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Old 04-04-2013, 05:45 PM   #2611
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Leaving April 19th from Prince Edward Island looking forward to the drive.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #2612
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We leave on May 2nd from the St. Louis area. I'm getting a little nervous on how our just tuned 2 year old will handle the drive. .
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:40 AM   #2613
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We leave on May 2nd from the St. Louis area. I'm getting a little nervous on how our just tuned 2 year old will handle the drive. .
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Make a foot rest out of a smaller bag. It helps keep shorter ones much more comfortable along the way.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:22 AM   #2614
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Make a foot rest out of a smaller bag. It helps keep shorter ones much more comfortable along the way.
I have never thought of that, wonder if my youngest had somewhere to rest her feet she wouldn't kick the back of DHs seat on long road trips. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:51 PM   #2615
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All right, I've been lurking long enough! We're driving from eastern MA in one month! I'll be doing most of the driving (I usually make the 6-7 hour drive to my in-laws solo), with DH subbing in when I need it. My 4 and 2 year old boys will be with us.
So, are there any playgrounds along rt 95 besides at McDonald's and Chick-fil-a? We'll be stopping to let them run off energy a few times, I'm sure!
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:41 PM   #2616
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I've gotten pretty darned comfortable taking I-40 to Memphis, then I22/US78 all the way to Birmingham, then looping around to I-20 toward Atlanta, then south on I-75 to Macon for the first leg, then from Macon on into Orlando/WDW the next day. The first day is a little long, but it makes the second day short and ramps up the anticipation for getting into WDW in the middle of the day.
When we went last year, we took I-40 to Memphis. That drive between Little Rock and Memphis was such a terrible drive. It might have been since there was a lot of construction.

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Tried to reconcile avoiding Atlanta, but that inevitably led me through a bunch of lesser-known Georgia highways and byways, and I frankly did not want to test any rural speed trap legends. Only had one really really bad time going through Atlanta, and our GPS got us around the worst of it, so I'm keeping Ye Olde Fingers crossed!
I don't blame you. I would rather be on major roads than on lesser known roads, unless it's an area you are used to. Fingers crossed you get through Atlanta without any major traffic or construction headaches.

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Never been brave enough to not have hotel booked both ways (the one night out/back). I remember as a kid riding in my folks car to the NE where we didn't have reservations, and a snowstorm booked up everything from our stopover to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. That taught me well.
I wasn't comfortable with it either. It was the DH's idea. He wanted to be able to drive as far as we could. His thinking was that if we booked a hotel, we were stuck with only going that far. If we didn't book one, and we felt that we could keep going, we could. We're night owls anyway, so as long as we have Monsters, we're good to go. I think when we finally got a hotel in Tallahassee it was about 2:30 AM.


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The key for us is to keep the 17-year-old DS OUT of the ice chest long enough to let everyone ELSE have a snack before HE confiscates it all!!
As far as drinks go, we made sure we over bought and actually had some left over when we got home. With the snack food, we didn't put it all in one place. The middle row in our minivan has two captains chairs. The oldest sat in one and most of the snacks were in the other. The stuff we wanted to make sure the kids didn't eat all of was put up front with me. The DH was afraid they would just eat and eat until it was all gone while they were watching a movie as we drove, so the DH made a rule about snacks. If the DSs got a snack without permission and we caught them eating said snack, we would pull over, through all the snack away, and the cost of the wasted snacks would be taken out of their spending money.
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Just booked our two weeks at Disney for July! 98 days until our 4th ladies only road trip! Poor DH has to work.
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:20 PM   #2618
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:33 PM   #2619
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When we went last year, we took I-40 to Memphis. That drive between Little Rock and Memphis was such a terrible drive. It might have been since there was a lot of construction.
On our very first trip in 2001, the entire length of I-40 through Arkansas was being entirely rebuilt. It was in various stages of reconstruction across the state. Parts of it were three or four feet differing in elevation as the lanes were being reconstructed, parts of the surface were really rough, and there were very short (if any) shoulders. Didn't go last year, so didn't know there was any construction along the way. Here's hoping its clear this time around!

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I don't blame you. I would rather be on major roads than on lesser known roads, unless it's an area you are used to. Fingers crossed you get through Atlanta without any major traffic or construction headaches.
Yeah, I'm going in optimistic.
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I wasn't comfortable with it either. It was the DH's idea. He wanted to be able to drive as far as we could. His thinking was that if we booked a hotel, we were stuck with only going that far. If we didn't book one, and we felt that we could keep going, we could. We're night owls anyway, so as long as we have Monsters, we're good to go. I think when we finally got a hotel in Tallahassee it was about 2:30 AM.
Ugh. First night for us is Macon, GA or bust. First time we went, we made the drive out three days instead of two, because we stopped to take the kids to the Huntsville, Alabama Space Center. It was every bit of a half-day, but a little disappointing for me. Lots of abandoned or forgotten "historic" sites from the space program, left to overgrow, rust, and spoil. Most exciting thing was a prairie dog who jumped out along side the tour bus and raced us for a time. So the 1st night was Huntsville, 2nd night was Birmingham, then on to Orlando. Its been a two-day trip ever since.

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As far as drinks go, we made sure we over bought and actually had some left over when we got home. With the snack food, we didn't put it all in one place. The middle row in our minivan has two captains chairs. The oldest sat in one and most of the snacks were in the other. The stuff we wanted to make sure the kids didn't eat all of was put up front with me. The DH was afraid they would just eat and eat until it was all gone while they were watching a movie as we drove, so the DH made a rule about snacks. If the DSs got a snack without permission and we caught them eating said snack, we would pull over, through all the snack away, and the cost of the wasted snacks would be taken out of their spending money.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:30 PM   #2620
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Another two-cent drop in the price of regular in these parts. We're hoping for one more drop by next weekend.

We need three full tanks to get to WDW.

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Gas prices had stagnated for a few weeks, but over the past few days I have been seeing $2.29 popping up here and there.
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Gas prices had stagnated for a few weeks, but over the past few days I have been seeing $2.29 popping up here and there.
I'd be in heaven, gas hasn't dropped below 3.50 here
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Cheapest around here is $3.25
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Gas prices had stagnated for a few weeks, but over the past few days I have been seeing $2.29 popping up here and there.
I'm sure you mean $3.29.

Watched a video the other day of our trip from 2009, and I was bragging that I'd filled up the night before our departure at $1.97..

Given its in the $3.20's, now, that's what, a 65% increase in 4 years...

Have noticed some post-Easter backing-off on prices, and what few refiners haven't yet finished gearing up for their summer gasoline formulations should be doing so shortly, so hopefully things continue to moderate at least some.
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Ugh. Gas prices just went up two cents in this neighborhood. And they had gone down two cents just a few days ago.

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