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Old 07-22-2010, 11:15 AM   #15
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Consider taking I75N through Michigan and a left through the UP to and through MN, ND and MT
Lots less traffic and cooler temps and a couple less miles, Pretty too
We are taking that route in late August to the same destination in MT
Have a great trip
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:39 PM   #16
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Torque, Gene, is the gift that keeps giving.

As for daughters, only time reveals what they have learned from us. Critical thinking, I suspect, is a skill developed more by a combination of inclination, intellect and sharp raps from a yardstick than by parenting. It requires a willingness to follow facts and logics to places we're may not be inclined to go. It requires relentless self-honesty, rigor and patience... not unlike turning wrenches on an ancient Dodge truck.

My daughters are bright, quick and have fine minds... but I'm not sure they love logic for the sake of logic. And I'm positive they don't love getting covering in oil, sweat and dirt. I am greatly heartened, though, that they are better human beings than I was at the same age, and perhaps even now. As a parent, I don't worry about them being the smartest person in the room; just the happiest.

Oh, and ebair... the High Line across the Montana is officially the longest drive on the planet and I'd rather shave with a disk sander than drive through Glacier Park during tourist season with a trailer in tow. We'll cut across southern MN, see Mt. Rushmore, Little Big Horn, etc. and roll up through Missoula to the homestead.
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Old 07-24-2010, 06:58 PM   #17
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After a late start Friday to watch our daughter in a rodeo, we made decent time despite my least favorite road in America, the PA turnpike. We parked just in time for the worst deluge I've seen in awhile (Beaver Falls, PA). We're past Chicago today and I'm trying to muster the energy to have dinner with my brother-in-law. Between PA, OH, IN and IL, I think we've spent $100 on tolls. The trailer is holding up fine, though if I made a living hauling cars, I'd want something a bit more sturdy. I have the old Dodge cinched down tight enough to bend the deck plating down.

If I survive dinner, we'll roll into South Dakota tomorrow. By the way, had a great lunch off the beaten track in a little Indiana town called, Howe. Can't beat a small town for a great burger.
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:04 AM   #19
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Ed and the soon-to-be-former tow vehicle

Here's the shooting match sans the rocking chair on the top.
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Howe, Indiana

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Howe, Indiana? Headin' in to Chicago next... I did this on a Sunday in April. Didn't enjoy it any more than all the other times.

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Old 07-25-2010, 09:51 PM   #23
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Through the Windy City (never my favorite drive). We're in Sioux Falls tonight. It's finally feeling like we're getting west. Traveler warning: The Sturgis price gouging is already underway.
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towards Glacier??

Today, we head west on US 2 from Bemidji MN to North Dakota...choosing to stay in some of NDs state parks...First at Devils Lake and then at Lake Sakakwea and then Lewis and Clark near Williston ND

any experiences there.....

Leaving Williston ND we plan to enter Montana and stay at Hells Creek state park near Fort Peck and then head to Cut Bank and then explore the park

Is mid August a peak tourist time???????

It appears that it is about 430 miles from williston ND to Cut bank MT....

any thoughts or suggestions

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Congratulations... you are running the "High Line," or what my little brother calls the longest drive on the planet. In my experience, "the Park" (Glacier) is packed in June, July and August. I actually think September is the best month to visit. I don't have many recommendations for scenic vistas along the High Line, but I do suggest taking on fuel when you can. Services are more infrequent than along the freeway.

I haven't heard construction reports, but there's normally something torn up because the paving season is short in Montana. Enjoy the trip and and cultural charms of Eastern Montana.
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:18 PM   #26
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Made it to Gillette, WY despite tourist stops including the (in)famous Wall Drug... the "South of the Border" of the Dakotas. All that's missing is the Pedro signs.

We had two Airstream sightings. A Bambi with FL plates passed us westbound on I-90 in western South Dakota. We also saw a triple axle Excella heading eastbound on I-90 in eastern Wyoming.

One of things I've noticed is the density of RVs in the west as compared to the east. There are a ton of folks pulling trailers, hauling fivers, even loaded with slide-in truck campers. We've seen a ton of Class As pulling vehicles. Oddly enough, though, we've only seen one other vehicle hauling a vintage auto... looked like someone had a '32 Ford Coupe hot rod in pieces on a trailer. Hopefully, it will be a nice ride when some puts it together.

Tomorrow, we'll run I-90 north, stop at the Little Bighorn for a stretch and try to make it to somewhere between Butte and Missoula. By the way, I'm not sure how SD managed it, but I think they must have soaked up federal ARRA money to redeck every bridge on I-90. The traffic delays weren't bad, but it was amazing to see bridge work on every bridge.
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Get closer to the mountains and you'll see a rental Class B moho for every private RV. And all the people on Harleys will speak either French or German. Crazy mixed up world...
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The Harley folks are running around pre-Sturgis. The few I've bumped into sound more like accountants than French or German. I haven't seen much of the Class B stuff, but more than a few POV conversion vans. And what's up with banana yellow corvettes? Don't they come in better colors?

On the positive side, we're getting closer to my ancestral home. After Butte, the truck knows its way home. And we're dropping "Ed" and quite a bit of baggage in Montana. We're also picking up one daughter. The return trip is more miles, but moving faster. We'll drop through Fort Collins and then head to Missouri looking at colleges.

I'll keep my eyes open for Airstreams, but it's an SOB world so far.
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