Road trip!

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  1. DarthYosef Jedi Master

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    I'm thinking that maybe a road trip to Celebration would be the best option. If I go, I'm going to be going with two friends who can both drive. I live in southern California, do you think it would be a good idea?
  2. Sebulba-X •X C2 C3 MW RSA•

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    Obviously you'll want to weigh out the cost of an airplane ticket vs. travel time/lodging/fast food...it will probably take you at least 3-4 days with little rest time I would imagine.

    Of course, taking a country-wide road trip would be an awesome experience that you may not ever get to do again....if you have the time to drive there and back, then that might be the better way to enjoy the whole experience...assuming your car doesn't break down or anything.
  3. Sithman Chosen One

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    "I've been from one side of this country to the other"... With my family on vacation and it's not the greatest experience. But if I could go crosscountry with my best friends to a *STAR WARS CONVENTION* of all things, I'd jump at the chance! Now, I only live about 5 hours from Indianapolis so the road trip isn't what I'm doin', but it sounds cool....... That is, if you don't mind the cost. :)
  4. Obi-Kaufman Jedi Knight

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    I'm planning on a kind of accelerated road trip if you want to call it that. An estimated 12 hour drive from north Georgia to lovely downtown Indianapolis. A first for me and my friend who is coming along. Of course, we allowed for pit stops, fast food, and switching driver responsibilities. And 12 hours worth of Star Wars soundtracks is all we need!!! A total trip of 520 miles! Indianapolis here we come!
  5. snap-hiss Force Ghost

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    I'm looking at a 573 hour drive from Central PA.


    !snap
  6. Sebulba-X •X C2 C3 MW RSA•

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    573 hours? I just drove from Indy to Hershey PA this summer and it only took about 8. You coming by bantha? ;) :D
  7. Tyles Jedi Padawan

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    Road trip is a good idea. For the celebration in Denver, my friend and I flew there, but since we were not 27 or older, we could rent a car there, and ended up relying in the public transportation... bad idea... this year, we fully intend on driving!!! ;-)
  8. Mirax H TFN Costumes Staff

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    Well, we drove from Arizona to Denver last year and encountered one heck of an ice/snow storm and thought we wouldn't make it. So just remember that the weather can be quite unpredictable! Also, be sure to have a very reliable vehicle too!
  9. snap-hiss Force Ghost

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    :D That's 573 miles, not hours. [face_laugh]


    !snap
  10. Shara Jedi Master

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    Well unless you're driving through the Rockies to Indianapolis, you won't hit any icy snow storms :) Our weather may be unpredictable, but it's not *that* unpredictable in May.

    Also, a warning, if you drive in our area, May is at the very beginning of tornado season. Although we usually don't get them in Indianapolis, they could happen on the road on the way here, so please, be careful everyone. We want you here safe so you can have a stellar time.
  11. Fode-n-beed Jedi Padawan

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    Speaking of tornadoes. Coming back from the denver celebration we stayed for night near oklahoma when that huge f5 tornado lashed the city to pieces.
  12. mikk Jedi Knight

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    Coming from CA myself I would hate to have to drive all that way. Maybe it's because I'm older & the idea of being trapped in a car for 12 hours a day for near 3 days isn't something that sounds all that thrilling. I know after flying all day I'm whipped enough, I'd hate to think what it would be like to drive. Plus you should consider that while heading out to SWC2 may not be that bad you're going to have to turn around & do the same thing at the end of the con.
  13. Princess-Leah Sketch Card Artist

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    The road trip sounds like an 'adventure'...When I was younger it would sound like a great idea...funny, when you get older the idea (like mentioned above)just isn't that appealing. I've taken plenty of road trips and they were with great friends, and I had great times...wouldn't trade those experiences for anything.

    I too am coming from California, but due to time, and comfort considerations will have to fly.

    I will certainly be thinking about all of you taking 'road trips' from all over the US,AND those taking the train or bus or even flying, all converging upon a great event.

    Some motherly advice...

    *Don't pick up strangers and don't talk to any either, BE AWARE OF YOU, OTHER PEOPLE, AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS (you WANT to make it to the convention)

    *Take plenty of snacks, drinks (including plenty of water for you, your friend and your car)

    *Get travelers checks, if you lose them you can get them replaced (if someone steals your cash you are just out of luck)

    *Take warm clothing, there's always a chance you could be stuck in a 'cold' patch.

