Utterly Bonkers Trip Advice

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Re: Utterly Bonkers Trip Advice

Postby ejot » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:42 am

That's averaging 400-500 miles of daily driving while visiting parks enroute. I wouldn't enjoy such an aggressive pace, but if you can manage it, well done! Bring lots of water on the long driving segments. Very easy to underestimate that need in the drier, hotter regions.
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Re: Utterly Bonkers Trip Advice

Postby 805Andrew » Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:15 am

If I were you I'd skip Little Amerika instead of Indiana Beach. Also driving from Albuquerque to Amarillo to OKC in one day and squeezing in two parks seems crazy - I would suggest dropping one of the parks or cities from this day. Also I am wondering why you are skipping Silver Dollar City when it doesn't seem too off route between OKC and Chicago, and why youu would do a detour for a lesser known park instead of Holiday World (unless your going back to these later).
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Re: Utterly Bonkers Trip Advice

Postby PKI Jizzman » Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:12 am

I'd join you at SFGAm. There are a good amount of members in the area.
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Re: Utterly Bonkers Trip Advice

Postby Shockwave » Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:21 am

Little Amerricka won't be taking up much of my time. It's a 12 noon opening and I can't see myself being there longer than an hour. I missed it on my last trip because of a scheduling conflict with Indiana Beach where I ended up spending most of my day, so this is to go and tick that box.

ejot wrote:That's averaging 400-500 miles of daily driving while visiting parks enroute. I wouldn't enjoy such an aggressive pace, but if you can manage it, well done! Bring lots of water on the long driving segments. Very easy to underestimate that need in the drier, hotter regions.


Absolutely. A huge pack of water bottles and a cool bag is always a good idea, especially considering where I'll be driving.

PKI Jizzman wrote:I'd join you at SFGAm. There are a good amount of members in the area.


That would be good! I'll PM you soon with my details.

I'm also going to be at Great Adventure the day before to process my season pass.

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Re: Utterly Bonkers Trip Advice

Postby jynx242 » Fri May 01, 2015 7:46 am

Tom - as someone who can do the hell out of a road trip - I think this looks like a lot of fun!! I'd highly recommend checking out some books on cd or making sure the rental car has satellite radio (or both.) The long stretches through the middle of the country can be VERY dull. Books on CD work for me because they keep me from zoning out too much at the vast spaces :).

I do hope you will get down to Orlando, because having seen your pictures in numerous trip reports over the years, it would be very nice to meet you.

Take care and safe travels!!!!!


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Re: Utterly Bonkers Trip Advice

Postby larrygator » Sat May 02, 2015 9:23 am

Tom, I certainly think the whole trip is doable (but difficult). The only concern, which others have brought up, is the traffic getting into and out of the Indy500.

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Re: Utterly Bonkers Trip Advice

Postby Shockwave » Sat May 02, 2015 10:21 am

larrygator wrote:Tom, I certainly think the whole trip is doable (but difficult). The only concern, which others have brought up, is the traffic getting into and out of the Indy500.

Good luck in starting a new job when you are done with the trip.


Thanks Larry. And yeah, in all seriousness I'm giving up on that idea given the timing and the long day afterwards.

If I fly through Little Amerricka and Santa's Village (which looks extremely likely given what I want to go on at each) I'll be able to dedicate time to Indiana Beach on the Saturday. I could give it a miss, but I have a soft spot for El Locos and I like the park enough to spend a bit of time there.

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Re: Utterly Bonkers Trip Advice

Postby PKI Jizzman » Sat May 02, 2015 10:50 am

FYI to get your SF Pass, you get it as you go throughout the turnstiles like you're regularly entering any other park. Shockingly efficient! They scan your finger print and give you a card all in 30 seconds.
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Re: Utterly Bonkers Trip Advice

Postby Shockwave » Mon May 04, 2015 9:53 am

Wow, that is shockingly efficient! At Six Flags of all places!

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