The Plan

This year we head west. Like so many before Maddog, Abercrombie and I, we head towards the horizon in the West.

First we leave about the same day this year, with a bit of the old and some of the new. We head west across I90 to Michigan; we hit the corner of the state to get things done.

We jet through Chicago through Iowa on to Omaha. We plan to pickup steaks.

We head north to Fargo, North Dakota, and on to the Badlands. We spend a few restful days in Wall, SD, visit the missle silos, and hike the Badlands.

We then head out to Rushmore, Horsethief Lake, Custer, and on to Rapid City. We plan to grab food at the firehouse brew pub.

After dinner we plan to drive on to Billings, and onto the Dude Ranch. We meet up with maddog’s family and we enjoy the surroundings and Yellowstone.

We then drive by Old Faithful, onto Bonneville and onto Denver. We spend a few days in Denver. A mile high and have a great run.

We then drive across the Great Plains to St Louis. we visit the city, and go on to Louisville.

A brief respite with the minor league baseball team, and we are going to be ready for the final drive.

I cannot wait for august. The countdown begins.



2. Merge onto I-95 S via the ramp to Peabody/Boston 33.9 mi
3. Take exit 25 to merge onto I-90 W Partial toll road Entering New York 141 mi
4. Continue onto New York 912M W/New York State Thruway Berkshire Connector Toll road 6.7 mi
5. Take exit 22-61 to merge onto I-87 N toward I-90/Albany/Buffalo Toll road 14.1 mi
6. Continue onto Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway/New York State Thruway Toll road 1.3 mi
7. Merge onto I-90 W Toll road 9.7 mi
8. Take exit 25A to merge onto I-88 W toward NY-7/Schenectady/Binghamton Partial toll road 117 mi
9. Take exit 1 for NY-7 E toward Binghamton 0.3 mi
10. Merge onto NY-7 W 1.9 mi
11. Merge onto I-81 S/I-86 E/NY-17 E via the ramp to Scranton/New York Continue to follow I-81 S 8.6 mi
12. Take exit 1 toward NY-7/US-11/Kirkwood/Conklin/Broome Corp Park 0.3 mi
13. Turn left at Cedarhurst Rd/County Rd 20/Kirkwood Conklin Rd 0.1 mi
14. Turn left to merge onto I-81 N 9.0 mi
15. Slight left at I-86 W/NY-17 W/Southern Tier Expy (signs for Owego/Elmira) Continue to follow I-86 W/Southern Tier Expy Entering Pennsylvania 252 mi
16. Take exit 1A on the left to merge onto I-90 W toward Erie Entering Ohio 110 mi
17. Take the exit onto I-90 W toward Toledo Partial toll road 28.3 mi
18. Merge onto I-80 W Partial toll road Entering Indiana 192 mi
19. Take exit 107 for US-131/IN-13 toward Constantine/Middlebury Toll road 0.6 mi
20. Turn left at US-131 N Entering Michigan 3.5 mi
21. Turn left at US-12 W/W Chicago Rd 4.9 mi
22. Continue onto M-103 S Entering Indiana 3.1 mi
23. Continue onto IN-15 S 1.8 mi
24. Turn left at Toll Booth Toll road 0.2 mi
25. Keep right at the fork and merge onto I-80 W Toll road 80.1 mi
26. Continue onto I-90 W Partial toll road Entering Illinois 36.0 mi
27. Take exit 51D for Madison Street 0.2 mi
28. Turn right at W Madison St 289 ft
29. Take the 1st right onto S Des Plaines St 0.3 mi
30. Turn left at W Jackson Blvd 0.7 mi
31. Turn right at S Federal St 23 ft
32. Head south on S Federal St toward W Van Buren St 0.2 mi
33. Turn right at W Congress Pkwy 0.8 mi
34. Continue onto I-290 W 13.4 mi
35. Continue onto I-88 W (signs for S Tollway/Aurora/I-294/W Tollway/Indiana) Partial toll road 140 mi
36. Take exit 1B to merge onto I-80 W toward Des Moines Entering Iowa 172 mi
