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    Four days actually, but that doesn't leave much...

    Four days actually, but that doesn't leave much time for any alternative routing which would take longer or for making any touristing stops.
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    I am not a big fan of the Denver to St. Louis...

    I am not a big fan of the Denver to St. Louis stretch of I-70, so I almost always choose alternate routes such as I-80 (out of your way) or via US highways south of I-70, usually a route that takes...
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    Sticky: My observation for most of the fast food men's...

    My observation for most of the fast food men's rooms is be rather nasty. The women's rooms are not as bad (so I hear). There are some great rest areas with good, clean facilities on US-highways in...
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    Sticky: In addition to the coffee espresso bars, Target...

    In addition to the coffee espresso bars, Target and and to a lesser degree, Walmart, are sometimes options. Walmart is usually open 24/hrs a day so can provide some flexibility. But, Starbucks is my...
  5. This was confusing for years with I-95 being the...

    This was confusing for years with I-95 being the eastern beltway and I-495 beign the western beltway. Now it is all I-495. The road signs will likely steer you the eastern route, which isn't too bad,...
  6. It is a reasonable risk taking the I-95...

    It is a reasonable risk taking the I-95 southbound route because it is a national holiday with two more days for people to return home (on Sat and Sun). However, on your return trip you may want to...
  7. As a few above mention, the "I-81" option is the...

    As a few above mention, the "I-81" option is the easiest, less stressful of the options. Nothing worse that spending 2 hours in huge congested traffic jams in a 10 hr drive day (which just became a...
  8. Friday, New Year's Day, shouldn't be too bad....

    Friday, New Year's Day, shouldn't be too bad. There may be a lot of people on the highways during the weekend making holiday travel but the interstates in SC to FL shouldn't be too bad.

    You have...
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    In addition to what AZBuck mentioned above, some...

    In addition to what AZBuck mentioned above, some additional questions, including 1) what time of year, 2) how much time are you planning for the road trip, 3) what type of vehicle are you driving, 4)...
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    Sounds like my neighborhood and my house is about...

    Sounds like my neighborhood and my house is about 25 years older than me and I am a medicare aged guy. So many of those CC&Rs are jokes. We don't have one, but think of this, the neighbor across the...
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    A friend of mine has been van life living for...

    A friend of mine has been van life living for quite a number of years now. I don't know the whole story but believe it had something to do with the financial meltdown and debt. During our biannual...
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    Those are both decent options. Again, leaving...

    Those are both decent options. Again, leaving from DE around 7 or 8a are good for mitigating traffic impacts as both MD-32 and MD-100 are commuter arteries. MD-32 is four-lane most of the way to I-95...
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    GLC's suggestion is a sound one. The only times I...

    GLC's suggestion is a sound one. The only times I ever venture on the DC beltway to I-66 is on weekends and right now will all the road work everywhere it just isn't worth the detours, nails in...
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    My 2 cents as a Marylander... be sure to leave...

    My 2 cents as a Marylander... be sure to leave late enough to minimize traffic jams on the DC beltway and I-66. The cluster of DC beltway and the I-66 corridor can be awful with traffic but...
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    I would also recommend Google Fi as well (I use...

    I would also recommend Google Fi as well (I use their plan as my primary so have a little bit of experience over two years now, national and international travel). It would be a low cost option. They...
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    I will second staying in Effingham, IL, east a...

    I will second staying in Effingham, IL, east a little way from St. Louis. The I-70/Rt 33 is a usual coffee and gas stop for me. Take the most direct northern by-pass around St. Louis...
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    What type and size of vehicle is that. Fees and...

    What type and size of vehicle is that. Fees and taxes seem like a lot but they always do. What was the base quote for rental?
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    I am sure the RTA is good, but oftentimes the...

    I am sure the RTA is good, but oftentimes the one-way drop-off fees and mileage surcharges don't show up in initial searches, even on*car rental websites, until the end and in small print. Just want...
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    I was thinking more along the lines of one-way...

    I was thinking more along the lines of one-way rental drop-off fees and it oftentimes being somewhat more affordable at major airports. Just need to look at the implications of one-way rental...
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    Rick's first suggestion, drive and fly, might be...

    Rick's first suggestion, drive and fly, might be the best given the virus circumstances. You can manage yourselves to a certain extent while driving, but flying might end up a little bit elbow to...
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    You can also consult this: https://tollguru.com/...

    You can also consult this:
    https://tollguru.com/

    Regardless, I would skip the toll roads and other highways around Chicago as they can all be pot holed and rutted, at least that is how we found...
  22. And hopefully keep the mask from sliding down off...

    And hopefully keep the mask from sliding down off one's nose during talking (that is one benefit of the tie behind the head method).
  23. Have you noticed all the "fitting challenges"...

    Have you noticed all the "fitting challenges" people are having with the full array of masks which only cover the mouth and not the nose? LOL, but really isn't funny at all. They swab up the nose for...
  24. The suggestion of planning the last night about 3...

    The suggestion of planning the last night about 3 to 4 hours outside of D.C. is highly recommended. Even though it is summer and covid-19 has increased teleworking, D.C. is still a congested rush...
  25. Totally agree on the I-79 option instead of the...

    Totally agree on the I-79 option instead of the turnpike.
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