First off, YES, I have read the Event Survival Guide, basically all sections of the Preparations page, and yes this includes directions from LA. And yes I googled the directions looking at the Option 2 American Dream route.
My question is as follows:
Coming from LA (I'm actually coming from San Diego but I can figure out that part on my own), how long should I allocate for travel time from my front driveway to my camp area at BRC, utilizing the American Dream route?
Using Los Angeles as the starting point (yes, that's very broad, but I had to use something that you people can relate to), Google Maps says it will take me 11 hours and 6 minutes to go from downtown LA to BRC.
Using my home address, in SD, Google Maps tells me it will take 12 hours and 7 minutes from home to BRC.
What's it really going to take me? What should I reasonable add to that time? 2 hours? 14 hours seems somewhat reasonable. That allows time for gas stops and the traffic I'll hit approaching the gate.
I'm only asking b/c I'm trying to decide what time to leave.
-Leave at 6pm, drive through the night, get there at 8am? No, don't like driving through the night. Not safe, not fun.
-Leave at 8am get there at 10pm? Really don't want to arrive in the dark. It's hard enough setting up a regular campsite in the dark
Therefore, I'm leaning towards leaving at 3am and getting there at 5pm.
This assumes: a) it will be light at 5pm (I'm guessing so) and b) it will take me 14 hours.
Any feedback from people who have made the venture from LA and/or SD?
Feel free to post any feedback, including baseless personal attacks. Thos are always fun reading