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DC to Tampa... can it be done? - January 29, 2013, 11:33 AM

Am considering taking a trip to the sunnier-side of the east coast, and I've never done it.

Questions are:

1) How long does it reaslitically take? Am planning to leave on an early Friday morning. Would I be there by Friday night?

2) Where can you drive to get there without spoiling the pocketbook or the driving record?

3) Any stops along the way worth definitely checking out?

Thanks in advance for the help.


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January 29, 2013, 11:41 AM

1) Realistically like 15 hours if you're moving and don't take long breaks. Yes, you can if you leave at like 5AM. You will need to make gas breaks and at least one food break.

2) Nowhere. Slow down and/or put up the radar detector once you get out of VA. Be especially careful between Richmond and the NC line on 95.

3) No


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January 29, 2013, 11:43 AM

With fuel and food stops it can be done in one day... Assuming on a bike? Do you have experience with longer trips?


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January 29, 2013, 11:46 AM

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Assuming on a bike?
Good question. I assumed OP was talking about a bike since it's in the NSB Chat.


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January 29, 2013, 11:50 AM

Have done the DC to Daytona drive more than a couple times..

Leave at night so you miss all the traffic, drive through the night if you can.

If you make good time, you can be there in about 12 hours. It was 10 hours to Daytona a couple times.. other times it was 14. Gas stops are killer... and depending on what you're driving, you probably don't have to stop as often as I did... Stupid 19mpg Frontier.

Stop at South of the Border and get some fireworks.

Eat in the car.

Savannah, GA is on the way. I never stopped, but have heard lots of good things about that place. Perhaps I will sometime.

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January 29, 2013, 11:56 AM

Long trips can be tough on a sportbike. I did Fburg to detroit on my V-strom and it was great, but my bike is not a sportbike. Would have died of back pain on a sportbike


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January 29, 2013, 12:10 PM

No No... Am sorry.. would be done in a cage.

Yes, so I thought about the amtrak autotrain, however, when considering the pricing to and fro, it makes much more sense to fly.

Thanks for the input guys...


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January 29, 2013, 12:43 PM

when you say early you mean like before 5am, then you would make it by fri night
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January 29, 2013, 12:58 PM

If you take 85 (pick it up in RIC) down that direction, there is a LOT less traffic than 95 as well.. just divert south when you get past ATL..


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Done it, ...actuallly did Ft. Lauderdale to Fairfax...16 hours. Long drive but it is doable in one shot. DC to Tampa should be about 15 hours.

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January 29, 2013, 01:37 PM

Woodbridge to Cape Canaveral/Coco Beach, 12 hrs. Left at 6 in the evening. radar detect it, as mentioned before, after VA. Get some bbq on the way. If you like historical things there are a couple of towns on the way.


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Radar detector will shave some time since you can feel safer pushing the speed limit. Pick up a good one at Best Buy then return it when your done.


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January 29, 2013, 01:56 PM

Quote:
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No No... Am sorry.. would be done in a cage.

Yes, so I thought about the amtrak autotrain, however, when considering the pricing to and fro, it makes much more sense to fly.

Thanks for the input guys...
This thread went from good to "who gives a shit" real fast.
Its a car... who plans that bullshit. Get in your car and drive there.
Your welcome.

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