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Midwest BBQ & Blues
05-11-2011, 03:10 PM
Greetings all, i'm trying to get an idea of how far teams travel for a contest. Your input is greatly appreciated.

ammoore
05-11-2011, 03:14 PM
I think that will depend on your location and budget.
If you are in KC...no need to travel, there are plenty of contests.
I'm in the St. Louis area, and all my comps will be within 2 hrs this year.

Last year we went on a trip down to Auburn Alabama to compete.

Scottie
05-11-2011, 03:17 PM
No limit....

Ron_L
05-11-2011, 03:29 PM
We try to stay within about 5 hours of home, but our first this year is 6 hours. Go figure :)

Alexa RnQ
05-11-2011, 03:52 PM
Anywhere from across town, to 19 hours or so. One year we figured out our average drive was 6.5 hours one way, because the contests we go to are spread over a seven-state range.

The last few years, we'll make one trip that's 28 hours one way. :thumb:

Divemaster
05-11-2011, 04:30 PM
We try to stay within about 5 hours of home, but our first this year is 6 hours. Go figure :)
We try to stay within the 5 hour limit as well... but you know, an invite to either the AR, Jack, or Sam's Nationals would change all of that....:becky:

Fatback Joe
05-11-2011, 04:44 PM
Closer the better, but anything within 6 hours is one I would consider cooking.

redneck cooker
05-11-2011, 05:30 PM
All of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, really no need to leave Texas, there,a cook on every street corner, 10 months outa th yr

Ron_L
05-11-2011, 05:36 PM
We try to stay within the 5 hour limit as well... but you know, an invite to either the AR, Jack, or Sam's Nationals would change all of that....:becky:

I'd probably make an exception for those as well :-D

JayAre
05-11-2011, 05:46 PM
We like the 3 hour rule...although we have fractured that rule a time or two...and yes, the above noted exceptions would apply for us too!

Dr_KY
05-11-2011, 05:51 PM
No limit but it depends on it it's worth the trip.

Bigmista
05-11-2011, 05:51 PM
Usually 2.5 to 3 hours for me. But this year I've already been on a 6 hour trip and a 5 hour trip.

ParkAvenue_2
05-11-2011, 05:54 PM
4 to 4.5 hours is our boundary at present, but we cook right in the heart of the country, where contests aplenty abound. We'll definitely throw that limit out if the Sam's Club tournament allows as well. :grin:

chromesporty
05-11-2011, 05:55 PM
We're usually within a 3 hour drive, but we got the invite to the Royal this year so we're gonna make the 9 hour drive.

Podge
05-11-2011, 06:55 PM
No limit....

If scottie had a big enough boat, he'd compete in the other countries...

JD McGee
05-11-2011, 07:25 PM
Anywhere from 5 to 2500 miles...:becky:

jbrink01
05-11-2011, 08:06 PM
The better I score, the farther I'll go...........When my scores slip I tend to pull back and lessen my costs of competing. Farthest to date: St. Lou to Talladega.

slowerlowerbbq
05-11-2011, 09:13 PM
We're pretty lucky here in the Mid-Atlantic the last couple of years. Most of our comps are typically 1/2 hour to 2 1/2 hours away. But this year, we'll probably venture out to a couple that are about 4 hours away.

Muzzlebrake
05-11-2011, 10:18 PM
I'm going to average about 475 miles round trip this year

Rub
05-11-2011, 10:49 PM
Up to 8 hours 1 way is not uncommon.
1,400 miles one way was my farthest.

roksmith
05-12-2011, 06:33 AM
5 hours one way has been our longest to date. Hoping to extend our range even further this year....Farkin' price of gas!!!!!

Anybody found a way to haul a trailer with a Geo Metro ?

Rich Parker
05-12-2011, 06:38 AM
I am usually under 4 hours but there are exceptions.

Mister Bob
05-12-2011, 07:00 AM
I live in NY and travel as far south as MD and as far north as NH. About 5 hours each way.

Sawdustguy
05-12-2011, 07:23 AM
Lately not more than 50 miles.

smalls65
05-12-2011, 07:24 AM
We try to stay within 2 to 5 hours from home, but if we make it to the regionals and the nationals for the Sam's series...WE ARE GONE!!!!!!! :thumb:

HarleyEarl
05-12-2011, 11:27 AM
Being in the Kansas City area, I really don't have to travel more than a 2 hour drive to get to any contest (and some weekends, I have up to 6 contests to pick from), so I stay mostly local. We are planning on one contest in Castle Rock, Colorado which will be about a 10 hour drive (this is more for family, old friends, and old classmates).

rksylves
05-12-2011, 11:43 AM
I've done up to 8 hours (470 miles) each way in the last two years but because of gas prices I won't be doing that anymore. Next year the maximum distance will be cut down to about 4.5 hours (250 miles) each way. Basically in half. Sucks because there are a couple of comps that I enjoy but will be forced to drop them.

Russ

Stoke&Smoke
05-12-2011, 11:47 AM
Our farthest to date was about 6 hours, 1 way, but I'd consider longer if I thought it was worth it. With gas where it is though, feeding my avalanche pulling a trailer gets expensive quickly

BearCat
05-12-2011, 12:01 PM
Typically no more than 6 hours, going is not so bad, it is the darn ride back that gets long

QansasjayhawQ
05-12-2011, 02:10 PM
Anybody found a way to haul a trailer with a Geo Metro ?
No, but I'm adding a hitch to my Toyota Matrix . . .

That way we can take just one car instead of two.

ZILLA
05-12-2011, 02:17 PM
We have 50 or so contests with in 100 miles of San Antonio so thats what I try to keep it to. I do about 6 or 8 contests outside that range in the Houston area or north of Austin. We have a few hundred comps in Texas alone so I never leave the state. It's a five hour ride to the nearest state line so why leave?

YokeUp
05-12-2011, 03:05 PM
Greetings all, i'm trying to get an idea of how far teams travel for a contest. Your input is greatly appreciated.

hey, I'm blessed to have so many competitions down here in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas that I don't have to travel move than 5 hours and I can stay busy both seasons. This is my rookie year and I'll do a total of 14-16 competitions and not drive more than 4.5 hours.

smknwhlswife
05-12-2011, 05:10 PM
As long as we have the money, there is no limit. 2 years ago we traveled to NY 5 times.

Bentley
05-12-2011, 05:29 PM
Special contest, special circumstances, but usually 4 hours.

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
05-12-2011, 05:30 PM
We are lucky that 7 of our 10 contest for the season are less than 100 miles one way. We've already knocked out 2 of those 3 long hauls for the season.