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Old 2021-07-05, 22:50   #1
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I just got back from a 1,139 mile (1833 km) drive*. Not wanting to spend an extra night for a hotel makes you do weird things.

Interestingly enough, I drove by the exit to Zzyzx road at exactly 1,000 miles and toasted a virtual beer to Xyzzy: https://www.mersenneforum.org/showpo...&postcount=382
The exit number (239) was prime as well

Around an hour and a half later, I passed by Hesperia, CA and had half a thought of stopping since "Helena to Hesperia" had a nice ring to it. But my destination wasn't too far away, so I kept going.

Stats:
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City			Miles	Odometer	Hours	Time (PST)	Notes
Helena, MT		   0	4129		00:00	09:53		Start. Took a long (~1 hr) meal break before next stop
Idaho Falls, ID		 277	4406		05:06	14:59		Took a short (15-20 min?) snack break before next stop
Provo, UT		 529	4658		08:50	18:43		40.233702N, 111.687720W; city was missing on receipt
Littlefield, AZ		 812	4941		12:47	22:40		From phone; time was missing on receipt
La Verne, CA		1139	5268		17:34	03:27		End
Average speed, including all breaks: 64.8 mph

*Google Maps shows the route, including short detours for food and gas, as 1,142 miles (1838 km), but I'll go with the more conservative odometer reading.
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Old 2021-07-05, 23:38   #2
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The most I drove in less than 24 hours was almost the same mileage. I don't have odometer readings, and this was back in the early '80s. It crossed through the night, though, it started one evening and ended the next morning so wasn't all in the same day, but was one continuous trip with just stops for gas, food and restroom breaks.

I drove from Livermore California, to Manteca CA, then to Las Vegas NV, than back to Livermore CA - to rescue my girlfriend's brother. I drove substantially faster than you, and completed the trip in ~14 hours. This was back when the speed limit for the whole US was artificially set at 55mph, but the cops in CA weren't enforcing that.

I had a scare at one point driving 85+ in the middle of the night and a police car came up fast on me, but then blew right past.
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Old 2021-07-05, 23:53   #3
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Have done about 1385 km (860 miles) in a single 12 hour over night run (ending on this day of the year).
During a second event I have done 1510 km (940 miles) in a 24 hour period. It was an out and back with time waiting at the destination for an astronomical event to occur.
Both times I was the sole driver, the first one I had a passenger that fell asleep during the drive./

Edit: I think I may have done more in a single 24 hour period. But there was a second potential driver and I don't have specifics of the time. I think it was 24 hours and ~1880 km (1170 miles)

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Old 2021-07-06, 00:47   #4
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1103 documented miles ridden on my ST1300 motorcycle in 18 hours for my Saddlesore 1000 ride for the Iron Butt Association. I have no idea the farthest distance I've driven in a car.

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Old 2021-07-06, 00:54   #5
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Funny you would ask that. I always wanted to brag about my weird record -
I drove from Marathon, FL to Metuchen, NJ in 1998 on the Labor Day (and my wife couldn't drive then, so solo, with wife and 2 kids in the back).
1361 miles (2190 km) in approximately 22 hours.

If I needed to add anything to that - that would be JUST DON'T DO IT!
I was young and stupid and our a/c broke just as we started so it was very tough for all day so I wanted to finish overnight when it was cool and decent. The last 200-300 miles were pure delirium, and I drank a couple of 2-liter of Cokes.

Over 2000s, I'd set my limit to no more than a 700 miles. Maybe 750 miles (and my wife drives now) - both times that we went to Yellowstone (last time for the week before the eclipse), I did so with a stop in Las Vegas (350 mi for the first day, and then the rest which is ~700.)
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Old 2021-07-06, 01:28   #6
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Back in 19991, I drove from Riverside, California to Portland, Oregon 1,011 miles door to door in 17 hours, nonstop except for refueling.
And the reverse a week later, but in 15 hours. Night-time driving in California's Central Valley I was getting passed by CHP while doing 80MPH, and barely passing semi-trucks.
It was interesting cresting the Grapevine pass and suddenly smelling Los Angeles smog.

