@chienfou@OldCatLady If I want to fly out of O’hare it’s like 2.5 hours. it’s why I like Southwest because they’re pretty good about non-stop destinations out of Milwaukee. My husband and I were looking at picking up and moving to a different part of the county recently. Part of me looking at locations was how close an airport was (I travel often enough for it to matter) and he wanted to put us over 4 hours away from anything but a local airport that could only handle a Cessna.
As much as GPS has improved driving trips, it so bugs me when I pull over for a gas/restroom break and it says my ETA is 7:42 PM and when I get back on the road it then says 8:07 PM. I always knew that pulling over was delaying my arrival, but putting an actual number on it makes it more irksome.
My road trips are recreational, so i have stops rather than destinations. The only times ETA matters is when I’ve made a reservation at a national park (although I’m batting .750 making same day reservations, including the Old Faithful Inn in July) and stuff like long car ferries (like going to Newfoundland).
I don’t like driving at night because there’s nothing interesting to look at, but i drive sunrise to sunset.
I know what’s along the route, so I’ve got plenty of places to stop. Sometimes i miss the operating hours of attractions, but that’s life. Often i learn about new things to see along the way.
I’ve driven through forty-nine states and ten Canadian provinces this way. I’ve taken an airboat ride in the everglades, driven through a coastal redwood, and seen a humpback whale from a zodiac.
And I’ve spent hours driving across the middle of the country, but that’s part of it.