pbmr2 wrote: ↑
I really don't mind the drive, in fact prefer it to flying.
Too right. Airports are a monumental PITA. With all the faff it entails.
The security processing/checks conducted by humourless uniformed staff.
Baggage check in (unless you're travelling light) and the wait to retrieve it the other end.
(Assuming it doesn't end up at a completely different destination from where you're going).
Airport parking* (except if you take a taxi or public transport: see above re travelling light).
The only way to fly is to pilot your own private aircraft.
* And never EVER use one of those meet and greet companies. I knew this guy from static car meets and my gut feeling told me from the beginning that there was something not quite 'right' about him. When I found out what he did for a living my suspicions deepened. He used to turn up in different expensive/exotic machinery which I reckoned were customers' cars which had been 'borrowed' for the day.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/o ... 00676.html
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ca ... le-9556496
I was in court on the day he was due to be sentenced. Remorse my a**e. I was gobsmacked when his passport wasn't confiscated. I had a job to stop myself shouting out to the judge "you're all being played for fools: he'll never do any of the community service and will end up doing a runner". Guess what.
- http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/porsche-thief- ... ds-geneva/
pbmr2 wrote: ↑
In the dry, without snow issues, the drive door to door is only 12 hours without going mental at all. That balance of covering distance and saving fuel. With a 2nd driver it really is an easy day of driving.
There is no time for picture stops or sight seeing at all. The odd toilet stop and walk about for 10 mins. Did it in the '2 last year which was super easy and comfy.
300 miles in a day sounds nice, easy amount and no need for a second driver to allow for rest.
Like Tony says, planning a route with 'doable' days like that and the odd mega day to cover the bigger hops would allow for food stops, pictures and sights as well as the driving. Might be best to have driving days and sights days (still covering some distance).
Which ever it turns out to be, I'll vote for big distances but not be put out if it's lots of shorter days.
A co-pilot obviously makes a massive difference. If going solo, 4 hours is the maximum stint I would ever consider attempting (preferably less), irrespective of mileage, with a minimum 30 minute break period. Most people don't realise how their concentration level/reaction time drops over that time span because the drop off is so gradual. The 'boiling frog' syndrome.
It's only if you undertake before and after evaluation tests that you can properly observe the results. I saw some data from one once some years ago and it was an eye opener. I don't remember the actual figures (absolute and percentages) but it was scary stuff.