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paulthemapguy:
Ey erryone it's ya' boy Pauly.  I got goons to see all ovah the nation.  And by goons I mean....roads....peh

This is a thread for talking about upcoming travels.  I may dredge this up later to talk another of my trips, instead of starting another whole new topic, just to keep the place a bit more tidy.

In August I'll be taking a two-week trip to drive west to the Pacific Ocean, via Theodore Roosevelt NP, Glacier NP, the Columbia River Gorge, and returning via Yellowstone.  The route is as you may predict, except in a couple places:

-From Theodore Roosevelt NP, we head west to Glendive and cut north to US2 at Wolf Point, MT.  From there we follow US2 west to Columbia Falls.
-From Yellowstone NP, we use US16 east to reach I-90.
-The west coast is reached at Seaside, OR.  We will see the west ends of both US30 and US26 in the process.
We will clinch almost all of I-84 and I-94, plus all of I-86.

A.J. Bertin:
You should post a report from your trip! :)

paulthemapguy:
Day 1:  Drove to Fargo from SW Chicago Suburbs.  I-90 was riddled with construction, and, because of all the dimwitted Chicagoland people going to Wisconsin Dells, the road was also riddled with crashes.  I counted five.  FIVE WHOLE ACCIDENTS WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU ILLINOIS DIPSHITS anyways we took I-90 to Madison, then I-94 to Fargo, bypassing the Twin Cities on I-694 along the way.


WI-I-94X059W by Paul Drives, on Flickr                   IMG_4294 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

Day 2:  Drove across North Dakota to the other side, in order to visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  Stayed the night in Glendive, MT, where a huge lightning storm knocked the power out at about 11:30pm.  Right when I wanted to go to sleep.  Great.


IMG_4394 by Paul Drives, on Flickr                    IMG_4541 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

Day 3:  Drove across most of Montana via Circle and Wolf Point, then US2 from Wolf Point all the way to Columbia Falls.


IMG_4608 by Paul Drives, on Flickr                   IMG_4754 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

Day 4-5:  Glacier National Park


IMG_4778 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

Day 6:  Went from Columbia Falls to I-90 at St. Regis, then west to US395 south to the Tri-Cities.  Since the I-82 bridge was closed over the Columbia River, we took a detour east on US12 to US730 SW to I-82.  Then I-84 west to the Hood River area in the Columbia River Gorge.


IMG_4831 by Paul Drives, on Flickr                         IMG_4982 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

Day 7:  We reached the ocean!  WA-14 (former US830) west to I-5 north to Longview, where we crossed the Columbia River back into Oregon to reach Astoria.  We went to the beach at Astoria, then drove down to Seaside and US26 east to Portland.


IMG_5103 by Paul Drives, on Flickr                     IMG_5121 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

Day 8:  We spent a day in Portland.


IMG_5150 by Paul Drives, on Flickr                    IMG_5185 by Paul Drives, on Flickr
 
Day 9:  We checked out Panther Creek Falls near Carson, WA, then we went to Mount Hood.


IMG_5249 by Paul Drives, on Flickr                     IMG_5266 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

Day 10:  I-84 east to I-86 east, ending in Pocatello.


256 US197 by Paul Drives, on Flickr                        IMG_5407 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

Day 11: I-15 north to US26 east to ID-31/WY-22, ending up in Jackson, WY for lunch.  Then we saw some of Grand Teton National Park.


260 I-86W by Paul Drives, on Flickr                  264 US189 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

Day 12:  Staying in Cody, we saw some of the south half of Yellowstone.  Yellowstone is a constant traffic jam that's impassable because of all the ignorant tourists that would rather drive into a ditch than take their eyes off a commonplace coyote.  We saw about half of what we wanted to see.


IMG_5550 by Paul Drives, on Flickr                     IMG_5586 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

Day 13:  Tired of the bullshit in the south half of Yellowstone, we took an alternate route to the north side of Yellowstone using WY-296, which is now my avatar since we clinched it.  WY-296 is a very beautiful drive.  We got held up by buffalo 4 different time going west into the park.  We saw Mammoth Hot Springs, which was also exceedingly crowded.  We went back to Cody having seen very little, once again.


IMG_5641 by Paul Drives, on Flickr                  IMG_5648 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

Day 14:  We started the drive home.  US16 east to I-90, ending in Mitchell, SD.


268 US310 by Paul Drives, on Flickr                    IMG_5709 by Paul Drives, on Flickr


271 I-25 by Paul Drives, on Flickr                    273 US85 by Paul Drives, on Flickr
 
Day 15:  I-90 sucked in Wisconsin, so we took a route through Iowa back to the Joliet area.  This was mainly I-35 south to IA-27 to I-80.


278 SD-19 by Paul Drives, on Flickr                    281 MN-23 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

Brandon:

--- Quote from: paulthemapguy on August 22, 2018, 02:23:38 PM ---Day 1:  Drove to Fargo from SW Chicago Suburbs.  I-90 was riddled with construction, and, because of all the dimwitted Chicagoland people going to Wisconsin Dells, the road was also riddled with crashes.  I counted five.  FIVE WHOLE ACCIDENTS WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU ILLINOIS DIPSHITS anyways we took I-90 to Madison, then I-94 to Fargo, bypassing the Twin Cities on I-694 along the way.
--- End quote ---

There's a reason the Cheeseheads call them "FIBs".


--- Quote ---Day 15:  I-90 sucked in Wisconsin, so we took a route through Iowa back to the Joliet area.  This was mainly I-35 south to IA-27 to I-80.

--- End quote ---

Just be careful of the two speed cameras in Cedar Rapids on I-380.  I had a coworker who got caught by one of them several years ago.

A.J. Bertin:
Thanks so much for sharing your trip report, Paul! I enjoyed reading it and following along on Google Maps to see where all you went.

The beginning of your route was very similar to the route my husband and I took a year ago to Yellowstone and the Tetons (I-94 across Minnesota, North Dakota, and part of Montana). We took I-94 until its western terminus and then followed I-90 to Bozeman and then headed south toward Yellowstone. I've never been to Glacier National Park but I would love to someday. I love Yellowstone and the Tetons, but I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy Yellowstone because of all the crowds and the slow traffic getting through the park.

When you were describing your route in Washington, I had to look up which cities the Tri-Cities were. I've never been to that part of Washington before.

I took a look at your Flickr photos too and will say that it was nice seeing all the scenes from around Oregon. I'm geeked about the fact that my husband and I will be in Oregon in just TWO DAYS!!!

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