Well, planning is in full swing this year. We've got a schedule, people, and a plan. For those of you who are new to us, we're going to drive to PAX, across I-90 and I-94 (and a little of I-80 to the east) in a long, continuous line in two days. So saddle up and join us! Interested? Have questions? Leave a post and I'll get back to you as soon as my schedule allows (which is anything from immediate to twelve hours). Check out my profile or shoot over to www.ccsupertrip.org
for contact info if you have a question you don't want to ask the entire forum. Also, site update has happened today (3-31)!
Preliminary Schedule is complete. Take a look below, but it is by no means final just yet. Also, the Cross-Country Supertrip Website is up and running, you can check it out at www.ccsupertrip.org
. It has all this information in a much more organized format (you know with pages and stuff).What It Is
The Cross-Country Supertrip is our pilgramage to the Penny Arcade Expo from points east. Our primary route runs the northernmost portions of the U.S. However, we are open to having people from points south join up to the main caravan. For those of you who are unfamiliar, last year was our first year and nobody died. Plus, we all had a lot of fun. One high point about traveling in a caravan is safety in numbers. When it's four in the morning at a travel station in the middle of nowhere, it's good to know ten or more people in the immediate area. It's also a lot of fun to watch all the cars changing lanes late at night, it's like a giant road snake or something. So, I hope you'll join us. Onward, forward and so forth!How It Works
The Cross-Country Supertrip, or CCST, is divided by stops known as Waypoints. A waypoint is our official stop to get gas, rest and meet up with other Supertrippers alond the way. Each waypoint is allotted so much time to allow us to stretch and rest. Supertrippers fall into two groups, Drivers and Passengers. Passengers, you are responsible for finding a ride and making your way to the waypoints. Payment comes in the form of your share of gas. Specifics can be arranged with the driver of your vehicle.
If you want to be added to our list of participants, drop me a line to be added to the list. Use the following format for sending information.Group Leader:
This is the group's go-to guy, usually the most active person on the forums/internet. This person's main responsibility lies in relaying status updates between their group and the CCST. This person is also responsible for getting their group together to depart from their location.Location:
City, State/Province where you live
Waypoint: Our pre-selected stopping points on the route, pick the one closes to your location.Vehicle:
Year, Make, Model, MPG, Miles per TankOther Riders:
This includes your other drivers and non-driving passengers in your group.Contact:
Your e-mail address, in addition you can add your AIM/YIM/GTalk/MSNWhat You'll Need
A Working Vehicle - This is a long trip, and we don't want to scrape your steaming wreckage off the side of the road, so do basic maintenance before you go, meaning: change engine oil, check air filter, top off engine coolant and washer fluid. Check road and spare tire pressures and tread ware and bring extra oil, coolant, fluids (brake, power steering, anything that ends in "fluid") to top off on the road with.
A Cell Phone - You or one of your riders will need to be carrying a phone.
A Two-Way Radio - At least five-mile range. These help us keep in communication on the road when cell usage is unavailable or impractical. These are particularly useful during night driving.
The CCST Phone Directory - This is a full contact list of people on the Supertrip. It will be e-mailed to you shortly before departure.
A Gallon Jug of Water - Good for you or your car. Other drinkables are good, but can't go in your car
Non-perishible snackables - Food for the road, beef jerky is a good mainstay along with trail mixes and anything else you might like. Stay away from ideas like a cooler filled with sandwich fixin's. It may sound like a cool idea, but takes up way too much space and is very impracticalFrequently Asked Questions
Q: It's hella expensive to eat and gas a car for the miles it's going to take to get there. Is it really that much cheaper than flying?
A: There's a formula to calculate the gas costs. Distance divided by miles per gallon, and the result of that divided by the national average cost of gas (or at least the average from where you are to Seattle). As for eating, with the money you save not flying, you can afford to eat and still save money.
Q: How much for a seat if I have no car but want to come along?
A: That depends on the vehicle and how gas is being divided up, contact the person you're riding with for details.
Q: How can I help make this baby happen?
A: Number One thing anybody can do to help make this happen is word of mouth, point them here, to the official Penny Arcade Expo website and to the forum thread.
Q: Did the thread/website just up and die or what?
A: Our updates happen throughout the year in bursts, and grow more frequent as we get closer to PAX.
Q: What hotel should I stay at?
A: First choice is the Crowne Plaza, second is the Sheraton, after that, you're on your own. The official Party at Sealab Party will be in the Crowne Plaza, however.
Q: When is the Cross-Country Supertrip going to arrive in Seattle?
A: We're aiming for a Thursday, August 23 afternoon arrival this year.Due to new forum character restrictions, the rest of the CCST info has been moved further down on this page. Sorry for the inconvenience.