    **TAKE A RELIABLE CAR!!!! Give the car you will be driving a major tune-up, including tires, you will be much happier if you make it to the convention.

    *Check in with your relatives each day, they will worry otherwise (even if they are mad at you for going...hehe...that happened to me when I was much younger).

    *Map out a route of camping areas or youth hostels, it'll save you a bunch...and you really need your sleep (don't want to be too tired when you get to the convention)

    **Keep a journal and take pictures while you're on the road, it'll add an extra dimension to your experience and years from now you will be glad you documented the convention AND the road trip that got you there!!

    OK, enough of that.
    Have fun!!!!

    P.L.
  14. Shara Jedi Master

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    By the way, just for kicks, I looked up how much it would cost round trip to fly from LAX (never been to SoCal but I assume that's where you would fly out of, or at least you could). Flying American Airlines, it is $161.50 round trip, before taxes of course, flying on May 2 and returning May 5.

    That is such a good price, I can't even tell you. You can check Travelocity for it.
  15. Lost in Coruscant Jedi Knight

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    If you are in the mid-west, check out southwest.com There's a sale 30 bucks to Indy.
  16. Shara Jedi Master

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    I love those Southwest Sales :) Problem is, though, you might not be able to book for May yet because I have been trying to book for February to St. Louis and can't yet. But Southwest does have sales often :)
  17. Doright Jedi Grand Master

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    Weather in the Rockies during May can still produce some whopper snow storms. Many road side rest stops have weather information you can access. Plus radio stations can let you know if there will be any problems. Like what was mentioned above. .Just make sure you pack for problems.

    Weather forecast more than a few days out can not be specific enough to be much help and things can change. Storm tracks can vary by small amounts over a short period of time making what would have been clear skies into snowy skies. So you really will not know for sure until it's to late to stop. You will have to keep updated as you go.

    And remember.. A 40% chance of rain means there is a 60% chance of dry.

    As far as severe weather on the Plaines. Once you are in the wide open spaces you can usually see storms coming from way out. Bad storms are usually short lived. Just hanging out at a truck stop for a few hours may be all you need to avoid being caught in the open. Again if you see gray skies ahead stop at a rest stop or listen to the radio for information.





  18. DarthYosef Jedi Master

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    $161?! If it's that low, forget driving, I'll take the plane! The only reason I thought of driving is because the lowest I could find round trip to Indy from here was $350, and that was after a stop over in Pittsburg, which is on the OTHER SIDE of Indy, and the times were horrible...but if it's only $161, then yeah, sure, I'll go by plane.

    I actually was planning to film everything on the trip if we were to go by car, then edit it up and make it into a documentary...but I'm not driving now :)
  19. Shara Jedi Master

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    Go to Travelocity.com and type in LAX to Indianapolis, May 3 Depart LA, May 5 return. It's still there. :) I'd say go for it if you don't mind not filming.
  20. Jedi_Kettch Jedi Knight

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    I wish my friends liked Star Wars...I wish at least one of us could drive!

    Sam
  21. Warriorpoet Jedi Knight

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    I'm looking forward to the drive, I figure it'll take about 16 to 20 hours to drive from the Twin cities, MN. I just got a convertable this summer, the plates read FALCON
  22. Doright Jedi Grand Master

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    hey, Warriorpoet you should check out this link.


    Minneapolis fan force

    Also you can try www.minnesotaforce.org

    You can get to know a few other Minnesota folks who will be going to Celebration.


    P.s. My sources say it's apx a 10 hour drive from here.



  23. BountyHunter1 Jedi Knight

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    my family and i just got back from disney world and flying was one of the most painful experiences of my life the security is insane but nessacary anyway i am 375 from indi and we are driving any more and it would be a tough call but i can handle 5 1/2 hours i a car because you will spend half of that running through airports and getting through security but flying is awful cheep now
  24. JodoKast74 Jedi Master

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    Flying will be a bigger headache soon with longer lines because of the new rule that ALL checked baggage must now be scanned. Hopefully by the time May comes around, it will be easier.

    I, myself, am coming from the Chicago area so it won't be that much of a drive.
  25. Lelila Jedi Master

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    A lot of Toronto fans are going, mostly in cars and some are flying. A friend and I will probably go by train through Chicago, but with the exchange rate it's going to cost a ton!
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