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My dh and I had planned a drive from seattle to denver at the end of May. We were going to take our time and then spend some time in denver. The whole trip would be about 2 weeks. With us would be our 4 1/2 yr old and 2 1/2 year old. This is a drive we have done many times because my family lives in the Denver area.<br>
So, dh just got a new job and now cannot go. I have to go to Denver for my sister's graduation (which was the reason for the roadtrip in the first place)<br>
I still really would like to take this roadtrip. Am I crazy to consider doing this by myself? I would only have to drive alone one way, because dh could fly to denver and drive home with us. He just couldn't go for the whole 2 week trip. It's a long drive. About 1300 miles. We would take 4 or 5 days. Anyone done this before??? Am I insane? Thanks, Michelle
 

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I drove about 900 miles alone and had DS1, who was 6, DS2 who was 1, and DS3 who was 3 months.<br><br>
I slept all day, then we left at 7:30 at night. The kids slept most of the way. The first time I had to stop for gas I fed the babies and let DS1 get out to pee. They did wake up about an hour from our destination, so I filled up again and fed the everyone.<br><br>
Now, that day was hectic, but I slept well that night, (I usually have a hard time sleeping in strange places) and the kids did great.<br><br>
But, I have always had very easy going car sleeping babies. And I am a night owl anyways, so that worked for us.<br><br>
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Last Christmas we drove from Colorado Springs to Baltimore MD. In three days (we made it back in 2, don't so that...the altitude you know<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
We had a 11 month old (breastfeeding), a 2yo, 5yo, 7yo and 9yo.<br><br>
WE never go ANYWHERE but those 16-18hrs a day in the car were not as bad as you would think. WE do it in 2 days (it's over 1800 miles) because it's crap to be in the car so long..who wants to be in the car for a WEEK?!<br><br>
It's not crazy, just be safe. Take the dog or something, or get into hotels around dinner time, or take a friend.
 

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With those ages, I'd fly!<br><br>
We just took a 30 hour round trip road trip for spring break - to visit my gramma. Took two days to get there, but drove home in one. But we had two adults, and the kids are almost 11, 7, and 4.<br><br>
I think your situation is possible, but you just don't know how it will go. Might be fine; might be awful. Is flying an option?
 

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flying is an option. It's just that I hate to fly, and I would really like to go on a road trip. I live in a city. The thought of just flying from my city to the next city is so unappealing. And I do really hate to fly. I will do it if I have to. I just really miss a good long road trip. :)
 

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You are one brave woman to even consider it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow">
 

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i drove from NY to VA (about 400 miles each way, so much less than you're planning) and back by myself with my three kiddos (3 1/2, not quite 2, and 3 months at the time) and i really enjoyed it. if i were you i would definately try it. i found it really empowering to make the trip by myself. my kids (especially my oldest) had a great time. the drive was actually fun. we did stuff we wouldn't normally do, nothing terribly exciting, eating in the back of our car instead of going into wherever or eating on the road.
 

