How to Talk Someone out of Making a Wretched Mistake

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Love this.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjan otto

That truly is not just an awful mistake or a horrible mistake but a wretched one.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNonsensicles

HA! So true! so... damn... true...

plus, no matter how much you love the person in the car with you at the beginning of the trip, you always hate them by the end of it.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterray friesen

48 hours straight will get you the length of I-10 if you don't pee, eat, or slow down for gas. There's a senic spot around Arizona, but I forget where it is exactly.

Done it 3 times, each because I had a car in the wrong place.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterarfnotz

I've done Iowa to Idaho in ~24 hours. And Iowa to Florida in ~24 hours. Therefore, I deduce that driving across the country non-stop would take roughly two days.

That would be a long, grueling drive. But quite possibly still better than flying.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnglave

Texas.... *shudders*. Never again.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Good strip. I'd like to see a sequel when the friend gets back, maybe about how best to say "I told you so."

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I drove from San Angelo, TX to Salem, OR in 2 days. My butt hurt.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErgonian

How long it takes you to get from one end of the country to another, is directly relative to how willing you are to risk your life and income. IE; How fast are you willing to drive, in the fact of unfamiliar territory where there may be cops to ticket you, and in light of the fact that the faster you are going, the more likely you are to hit something and die?

You can do cross-country on I-10 in two days, sure. If you're going 100 the whole way... in theory it could be done in two days at 80 MPH, but that's not accounting for traffic slow-downs, stop lights, offramps, etc. So yeah. You'd have to be going 100MPH whenever there was a clear road.

Way to bust yourself speeding across tenish states, arfnotz. (And also being recklessly stupid.)

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZee

I wrote a song about going on tour up and down the east coast of Australia in a mini van with my band and my friend's old band (11 people):

Crying Tired.

And we had the benefit of frequent and relatively interesting stops (um, gigs).

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEarlfothercs

Obviously, you didn't drive through the fun part of Texas ....

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin A Kunreuther

Driving from Santa Barbara CA to Austin TX, we hit the Texas border and realised we were halfway there.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBruce

Suddenly I feel churlish for complaining about driving all the way across my country (the UK) because it will take, like, 8-12 hours man!

I saulte all those who could possibly manage across the entire continental USA, I think I'd die before the end.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKieran

Great comic! I used to do Toronto to LA at the beginning of the summer, and then back at the end of the summer. It was 3.5 days (and Toronto to Boston was another 10 hours). I was much younger then, so longer driving days and fewer toilet stops, and no stopping to see the scenery. I was driving alone so no naps while driving, but no demands for extra stops. Some trips there were stops for auto repairs though. I would not recommend it for vacation time, unless stops were the main intention.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

When I was a kid, my family and I drove across Canada, twice.

As an adult, I've never been on vacation, ever.

Those two facts are connected.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC.S.Strowbridge

Did Miami to SF in Five days, and we were "sight seeing". I was so tired at the Grand Canyon I managed to mangle the passenger's side door at a Gas station doing about 2 MPH. The sound of wrenching metal didn't wake me from my slumber. Fortunately it was a "Drive Away". Yes we are Brits, and no it wasn't ike Arthur.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRinkums

We have a regular running race, shorter than a marathon, from one coast to the other in Auckland, New Zealand.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Texas just goes on and on and on, flat and straight and colorless and remorseless, and then suddenly there's a dip in the road, there are red hills in the distance, the sun is setting and the world is on fire, and then you are in New Mexico.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterandipandi

Virginia to Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota. Two very long days to get there, four days visiting, almost three to get back including a stop to see family for a few hours. While hauling a trailer. Total mileage, 3600 plus. Incredibly, I was still on good terms with my wife at the end of it. Never again.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdantheserene

Gotta agree here. I drove from PA to FL last year. While it was a nice drive, that's 18+ hours I'm never doing again.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFig

I plan on taking a 1978 Corvette (with a modern LS3 motor) from Kenmore Square in Boston to Newport, Oregon... driving only on U.S. Route 20. The idea is to take a camera, laptop, one change of clothes, and a ton of quarters for the laundromat. I will write a blog about every bar, rib joint, motel, and interesting person I meet. I will then publish a coffee table photography book documenting the experience. While I'm there, I'll drive up to Washington and visit you, Scott.

Sadly, our cross-country trip took us from Seattle to Orlando, so you won't find us in Washington. ~Missy</I>

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

One summer, I drove from Charlotte, NC to southern CA in 3 very long days. By myself. Without a radio. At one point, i pulled into a truck stop and took a nap just for a change of pace. At the end, I was beginning to actually meditate - I thought about my life, my many mistakes, my triumph. Worst road trip ever.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMormnguy

Take Amtrak. You'll spend three nights on the train between the West Coast and the Northeast down to D.C., an extra night to get to the Southeast. And you can look out the windows instead of watching where you're going. (You will watch where you're going when driving, right?)

Get a sleeper. All your meals in the diner will be included; and you'll get to say that you travelled "first-class". The cost for a sleeper will be roughly the same as a last-minute walk-up coach air fare, or maybe a little more.

