Road trip across the country in Spadea: bet on the penny

I’m going to San Diego next week. And yes, I drive.

Last year I made the RV trip and went door to door in 52 hours.

This year I’m taking the Jeep coast to coast and trying to beat my time.

My wife Jodi and my son Michael leave early and I deliver the car. Then my wife and I will fly.

I know it’s possible and easier to ship the truck, but I love the drive!

It’s the perfect way for me to decompress before taking two weeks off.

onX Offroad via Unsplash

onX Offroad via Unsplash

I will listen to local radio as I cross the highways and get a local feel for each area I pass through.

Driving gives you a real perspective of how other states and communities operate.

Leaving the Garden State to get a glimpse of what freedom and affordability look like is a great reminder of why I fight every day to restore freedom and prosperity to New Jersey.

As for the journey, according to Google maps, it takes about 42 hours by real road from Princeton to San Diego.

I think 2 hours of gas stops leaves me with 8 hours of downtime.

Here is my thought.

Go home after Friday’s show and sleep for 3-4 hours.

Leave my house at 3 p.m. and drive for 18-20 hours. That means I’d be ready to stop around 11 a.m.

If I take the road through St. Louis and Oklahoma City, the trip should only take 41 hours.

The challenge is that St. Louis has become a dangerous place and I would have to schedule gas stops to make sure I get through St. Louis with a full tank.

Tiffany Cade on Unsplash

Tiffany Cade on Unsplash

I could stop in Bloomington where I should arrive in about 13 hours.

This stop makes sense if I’m leaving right after the show.

So, as you can see, I’m still undecided on the best route and departure time. Help me if you can!

Contact me on the free New Jersey 101.5 app and let me know your thoughts.

Do you think I can do it in 52 hours or less? Bet the least!

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Bill Spadea, host of New Jersey talk show 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Bill. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6-10 a.m., speaking from Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.

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