "tourist miles". That would bump up my daily average to about 230 km (140 miles). I'm thinking that might be a bit much. I don't want to feel like I'm on some sort of goose chase. I'll take a hard look at my loop and see where I can shorten it.

    Could you perhaps recommend any good ride-sharing websites?

    Thanks a lot!

    Patrick

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
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    Default Plan "A' and a plan 'B'

    Quote Originally Posted by pvanwersch View Post
    I'll take a hard look at my loop and see where I can shorten it.
    Use a shortened loop as a 'plan B', but keep your 'plan A'.. Once you get to the States, and away from the east coast, you will find that 140 miles is nothing.

    Only this week an east coast member mentioned that he had no idea how easy and relaxed the drive was once you get a little further west. That was someone who has always lived on the east coast, which I venture to say, is much like the traffic in Europe and its cities.

    Could you perhaps recommend any good ride-sharing websites?
    Have you made a post in our ride sharing forum?

    Lifey

  4. #14
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    Jul 2016
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    The Hague, The Netherlands
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    Again, thanks a lot Lifey! I'll have a look at the ride sharing forum.

    Patrick

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