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Old 05-15-2006, 03:59 PM   #1
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Travelling to Minneapolis from Maryland

It seems I have to change my USA base camp from Baltimore MD to Savage, near Minneapolis. I've looked at the Mapquest route from Baltimore to Savage, and the Interstates are 83, 76, 80 (toll),90, Dan Ryan Expressway, 90, 94, 494, 35, CR42, CR27. This seems to risk a lot of traffic in Chicago. Does anyone have recommendations for modifying this route?? I'll be travelling in the truck, without the trailer, sometime this summer.
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Old 05-15-2006, 04:23 PM   #2
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Made that trip last year, coming from Wahsington DC. From Indianapolis, we took I-74 west to Champaign and Normal, then I-39 North to Rockford. From there to Madison, then up 94 to Minneapolis.

No major construction or delays that I recall. Give me a call when you get to Minneapolis and I'll buy you dinner.
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Old 05-15-2006, 04:41 PM   #3
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mark has the correct route if you want to avoid the tolls and construction hassles in chi town.

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Old 05-15-2006, 05:13 PM   #4
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I have also used Mark's route several times... it's the way to go to save potentially hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic in Chicagoland. And when you get here, let me know... I live only a few minutes away from Savage, MN.
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:36 PM   #5
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Thumbs up going backwards that same route

Towards the end of June we'll be heading that same route only from Minnesota to Leesburg, VI. There is a nice city park right off of Interstate 94 at New Lisbon, Wis. @ $5.00 a night, if you get in that area. We usually drive from that CG to Wally World @ Champain,Ill for one night and then to the mothership(JC) for one night @ $10.00. Just don't stay to long @ JC or you can come down with a fever. Just to much hassle to go around Chi town.
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Old 05-16-2006, 01:47 AM   #6
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Well thank you folks, that's very helpful. And Markdoane, that's a deal! Dmac, thank you! I will certainly call. My son is marrying a Savage girl (!) in September, and the wedding is on the North Shore at Lutsen. They'll be living in Savage. I've never been within a thousand miles of this area, so it's just names on a map to me. Savage will be the base for my truck when I'm in the U.K, while the Airstream is stored in Florida at a friend's farm.
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you might just end up with your trailer up this way!

you may be pleasantly suprised how nice it is up north! (just don't tell anyone else!)

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Avoid! Avoid! Avoid! Chicago

Anyone heading to the midwest should avoid the Chicago area. I-94( Dan Ryan) is undergoing a major reconstruction and things are a mess. The I-74 I- 39 route will work out fine.

If you are not pressed for time might I suggest following I-74 to the Quad Cities then picking up US 61 to Minneapolis . This is The Great River Road and if you have any interest in the Mississippi River it is a truly interesting and scenic drive, especially the Minn. portion.
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Certainly, rivers have always been important to me, and we live on the bank of the River Tamar in England. I'd like to follow your route one day, so thank you for that suggestion. I'm hoping that this uprooting will have some compensations, JohnHD, and my next question is on the best route, avoiding traffic delays, from Minneapolis to Gainsville, North Florida, just with the truck. I'll be doing that trip in November and March, and I'm not looking forward to it, I must confess.
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Having totaled one car on I-294 around Chicago 10 years ago by being rear ended by a semi and having another bumper clip with a semi this year I have given up Chicago forever. I make the Minneapolis to Indianapolis trip a lot. I've settled on the I-94 to Rockford to I-39 to Bloomington to I-74 to Indianapolis route and vice versa to completely miss Chicago. It adds about 50 miles but I think it might be shorter in time especially if you hit Chicago at a bad time.
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