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1. Posted by hweechie (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I'm planning to drive from Portland, OR to Vancouver, BC (Coquitlam, to be exact) this weekend.

I haven't driven much in the US - I come here pretty often for business trips though - but I suppose I'm confident enough.

Only problem is, where I live, I don't get any chance at all to drive for 7 hours straight!

Driving on I-5, I think I will get drained out mentally pretty soon.

Can anyone suggest what I can do along the drive? As in any good stopovers?

Any other advice is well appreciated!

Thank in advance.

2. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 11y

Hi hweechie,

Make sure you take your favourite tunes with you so can can sing along loudly to keep you busy. Also have the radio tuned into a good station so that once you're bored with your music you don't have to fiddle with changing the stations. Dont know anything about the I-5 but if you see places of interest (or even the movies or a shopping mall) stop for a while, as seven hours is a long time to drive and you'll definitely need lots of breaks.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

When you get tired drive with all the windows down and give yourself complex maths problems to solve.

(just kidding about the 2nd bit....hee hee)

4. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

Books on tape pass the time pretty well. I bet that's a pretty drive at least. Just break it up with 2-3 good stops and you should be fine. Sorry I can't be of more help on where.

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

Stop off part way up at the Mt. St. Helens museum (it's just off the I-5 highway).

Then stop off at Seattle and either see the Space Needle or go to a restaurant near there (on the shore, or on Lake Union). At the base of the space needle is a place called the Experience Music Project that's probably the best thing to see in Seattle. They also have an "alien experience" exhibit/amusement park there. On the shoreline down by Ivar's Restaurant there's an IMAX theatre that shows a good movie on the Mt.St.Helens disaster also, if you're interested--but this increases the time of your trip by about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Actually, 7 hours is not so long to drive, just stop every two to three hours for a quick break and to refresh.

Enjoy.

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting Calcruzer

Actually, 7 hours is not so long to drive, just stop every two to three hours for a quick break and to refresh.

Enjoy.

I was thinking the same thing ;) I think that is the shortest amount of time I have ever driven on a trip. The 38 hours in 3 days I have done 3 times now...and as GOD AS MY WITNESS...it will never, ever, no chance, when hell freezes over, when monkees fly outta my butt, nada, zipperoni...you get my point, I will NOT drive that again! :)

Like Cal said...take breaks, stretch your legs, go pee, get something to drink...anything to give you a rest. You will do just fine! Have a great time!

7. Posted by Quercus (Full Member 76 posts) 11y

Don't keep driving if you're too tired - you'll be a danger to yourself and others.
Have regular breaks where you get out of the car - you could stop at a cafe/roadhouse etc. and have food and drinks or stop the car and jog around it for a few minutes. In Australia our government has been marketing something called a 'power nap' - when you're tired you should take a break and nap for about 15 minutes before driving again.... I know people who say it works..

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

The 38 hours in 3 days I have done 3 times now...and as GOD AS MY WITNESS...it will never, ever, no chance, when hell freezes over, when monkees fly outta my butt, nada, zipperoni...you get my point, I will NOT drive that again! :)

So...you actually mean...no?

9. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting john7buck

Books on tape pass the time pretty well. I bet that's a pretty drive at least. Just break it up with 2-3 good stops and you should be fine. Sorry I can't be of more help on where.

This is great advice...time flies with books on tape but since he is coming from some far away I think your brain can only process one thing at a time...the road/scenary or the road/tape (so is that two things at a time?...hmmm). We dont want you to get into an accident now...

You will have to stop for gas anyone a couple of times, you can stretch your legs then...I just drove 18 hrs straight on July 3rd...it is tiring but it isnt so bad and you will be so alert checking things out that time will fly! Good luck!