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I used to do about 1900 miles at an average speed of 80-85 mph so about 24 hrs. As I get older, I usually stop for 4-5 hrs to get at least a couple hours of sleep somewhere about half way. Although if I need to, 1900 miles is still doable.
In college I drove from Michigan to FL during a long weekend, slept on the beach when I got there, got sunburned, and drove all the way back home. I only did that once.
 

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My longest road trip alone was back in 1980. I was finished with basic training and tech school in the Air force. They flew me home which was to Williamston, NC. I was 18 years old! I drove my 65 Ford Galaxie 500 from Williamston to Clearfield UT. In January. Of course I took the southern route taking I-40 all the way to Gallup NM and then headed north up old highway 666. I still remember that trip like it was yesterday! I drove about 800 miles a day till I got there. I think it ended up being close to 2600 miles since I went the southern route! The best part is once I left my parents house in NC, I never looked at a map or anything! I drove straight to Hill AFB with no problems hauling @ss the whole way!
 
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1st stent of a 3 stent trip was 19.5 hours / 1080 miles
Left my house near exit 306 on I-40 in N.C. (just Southeast of Raleigh) at 2am on a Friday morning, traveling to Cortez Colorado. Checked into the first Motel 8 off of I-40 (I don't remember the exit #) in Oklahoma. I have this fully photo documented as it was for what is called an "Iron Butt Ride". Yes, this was on a motorcycle. The next day was a 14 hour & 600+ mile stent. The 3rd day was a 10 hour 300+ mile stent. All in all it was just over 2000 miles.

The attached photo was taken in New Mexico.View attachment 119034
Lol we have the same bike, nice.

What seat do you have? I had the Saddlemen explorere RS but I sold it, I gave up on gel seats, I have a Corbin Canyon on order, waiting for it to be made now
 

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Auburn AL to South Padre Island Tx, 1000+ miles Started at 9pm and Arrived at 2pm the next day. I might as well have been alone my passenger slept 70% of the way. Pantera and slayer kept me awake.
 

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I drive Chicago to Tampa every year for vacation. Usually run straight through on the way down. Way back no hurry so I'll stop in Chattanooga overnight.
 

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15 hours, no sleep, straight. i think that was my max.
ive also done 8 hours for an interview then drove 8 hours back home. i slept for 2 days straight afterwards
 

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Lol we have the same bike, nice.

What seat do you have? I had the Saddlemen explorere RS but I sold it, I gave up on gel seats, I have a Corbin Canyon on order, waiting for it to be made now
I have the Corbin 2pc (Rider/Passenger) and an Airhawk R pad.
 

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Detroit Airport to RDU Airport by car. Started on Thursday around 8:45 PM, ended up in Raleigh around 4 PM Friday afternoon. (flights got cancelled due to computer network glitch)

Finished Michigan and Ohio, around 2 AM I called it quits at Ripley, WV.

The most important thing to figure out is yourself and how much you can push yourself. Once you feel your eyes wanting to shut and you are losing concentration, it is time to stop and rest.

I am NOT a fan of sleeping in a vehicle out in public, especially in rest stops. I'd rather get a hotel/motel room, clean up and hit the sack.

Woke up around 9 AM and took off. Finished WV and into VA. All in all a fun adventure.
 

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The liquor store is only 10 minutes away,so.....:p
 

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Way back in 1987 when I was 21, I drove from Indianapolis IN to Wichita KS which was 700 miles in less than 8 hours in my moms 1987 Chrysler LeBaron Turbo Coupe. I can't remember why I ended up taking her car instead of my 1985 Escort GT Turbo but I do remember not arguing against taking it. That car I think has stood up well to time and still looks good today. I was meeting my fiance's parents for the first time [didn't pick up on the clue phone back then and should have ran away then] and left from NE MO from a annual Christmas reunion which was only around 400-450 miles but the longer trip back was the trip home. One of the cool things of the 80's was digital speedometers and I wanted to see all three lights show up at least once. In the middle of winter. Days after a snow storm. Yes, I hit ice at 111 MPH but still kept it straight and achieved my goal. When I finally made it back to town, I realized one of my errors was to tell my parents what time that I left and I knew that they could do the math to figure out how fast I had averaged so instead of driving home, I went to the car-wash cleaning up the bugs off of the car and burning some time before actually going home.

The funny thing was that 30 years later I was telling my mom the story about my drive back and discovered that the statute of limitations never expires with parents. I think I'm still grounded.

The car looked just like this one, even the same color
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I have driven to Phoenix (1,500 miles) and Miami (950 miles) both a couple of times alone. The drive to Phoenix is a PITA because of the stretch between San Antonia and El Paso.
 

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I am NOT a fan of sleeping in a vehicle out in public, especially in rest stops. I'd rather get a hotel/motel room, clean up and hit the sack.
Motel doesn't work great, because I'm most likely to need sleep at sunrise (especially if I'm driving east into the sun - that puts me straight into head-bob emergency pullover mode.). Getting a room at 7am doesn't line up with checkin/out times. And even if it does line up, paying $60-100 to sleep for 4 hours seems exorbitant.

If I need a nap, I do it at a busy truck stop. And park reasonably close to the doors of the minimart. Under the window behind the cashier if I can get a spot there.

20 minutes of sleep gets me another 4 hours down the road. In the days before cellphone alarms, I'd leave a note on the windshield sometimes that would say "If it is after 9am, please knock on my window and wake me" or whatever. Someone would oblige me.
 

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12 hours or 1000 miles has always been my rule, except that one time when I drove from Albuquerque, NM to Gainesville, FL nonstop, long before the days of energy drinks. Mountain Dew and No-Doz that trip.
 

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I drove from Arlington, Texas to Fort Wayne, IN in a single 17 hour stretch by myself when I was 24.

I don't recommend it to anyone, ever. I got one heck of a sunburn on my left arm, and I really think the divider stripes on the highway started to hypnotize me and cause me to hallucinate on the last leg from Indy to Fort Wayne. I didn't see a black dog or anything, but I couldn't focus and had to constantly remind myself to pay attention.
 

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I went hunting with a bunch of friends in Colorado about 25 yards ago. I suffer from insomnia. Instead of stopping for a rest with my friends, on the way back, I kept going. Over a thousand miles, about 16 - 18 hours, only stopping for fuel and to get something to drink. Also, I only got a couple of hours sleep the night before. At one point, just before crossing into CA, I had a hallucination. Driving down the road, I see a miner panning for gold in the middle of the highway. I mean the classic looking miner 49er. I drove right past him knowing I was hallucinating. I stopped, got fuel, something to drink and went on my merry way back home to Elk Grove.
 

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