I think we just all know that many newbie roadtrippers are overly optimistic about the time the trip will take, about their stamina for long drives, about determining budgets, etc. I guess we didn't all need to post so much but there's nothing worse than getting on the road and finding out that you need to drive those 10+ hour days when you thought you could do it in 8 hours/day. Ya know? I think we just all wanted to save you some grief. No offense taken and I'm sorry if you felt ganged up on. We just want your roadtrip, even if it has to be a speed run, to be as enjoyable as possible and to meet or exceed your expectations.