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Unread 11-21-2008, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default Spinoff: what's the average number of hours you drive to a comp?

Hearing people say they have multiple contests from which to choose within a radius of two to four hours' drive is making me so jealous.

I added up the hours spent driving to our various comps in 2008:
Buckeye 1, Avondale 1, Rio Rancho 7, Stagecoach 4.5, Modesto 12.5, Boulder City 7.5, Snowbird 12, Durango 8, Fairfield 14, Salt Lake 12, Taylor 4, Clovis 10, Viejas 7, Buckeye 1. That puts us at an average of nearly thirteen hours driving ONE WAY, and makes my butt sore to think about it.

How many hours is your one-way average to your last season's shows? And if four hours or less, where do you live, and do you want new neighbors?
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Unread 11-21-2008, 08:48 PM   #2
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Average for 2008 was about 3.6 hours, with Fairfield Ca. (7.5 hours) being the longest drive. Did a total of 9 contests in 09.
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DH - I think your one-way avg is more like 6-8 based on those #'s and maybe 13 roundtrip.. You can get your avg under 4 if you cut out some of the others !!!

Still that's pretty heavy !!! Hopefully it's an easy ride for you and VQ at least !!

Getting off Long Island through NYC and over the bridges is a killer sometimes. NJ Turnpike usually sucks too. Leaving on Friday's and coming home on Sundays are no picnic around this area.
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Our farthest was 4 hours. Average was probably around 2 but I haven't calculated it.
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I fortunately didn't have to travel far this year due to contest selection. 1 hour to Monmouth county, NJ; 30 minutes to Sayville for the BBQ Battle Royale; 30 minutes to Grilling on Da Bay; 30 minutes to Oyster Bay grilling thing; 1 hour to Westport, CT; and 4 or so hours to New Holland, PA.

I try not to go too far with my work schedule, plus I hate a long ride home after I lose.
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Atleast Diva and VQ arrive in style in their towncar! Even a 2 hour ride to Clovis in the motorhome feels like 8!
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Aahhh. The perks of bring a MOFO. Never had to drive longer than 30 minutes.
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DH - I think your one-way avg is more like 6-8 based on those #'s and maybe 13 roundtrip

Blonde AND math-impaired. And here I thought I was being so good by not counting the long trip.

VQ would like us to cut out needing to pee, eat or fuel -- that would save MINUTES each way.

But since I want to add contests next year, I think the easiest thing would be to simply live a lot closer to contest-centric areas.
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This year the average was approx. 2.5 hours, but that's everything within a 3 hour radius so if we want to do more contests we have to go much further out and that average will go up fast.
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Our average is 1 hour each way. We did Dover which is 2 hours. I think this year we have one that is less than 10 minutes from my house, I am really excited for that. By the way Green Lane, PA it is either Mid May or March, I believe March they are having a comp. Look at KCBS for details.
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We only did 4, but they all were 4.5 - 5 hours away.
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I guess around 2 hours average. We have gone farther but until this economy gets better, that aint happening.
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Atleast Diva and VQ arrive in style in their towncar! Even a 2 hour ride to Clovis in the motorhome feels like 8!
Truly there's nothing like the sight of a Lincoln Towncar pulling a 5x8 enclosed trailer. Talk about stylin'!!


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VQ would like us to cut out needing to pee, eat or fuel -- that would save MINUTES each way.
Well, it would.
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We have 2 non-sanctioned within 1/2 hour, and we always do well at them. Honky Tonk BBQ is about an hour away, and with the RCR and Ribfest in Lincoln being 2 1/2 to 3 hrs away, we may look at doing these as well. Chit, if we feel froggy next year, we may consider the AR Open, just for the experience.
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We usually travel around 2.5 hours to kcbs events.
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