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Old 08-02-2015, 02:48 PM   #1
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Great Northern Route; US 2

Hello all, we are interested in travelling US 2 from Washington State to Michigan in the Summer of 2016. If anyone who has travelled this route could advise if diesel fuel is readily available, we would appreciate the info. Traveling with our 1967 Safari '22 and Dodge/Cummins truck.

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Old 08-02-2015, 03:08 PM   #2
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We did this 4-5 years ago, and had no problems finding diesel fuel.

The trucks all run on diesel......where trucks go, there should be diesel.


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Old 08-02-2015, 05:04 PM   #3
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Just did this in March 2015, diesel no issue. Lots of truck traffic east of Williston due to oil boom, had to drop,south on the Interstate through ND and part SD.
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:50 PM   #4
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Thank you. Did you go Interstate to avoid truck traffic? Also did you make it to Glacier NP ? and if so where did you camp? Thanks, Sam.
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Old 08-03-2015, 05:14 AM   #5
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Yes, to avoid the heavy traffic on the two lane.

We stayed at the NP campground when we were on the west side. On the east side we stayed at the Y Lazy R RV park in East Glacier. It sits up on a bluff, about three or for streets off main. Nice stop.
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Old 08-03-2015, 12:19 PM   #6
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Nice campground on top of marias pass, no hook ups, along hiway 2 you can park near city parks in all the small towns
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Old 08-03-2015, 12:40 PM   #7
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Yes, diesel fuel is readily available. Be aware that US 2 in parts of Montana and North Dakota is experiencing heavy natural gas and oil field exploration/refining. In other words, a lot of oil field workers using limited resources such as lodging, dining, etc. That was my experience at least.
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Old 08-03-2015, 03:35 PM   #8
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We took it all the way from I-5 in Washington to and across the Mackinac Bridge. It was a fantastic, easy trip.
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Old 08-03-2015, 03:45 PM   #9
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Hi Sam. Currently at Glacier. Staying at San-su-Ed RV Park two miles south of the western entrance to Glacier. Nice RV grounds with full hook-ups. A little pricey but clean. I have site 38. End site and you can't see another camper unless you walk around the side of yours. Lots of parks around here. I suggest you try to come in on a week day and it wouldn't hurt to call ahead. Currently fires have closed the East side of Going to the Sun Road but won't effect you. We've been on the road since 10 June and this is right up there with Yosemite and Bryce NP. Heading back to Bayfield Wi on Lake Superior in a couple days and plan on taking Hwy 2. May reconsider with the oil boom. May have to use the Interstate. Safe travels. Dave
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I have been thinking about this same trip along Highway 2 for years. I will be following this thread for good tips.

I have been to Glacier many times and love it. My favorite campsite is the one mentioned by tjdonahoe at the top of Marias Pass outside the park. It's a Forest Service site (Forest Summit Campground) without hookups, but nice sites and good location for accessing the east side of the park.

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Thanks for the campground info. Let me know if you end up using the Interstate. Have a great trip.

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I can only speak of ď2Ē across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Fuel is no problem, road surface is good. It is a courteous high-speed 2-lane with appropriately spaced passing lanes. Along the way, State Forests and State Parks are sublime. Camp on desolate beaches... no salt, no sharks....

If crossing "The Bridge", I'd immediately head West out of Macinaw on West Central Drive, keeping along the Lake Michigan Shoreline through Cross Village, Good Hart, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Charlevoix, then turn East to Hartwick Pines. From there, I'd also risk the Detroit area to spend a few days at the Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

Macinaw Island is a crowded tourist trap akin to Atlantic city and Las Vegas. There isn't anything there that you can't find elsewhere in Michigan.
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In North Dakota, I suggest a small detour up U.S. 281 to camp at the International Peace Gardens. Even on the northernmost ND two lane state highways, each town had gas stations with diesel. Many farm trucks and other equipment use diesel.


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Old 08-05-2015, 12:06 AM   #14
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We were at the UP last fall ,and we enjoyed the mackinaw island it was nice if we go near there this fall we will go again.....
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