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The dreaded Vegas to Cali (Sunday) drive

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by Happygirl21, Jul 30, 2019.

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  1. Laugh

    Laugh High-Roller

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    Haha, yup. I don't know what part of the drive it is, but I know I'm there when everyone is bookin' 90+ and I'm thinking 80 is fast, lol. I'm a slow-poke.
     
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  2. VegasBJ

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    If you aren't gping 95, you are getting passed! 95 seems to be the traffic flow speed between Barstow and State line
     
  3. Eric1285

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    I use a good radar detector and have done the drive dozens and dozens of times. Of the ~260 miles from OC to Vegas, about half is just desert where there are no cops. Nowadays though I'm more scared of the clueless CA drivers.

    Doing 90-100 for 100+ miles is great...but on an Autobahn I could hit 180 lol.
     
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    I took a flixbus from LV to SD that left Caesars palace at 8 am on a Sunday morning. We got to San Bernardino in about 3 hours. Unfortunately we had to wait until the scheduled time to continue on. This was last October.
     
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    As someone that lives in San Diego and makes multiple trips per year to Vegas (8+), if I am leaving on Sunday I make sure I am on the road by no later than 9am to be safe. A 5 hour drive can easily turn into a 8-10 hour drive if your arent careful...
     
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  6. Rinn

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    Takes us about 4-5 hours, with at least 1 pit stop.
     
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    AyDee is getting too old for this

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    just a data point, driving from LA-LAS on the 29th,
    we saw probably 7 or more highway patrol apparent speeding busts on the way in.
    A while later I wondered if there was something to the whole "hitting end of month quota" saw I used to hear about.
     
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    I've only ever driven into Vegas from the east, but always wanted to see Zzyzx road just because it plays a prominent role in one of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels.
     
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    I almost always see at least one or two cars pulled over on the way in. Many times it's the same fool who blasted past me at triple digit speeds. Every once in a while it's the car I was using as radar cover.

    I think it was 6-7 years ago, but I had to pull over at Zzyzx road to cough up one of my lungs. Came down with Pneumonia on the first night of my trip and spent 3 days in bed. Drive home with a 104+ fever. Not much to see there...I just pulled over, hacked up a bunch of blood and kept going.
     
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    I, too, love to see CHP having stopped someone who blew past us at 100 mph and have seen it often. Just sayin'......
     
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    I once saw CHP pull over a slow poke in the #1 lane. Blessed be the CHP!!!
     
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    Maybe you should have stayed there? It used to be a place that ostensibly cured all ills.
     
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    Well, there is Zzyzx. And then there is pulling off the interstate at an exit marked "Zzyzx Road" and exclaiming there is nothing at the end of the offramp.
     
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    always wanted to drive out on Zzyzx road into the middle of nowhere and find out what is out there ( if anything). they built the road / offramp for a reason??
     
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    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    For those who wonder about what is out there on those roads in America's deserts but don't find out, this is a classic read. Probably hard to find if you don't have it, and I'd venture to say I might be the only one here with it. lol A consequence of my ill-spent years in academia.

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    I've made the drive quite a few times over the last six months (Vegas to Helendale, CA) and what I've noticed:
    Perfect conditions I can make the drive in 2 hrs 20 mins from my garage to parked on the strip.

    Leave well before normal checkout times (7-730am) and you're usually okay.... maybe adds 15-30 mins to the drive
    Anything around normal 11am checkout is a disaster and it remains that way until late checkouts 4pm+ ... Usually almost doubles the drive time
    Leave late 830pm+ ... Usually only adds 15-30 mins to the drive

    FWIW ... if you follow the road at Zzyzx this exists:
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    Also, I tried the "FLIX BUS" a few weeks ago, and honestly it wasn't bad. I expected a shit-show of people on it, but was quite normal and tame. I had a situation where I needed to fly out of Vegas but was driving back to CA from Wisconsin, so didn't want to leave a car in LAS. Flix bus vs. rental car, and figured I would try the bus considering it was so cheap. I rode from Victorville to LAS in the "Premium Seats" for a whopping $14. Non-stop, dropped me off at The Mirage, had WiFi + Power. It was pretty great. Even if there is traffic, who cares since you can just zone out / sleep / watch whatever on your phone.
     
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    Well, good news folks. Heard on LA and Vegas news that the new speed rail is back on track. It will begin in 2020 and finished in 3 years. The high speed train route will be from Victorville, Ca to Vegas near the Stadium.
    This is great news for me, can hit LAX to Union Station, then take Amtrak from Union Station to Victorville, then zoom along the desert in 75 minutes to the promised land.
    Virgin Trains USA.
    Hopefully i'll still be alive in 3 years..........LOL.
     
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    I have come back to Los Angeles many of times on a Sunday, one of the best days to come back without having to worry about rush hour. We always leave between 10 and 11am and is back home by 5ish because we stop at stateline along the way or Baker or Barstow on the way back home to eat.
     
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    The one thing you need to be careful about when leaving at night is the weather. In the winter, especially when it's rainy, you run a risk of Cajon Pass being fogged in, iced over or maybe even shut down. I had a friend who worked swing shift and had to travel over it to get to his work. He always kept a sleeping bag, blankets and extra clothes in the trunk because several times a year, it would be closed for safety.
     
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    We hope you are alive far far longer than the number of decades it would take for this to ever materialize.
     
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