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Dragpo13  (C 39768)

Feb 28, 2012, 12:32 PM
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Hello!

I am considering doing a 2 1/2 week (give or take) long road trip from the east coast (va) to Elsinore and back. The route does not need to be direct or follow the same way back. So I could curve south one way and north the other. I'm looking for dzs to stop at everyday (if possible with the distance) along the way. If anyone has any recommendations I'd really appreciate it! I do not have a set date for this trip yet, depends on my work start date which I get in may. I'll rank and plot all the replies on a map to determine the best way to go.

Thanks!


Bertt  (D 99999)

Feb 28, 2012, 2:44 PM
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OK, I'll start:
Skydive Atlanta (Thomaston, GA)
Gold Coast (Lumberton, MS)
Spaceland (Rosharon, TX)

Now you're on I-10 headed west, not sure what's next.
Sounds like it could be a fun trip.


Dragpo13  (C 39768)

Feb 28, 2012, 3:09 PM
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Thank you! Plenty of time to figure out the rest


missbrz  (B License)

Feb 28, 2012, 3:23 PM
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I'd start at Skydive Orange in VA. Then head down to Raeford in NC, & maybe hit up the tunnel too. Then Skydive the Farm in Rockmart GA definitely. I'll second Gold Coast & Spaceland as well.


Dragpo13  (C 39768)

Feb 28, 2012, 3:29 PM
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Orange is my home DZ, Raeford looks good as the next stop. So far my map curves down into Texas. Possibly into CO and then Utah, AZ, and CA but nothing is in stone yet. Thank you!


Gene03

Feb 28, 2012, 4:06 PM
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Any possibility of putting Skydive Chicago on your list?

The place fuggin' rocks.


floormonkey  (D License)

Feb 28, 2012, 9:26 PM
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American Revolution Boogie, Skydive Dallas, July 4-9th, Skyvan, Otter, Caravan, DC-3, Helicopter, Load Organizers, Party, etc


Dragpo13  (C 39768)

Feb 29, 2012, 6:17 AM
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Skydive Chicago is a possibility but if i dont make it on the road trip I might fly out for the boogie


mrubin  (C License)

Feb 29, 2012, 7:55 AM
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Sounds like a fun trip, but it will probably take you more than 2 1/2 weeks. Give yourself as much time as you can.


Dragpo13  (C 39768)

Feb 29, 2012, 8:01 AM
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I will need to trim it down once i have everything plotted out but I'm hoping I can keep it around that long


davelepka  (D 21448)

Feb 29, 2012, 8:44 AM
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With 2 1/2 weeks, it might make more sense to pick a 'halfway' point, like Spaceland (Houston, TX), drive there and jump for a day or two, then truck out to Elisnore. Stay in Elsinore a week, and pick another halfway point for the way back, maybe Mile-Hi (Denver), truck out there and hang out for a day or two, and then go home.

The problem with DZ hopping is that it takes time, and with only 2 1/2 weeks total time to drive from Va to CA and back, you don't have a ton of time. It's 3 or 4 days on the road to drive direct, so that's a week of drive time round trip. If you start adding stops at various DZs, and time to go out of your way to get there, you end up with very little time in Elsinore.

Any reason you're heading to Elsinore? You could do a lot with two weeks if you head down the coast through GA, FL, over to LA and then TX. You could swing up through TN on your way back. With that trip, you could hit 4 or 5 DZs in 2 1/2 weeks.

If it's the summer, you could do a north loop, and hit TN, Il, Oh, Pa, Ny, Ct, NJ, etc.


Dragpo13  (C 39768)

Feb 29, 2012, 9:15 AM
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Ya this would be in summer. I guess I could look into the florida route or the halfway route. 2 1/2 weeks would be tough to hit all the dzs along the way to cali so I might have to reconsider the direction


airbigdaddy  (D 21277)

Mar 6, 2012, 10:28 AM
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Like I told you, Junior: Plan your trip around Skydive Lost Prairie's boogie. You can't beat the sights or the vibe. Now, if you're going JUST for jump numbers, you wouldn't want to JUST do LP, as it tends to get windy in the afternoons. For just racking up a bunch of jumps, hit the likes of SDC, Eloy, Elsinore, etc.

Just keep in mind that with big vacation-destination DZs like these come a ton of other folks like you who are unfamiliar with everything local, and a lot of lower-time jumpers go to these spots to do and fly shit they're not ready for, so keep your safety sensor on full tilt at all times and your head on a swivel.

Have a great time. If you do anything stupid, don't tell them who taught you how to skydive or where your home DZ is. Wink


mchamp  (D 32129)

Mar 7, 2012, 1:55 AM
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Dude! Move it to Europe make it in June and I'll join you! haha

Don't forget that getting to a DZ you'll have to have your gear constantly checked and become familiar with the area before jumping, it'll definitely take some time. I'd say maybe perhaps just go as far as CO? That way you'll be way more relaxed spend a 1-2 days at each dropzone and make it back in time as apposed to simply driving for a full week round trip.

Better be borrowing a prius haha Lemme know what you end up doing


Bellyflier  (D License)

Mar 12, 2012, 12:57 PM
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If you wanted the scenic route, you could travel the Transamerica Bike route.


Chiquita  (D License)

Mar 15, 2012, 10:50 PM
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FYI, Eloy is very hot in the summer and they tend to stop jumping by 11am due to dust devils (but start early), and are closed Tues & Wed (I believe, or it's Wed & Thurs). However, they are right off the highway so if you were driving by in the morning it would definitely be doable.



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