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Old 07-27-2005, 12:10 PM   #1
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Default Driving solo from SF to Seattle, what should i know?

other than where they are...

I'm planning on doing it in a straight shot probably in the area of 13hrs or so.
Bringin extra oil (yeah i know, shut up), other than that, what else should i plan for? I've never driven this far in a day, but the second i get drowsy = stop & crash (not literally) in a motel or something.

On the way back i've got a co-driver but i'm just kinda concerned about the trip up, especially considering i've never been to seattle nor driven such a distance in a day.

What say t3h OT?
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:13 PM   #2
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you should be fine.. 13 hours isn't long enough to become dangerously fatigued, provided you're not leaving after waking up at five in the morning and working a double shift..

have fun and enjoy the feeling of chewing up and spitting out miles upon miles of highway..
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:14 PM   #3
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:14 PM   #4
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13 hours should be cake. Make sure you're rested, bring some good tunes, and it shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:15 PM   #5
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5 through shasta is fun. Drive late and apex at mach schnell. Oh, and be careful of deer. I hit 1/2 a deer carcass coming out of a sweeper, definately almost lost the car front end (that usht is slimey). Saw the other 1/2 on a semi we caught 15min later. It was nasty.
Oh, and in Oregon, people pump your gas for you.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:15 PM   #6
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We drove straight through from LA to Seattle (well, Tacoma) on the way back from our honeymoon b/c we got married Sept. 8th 2001, and flights were umm.. cancelled on our way back from messico.

It took about 18 hours.

You'll be fine.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:17 PM   #7
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It's a pretty drive, at least.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:20 PM   #8
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Leave at 10pm (get some sleep ahead of time, don't leave at 10 after having been up all day). When the sun rises it will be as if you've only driven half the hours you have.

Trust me on this one.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:23 PM   #9
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Leave at 10pm (get some sleep ahead of time, don't leave at 10 after having been up all day). When the sun rises it will be as if you've only driven half the hours you have.

Trust me on this one.
I wouldn't work well with this one. I'd just get a good night's sleep, leave around 7 or 8AM, get a good shuffle of music going in the changer, and rock. You're there before dark, no prob

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Old 07-27-2005, 12:23 PM   #10
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I've done Orlando, FL to NJ in 13 hours, you should be fine. Just get up early.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:25 PM   #11
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Hookers and blow should keep you up!
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:25 PM   #12
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:26 PM   #13
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Hookers and blow should keep you up!
I don't know what sjt would want with a hooker.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:28 PM   #14
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Oh! Here's a pointer: Plan your trip so that you roll through Portland at about 7PM or later. That will put you in Seattle late at night, and you will avoid traffic jams in both cities.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:28 PM   #15
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Just try to avoid rush hour times...You'll be stuck from Tacoma to Seattle and it takes forever. Have a good drive!
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:33 PM   #16
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Oh! Here's a pointer: Plan your trip so that you roll through Portland at about 7PM or later. That will put you in Seattle late at night, and you will avoid traffic jams in both cities.
Best Advice yet.

Either that, or making the majority of the drive at night.

Traffic can be a real bitch.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:40 PM   #17
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Best Advice yet.

Either that, or making the majority of the drive at night.

Traffic can be a real bitch.
The major issue is you do not want to get to your destination at night. Unless you have a spot on GPS telling you exactly when to turn, spoting side streets and such and general navigation is much more difficult at night, add on the fact that you have just driven 13 hours so you are tired.

I would not recommend trying to find something at night in a city you've never been too.

I'm not saying you will get lost, but arriving in the early afternoon is going to be much better than the night.

If your final destination is just some straight shot off an exit than the above is pretty much voided.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:41 PM   #18
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You should know that isn't much of a drive at all and you need to quit being such a pussie.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:45 PM   #19
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Don't speed in Oregon, they're notorious for pulling over out of staters for easy revenue, especially in the po-dunk areas.

I've only had bad luck once i've entered the rain shadow desert areas... buncha rednecks and yuppies there, very strange combination, haha
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:47 PM   #20
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Well, fortunately, 5 keeps you out of the rainshadow desert areas. Just go with the flow of traffic and you'll be fine.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:51 PM   #21
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The major issue is you do not want to get to your destination at night. Unless you have a spot on GPS telling you exactly when to turn, spoting side streets and such and general navigation is much more difficult at night, add on the fact that you have just driven 13 hours so you are tired.

I would not recommend trying to find something at night in a city you've never been too.

I'm not saying you will get lost, but arriving in the early afternoon is going to be much better than the night.

If your final destination is just some straight shot off an exit than the above is pretty much voided.
Yes, but arriving in the early afternoon in problem traffic areas like Portland, or coming up I-5 through Tacoma up into Seattle at the wrong time will EASILY add 3-4 hours to your drive, especially on a Friday.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:52 PM   #22
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Yes, but arriving in the early afternoon in problem traffic areas like Portland, or coming up I-5 through Tacoma up into Seattle at the wrong time will EASILY add 3-4 hours to your drive, especially on a Friday.
This is not an exaggeration. Tacoma-to-Seattle becomes a parking lot during rush hours.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:53 PM   #23
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:55 PM   #24
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Old 07-27-2005, 01:23 PM   #25
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rest stops are the gay bath houses of the 90's
I thought they shut all those operations down. How do you know they are still active?
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