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Old 02-15-2013, 05:42 PM   #16
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Hey! I'm from Oklahoma and have made drives between OKC and Houston, and OKC and st. Louis a couple of times.

As a tip. In Ardmore, Oklahoma (30 or so miles north of the OK/TX border on I-35, there is a gas station and convienience store with fairly well priced gasoline and very nice bathrooms. I always stop there. Take exit 32 to the east and it's on the right.

2424 12th Avenue Northwest
Ardmore, OK 73401

Also about a mile north of the OK/TX border, there is the worlds largest casino called Winstar, It's kinda cool to see as your drive along because they made the facade look like landmarks from all over the world. As you drive by it's fun to see which ones you can name.

Have a good drive!

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Old 02-15-2013, 08:58 PM   #17
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We are hard core road trippers but I'm not sure I even have any tips. We always drive since it's cheaper than means more vacations that way. We've driven from Kansas City to WDW 3x and from Branson to WDW 3x. Each was a 18-24 trip and we drive straight through! We'll leave Friday at 3:00 as soon as DD12 is out of school. She's fine watching movies until bedtime, then she sleeps until the next morning (lots of pillows and blankets). I usually sleep shortly after getting on the road, then take over driving from about 10-3am while hubby sleeps. Then when he takes back over, he'll drive for an hour or so then starts to get tired so we'll stop at a rest area for an hour or two then get back on the road. The next morning, DD is usually fine with watching movies again for a while but the last few hours she starts asking how much longer. I made her a huge Disney activity/coloring book a few years ago and she'll work/color for a while. Now she has her own phone and we have a tablet so texting/playing on apps will take some extra time.

Our longest road trip was a 2 week trip from Branson to Colorado, up to Grand Tetons, then to Yellowstone, then over to Mt. Rushmore, and back down to Branson. We've taken several 12-13 hour trips which after all the long trips we've done, seem like a cake walk. New Orleans, Galveston, and Denver are about 12-13 hours so we will get up early and drive straight through so we arrive early evening. Don't worry too much about it and just be prepared. Have a list of road trip games, bring some travel games, coloring books, colors, and movies. As long as you have movies, you can go hours without ever hearing a word from them!! He might even sleep a while.

Enjoy the road trip! You can make some great memories on them. And keep a camera handy. Road trips are the best!!
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My how times have changed. When I was a kid in the 80's my parents just threw my 3 older brothers and me into the station wagon with maybe a couple of books and a deck of cards. We'd drive straight through from Houston to Pittsburgh every summer......Good luck! and avoid Dallas and Houston during rush hour like the plague.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:23 PM   #19
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With MsAndrea on this we've always drove with 2 DSs Also vacation 2x year My Boys older now Luv the tech offered now tho honestly when they were younger we traveled nights The excitement for the adults made for not wanting much than power naps anyway & boys would sleep lrg percent of time not putting them off schedule They are 12&16 we will be leaving at 2am in 5 wks for a 12-13 hr trip to see Mickey:-)
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We always timed it out I their terms. We always had a movie on. Before leaving they would pick the movies they wanted to watch. So instead of getting there in 18 hours it was 10 movies. Plus because the movies were prechosen there was no fighting over what to watch.
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