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Old 02-25-2013, 07:45 PM   #15
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Nick,

The odds would have to be really in your disfavor for the area of primary concern to be Chattanooga - or actually just north of Chat. Worse comes to worse, take the kayaks and plug them onto the front wheels!

We have a son going to school up on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, so I feel your pain. Take your time - figure an extra day.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:10 AM   #16
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Thanks to everyone for all the advice. This morning we have a tornado watch, another novelty for one who lives in the county where Doc Martin is filmed!
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Nick, what is "Doc Martin"? I would like to add that I am a huge fan of Downton Abbey!

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Definitely not Downton Abbey. More like "The Office", but with a Medical Theme, and moved to the boondocks. Good watching for Bodwins.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:41 PM   #19
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To add to Don's description, for me the star of the show is the Cornish coastline, my home sea kayaking area, in England. The show is currently on Public TV on Sunday at 6p.m in North Florida. The filming is mainly carried out at a tiny North Cornwall coastal village called Port Isaac, although the show uses a different name, Port Wen.The plot revolves round a medical practitioner with a city background, and his trials and tribulations when trying to work in a small village society.
Anyone wishing to see more of this area could watch an excellent film called "Saving Grace".
BTW, we leave for MN tomorrow morning, Thursday, as the Interstates are predicted as clear for us for the next couple of days.
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Be sure to winterize to avoid any expensive surprises ...
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:40 PM   #21
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Be sure to winterize to avoid any expensive surprises ...
Coincidentally, I'm just now about to send two gallons of pink -50 degrees anti-freeze through the trailer systems from a T-joint near the 12 volt pump.
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Ditto Safe Travels, and I hope it's a more pleasant trip than the last one.
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We're aiming to head north on I75, I24, I57, I35 from Florida to Minneapolis, MN in the next week. We do, of course, aim to avoid snow, and we've been studying Weather. com and the road trip planner at Road Trip Planner | Weather Underground
However, this second site seems much more pessimistic about snow, and I'm having difficulty making sense of the two sites in combination.
I'm particularly concerned about the long steep grades on I24 (or 75?) near Chattanooga. We're not hauling the trailer, but I can imagine those grades could be a real problem in snow.
It certainly looks as if the end of this week gets better. I'd appreciate some guidance from those experienced in dodging snow on the Interstates.
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I'm from MPLS and was a traveling salesman for years in the north country. Don't be in a hurry to punch mother nature in the nose, particularly when starting from FL and there are blizzards between you and MN. MN is NW of you so take your westerning as you head north giving the mid-state storms a chance to move through to the east. Instead of heading towards eastern TN following the freeways, head NW towards Memphis and St, Louis and give the weather system a chance to follow the OH River Valley, then pick up N/S blue highways in IA to Cedar Rapids to Charles City and then west to I-35 and then north. You are allowed to get off the freeways!

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Jammer - the Biaggi's in question is at Eden Prairie Center.

Nick, Don -- give me a day or two notice and I'll try to be there too. Or any locals. Y'all come!

The middle of the country has received mongous storms this week and last. It's got to let up some time. I see Don uses the same app I like.

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Bob, I'll certainly let you know possible dates. I was stuck in the UK last winter for knee replacement surgery, so didn't see you all.
TomP, good information, thank you. Today I drove 820 miles in 12.5 hours to get to Mt Vernon, IL. The roads were clear, with just a flurry of snow at Monteagle summit, where it was 31 degrees. Tomorrow we'll do as you suggest, and go via Cedar Rapids and Charles City. The shortest way seems to be via St Louis, but we would be there during the morning commute, so we'll probably go via Peoria, after checking the weather forecasts.
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go to nashville take 24 to 57 go toward peiora iL. into wi. then mpls.
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A nasty experience.........

Yesterday I had a nasty experience when checking into the motel. On the reception desk was a young lady who was wearing a blouse which revealed rather more than her mother would have thought appropriate. Giving my best Clint Eastwood impersonation, and showing my best profile, I asked for a room for two.
She replied: "Do you have an AARP card?"
I was crushed.
She went on: "Shall I email you the receipt?"
I came back with my best riposte: "Better not, I'm here with my girlfriend..."

BTW, light snow on the ground here this morning at 5 a.m, and 630 miles to go. Time to hit the road.
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