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Old 09-16-2010, 08:08 PM   #571
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"For 2,000+ Mile Round-Trip Drivers Only!" All-Time Records [updated 10/16/10]

Most Total Drives: 48 (since 1973) dvczerfs

Most Drives in One Decade: 19 (2002-2010) bc1836

Most Drives in one Calendar Year: 4 (two times: 2008 & 2009) bc1836 and (once: 2009) cruisingkat

Most Drives in one 12-Month Period: 5 (12/08-12/09) cruisingkat

Shortest Time Between Drives: 19 days (2009) cruisingkat

Longest Drive: ?

Most Passengers in One Vehicle: ?

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I'm about to pack the computer away for our trip home tomorrow. We had a great 9 days here. The trip down was easy and uneventful except for an accident that closed 95 in southern SC for an exit and took us and a whole lot of other cars on a detour that added 1/2 hour to our trip. The parks were not crowded at all except for the weekend. It's a good time to come except that every time you leave your room you have to decide whether to dress for the 90 degree outdoor temperatures or the cold air conditioning you find everywhere indoors.
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Please tell me that's a typo and I didn't just lose a month somewhere.

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Please tell me that's a typo and I didn't just lose a month somewhere.

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Typo! "Haste Makes Waste!"

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I'm about to pack the computer away for our trip home tomorrow. We had a great 9 days here. The trip down was easy and uneventful except for an accident that closed 95 in southern SC for an exit and took us and a whole lot of other cars on a detour that added 1/2 hour to our trip. The parks were not crowded at all except for the weekend. It's a good time to come except that every time you leave your room you have to decide whether to dress for the 90 degree outdoor temperatures or the cold air conditioning you find everywhere indoors.
Last night dinner at the CG...and then the MK. Cool.
May you have a safe ride home.
[And did you ever miss some horrrible storms that passed through these parts earlier...another line of of smaller storms approaching!]
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Next month we will be catching the Auto-train on a Saturday afternoon. We will be picking up the interstate system in Harrisburg, PA. and expect to be near Baltimore around 11 am. Which way should I go around/through Baltimore and DC to get to Lorton, VA? TIA!
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Typo! "Haste Makes Waste!"

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I'm a proofreader -- always got in trouble for fixing the editor's mistakes.
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Next month we will be catching the Auto-train on a Saturday afternoon. We will be picking up the interstate system in Harrisburg, PA. and expect to be near Baltimore around 11 am. Which way should I go around/through Baltimore and DC to get to Lorton, VA? TIA!
Are you picking up 81 or 83 in Harrisburg? That might make a difference in what experienced folk will tell you.

Please let me know how your trip turns out. Is this a first on the AutoTrain for you?
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Hi all you driving experts! I've lurked on this thread but this is my first post here. We drove once in 2004 (we live in southern Maine) but we usually fly. Up until now we've been able to pull the kids out of school and go during the slower times, and when flights are reasonble. Now our oldest has started high school as we can't do that. We had pretty much resigned ourselves that school year vacations are out of the question, as flights are outrageously priced over school vacation weeks.

Now I'm itching to plan a trip! How crazy would it be to drive from Maine to Disney over February vacation? We could leave about midday on Friday, and then leave to come back the following Friday. It's tough to time a trip from here without hitting rush hour somewhere in the northeast. Any suggestions or tips, or should I just forget the whole thing?

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Are you picking up 81 or 83 in Harrisburg? That might make a difference in what experienced folk will tell you.

Please let me know how your trip turns out. Is this a first on the AutoTrain for you?
I can catch either route as we will be getting on from Rte 15. Makes no difference to me, just want the easiest, fastest route with the least traffic on a Saturday.
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Please tell me that's a typo and I didn't just lose a month somewhere.

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I also have been lurking on this thread for a few weeks now. We took off a couple of years going to Disney to explore other vacations. Well, now our two children have major Disney withdrawals and we are planning on going the last two weeks of next August.

This will be our first time driving---it is something that I have always wanted to do. I think I am the only one in my family looking foward to it. Anyway, this thread has provided so much information and I would like to thank everyone.

