I just realized this would be a long frickin’ drive.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not totally dense. I knew it would be a solid block of driving. No matter how you cut it, Alaska to Massachusetts is a long way to go. I had let google tell me the most direct route, and it turned out to be some 3700 miles. I didn’t think much of it because it simultaneously claimed that it would be around 3 days of drive time. No biggie, we’ve got 10’ish days to make it happen.
Then, I just did the math. If we want to do a 10 day trek, we’re talking around 370 miles a day, or just around 6 hours of driving… Daily. I guess 3 hours in the morning and 3 in the evening isn’t too bad, but if we add in the rest stops, the waiting for traffic, etc, etc. These could be (potentially) 10 long days on the road.
I suppose it’s a good thing we’re aiming to get there a week before orientation so that we can get settled.
Another thing that I’ve been pondering is breaking off of the straight and narrow, and taking a dip down to Nebraska if we did that, I’d be able to introduce my lovely wife to some of my extended family in the area: Aunt Beverley, Uncle Oscar, and Grandpa Darrell. It’d be nice to stop by and enjoy some friendly faces, but to take that short detour, it adds some 600 miles to the trip, driving our daily dosage of road to just around 7 hours per day.
I’m sure I can do the meat-grinder driving approach… I’m not sure that I want to.
I guess I can put that decision off for some time… We don’t get on the ferry till August 22 or 23!
Here’s the comparative routes that I’m considering (click for biggie sized):