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    Red Face PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    The price of gas is sure up there, yet I don't mind the drive too much to DLR. Perhaps it's where I am going and my excitement level, but I have never minded the drive over. I have a Nissan Xterra (with satellite radio, which I love) and I pack an ice chest with snacks and water, and make the trip. Thanks to my MC peeps, I now know an easier way to get there....

    It costs me about $45 to fill up, which I need to fill three times total to and from DLR at a cost of $135. Airfare round trip would cost over $200, plus by driving I get to skip the prostate exam from TSA. It's also nice to have wheels when I am there in case I decide I need to see the city.

    What do you guys think, do you like to drive as well, or should I turn myself in to Shady Acres Home for the Misguided Traveler?




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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Max Fischer
    I get to skip the prostate exam from TSA.


    I don't think that's so bad a drive, i guess it depends on how often you do it. My not so scientific method is if gas is more than airfare, it's too far a drive unless you have too. But with the way gas is now, that really shortens that distance.

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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    Have you looked into Amtrak? Sometimes the fares are cheaper than air travel and you get to relax and see the scenery as you travel.

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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    With the price of gas MUCH higher this year, it has prompted
    me to ask the same question (I live in Northeast Phoenix).

    But looking at the overall costs and convenience, for me,
    it's still better to drive. I add 'em up like this:

    FLYING:
    Cost of flight
    Cost of Shuttle to and from home to airport or car parking expense
    Cost of Shuttle to and from airport to hotel or rental car expense
    Additional Cost of Higher priced hotel if i don't go with priceline hotel.



    DRIVING
    Cost of gas/oil change
    Less expensive priceline hotel


    Plus, with my own car, I don't have to worry about limited
    space for souveniers, that would otherwise need to be packed
    with the rest of my luggage. Thankfully my car gives me more
    room, which I have needed on several trips.

    I don't have to bother with the security checks at the airport.
    ( Thank goodness I have only flown a couple of times since 9/11 )

    With my own car, it gives me the freedom to stop at the Disney
    Outlet Store, or Target if I need to pick up items I may have
    forgotten to pack. Plus, I usually go for a few days, and it's
    always fun to take on some of the other things in LA, go see
    a movie at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, perhaps (gasp)
    another park, the beach, see a taping of a tv show, some
    nightliife besides what Downtown Disney offers.

    You also avoid all the crappy shuttles to and from the airports.

    Timewise, flying or driving isn't much different, so for me,
    Driving is still the better deal.

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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    EEEEEEEKSSSSSS!!!!!


    I don't know what the heck happened there!
    I didn't even finish my post nor did I hit Post Reply.
    perhaps a moderator could remove the extras.
    Last edited by Aladdin; 05-27-2006 at 10:07 AM.

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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    Have another cocktail Sue Ellen

    I HATE to drive so I would fly in a heartbeat. The drive from LA to Laughlin earlier this month about killed me and I didnt do any of the driving! I hate sitting in a car, as a driver or passenger, for long periods of time across the desert. Its different for me going anywhere else but across that damn desert just about drives me crayzee!!

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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    Good points all around. I like to drive for some strange reason. With my new radio, I never hear commercials and it is sweet. My friend Fancy really liked Cosmo radio and other woman specific programming that is offered. Plus, how can you miss out on Truck Stop shopping? Come on!!! It's like the Macy's of Truckerville.




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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympicnut
    Have another cocktail Sue Ellen

    I HATE to drive so I would fly in a heartbeat. The drive from LA to Laughlin earlier this month about killed me and I didnt do any of the driving! I hate sitting in a car, as a driver or passenger, for long periods of time across the desert. Its different for me going anywhere else but across that damn desert just about drives me crayzee!!
    I don't mind the drive across the desert (and I don't even have
    satellite radio). The landscape is not NEARLY as boring as driving
    300 miles of the nothingness that is in North Dakota, which I
    was subjected to countless times during my childhood. Phoenix
    to LA is a breeze comparred to THAT! Just have to be sure to
    bring my favorite Disney CD's to get me through that area between
    Blythe and Indio that only has one freakin' spanish radio station.

    Ah, yes. The infamous Truck Stops, Yep! I absolutely have to
    pick up a cold 1 liter container of Mt Dew and a slice or two of
    the pizza from the restaurant that's at the Truck Stop this side
    of Blythe. Then of course there is that convenient A&W restaurant,
    those really big dinosaurs, and of course the outlet malls. For
    several years, the drive also had to include an In-n-Out stop,
    but since they built an In-n-Out restaurant less than a mile from
    where I live, that is no longer one of my stops.

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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    We live in North Central Phoenix and since they finished the 101 to I-10 it has shaved at least 20 minutes off the total drive time. We love the drive out there and have favorite places we like to stop going to or from. We almost always stop in Desert Hot Springs on the way home to have dinner at Kam Lun's, the best hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant around. We also have family in Joshua Tree so sometimes we will jaunt up there as well.

    Flying is not cheaper for us since there are two of us and sometimes my niece and nephew. Adding people makes driving the economical way to go.


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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    No trip to Disneyland (or any Disney destination) is crazy, unless it's just plain fun crazy.
    As nice as the other parks are, we must always remember that it all began at Disneyland. Disneyland should be the crown jewel in the Disney crown.

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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    We are leaving tomorrow morning from central Phoenix to D'land. We almost always drive. It usually takes us about 5 1/2 hours. If we took a plane, we would have to leave our house 2 1/2 hours before the flight, it takes 1 hour for the flight, 1/2 to one hour getting luggage/rental car and another 1/2 hour to get to the hotel. We take books on tape and listen to them and the drive does not seem so bad.

    Our favorite stops are the Love's Gas Station in Quartzite and Hadley's Fruit Orchard.

    Max, I say keep on driving...

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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    Quote Originally Posted by pratt55
    We are leaving tomorrow morning from central Phoenix to D'land. We almost always drive. It usually takes us about 5 1/2 hours. If we took a plane, we would have to leave our house 2 1/2 hours before the flight, it takes 1 hour for the flight, 1/2 to one hour getting luggage/rental car and another 1/2 hour to get to the hotel. We take books on tape and listen to them and the drive does not seem so bad.

    Our favorite stops are the Love's Gas Station in Quartzite and Hadley's Fruit Orchard.

    Max, I say keep on driving...
    And drive I shall! I hope you guys have a safe and happy trip. Remember to bring along a few gallons of water for emergencies, you never know when you'll need them.

    I hope we hear about your trip when you get back!




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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    The real question is, XM or Sirius?
    For XM go with O&A and Ethel. (Sirius lacks in the Alternative and good talk)
    For Sirius I like any of their rock stations (XM is lacking in that department).

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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    i have two kids, and the vehicle i drive is a full size conversion van which also doubles as our 'hotel', so it's definitely cheaper for me to drive.

    (there's nothing better than a beachfront spot at Doheny or the San Clemente bluff for $35/night)

    with also accounting for APs, and packing into DLR most of our food, gas by far is the biggest expense - right now about $200/round trip
    a friend of Walt.

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    Re: PHX to DLR, Am I Crazy for Driving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lacrossedragon
    The real question is, XM or Sirius?
    For XM go with O&A and Ethel. (Sirius lacks in the Alternative and good talk)
    For Sirius I like any of their rock stations (XM is lacking in that department).
    LD,
    My poor confused friend. It's all about Sirius. Alt Nation is a great alt station but even better then that, is Left of Center, which plays great college/Indie Alt rock.

    For talk, Stern is funny as hell, and there are tons of great talk stations, but I prefer comedy to politics, even though they are so closely related.




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