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Planes, Trains or Automobiles?

Poll Results: Plane, Train or Automobile?

 
  • 0% (0)
    Plane
  • 7% (1)
    Train
  • 35% (5)
    Automobile
  • 35% (5)
    Depends on distance
  • 0% (0)
    Depends on travel companion(s)
  • 0% (0)
    Bicycle
  • 21% (3)
    Poll Flawed
14 Total Votes  
post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
 In  light of the people from mid Atlantic states who are stranded in Utah (as posted in the Gathering thread), the SUV threads I LOVE my gigantic SUV., & BIG ski SUV, and the discussion about checked baggage fees(too many threads to count, but here is one or two) Airline Baggage FeesAnother twist on airline baggage rules? 

Have your ideal travel transportation method(s) changed?

For me, they have changed a lot in the past year.  We have a business that builds a lot of FFM's so we've traveled by air a lot, and have a trip planned to Utah in a few weeks via air travel, but after buying our Yukon XL last year and taking 3 road trips to Colorado(18 hrs), I have grown to love the road trip.  I like having my own vehicle, and I enjoy the time spent with friends on the road.
My little sister takes Amtrak from time to time and she seems to choose that over just about any other form of travel.

For me, I'll take my Gigantic SUV!

What about you:  Plane Train or Automobile?
post #2 of 13
Plane to east coast, west coast or another continent.

Train within Europe.

Automobile (Tacoma Double Cab) to Rockies and to visit clients in the county.

Bus (Summit Stage and Breck Free Ride) around the county and (with gondola) to Brekenridge.

Bike (Gary Fisher Sug 2+ or trash road bike [pulled from the trash]) around the county in the summer. AllTerra Tequesta with Nokian Hakkepellita factory studded tires around town in the winter.

Sailboat (Precision 21 or Venture 17) to around the lake or along the coast.

Funny thing. Skis isn't an option in the poll and I wouldn't consider skis as transportation for the sake of transportation, although touring (classic XC and BC on tele or randonee) is something I'm set up to do and love to do.
post #3 of 13
I almost always end up driving my truck. I can fit all my stuff in there and I can go when I want to and do what I want. Driving out to UT or CO from WI can be a drag, but as long as I'm going to be out there for awhile it's not too bad. Flying sucks - I hate airports and renting a vehicle when you get to where you're going and the baggage thing is terrible. Really the only advantage toflying is that it only takes up one day. If trains were feasible I'd like to do that, but i don't think trains will ever work in the US like they do in Europe.
post #4 of 13
 Flawed! Needs to be multiple choice.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
 MasterRacer you have quite the selection there!
post #6 of 13
 Starting to hate flying again.  Driving gets old.  I need to win the lottery and relocate to Jackson Hole or Alta.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
 I'm with you on that option!  
Moving to ski country, however, does not avoid travel,  as you still need to go home to family from time to time. 
post #8 of 13
More than a 6-8 hour drive and I want to fly. Alta is about 11 hours from San Diego by car and a 2 hour flight, so I am flying. Also, using .15 cents a mile for depreciation is about $115, plus gas there and back is $200. So more than the cost of the flight and I usually have sky miles for a free flight, so just the cheapy rental car is less than driving. Plus, my time spent not driving is priceless.
post #9 of 13
 Southest for airline. 
post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 MasterRacer you have quite the selection there!

I like to be thorough. I know from experience if you take a half-assed stab at answering a question on Epic, or make assumptions of the reader's knowledge, you can get dragged over the coals.
post #11 of 13
I've done all of the above and prefer to GET there and enjoy as much time for skiing as possible.  If the drive time is <10 hours, I'm loading up the Suburban to the max and taking it.

Greater than 10 hours, I'll pretty much look at flying.

Amtrak is OK ... the seating is really large; aka first class on any airline or bigger.  And there's plenty of storage for your gear.  I've had trouble with the schedules not being reliable. Last year the route I was to take from Chicago was canceled while I was in-route via air - getting to Chicago.  Imagine my surprise when I found out it was canceled for most of the route. 

Still, the train is a great way to stretch out and see the country, if you have the time.
post #12 of 13
There is nothing better than having your own car and ALL your gear.. So, I'm taking a car whenever it is possible to do so, even at the expense of losing a ski day to driving.  I've had that happen flying before, got bumped then weather delayed.  Coulda driven there quicker
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post




I like to be thorough. I know from experience if you take a half-assed stab at answering a question on Epic, or make assumptions of the reader's knowledge, you can get dragged over the coals.
ya don't say!
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