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dd is 26 months and I've driven with her alone several times. I realize that she's just one child and not two or more though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
what I always did was make a travel pack for her a week or two before. I'd take some money and go get some neat things for her that she wouldn't normally have, or that were new for her. Travel magnadoodle, snacks she liked, etc. I always drove during the day, because I didn't feel safe stopping by myself with a child at night. But during the day we'd stop at different things... as long as she could get out and run a bit she was ok.<br><br>
We take a lot of car trips because DH is in the military and our families aren't close by, so we visit a lot. Lately dd has become quite a bear in the car though (she wants to get out and play!) so DH just bought one of those strap on car dvd players <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: We don't do a lot of tv in the house, so it's kind of like a special treat for her on long car trips. And a savior for me as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Sounds like fun! I've been on long roadtrips with my kids several times. I don't have much time to post, but I don't think you're crazy at all. I have four kids, and it's way too expensive for us to fly anywhere, so we drive places. We always camp along the way, because we enjoy that kind of thing (and I'm cheap, LOL). But I've never had problems travelling alone with my kids. I'm sure I'll do it several times this summer. Our longest drive will probably be 16 hours one-way.<br><br>
Really, as long as you know where you're going, have a plan and some patience, you'll be fine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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It's doable! I drove from Montreal to Tucson with my DDs when they were 3 and 4, and we had our CAT with us! We were in the middle of a move and my DH had to stay behind and take care of some things in Canada, and he flew down and met us in Arizona (it was not a round trip). Kids were really freaked out about flying because this was about 6 weeks after 9/11 so it seemed best to drive them.<br><br>
Anyway, a DVD player for the car is a good thing. We did a movie, and then I put on a kid CD and they played with toys, and then when the CD was over we stopped at a rest stop and played outside for awhile, and then they watched another movie. It went fine. (BTW, everytime you stop, tidy up the car)<br><br>
I packed a small suitcase for the just the road trip so that I didn't have to lug everything in to the hotel each night, and I got rooms that were on the first floor where I could park right outside the door.<br><br>
I usually started driving at about 5 am, just putting the kids into the car in their PJs. I would stop for breakfast (and dress them!) after they woke up.<br><br>
Why it is a 4 or 5 day drive? We've done lots of long road trips with kids. We used to live 1250 miles from my moms house and I could do it in 2 days, only going 5 miles over the speed limit, and stopping about every 3 hours to stretch legs.<br><br>
It is very empowering to know that you can just in the car and drive to your family's house. It makes you feel like you can do anything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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two years ago, having rarely driven on the interstate and never navigating unknown territory by myself, my three children and I set out on the greatest road trip ever in the entire history of the known and unknown world. the girlies were 2, just turned 5 and 8. we drove 1100 miles. over two days. in a very small car. with enough gear and what not to camp in national forests. we took our time, stopping at nearly every tourist trap and scenic turn out along the way. stopped for the night. met up with the in-laws the next day and drove the rest of the way stopping only once (but it was a three hour stop at this seriously cool place). So then we dropped off the inlaws and headed out to make camp in the Gallitan forest. it was raining buckets. we made it through the night but had to run for our lives thenext day and slept on the BIL floor (I don't know why they didn't offer this before I assumed thats where the ILs was staying or that they had no room . . . ) anyway we dried out and then headed out to the ranch to stay for 5 days with the ILs (the most harrowing part of the trip by far), then the ILs left and we spent another 4 or 5 days alone, then went to Yellowstone (which is about 3 hours out and then you drive and drive and drive) for 4 days, BIL and SIL met up with us for a couple days then we drove back to the ranch and stayed another 24 hours washing clothes and girls and packing up. then headed home the next morning. we hung out in Keystone (tourist trap outside Rushmore) for a few hours and ran into some of our favorite family (they were hitting some tourist attractions before a good friends funeral - only them), camped at a KAO cabin for the night and then headed home the next day. That day we didn't stop at all. it had been 20 days and we really couldn't get home fast enough.<br><br>
the next year I took them all to TX (900) again we did it in two days which left plenty of time for stopping everywhere imaginable and playing. After the big trip the year before (we put 3000 miles on the car before we rolled into the driveway again) i really felt like I could pack them up and with enough hype and somewhere to stop and swim we could drive anywhere in the world. we may do both this summer. we love a good road trip more than just about anything.
 

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I guess what it would come down to for me is how do your kids do in the car? We love car trips, so we'd definitely do it (in fact, we've done that very drive!), even if it were just me, but I have a child who also likes road trips. I don't know that I'd want to do it with kids who don't like driving trips.
 

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I think it's totally do-able and I think you have the right idea - take it easy and stop a lot. Personally I am not one for driving straight through. Any more than 8 hours (even with lots of breaks) a day in a car and I am in physical pain, achy, tired and bitchy. Of course kids get whiny and cranky... We've done 10 hours in one day with DD and she starts to complain about 6 hours in, even with lots of breaks.<br><br>
1300 miles isn't so bad though. I've driven 3000 miles, just me and my dog, in an old VW van with a top speed of 50 mph.
 
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