Our plans are to leave Saturday, August 20th at 2:00 a.m. We will be leaving from Exit 53 on the Long Island Expressway which is out in Suffolk County. Will this time work? I am now concerned about Virginia beach traffic that I have read about. We plan on stopping over in Savanah, Georgia (which I learned from this thread) for that Saturday night and then leave early the next morning to arrive at a decent time and refreshed. Does this sound like a sound plan? My children will be DD12 and DS11 so they should be able to go with the flow.
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I also have been lurking on this thread for a few weeks now. We took off a couple of years going to Disney to explore other vacations. Well, now our two children have major Disney withdrawals and we are planning on going the last two weeks of next August.

This will be our first time driving---it is something that I have always wanted to do. I think I am the only one in my family looking foward to it. Anyway, this thread has provided so much information and I would like to thank everyone.

Our plans are to leave Saturday, August 20th at 2:00 a.m. We will be leaving from Exit 53 on the Long Island Expressway which is out in Suffolk County. Will this time work? I am now concerned about Virginia beach traffic that I have read about. We plan on stopping over in Savanah, Georgia (which I learned from this thread) for that Saturday night and then leave early the next morning to arrive at a decent time and refreshed. Does this sound like a sound plan? My children will be DD12 and DS11 so they should be able to go with the flow.
You should be fine. we leave about 5 am from central NJ and never have had a problem. Washington DC is probably the worst place to be. Once you are past there usually not much traffic. Up until 2003, we always drove straight through except 3 times when we stopped outside Atlanta to visit family and the 2 times we flew.

We drove from when I was pregnant with my first child in 1977 to now when we've driven with the children and one grandchild! We never had any problems driving with kids of any age. (we also drove cross country 3 times when the kids were 6-12 yr ages!!) Our last trips have had the stop off just outside Atlanta. It's a pretty neat place to visit as well. We were on exit 109 in GA.
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I also have been lurking on this thread for a few weeks now. We took off a couple of years going to Disney to explore other vacations. Well, now our two children have major Disney withdrawals and we are planning on going the last two weeks of next August.

This will be our first time driving---it is something that I have always wanted to do. I think I am the only one in my family looking foward to it. Anyway, this thread has provided so much information and I would like to thank everyone.

Our plans are to leave Saturday, August 20th at 2:00 a.m. We will be leaving from Exit 53 on the Long Island Expressway which is out in Suffolk County. Will this time work? I am now concerned about Virginia beach traffic that I have read about. We plan on stopping over in Savanah, Georgia (which I learned from this thread) for that Saturday night and then leave early the next morning to arrive at a decent time and refreshed. Does this sound like a sound plan? My children will be DD12 and DS11 so they should be able to go with the flow.
Done the trip 4 times from exit 63, were almost neighbors. 2am is a perfect time to leave. Three of our trips we left on a Saturday at 2am, just like you have planned. The last one on 8/23 we left at midnight because it was a Monday morning drove straight thru and got there at 4:30. One trip leaving at 2, we drove straight thru got to Disney at 8:25pm. The other two we stopped in Kingsland GA. Kingsland is right on the Florida border. It's 2.5 hours from there to Disney. VA Beach traffic was never an issue with us. You should be in NC around 9:15-9:45 so you are passing thru there early. If you need any more info let me know.
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Done the trip 4 times from exit 63, were almost neighbors. 2am is a perfect time to leave. Three of our trips we left on a Saturday at 2am, just like you have planned. The last one on 8/23 we left at midnight because it was a Monday morning drove straight thru and got there at 4:30. One trip leaving at 2, we drove straight thru got to Disney at 8:25pm. The other two we stopped in Kingsland GA. Kingsland is right on the Florida border. It's 2.5 hours from there to Disney. VA Beach traffic was never an issue with us. You should be in NC around 9:15-9:45 so you are passing thru there early. If you need any more info let me know.
Thanks so much for posting. I was hoping you would reply since I have read all of your posts on this thread and knew you were a fellow Long Islander. I do not know what I was thinking before, because we are actually also at Exit 63. Today was such a bad traffic day on the LIE that I think I totally lost my mind when I typed Exit 53. We live in Holtsville.

I think I am going to make hotel reservations in both Savanah and Kingsland and see how far we can go. I am glad that you think we will be fine at 2:00 a.m. I really did not want to leave any earlier than that and was getting a little concerned about the beach traffic. I am sure I will have lots more questions. Thanks again.
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