Have you ever taken a crazy road trip?

@pam210 (345)
United States
August 16, 2008 8:29pm CST
Last night my 18 yr old daughter informed me that my 22 yr old daughter was taking her to a concert tonight for her graduatiion gift. Ok I thought, I asked her the question "Where is the concert?" excpecting her to say one of the local venues. No it is in another state - 3 states over from us - 11 hours away! They were leaving at 7:00am and were going to a 8:00pm concert and then spending the night and driving back the next day. After discussing this with my daughters and explained how insane this really is - they left this morning and I woke up to a note on my refrigerator saying "Bye Mom, Love you, call us when you get up". So I have been calling every few hours and they seem like they are fine - but they just wanted the adventure of taking a road trip. What are some of your craziest road trips that you have taken?
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@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I have always loved traveling, and mainly roadtrips. I guess one of the craziest was my oldest daughter calling me (she lived in a city 2 hours away)and telling me I was going to Mardi Gras! She drove up, picked me up and we headed back to her apartment. I barely had enough time to tell my husband (at the time) that I was going and throw a few things together. We went to Mardi Gras, got home to her apartment about 3 in the morning, and she was driving me back home around noon that day. Another crazy trip I took wasn't a roadtrip, I flew to Florida to see a friend, and flew back the next day! Talk about fast trip lol. I love taking roadtrips, but I'd rather have a little time to stay and enjoy the trip lol. Hope they have a good time and get home safely.
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@insulin (2483)
• Philippines
17 Aug 08
Well the last travel I got is in boracay about 9 hours away from my area..well it just like for the 1st flight around 5 pm and then we just arrived in cebu for about 7 am and we had our breakfast there with my manager and my bandmates then after that another flight to kalibo for one hour and yeah we arrive there about 12 noon and another road trip to go to the edge of the island for 2 hours and then we ride a boat and then we ride another van and finally we are in hour destination..wheewww..thats really a tiring trip for us because we just made it for one day.We just arrive there like about 5 pm and started our meeting well no rest at all and yeah a very tiring trip...during midnight,we had our gig and we stayed there for almost 2 weeks then after two weeks,another trip to manila for three days concert..:-0 That is my craziest trip and schedule and the most tiring of all..God bless
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• Philippines
17 Aug 08
Well, I had a crazy road trip because of a close friend of mine. He wants to court or rather profess his love to her before our graduation. She lives about 8 hours from where we live. 10 hours and the thing is we have no idea about the road or the way to get there. Thank God that we did just fine and survive that 20+ hours of roadtrip, a round trip. It's an adventure to remember.
@dani27 (545)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I can't say I have had anything like that but when I was 14 our family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and my family) all decided to take a road trip to NYC, Washington D.C., Maine all the East coast states. Well we live on the West Coast. And we were going to drive. Luckily the most we drove in one day was only about 8 hours and we would stop and stay a day or two at that location. It was a month long trip and ended up being really fun. But now that I look back. A bit crazy.
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@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
17 Aug 08
When I was sixteen years old I lived at the College campus in a room overlooking the River Thames. My friends and I did some crazy road trips. Like one evening we had been chatting and one of us asked if anyone wanted a trip to Gatwick Airport. So instead of going to bed we got in a car and drove to the airport in the middle of the night. The weather was cold so we took some blankets from the college to keep us warm. I was tired the next day in my lectures. We used to take midnight walks along the River and that was very funny. Your daughters fancied a long drive hey. I think think that is wonderful that they want to travel to see other states.
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• United States
17 Aug 08
I've gone a few day trips that were sort of crazy. One of the craziest ones was back in late 2003. I was 17 at the time and I took a trip with two aunts and a dog, lol. We were trying to get to Kevin Smith's (a movie director) comic book store that's over an hour away from us. We ended up finding directions online, but they were slightly failing us, lol. I live in New Jersey and we are known for having bad directions with our signs and stuff. So anyway we ended up getting lost in an airport and spent lots of time talking to locals to try to get there. And when we finally got there the store had just closed, lol. But the guy let us in and we got to see a lot of memorabilia from Smith's movies. It was awesome.