And I don't think driving will be all that cheap. Are you considering only gas? What about oil, tires, other wear and tear, depreciation?

Taking Amtrak will be a whole lot safer, too.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Texas has the fastest highway in the country now. 85 mph speed limit. Our cop's quotas are due around the 15th. Don't speed mid-month. Aside from that, enjoy some damn BBQ on your way through. If you stop at a fast food place, at least try to hit a Carl's Jr's or Chick fil'a. If you are near Dallas and don't hit a Babes Chicken, you just missed the best chicken of your life.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeelabrown

Did Ottawa - Wisconsin for a martial arts seminar in 14 hours (16 hours back - hits morning traffic in Chicago and evening traffic in Toronto on the way back). The next year, drove Ottawa to Syracuse, and took the train from Syracuse to Wisconsin. 24 hours. The next year, drove 14 hours... More comfortable and faster.

Although, cross country... Maybe not.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJF

I used to have a 7-hour drive from college to home (4 round-trips every year). Peanuts compared to driving across the country... but it also convinced me that any trip LONGER than that had better not be by car. Plane, train, even bus can be acceptable.

I repeated that trip later as a "family vacation" with my husband's family. It may be the cheapest solution to pack 5 adults and a baby into an SUV, but it's cramped and generally unpleasant.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnitra

Oh, c'mon. Cross country can be done in just over a day.
http://www.wired.com/cars/coolwheels/magazine/15-11/ff_cannonballrun?currentPage=all

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter408wij

I've done it three times by myself and a bunch of times with others. The former is very much preferable, so long as time is not an issue. Set your own pace, listen to your own music, stop when and where you want, detour if you feel like it, eat what you feel like.

Put just one additional person in the car and it stops being fun. Maybe not right away, but some time during the trip you will realize that all the fun has drained away and you can't imagine it ever coming back.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Skubinna

TSA isn't as uptight as they used to be. Fly.
Like scenery? Fly to a scenic place, and rent a car.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

Drove across a huge chunk of Texas going from Corpus Christi to Pensacola Fla.

In August.

With no air conditioning.

It was memorable, but it was not fun.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Central Oklahoma to North Carolina two days on most routes. 16.5 hours when we drove for an emergency, at night.
Boring as all get out after the first couple of times.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Have driven "across" the country North to South. Duluth, MN to Rio Grande river for a canoe trip. Long. Very Long.

Have driven across the country East to West also. In blizzards in the Rockies and ice storm in the midwest. Longer. Very much longer.

There are people from both trips that I never spoke to again once we got out of the vehicle.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

As a military guy (Army), I've done the cross-country road trip several times.
As a civilian / retiree, no. We fly, despite the irritation with TSA, etc.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermousestealth

I drove from Alabama to California once. It was about 4 days, and I was taking my time. North Texas is about the worst place in the world to drive through, so on my way back I came via South Texas. It wasn't much better, although I did end up stopping for a while in San Antonio and Austin and that was far better than being anywhere near Oklahoma City.

On the whole, that trip is worth doing once, if you take your time and go off path to see things like Meteor Crater, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lowell Observatory, Carlsbad Caverns, and the like. It will add extra days to the trip, but if you're going to do it, make it worthwhile.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOtto

I am currently stationed in Alaska and went on a vacation a few months back after returning from deployment. I opted to drive for this so-called vacation. The drive is the vacation, I told myself. I'll have a great time visiting places I've never been and seeing sights I've only ever heard of. 12,000 miles and one month later I'd seen fifteen states and four Canadian provinces. Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago... Mountains, oceans, plains, forests, redwoods, beaches, desert... It really was quite a drive and I have visual memories to last me a lifetime. Would I do it again?

Fuck you.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthepopeofatheism

I've driven cross country quite a few times. It's tedious in parts (Central Time Zone, I'm looking at you!) but if you do it right, it's an incredible adventure.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzzyzx

I've driven from Boston to Portland (Oregon), Boston to Phoenix (and back), and Philly to Austin, TX. I actually enjoyed all four trips. Apparently I'm weird. Sure it's hours of mind-numbing boredom at times, but you really do see some shit you'd never otherwise see (ie, who's ever going to vacation in St. Louis, but I got to see the Arch! Why would anyone go to South Dakota, but I saw Rushmore! Etc).

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobman

Look at the bright side. They'll cut down their drive-time considerably if they get murdered.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings

Drove RI to FL pandhandle with a one day stop in SC (family visit) last year. I also will never do that again. I wanted to kill my best friend by the time we got home. And we decided not to stay the entire time in FL either. We both got tired from the vacation and wanted to rest at home before going back to work, lol. Still hate flying, but I might put up with it next time I'm travelling that far.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEricL

My family took several vacations across country, in a station wagon, with the dog.
It was totally fun; we'd camp and then go hiking somewhere interesting.
I was too young to think to record the locations. Nobody else in the universe (myself absolutely included) can find half the interesting places my father located. We would take months - he would go on leave without pay.
Absolutely worth saving when we were at home.
When I try to plan trips, I manage to find THE worst hotels in THE worst towns, and none of the fun spots.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee

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