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Old 04-28-2015, 07:26 AM   #31
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When pushing it to a destination, we average about 650 per day. One technique, very valuable to me, that hasn't been mentoned is that when I am driving (80% of the miles), I will go off and jog for the time it takes my wife to fill the tank of the RAV4. I end up doing this 3 -4 times per day. These short bursts of moderate exercise do wonders for my alertness and physical fatigue. If running is not for you, a walk would also help.
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:40 AM   #32
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Yes, I agree. but with us it is two dogs. As soon as I slow down for an exit, they awake from sound asleep and want to know what is going on. While refueling, we take them both for a little exercise walk around, it helps both the dogs and us.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:59 AM   #33
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Next month I'll be pushing the extreme and try to make it to California in 4 days, 2800 miles. Stay there for 1.5 days and then head north, to Osoyoos, BC, 1100 miles for the rally. Hoping to arrive there one week after leaving the east coast. The return trip home should be a breeze compared to going out, hopefully.
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When pushing it to a destination, we average about 650 per day. One technique, very valuable to me, that hasn't been mentoned is that when I am driving (80% of the miles), I will go off and jog for the time it takes my wife to fill the tank of the RAV4. I end up doing this 3 -4 times per day.
That'd be about once a day for me. Guess our gas tank is considerably larger.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:44 PM   #35
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I will be heading to Key West in June. I plan to leave the Atlanta area and try to make it to just south of Orlando. If I can get the first 500 down, the second day will be a snap at around 400 miles. I like to drive during the day as the oncoming headlights hurt my eyes. I am looking forward to the trip and will probably buy the Sunpass to pay for all of the Florida tolls. The Florida Turnpike is really nice and worth the money to me. Anybody ever make the trip?
We will staying at Boyd's Campground about 5 miles out of Key West. I will drive down alone and my wife will meet me there as she has to work.
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I will be heading to Key West in June. I plan to leave the Atlanta area and try to make it to just south of Orlando. If I can get the first 500 down, the second day will be a snap at around 400 miles. I like to drive during the day as the oncoming headlights hurt my eyes. I am looking forward to the trip and will probably buy the Sunpass to pay for all of the Florida tolls. The Florida Turnpike is really nice and worth the money to me. Anybody ever make the trip?
We will staying at Boyd's Campground about 5 miles out of Key West. I will drive down alone and my wife will meet me there as she has to work.
We went from Michigan to the Keys last spring. Roads were good the whole way. We had a great time in the Keys and the Everglades. We took a different route down than up because we stopped to see friends. We didn't have any issues with not having a Sunpass for the portion of toll road we used. They just sent us a bill in the mail a few weeks later. I don't know if it works that way everywhere in FL because we have spent relatively little time there.
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miles a day

Some years ago we made that trip to Key West on our motorcycles. It was a long way through Texas but the run down the keys was great and we enjoyed our stay in Key Largo in a old Spartan Trailer that was being rented out at an old fishing village. This last Sunday we watched the 1948 movie with Bogart and McCall called Key Largo. We may have to make that trip again, with the Escape this time. Maybe change our alloy wheels first, it took a long time to get the wheels free of corrosion on the Harleys.
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Wow, I didn't think about the corrosion part! We will be staying right on the water! I will have to rinse everyday. I am sure I will get into some horrendous weather going down and back. I am figuring about 35 dollars in tolls each way with the third axle. I am afraid to drive through the tolls with out paying. I don't want to get a ticket. I heard the bridge is now newer and not as narrow as the old one.
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I forget what state we were in recently; thinking Utah- where there were highway signs posted fairly often warning of driving tired. There is a syndrome that one can check out on the web where they say it is as bad as DUI.
Yes, Utah has a program to discourage "drowsy driving". Signs along the freeway, television ads, etc. There have been some high-profile accidents, too, like the college student who killed a local family when he fell asleep while driving home after a sleepless night studying for final exams.

The first two items on their risk factor list (below) describe me 40 years ago when I fell asleep while driving home after a night shift.
  • Young people, especially males under age 26;
  • Shift workers. Working the night shift increases your risk by nearly 6 times;
  • Commercial drivers. At least 15% of all heavy truck crashes involve fatigue;
  • Business travelers who spend many hours driving or may be jet lagged;
  • People with undiagnosed or untreated disorders. People with untreated obstructive sleep apnea have been shown to have up to seven times increased risk of falling asleep at the wheel.

Also, its a good idea to avoid driving at night, regardless. Fatality rates are 3 times higher than daytime driving. Vision is limited, especially for older drivers, and many of the other drivers on the road at night are impaired (drunk or drowsy).

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I will be heading to Key West in June. I plan to leave the Atlanta area and try to make it to just south of Orlando. If I can get the first 500 down, the second day will be a snap at around 400 miles. I like to drive during the day as the oncoming headlights hurt my eyes. I am looking forward to the trip and will probably buy the Sunpass to pay for all of the Florida tolls. The Florida Turnpike is really nice and worth the money to me. Anybody ever make the trip?
We will staying at Boyd's Campground about 5 miles out of Key West. I will drive down alone and my wife will meet me there as she has to work.
We've driven from Fort Lauderdale to Key West many times. Always in a rental car, haven't brought the Escape yet. US1 in the keys can be a slow ride if you go on a Friday afternoon or Saturday. It's usually heavy tourist traffic And there is a flea market in Tavenier that jams it up on Saturday morning.

There are a couple of good restaurants on Stock Island near Boyd's. We checked out the campground last year. It's a step above the other KW campgrounds. There are also some nice looking campground further out of town that are right on the water.
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