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    I am planning on going to defcon this summer, im thinking it could be a fun roadtrip.
    it would be about a thousand miles but it would be cool.

    my car is a hyundai elantra and could theoretically seat 5 though id say the max is 4.

    if people want to split the gas costs and stuff id be willing to use my car for it.

    i plan on camping out in the desert or sleeping in my car, unless you all want to share a room.

    post here if you are interested.

  • #2
    I would recommend not camping out in the desert. As a desert rat myself, I can tell you, that region at that time of the year is one of the most unpleasant places around. If you're that broke and need to crash some place, make friends with someone at con and crash in their room or sleep in your car. Plus, suburbia has spread out around Vegas quite a bit, you have to drive now to get to the desert.
    Play it safe and stay some place where you have ready access to shelter and water.

    I return whatever i wish . Its called FREEDOWM OF RANDOMNESS IN A HECK . CLUSTERED DEFEATED CORn FORUM . Welcome to me

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    • #3
      umm... or. If you are intent on staying in your car, switch off driving with the folks going with you. The drive is only 18 hours or so (depending on speed) and is easily a straight shot, especially with other drivers.
      if it gets me nowhere, I'll go there proud; and I'm gonna go there free.

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      • #4
        Getting a room while on the road is not a pricey option in that region too. A few years ago on the way back from Defcon, we got a room in Jackpot, NV. Cost me 20 bucks for the night. Not the nicest place, but for a room with a locking door that I could crash in for 5 hours, it was worth it.

        I return whatever i wish . Its called FREEDOWM OF RANDOMNESS IN A HECK . CLUSTERED DEFEATED CORn FORUM . Welcome to me

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        • #5
          Take my advice as a vancouver resident, the drive is not worth it. Esp. with what you would pay in food, snacks, gas, etc.... Just use your visa rewards or buy a cheap coach ticket.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by staticblackz
            Take my advice as a vancouver resident, the drive is not worth it. Esp. with what you would pay in food, snacks, gas, etc.... Just use your visa rewards or buy a cheap coach ticket.
            Also as a Vancouver resident, the bus option is not worth it. Took me about 36+ hours or so, for DC12. Have to factor in layovers, bus delays, full busses.... getting BACK took me about 48 hours. :-(

            If you do bus/road trip, bring a pillow.

            Flying is totally worth it. The extra ~100$ goes a LONG way towards sanity.
            :wq

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Toothpaste
              Also as a Vancouver resident, the bus option is not worth it. Took me about 36+ hours or so, for DC12. Have to factor in layovers, bus delays, full busses.... getting BACK took me about 48 hours. :-(

              If you do bus/road trip, bring a pillow.

              Flying is totally worth it. The extra ~100$ goes a LONG way towards sanity.
              Not to mention time saved, etc.
              Driving is great if you don't have more than 8 hours to travel.. any more than that and forget it. Sure road trips are fun, but only if you have no real destination. If you do, it is cutting into time you could be at the place where you are going...
              Happiness is a belt-fed weapon.

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              • #8
                just wanna ask... when the defcon goes to my country...??? :)
                De[X]tone
                The Last, But Always Trying To Be [1ST]

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                • #9
                  What does everyone thing about planning a meeting of Portland/Vancouver people at dc?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by De[X]tone
                    just wanna ask... when the defcon goes to my country...??? :)
                    Just wanna (want to) tell:

                    DefCon (annual event that is cancelled every year) is in Las Vegas every year.

                    There are "DefCon Groups" that are *regional*. (Search by Area code, or Country_Code+City/Regional_Code.)

                    Originally posted by staticblackz
                    What does everyone think about planning a meeting of Portland/Vancouver people at dc?
                    Wow! Two for one!

                    There are "DefCon Groups" that are *regional*. (Search by Area code, or Country_Code+City/Regional_Code.) (heh-heh :-)

                    Seriously, here is the Portland DC Group. I've not found one for Vancouver listed yet. [Though there is a Vancouver 2600 group.]

                    If either of you start a regional DC-Group, the place to announce it is in the Local Meetings section.

                    [Added content:]
                    staticblackz: If there were DC Groups for both locations, you could visit each group meeting and see what people in those groups might say.
                    Last edited by TheCotMan; June 13, 2005, 15:46.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by che
                      Driving is great if you don't have more than 8 hours to travel.. any more than that and forget it.
                      Driving more than 8 hours isn't so bad, it's just the long trek through Utah that gets to most hackers

                      Sure road trips are fun, but only if you have no real destination. If you do, it is cutting into time you could be at the place where you are going...
                      Oh Che, Defcon Road Trips Are The Best!!! I mean where else can one travel down the highway headed to Vegas and be able to tell how you made it alive and in one piece to con or back from con?
                      "It is difficult not to wonder whether that combination of elements which produces a machine for labor does not create also a soul of sorts, a dull resentful metallic will, which can rebel at times". Pearl S. Buck

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by che
                        Driving is great if you don't have more than 8 hours to travel.. any more than that and forget it.
                        I'm driving with some friends a bit north of the bay area in california... this will be the 3rd year in a row and its around 12+ hours. (I can't imagine driving from Utah... thats pretty hardcore).
                        I've gone with the bay area carvan the last two years, but I think we're going to make our own this year....
                        Get up and leave at 2:30am and we're at defcon around 5, just in time for the ToxicBBQ :-)

                        If you have a crappy car, your a bad driver, or you hate driving... then che is right.
                        The only constant in the universe is change itself

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lil_freak
                          Driving more than 8 hours isn't so bad, it's just the long trek through Utah that gets to most hackers



                          Oh Che, Defcon Road Trips Are The Best!!! I mean where else can one travel down the highway headed to Vegas and be able to tell how you made it alive and in one piece to con or back from con?
                          True.. but I am less likely to hit a deer in a jet..
                          Happiness is a belt-fed weapon.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by che
                            True.. but I am less likely to hit a deer in a jet..
                            I used to think the same thing, then one fateful Christmas Eve that got proven wrong. Blood, venison, and presents everywhere. Worst. Christmas. Ever.

                            I return whatever i wish . Its called FREEDOWM OF RANDOMNESS IN A HECK . CLUSTERED DEFEATED CORn FORUM . Welcome to me

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by noid
                              I used to think the same thing, then one fateful Christmas Eve that got proven wrong. Blood, venison, and presents everywhere. Worst. Christmas. Ever.
                              Oh yes, we heard about that one...

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