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Ackman
04-05-2013, 01:36 PM
Looking at a one off competition rather than a regional qualifier type.... about 6.5 hours each way...is that something that many of you would consider? Clearly I am new to the competition circuit.

Jaskew82
04-05-2013, 01:38 PM
That would be too far for me (probably). I drive an old pick up with bench seating that is all torn up so I don't travel very comfortably. I am sure some of the guys with nicer vehicles can manage longer drives.

indianagriller
04-05-2013, 01:40 PM
a few weeks ago we did basically 12 hours each way for a comp. We drove from Indiana to Mobile, Al. :crazy:

NazBQ
04-05-2013, 01:43 PM
We'll make a couple 5-6 hour trips up to Indiana & Illinois from Nashville. Hard to go much further if you work full time. You thinking about coming south?

Ackman
04-05-2013, 01:45 PM
No -- looking a Boston Hills BBQ Fest 2013 - June 28th, 29th, & 30th

Bentley
04-05-2013, 01:48 PM
Looking at a one off competition rather than a regional qualifier type.... about 6.5 hours each way...is that something that many of you would consider? Clearly I am new to the competition circuit.


We usually tried to keep it within 4 hours. Obviously exceptions. Gonna drive from Las Vegas, to Apex, NC for the Peak City Pig Fest comp in June, that will be about a 4700 mile round tripper!

Ron_L
04-05-2013, 01:56 PM
In past years we've gone up to 6 hours, but this year between the price of gas and changing work scheduled I think we'll stay within 3 hours of home.

Fat Freddy
04-05-2013, 01:57 PM
That would be too far for me (probably). I drive an old pick up with bench seating that is all torn up so I don't travel very comfortably. I am sure some of the guys with nicer vehicles can manage longer drives.

I would let my wife drive mine except she is 4ft11 and I am 6ft3, so if she drove my truck with bench seat my knees would be up to my chin. Between that, no air, and no cruise I dont like to travel long distances.

Smoke&HoneyBBQ
04-05-2013, 01:58 PM
My theory is 12 hours or less.

If it was something I was interested in doing I could easily turn it into a mini vacation. See some sites before Friday and then drive back on Saturday or Sunday.

Alexa RnQ
04-05-2013, 02:08 PM
For an overnight drive to immediately set up and compete, 13 hours is about our outside -- for example, that would put us at Salt Lake City.

For a full-day drive, sleep, then set up on Friday -- 19 to 21 hours, say Boise, ID or Midwest City, OK.

29 hours to the Jack -- we'll do it no questions asked, any year we can.

All of the above driven in a Pontiac Montana minivan with every cubic inch filled -- it's like riding in a space capsule up front.

6 to 6.5 hours, with pre-packing of the vehicle, makes for an easy drive on Friday, not a super early start, plenty of time to set up at the site. We found that we're too old to try to drive it back Saturday night, though, unless we have a real need to be back quickly. There was this one 4.5 hour return drive that ended up being 9 hours due to naps needed...

PalmettoSmoke
04-05-2013, 02:09 PM
Good question. I am just now getting back in to competition BBQ. Lucky for us, there are a LOT of competitions within 2-3 hours of us. I guess when I get invited to the Royal, I'll make an exception and drive farther!

Ackman
04-05-2013, 02:15 PM
[QUOTE=Alexa RnQ;2436540] We found that we're too old to try to drive it back Saturday night, though, unless we have a real need to be back quickly. QUOTE]

I think that is part of my concern--as I don't actually start the cook until early morning so really don't get any sleep Friday night

Podge
04-05-2013, 02:27 PM
I hope to drive from Louisville, KY to bentonville Arkansas this year ! :)

Ford
04-05-2013, 03:11 PM
When I first started out I had a local contest and every other one was over 300 miles. Today there are a lot more contests. I did drive to Vegas once. It depends on the quality of the contest now.

Jaskew82
04-05-2013, 03:28 PM
I would let my wife drive mine except she is 4ft11 and I am 6ft3, so if she drove my truck with bench seat my knees would be up to my chin. Between that, no air, and no cruise I dont like to travel long distances.


I know the feeling! My wife is 4' 10.5"! :doh:

Disconnect
04-05-2013, 03:46 PM
We will only go about 2 hours, but then again its a jeep with an open trailer, so its a rough 2 hours :)

Smoke'n Ice
04-05-2013, 05:53 PM
I will preface my answer with the fact that I live in the Dallas, TX area. If I wish to cook IBCA, then most weekends there are cook-offs within 3 hours. If I wish to do KCBS, then there is only one within 50 miles, the rest are at least 200 to 300 miles away. (thatís just to get out of Texas :roll:) We prefer KCBS and usually plan at least one trip that is a reach and do quite a few in OK and AR.

Last year we did a SD contest, year before we did the Lexington, NC (home town for me) and the year before we did Nelsonville, OH (close to home for my wife). I think that it really depends on where you live and what type of contest you wish to do and how much money you wish to spend as we figure it cost about $1,000 per contest for equipment, supples, etc prior to leaving the driveway. If money is an issue, it is probably the wrong hobby and if distance is too far, then hiking and biking would be a better choice.

We have a restaurant and have to spend extra money for staff or shut down to do most BBQ contests so we pick and choose but understand the cost and time required.