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• United States
17 Aug 08
Me, my best friend and her husband drove from Tennessee to Chicago to see a Marilyn Manson concert then back down to Indianapolis to Ozzfest. I got lost trying to get out of Chicago and ended up driving around in circles for two hours. Then we missed our exit trying to get into Indianapolis, stopped about three times for directions getting three different sets of directions. It was fun though.
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
17 Aug 08
My daughter was in deep like with Kenau Reeves...(sp?) and heard from a friend that he was staying downtown minneapolis. So my daughter convinced me that we should drive up to the cities....about 120 miles to look for him....well we did. We drove all over downtown Mpls. At the same time McDonalds had the monopoly game going so we kept driving through every McDonalds we could to get game peices..anyway we became very scared driving in downtown so left the area and went to the Mall of America just to hang out......on the way home we stopped at a casino....it was a crazy day trip! But it was fun and a memory we'll cherish forever!
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@snowy22315 (47081)
• United States
17 Aug 08
We drove across most of the counrty one time from washingotn d.c. area to yellowstone National Park. it was a long trip but it was kind of nuts cuz we had a bird hit our windshiled and got in a small tornado in the dakotas. There was some extreme heat on this trip. It was a neat and really fun and memorable one though.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
17 Aug 08
My husband used to be in the ATM business, he was a distributor. Well, he had a delivery to a convenience store in West Virginia, we live in New Jersey. He was to pick up an ATM machine from the shore Seaside Heights, which is an hour and a half from us. Actually it was on my birthday, well we go to the shore, and the owner of the shop where we were to get the ATM, could not find the key, the ATM had to be delivered by the next day. We waited and waited all day, and they finally said, a security person would come the next day with a key. We were not prepared to stay, but we had to stay over at the shore. We found a hotel and stayed over,so we washed out our undies, so that they would be fresh for the next day. When we got up the next day, we went back and the person who was supposed to deliver the key still had not come. They did not come until five that evening, we had to get to West Virginia before the convenience store closed. Well we hit the road at six, and traveled route 66, through the blue ridge mountains, and got to the convenience just before the man closed. My husband was able to install the machine, and by the time we were finished it was mid night, we hit the road again, and got back to New Jersey about seven the next morning, that was one of the craziest road trips I have ever been on. There have been more
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• United States
17 Aug 08
I had a great road trip this summer with my friends. We are all around the age of 18, give or take a few years here and there, and all ten of us decided to go to Ocean City, Maryland in two cars from Pennsylvania. We got to the motel and met three more friends that drove from the DC area, so altogether we crammed thirteen of us into two rooms, which were booked for only two people per room haha. We stayed for two nights on the beach a few blocks from the boardwalk, it was fantastic. It was very interesting, there were many elasticities involved so we were a very diverse group of teens, my Swedish boyfriend even flew in for a month so he got to attend as well and see how us Americans are . I hope to do something like this again in my lifetime, it was great taking a risk or two.
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@calcynic (433)
• United States
17 Aug 08
My 25 year old, adventurous, idealistic, highschool teaching son and me...a 57 year old cynical, well traveled, beat up old hippie, just got back from a San Francisco to Atlantic City road trip. Other than visiting my parents' graves in New Jersey and visiting family in old home town Philly, we just winged it...13 states over 3 weeks. It was fun, educational and safe/sensible. We crashed in rest stops and a motel, along with accepting sleepovers from relatives. This was markedly different from my life on the road in the 70's. After returning from VietNam in '71, I had an everpresent knowledge of how short life could be and felt I needed to see the country I was supposedly defending. It turned into a couple year road trip...powered by my thumb and freight cars. I lived the life of a working hobo, picking up day work when I needed it and loafing when I could afford it. What an education! There were a lot of backpackers and hippies on the on-ramps back then, and it was relatively safe. The only real drawback was the amount of time I spent in podunk jails...city and county. Lotsa baloney sandwiches and bruised apples. Always for petty crap...hitchiking, vagrancy...never for a felony (I never was attracted to crime). Anyway, as the war wound down, lotsa damaged people were coming home from Southeast Asia and were taking to the streets and committing violent felonies. I'd hear a horror story at almost every stop I made. I finally got into a situation at Mardi Gras which ended badly and decided to settle down. At present, I'm a very married man (25 years) with 7 kids and a lot of stories to tell. My body's at home, and my heart's in the wind.