I wanted to prepare for doing next years one lap of America so when I found a 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV on Ebay in NY I bought it, flew out Thursday, bought the car Friday Morning, left Mohopac, NY at 10:40 local time and drove solo to Orange County, CA with an elapsed time of 37:30 for a total of 2851 miles. Never drove over 95 mph. No tickets, made 8 stops totaling 2 hours of time getting gas, food, bathroom breaks. Had one construction deture and being a weekend did not encounter any significant traffic and the weather was perfect. Just one cup of coffee and a coke during the night and I never even got tired. I have done some endourance running in the past and have run 100 miles in a 24 hour period. The goal was to drive safe and a good average speed without any aggressive driving. No weaving in and out of traffic, etc. I exceeded the speed limit but ussually only 10 to 15 mph and the road was clear. The escalade has great seats and drives great. Satelite radio and a navigation system were a great part in making the trip fun. The radar detector did'nt hurt either. Valentine one makes a great product.
One thing that I learned is that the rest of the U.S. has by far the best roads. Smooth wide well engineered roads everywhere but California where the roads are bumpy, beaten up, poorly patched and just poorly engineered compared to everywhere else. Utah was probably the prettiest state, amazing canyons, but other than St. George, I don't think I saw any people in 500 miles.