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Old 12-07-2007, 08:52 AM   #1
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Heading east, Plan C

Well. I am all set to head east. I checked the weather Wednesday and everything looked good. I talked with a friend last night who I was planning on having dinner with on Saturday an the first thing he said "Have you chaecked the weather?" Yeah. "Check it again" Damn. Plan A (I80) and B(I70) are out.

Now it looks like I will be taking the northern route. That was un-expected.
I84-US20, possibly Creater of the moon, possibly Yellowstone, North to Bozeman, I90, I94 then south after the storm passes to Iowa City I80, down to I70.

Anyone ever been in Yellowstone in December? I would only be a short day visit I went last October and you all know what happened then.

Anything to look at in Eastern Montana?, North Dakota?(never been there), Minnesota?

I need a new plan before tomorrow. Help!
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Hi Michelle. I understand we're seeing a sequence of Alberta clippers. They are over & done with in 12-18 hours, depositing maybe 2-5" in a path that's not very wide -- except that you'll cross that path for sure when driving. There's supposed to be a storm going by here well to the south -- Mpls may get an inch Saturday night. Next snow predicted here is for Tuesday.

Get back to me if you're heading through the Twin Cities at rush hour. I pull through there quite often and there's only one way I'd do it - 694 across the north - but it has one unanticipated lane positioning after Fridley. Maybe a very very smart GPS would have it but I wouldn't count on it. I've got a dodgey driveway but it could handle a 31-er if done in daylight -- bivouac here if it works for you.
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Pompei's Pillar and Little Bighorn Battlefield in SE Montana. Devil's Tower NW Wy, Mt Rushmore and Custer St Park in SD.

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Old 12-07-2007, 11:43 AM   #4
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If thing go well we weil be hitting Minnesota on Monday.
Minneapolis mid day to early afternoon. Then I will be turning south on 35. Weather permitting.
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Anyone ever been in Yellowstone in December?
No, but I am willing to stow away .
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Unfortunately Wyoming and South Dakota looks like it is going to get hit as well. Big Horn looks like a possibility. If the storm tracks a litle further south then Devils tower and Rushmore are a possibility.
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I called there info line about an hour ago. All roads are closed to wheeled vehicles except one. The one we are not using.
Looks like Creaters of the moon.... then Bozeman for the evening.
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Bob,
If thing go well we weil be hitting Minnesota on Monday.
Minneapolis mid day to early afternoon. Then I will be turning south on 35. Weather permitting.
If you're going that direction I'd go around the southwest of the Twin Cities on 494 to 35W even if it was rush hour. You'd have to be way off track to have a problem where the interstate bridge fell just NE of Mpls' downtown.

Lake ice is too thin yet to pull out on the lakes. Drilling a hole thru the floor makes a mess. I'll loan you an ice auger if you want to try!

I've PM'ed my phone # if you need a refuge or have road emergencies.
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Wish it were me - post some pictures, Please.......

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I am headed that way! Florida by christmas!
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If you're going that direction I'd go around the southwest of the Twin Cities on 494 to 35W even if it was rush hour. You'd have to be way off track to have a problem where the interstate bridge fell just NE of Mpls' downtown.
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Thanks! I hope all goes according to the "new" plan.
Getting to I90 is going to be the challenge. I had planned some scenic stops along the way but the weather is changing that.

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good luck and safe travels cats!

and check that weather again!

it IS tough getting across that pile of rocks in mile high country, but that isn't the big issue....

that long long long stretch of inland ocean bottom with the arctic air pushing down IS the problem zone...

even without much snow, 90 to 35 is a risky plan 'c' right now.

i'd really really consider cutting down to 70 or 40 or 56 or 66 and NOT going across the 'lakota land or into mini tow ta...

oklahoma, north texas, and arkansas are 40 or MORE degrees warmer than your current route right now....

so check the weather again!

regardless, be safe and take it easy.

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