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12 November, 2014

Weekly Poll: Midnight Train to ______

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Please excuse my semi-quietness these past few days—I've had to work on some last-minute boring stuff. And travel to visit family. On a train. Choo-choo. (I'm tired, can you tell?)


This week's question was inspired by most recent (ahem TODAY) experience with Amtrak and travel delays:

What's the longest trip you've ever been on (in terms of travel time it took you to reach your destination)? Can be any transit method—airplane, bus, train, driving, and so on.

In terms of actual transit time, I think the winner for me has to be the Amtrak train between NYC and Chicago (which I have taken several times). This route is supposed to take about 20 hours, but of course with severe delays it can end up taking over a day ... fun! But if we're counting stopover times as well, then maybe NYC ---> Auckland, NZ would be the winner. Five or so hours on a plane from NYC to Los Angeles, hours of waiting, then another 12 or 13 hours on a plane from there. Fun: Now with bad in-flight movies!

How about you? What far-flung (or obnoxiously difficult to reach) locales have you visited?

17 comments:

  1. Now I've got that in my head.

    Unfortunately, I've never had the money to travel outside Aus. :( I've travelled 14 hours by bus to somewhere in Melbourne, though.

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  2. The longest I've had to travel by plane is the 36 hours it took me to get back home after my last trip to Australia. I mean, seven of those hours was spent wandering around Hong Kong airport, but still. 10k miles is no joke. I did spend a week on a road trip with my dad, once. That was, uh... not so fun. It's just dust in the middle, honestly. But we did see a dancing brolga!

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  3. The longest I ever traveled, was when going by bus between California and Maine, 4 days and 3 nights. I have to say I saw alot of the country, there where many stops, and well I was VERY young (12 years old) and was traveling as a minor! So fun fun fun

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  4. The longest trip I've been on was when I was a kid and my family went to Britain for a month. We had such a long delay in Boston that the flight attendants were talking about not waiting for the plane anymore (I assume they would have gone to a hotel for the night and come back the next day). The plane finally did show up.

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  5. The longest trip I've been on was driving from Birmingham, Al to Camp Pendleton, CA. We drove straight through and it took 23 hours. The second longest was flying with two small children from Birmingham, Al to Okinawa, Japan.

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  6. Now I have a Journey song stuck in my head, thanks! 😜👍
    My family took loooong car trip when I was a kid. There were six of us. I was the youngest. And only girl. We went from Seattle to Michigan. And other places. You fill in the fun!

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  7. Argentina, November 2012 - 27 hours on a coach from Buenos Aires to (I think) Bariloche. I am really glad we paid the extra $20 for the reclining seats, three meals, wine and post-meal champagne!

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  8. Fourteen hours on a bus is no joke. I think the most I've done is 10 and it wasn't exactly fun!

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  9. Ah, nothing like 7 hour spent in an airport. Now that I think of it, I once had a 6 or 7 hour layover in Los Angeles... which is not that exciting of an airport. Many overpriced snacks consumed that time.

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  10. That is a LOT of time on a bus! I've driven in a car between NYC and Chicago a bunch of times, but never all the way across the country. Plus all the stops on the bus ... yikes.

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  11. At least you were going over there for a good long while! It would suck to have your plane delayed so much if you were only going for a few days.

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  12. Wow, driving that much at once is pretty intense! I think the longest car trip I've done in one shot was about 16 hours, and even that felt like too much.

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  13. Haha! Did you ever play "car bingo" on that trip? My family would always drive somewhere for family vacations - not quite that much, but sometimes 6-8 hour trips. Anyway, my sister and I would play "bingo" with random objects spotted from the car and eventually get into fights about whether or not they actually counted, etc. etc. etc.

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  14. Um yes, I would say that $20 was more than well worth it! I can't say that I've ever had champagne on a coach under any circumstances, actually.

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  15. Yes, it was pretty hectic with a two year old.

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  16. Yes it was FOREVER! I was like 12 and my sister was 15 and we where alone

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  17. definitely stand by to Florida and honestly I don't even live that far from Florida I mean I live in Canada I think the stand by aspect is what made it so long as in layovers and what not.

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