If you enjoy the hobby then, by all means, go for it. Otherwise buy a good bike.

Stoke&Smoke
04-05-2013, 06:47 PM
For us,we try to keep within 2-3 hours,but make exceptions for the right ones.

JD McGee
04-05-2013, 07:08 PM
We're pretty spread out up here (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, Canada) so in order to compete on a regular basis driving 6-8 hours one way is not uncommon. We also venture down into Vegas and back east (The Royal or The Jack) when we are lucky enough to get the calls...:cool:

Scottie
04-05-2013, 07:31 PM
I don't like to travel. I usually stay within 1 hour of my house....

Stoke&Smoke
04-05-2013, 08:11 PM
We try to stay within 2-3 hours,but make the occaisional exception

Stoke&Smoke
04-05-2013, 08:14 PM
Oops..phone issue...sorry

Smoke'n Ice
04-05-2013, 08:25 PM
I don't like to travel. I usually stay within 1 hour of my house....

I'm sorry, aren't you plaining to the all the lower 48 with additional plans for the full 50 plus the international contiget? :eusa_clap

Scottie
04-05-2013, 09:03 PM
Oh...

CBQ
04-05-2013, 10:43 PM
I don't like to travel. I usually stay within 1 hour of my house....

Like RI and New Hampshire? :icon_shy

We will drive about 10 hours (Rochester, NY, Salisbury, MD) for our longest regular season contests. Driving 3 days to Bentonville is fine if we get in.

Muzzlebrake
04-06-2013, 08:00 AM
A 4-6 hour ride is not uncommon in the northeast, for me it will probably be about average for my schedule this upcoming season.

Boston Hills is a fun contest, I would recommend cooking it if you haven't already. It is really far if you are in the NY metro area men the ride on the Thruway can be boring and aggravating but Mike and his team take exceptional care of you when you are there. Double check, it's usually a Saturday KCBS contest, so you may be able to split the drive up between Thursday night and Friday morning, drink heavily, ooooops sorry, i meant attend a Bruckner Brothers function Saturday night and then take your time coming home Sunday if you don't do the grilling.

Muzzlebrake
04-06-2013, 08:01 AM
I don't like to travel. I usually stay within 1 hour of my house....

Luckily for us your home is on wheels and LizAnne drives.....

daveinwestmont
04-06-2013, 08:04 AM
I keep it 3 to 3.5 hours of drive time..

Smokedelic
04-06-2013, 10:06 AM
We haven't found our limit....yet. :crazy:

RangerJ
04-06-2013, 10:25 AM
Time and finances allowing, have pit will travel. Both of the aformentioned items have become in short supply so this year it looks like I'l be cooking IBCA and Texas Gulf Coast. Since the only KCBS close to me is Bedford Labor Day and thats 4.5 hours.

Lake Dogs
04-06-2013, 11:00 AM
Within 2 hours; luckily we have TONS to choose from in this area within that driving distance.

JS-TX
04-06-2013, 01:12 PM
I've got plenty to choose from where I live so 2 hours would be the max for me. Of course if I was a high level competitor and got invited to the Royal or Jack, then that changes everything.

arrowhead
04-06-2013, 05:58 PM
we have 5 spots left if anyone wants to travel to Gothenburg Nebraska.:grin:

Smoke'n Ice
04-06-2013, 06:10 PM
Time and finances allowing, have pit will travel. Both of the aformentioned items have become in short supply so this year it looks like I'l be cooking IBCA and Texas Gulf Coast. Since the only KCBS close to me is Bedford Labor Day and thats 4.5 hours.

that one is in the height of the hurricane season and you probably should not leave the gulf coast, just in case.:caked:

Scottie
04-06-2013, 08:34 PM
We haven't found our limit....yet. :crazy:


You guys have already cooked Montana, you can stay home this year...

Smokedelic
04-06-2013, 10:15 PM
You guys have already cooked Montana, you can stay home this year...
Ahhhh...but there are 2 in Montana this year. Enough to go around for everyone.:wink:

Scottie
04-06-2013, 10:44 PM
Crap

JD McGee
04-07-2013, 12:18 PM
Ahhhh...but there are 2 in Montana this year. Enough to go around for everyone.:wink:

Crap

Ahem...hello...what are we...chopped liver? :twisted: :tongue: Washington State is only 8 hours from Montana...:razz:

Smoke'n Ice
04-07-2013, 02:18 PM
I suspect they are referring to Jack Auto's.

Scottie and Mike, I believe AK and HI are both auto's this year.

JD McGee
04-07-2013, 05:34 PM
I suspect they are referring to Jack Auto's.

Scottie and Mike, I believe AK and HI are both auto's this year.

Oh...oh well...we're closer than you think...really! Lol...

Ackman
04-07-2013, 05:35 PM
Scottie that RV must be fast then- the red Jambo. -- rocket booster?

Dan - 3eyzbbq
04-07-2013, 06:41 PM
I Draw the line at around 21 hours each way. More than that is a bit much....

MattG
04-07-2013, 07:31 PM
We stay with in 2.5 hrs one way.

Smokedelic
04-07-2013, 08:45 PM
Ahem...hello...what are we...chopped liver? :twisted: :tongue: Washington State is only 8 hours from Montana...:razz:

Hope to see you in Billings, JD....we won't be able to make Absarokee.:thumb: