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Old 09-02-2008, 09:10 PM   #1
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ok, so i'm going on a men's fishing trip with my dad and uncles and cousins at the beginning of october. Ticket prices are as low as $480.00 and the plane ride is about 3.5 hours each way. here's the kicker...if i do that, i have to rent a car and it's another 6 hour drive to the resort. plus i'm going to ship beer.

so i was thinking i would just drive there in my new truck i have AAA, it's still under warranty, it's a new truck, blah blah blah, so i don't have to worry about the drive much. plus i could bring everything i need with me and be comfortable, go at my own pace, stop when i'd like.

here's the breakdown:

Flying

Pros:
Short commute/flight/drive time (total of estimated 12 hours each way)

Cons:
Flight cost of $480.00+
Rental cost of $260.00+ (estimated)
Cost of Shipping Beer = $100.00+
Total Cost: $840+

Driving

Pros:
1950 miles / 22mpg (i should get 24+) * 2 ways * $4/gallon = $710.00
i could bring 2 kegs instead of paying to ship cases of bottles
Total Cost: $810+ with hotel rooms

Cons:
i put 4000 miles on my truck
2+ days of driving each way (total of 30 hours each way)
paying for a hotel room

i figure i could leave work early on friday, then drive through reno and have dinner, then stay the night in winnemucca ($20 hotel rooms)

then i could leave early the next day and drive through yellowstone (haven't been through there since i was a kid.)

drive as long as i can and stop in some cheap hotel somewhere. i calculated i could make it to the montana border by nightfall. i could always sleep in the truck, too, if i come to a reststop.

then leave the next day and make it to the resort by the afternoon. i pack light, so i'd be ready to roll as soon as i got there.

what do you think? anything i'm not taking into consideration here?

either way should be a fun time. i haven't been out to this resort since i was about 16

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Old 09-02-2008, 09:14 PM   #2
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i always prefer to drive/ride when i have the time.
i love the open road.

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Old 09-02-2008, 09:15 PM   #3
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Fly. You forgot to put a financial estimate on your time. Quite valuable, if you ask me.

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Forget flying...split the gas costs......take along more beer...

My "new car is only 3 months old and I have over 12K on it already...I bought it to drive, not sit in the garage...

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i always drive. but thats just me. have a great trip!

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A cross country trek on the road will give you a lifetime of memories.

A three hour flight over this country will just make your ears pop.

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No surprise I'm in the minority. I used to drive a lot. Now that I do a lot of flying for work, I'm all for getting there quicker.

Maybe I need to take a sabbatical to do some driving around the country.

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Fly. You forgot to put a financial estimate on your time. Quite valuable, if you ask me.
true, although i am taking the same amount of time off of work no matter what. it would just be less time spent with my family, which is kinda weak. however, seeing as a live with a roommate, i could use a few days alone.

it's been over 6 years since i had a road trip. the last time i drove to iowa from sacramento and back, each taking only two days. don't know if my body would take it the same way now, tho

i'm really undecided here. flying would be very costly and a PITA, but driving would take FOREVER. i'm trying to make it into a road trip with some sights to see, but yellowstone is about the only thing worthwhile between here and MN

EDIT: Looks like the common consensus is to drive! any idea what else i should hit up on the way? maybe i could get some family to come with me on the way back
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...any idea what else i should hit up on the way? maybe i could get some family to come with me on the way back
Load up on some books on tape.

Pack your GPS with sight seeing things along the way.

Even if you don't have time to stop and visit, viewing the trip as an excursion with adventures along the way will make it more enjoyable than approaching it as a point-A to point-B endeavor.
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good idea...definitely need to have some good metal (i don't have many cds so i'll have to burn some) and books on tape is an idea...i'll try to find something interesting...maybe some beer stuff i've already listened to most of the jamil show, tho.

don't have gps, but i definitely could do some searches before i head out. anybody been along this route that could give some input? this would be my basic route:

oakland, winnemucca, yellowstone, stop to sleep, park rapids, mn

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