I have found "books on CD" to be a Godsend for long distance driving. We have found that Non-fiction (history, science, etc) is better for us, as you don't have to keep track of plot points or main characters while driving. Kind of annoying when you miss a major event in a story because you had to avoid running over the econobox car that just cut you off - with non-fiction I just find it easier to pay attention to driving.
I am a big fan of old time radio, I burn CDs in MP3 format and can fit over 20 hours of shows on one CD I have been a member of RUSCsince 2006 and pay the $60 a year rate but there are a lot of options
Monthly: $7.50 per month
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They are always adding newshows to the thousands of hours that already have
Shows added on 02/21/2012:
- Fibber McGee & Molly - Reunion With Fred Nitney
- Bold Venture - That Gun Will Kill You
- Lone Ranger, The - Teddy Roosevelt (Pt2)
- You Are There - Capture of John Wilkes Booth
- Arch Oboler's Plays - Holiday 1940X
- Casey, Crime Photographer - Graveyard And Gertie (Repeat)
Shows added on 02/20/2012:
- Mercury Theater On Air - Abraham Lincoln
- Great Gildersleeve, The - Miss Harriet Pickens
- Whistler, The - Triple Play
- Lone Ranger, The - Teddy Roosevelt (Pt1)
- Railroad Hour, The - Frederica
- Stan Freberg Show - Abe Lincoln At Home In The White House
Shows added on 02/19/2012:
- Stan Freberg Show - Abe Lincoln Analysis
- Lone Ranger, The - Plutes Revenge
- Sherlock Holmes - Engineer's Thumb, The
- Hallmark Playhouse - Abe Lincoln Prairie Years
- Whistler, The - Ski Master
- Railroad Hour, The - Nina Rosa
Shows added on 02/18/2012:
- Destination Freedom - Railway To Freedom
- Whistler, The - Case For Mr Carrington, A
- Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar - Winsome Widow Matter The
- Lone Ranger, The - Drum Of We Oh Pa
- CBS Radio Mystery Theater - It's Murder Mr Lincoln
- Gunsmoke - Lady Killer
2010 Dodge 409 CI diesel long bed dually crew cab B&W hitch, 95 Gallon Auxiliary Transfer Fuel Tank, pulling a 33 foot Holiday Rambler Alumascape suite, Winegard SK-3005 TRAV'LER , Central vac, Splendide 2100 XC washer dryer, Rotochoks, TST Tire monitor.
At the time we had a 7 month old and a 2 year old, I set up the route, my husband drove 300-350 miles a day. It was about 6-7 hours with 1 pit stop for food and to stretch, and a second for potty break. It was perfect for the kids, dog and us. I'm also a planner, so I had reservations set up at each overnight stop. Worked out perfectly. We'll be doing the same route out to Yellowstone this year.
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Our neighbors took several road trips with young kids. They get on the road early (before 5 AM) and get a few hours driving in while the kids are still asleep in their pj's with pillows and blankets. At the first pitstop they get kids dressed, fed, teeth brushed and drive a couple more hours. The next stop is longer with lots of active playing then lunch. Back in the car for another few hours, during which the kids drift off for naps.
Six hours a day in a car seat is pretty hard on a little body, especially with no footrest and sitting in a diaper. If it was me, I'd leave the family at home and use the two weeks travel time to take a different trip with them, one with less driving and more time to enjoy. Whatever you decide will be the right decision for you. :-)
I try to keep it under 350 and I make a stop at least every 1 1/2 - 2 hours to at least stretch if I don't my shoulders and neck get sore and my wife's hips start hurting her. But in 3 to 4 hours I have to get diesel 26 gallons at 11 MPG does not last too long so we only make one stop between fill-ups usually at a rest stop to get a geocache.