Is it possible to drive from Times Square New York to Union Square, San Francisco

AccruedExpenditure

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Thread title pretty much sums it up... is this possible... a lot of money is on the line...

edit: I know its possible to make three right turns instead of a left, but that's assuming there are no "crunch points" where only a left turn will take you the way you need to go... Think one way streets and the such...
 

Eeezee

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Yes, of course it is. If for some reason you need to turn left, all you have to do is turn right several times instead :p
 
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There always the 3 rights make a left to cover the times when you need to make a left but can't.
 

Syringer

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In theory yes, in practice probably not. You're going to eventually hit some sort of detour or road that forces you to turn left in those 3,000 miles..especially if you have such a specific definition, since NY and SF will have lots of one way streets.
 

dug777

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assuming that turning right, right, and right again doesn't count as left, yes.
 

TraumaRN

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Google Maps pwns j00 and says no....

Head west from W 43rd St - go 69 ft
2. 2. Turn left at 7th Ave - go 0.1 mi
3. 3. Turn right at W 41st St - go 0.6 mi
4. 4. Turn left at Cardinal Stepinac Pl - go 0.1 mi
 

BurnItDwn

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Does a U turn count as a left? (as a U turn starts off turning to the left)

If it does ... then I'm unsure, otherwise I say yes, even though the U-turns may not be legal, they are possible.
 

mugs

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Originally posted by: DeathBUA
Google Maps pwns j00 and says no....

Head west from W 43rd St - go 69 ft
2. 2. Turn left at 7th Ave - go 0.1 mi
3. 3. Turn right at W 41st St - go 0.6 mi
4. 4. Turn left at Cardinal Stepinac Pl - go 0.1 mi

Did you tell Google Maps to plot a route that excluded left turns?

I suspect it is possible, although getting gas and getting back on the highway might be a PITA.
 

essasin

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I think you could but in reality i doubt you would want to try. For instance...highway 5 in california has exits which are about 30 mins apart (and usually more) with no apparent side roads that run parallel to the freeway. If you could not make a left turn where you needed too, it could possibly turn into a 2-3 hour detour.
 

kogase

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Originally posted by: Proletariat
God, have you guys ever driven?

I was thinking the same thing. You can barely get anywhere in NYC without making a left turn somewhere, there are so many one-way streets and construction sites and gridlocks and little old ladies with stuff.

Not to mention, disregarding the city, it is extremely unlikely that you can make it across the country without making a left turn somewhere. Be it at an exit ramp or an on ramp, a gas station or a rest area. Somewhere you are bound to need to do that, and couldn't avoid it without pulling some ridiculous risky and illegal maneuver.

However, there might be some unbelievable, zigzaggy, backwoods route that could be patched together, but it would probably take days upon days of research to get it together, and I'm not about to do that to find out just for this thread. I don't think this bet is winnable by either side.
 

Proletariat

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Originally posted by: kogase
Originally posted by: Proletariat
God, have you guys ever driven?

I was thinking the same thing. You can barely get anywhere in NYC without making a left turn somewhere, there are so many one-way streets and construction sites and gridlocks and little old ladies with stuff.

lol straight up, I personally go to Philly and NYC all the time :)
 

conehead433

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: Start out going NORTHWEST on W 43RD ST toward 8TH AVE. 0.2 miles Map

2: Turn LEFT onto 9TH AVE. 0.3 miles Map

3: Take the LINCOLN TUNNEL ramp toward NEW JERSEY. 0.1 miles Map

4: Merge onto I-495 W. 0.9 miles Map

5: I-495 W becomes NJ-495 W. 3.2 miles Map

6: Merge onto NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE S / I-95 S via the exit on the LEFT toward I-280 / NEWARK / I-78 (Portions toll). 3.9 miles Map

7: Merge onto I-280 W via EXIT 15W toward NEWARK / KEARNY (Portions toll). 17.4 miles Map

8: Take the I-80 W exit on the LEFT toward DOVER / DEL WATER GAP. 0.5 miles Map

9: Merge onto I-80 EXPRESS LN W. 2.1 miles Map

10: I-80 EXPRESS LN W becomes I-80 W (Portions toll). 726.9 miles Map

11: Merge onto I-80 W via EXIT 21 toward IN-51 S (Portions toll). 169.4 miles Map

12: Merge onto I-280 W. 26.6 miles Map

13: Merge onto I-80 W via the exit on the LEFT toward DES MOINES. 1223.4 miles Map

14: Merge onto I-80 W via EXIT 311 toward RENO / S.L. INT'L AIRPORT (Portions toll). 734.2 miles Map

15: Merge onto US-101 N toward MISSION ST. 0.7 miles Map

16: Take the US-101 N / MISSION ST exit toward VAN NESS AVE / G G BRIDGE. 0.1 miles Map

17: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto MISSION ST / US-101 N. Continue to follow US-101 N. 0.3 miles Map

18: Turn RIGHT onto MARKET ST. <0.1 miles Map

19: Turn RIGHT onto 11TH ST. <0.1 miles Map

20: End at San Francisco, CA US Map

Total Est. Time: 42 hours, 58 minutes Total Est. Distance: 2911.01 miles

Straight from Mapquest. You can easily use the right, right, right to get onto 9th ave. If you don't count merging as a turn, which it really isn't you're just about there. There are a couple of other steps that may require some work at avoiding a left but shouldn't be too much of a problem. The biggest problem would be getting back on the freeway after stopping to get gas, etc. Solution - Never get off the highway. Drive a van and haul enough gas, food, etc. to make the entire trip including pulling a trailer if necessary. Share the driving duties with at least one other person. OK so it looks like it could be done relatively easy.

Mapquest
 

tommywishbone

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Impossible. Somewhere the road will curve or turn left. If you don't turn left at least a little, I think you'll crash.:)
 

badmouse

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I don't think you can get out of Manhattan without making a left turn.

I'll have to try it.