Ahh youth. Now I struggle to convince myself to drive 4:30 to Vegas once in a while.

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Old 2021-07-06, 01:43   #7
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Every year for the past six years (with the the exception of the Covid years) I've driven our dogs from mid-southern Ontario (Canada) to Ft. Lauderdale to go on the high speed Ferry to Grand Bahama. It's a distance and I've always done it as a straight shot..with the exception of pee/poop breaks and coffee.
When younger I rode from Vancouver to Thunder Bay with only breaks as the above. This was on a Honda Magna V65 in the mid 90's. The prairies were not fun as I had the rising sun facing me most of the time. At one time I popped a wheelie at 170 km/h when I hit a large (unsigned) crack in the pavement but I eased the front end down slowly and kept motoring...with my sphincter factor at 9.5 for a while. I also remember riding through a cloud of moths at night which completely blinded me briefly because my visor became completely covered at moderately high speed and had to do an emergency stop on a gravel shoulder somewhere in Manitoba. Not recommended when facing oncoming traffic. Again, sphincter factor at about 8.2.
During my first years of University, I rode from northern Ontario to Windsor (home town to school). About a 14-16 hr. ride. Springtime in April was nippy and I lost feeling in a couple of my fingers for a few months. The Husky stations were great for pots of coffee. Riding through the through the Agawa canyon in September was breath taking with all the colours of the leaves. Michigan was a nice ride as an alternate to Hwy. 11 (North Bay..). This was done on my Honda 750 (which I had bored out to a 900 and which had a sissy bar where I loaded up a lot of my school stuff). Travelling the 401 on a 6 lane highway for the first time was scary to say the least..sphincter factor about 7.8.

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Old 2021-07-06, 01:44   #8
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Quote:
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Funny you would ask that. I always wanted to brag about my weird record -
I drove from Marathon, FL to Metuchen, NJ in 1998 on the Labor Day (and my wife couldn't drive then, so solo, with wife and 2 kids in the back).
1361 miles (2190 km) in approximately 22 hours.

If I needed to add anything to that - that would be JUST DON'T DO IT!
I was young and stupid and our a/c broke just as we started so it was very tough for all day so I wanted to finish overnight when it was cool and decent. The last 200-300 miles were pure delirium, and I drank a couple of 2-liter of Cokes.
Ouch!

Interestingly enough, the hottest temperature displayed by my car thermometer on that trip was at night. For a minute or two, it was 102F at ~10:30 PM a few miles south of the Utah-Arizona border, IIRC.
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Old 2021-07-06, 04:25   #9
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Does driving a van with a bunch of other hippies from the 70's who took turns driving count?

If so, Whidbey Island, WA to Oklahoma City, Ok. non-stop except for a 1-hour "excursion" at the Mustang Ranch in Reno, Nevada.
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Old 2021-07-06, 05:01   #10
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La Verne seems a bit of a letdown after that much time in the car! (I grew up next door in Claremont)

I've done Claremont to Oklahoma City nonstop in 24 hr, sleep 8-9 hr, then Indianapolis in about 16 hr the next day. We towed a car trailer, so speeds were mostly 60-65mph. Two drivers.
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Old 2021-07-06, 11:58   #11
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One of our (weird) hobbies is doing 1K motorcycle rides in less than a day. ( In 2017 we did 18 of them.)

We initially started with a big touring bike with lots of wind protection but over the years we have downsized to smaller and smaller motorcycles. We have done this because we like the challenge and because we like a visceral in-the-environment experience.

Currently we have a (for a HD) small bike that we can do maybe 500 miles a day on. We are slowly working our way up to longer distances. We do specific exercises daily to train for these long rides.

The limiter for us on our newest bike is the lack of cruise control and the shape of the seat. We have foam grips installed to reduce vibration but we still have trouble after a few hours. The seat has too much of a "step" in the back so it causes us pain in our tailbone. (We injured that in 1994 in a botched parachute landing.)

Covid-19 really put a damper on our riding so we are kinda starting from scratch. We went from 75K miles a year to just under 20K.

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