37. Take exit 137A on the left to merge onto I-235 W toward Des Moines 14.5 mi
38. Continue onto I-80 W 114 mi
39. Take exit 8 for US-6 toward Council Bluffs/Oakland 0.3 mi
40. Slight right at US-6 W/E Kanesville Blvd Continue to follow US-6 W 7.0 mi
41. Continue onto I-480 W Entering Nebraska 0.5 mi
42. Take exit 4 to merge onto US-6 W/Dodge St toward Qwest Centeromaha/Eppley Airfield 4.0 mi
43. Turn left at Farnam St/S Happy Hollow Blvd 187 ft
44. Turn left at Farnam St 0.2 mi
45. Turn right at S 55th St 0.4 mi
46. Head east on Leavenworth St toward S 54th St 0.1 mi
47. Take the 1st left onto S 52nd St 0.5 mi
48. Turn right at Dodge St 1.9 mi
49. Continue onto S 31st St/Douglas St Continue to follow Douglas St 1.6 mi
50. Take the ramp on the left onto I-480 E Entering Iowa 0.8 mi
51. Take the I-29 S/I-29 N exit toward Sioux City/Kansas City 404 ft
52. Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-29 N Passing through South Dakota Entering North Dakota 417 mi
53. Take exit 66 for 12th Ave N 0.2 mi
54. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for 12th Ave N W 135 ft
55. Turn left at 12th Ave N 0.1 mi
56. Merge onto I-29 S/US-81 S via the ramp to Sioux Falls Continue to follow I-29 S Entering South Dakota 141 mi
57. Take exit 177 for US-212 0.3 mi
58. Turn right at US-212 W/172nd St/9th Ave SE Continue to follow US-212 W 73.0 mi
59. Continue onto US-281 S/W 3rd St Continue to follow US-281 S 3.5 mi
60. Turn right at S Dakota 26 W/177th St Continue to follow S Dakota 26 W 25.8 mi
61. Turn left at S Dakota 45 S 16.3 mi
62. Turn right at US-14 W/W 14th St/197th St Continue to follow US-14 W 70.3 mi
63. Turn right at E Elizabeth St 0.4 mi
64. Turn left at N Poplar Ave 0.4 mi
65. Turn right at S Dakota 34 W/US-14 W/US-83 S/W Sioux Ave Continue to follow S Dakota 34 W/US-14 W/US-83 S 1.0 mi
66. Turn right at US-14 W/Yellowstone St Continue to follow US-14 W 113 mi
67. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Wall and merge onto I-90 W 1.7 mi
68. Take exit 110 for S Dakota 240/Glenn St toward Wall/Badlands 0.2 mi
69. Turn right at Glenn St/Sn 240 Continue to follow Glenn St 0.4 mi
70. Turn left at 6th Ave 0.1 mi
71. Take the 2nd right onto Main St 128 ft
72. Head north on Main St toward 5th Ave 0.1 mi
73. Take the 1st left onto W 4th Ave 0.3 mi
74. Continue straight onto Airport Rd 0.4 mi
75. Turn right to merge onto I-90 W 52.4 mi
76. Take exit 57 to merge onto I-190 S/US-16 W toward B.H. National Forest/Mt Rushmore/Downtown 1.8 mi
77. Turn left at Omaha St 0.2 mi
78. Turn right at US-16 W/Mt Rushmore Rd Continue to follow US-16 W 18.0 mi
79. Exit on the left onto US-16 Alt E/U.S. Highway 16A E/U.S. Route 16A E 3.7 mi
80. Continue onto S Dakota 244 2.5 mi
81. Head northwest on S Dakota 244 W 2.1 mi
82. Turn left at Horse Thief Lake Rd 0.5 mi
83. Head northwest on Horse Thief Lake Rd toward S Dakota 244 E 0.5 mi
84. Turn left at S Dakota 244 W 5.9 mi
85. Turn left at US-16 W/US-385 S 10.7 mi
86. Turn right at US-16 W/Custer St/Mt Rushmore Rd Continue to follow US-16 W Entering Wyoming 36.3 mi
87. Slight right at S Summit Ave 0.5 mi
88. Turn left at US-16 W/W Main St Continue to follow US-16 W 48.0 mi
89. Turn right at E Converse St 0.3 mi
90. Turn left to merge onto I-90 W Entering Montana 402 mi
91. Take exit 306 for N 7th Ave 0.3 mi
92. Turn left at N 7th Ave/I-90 Frontage W Continue to follow N 7th Ave 1.3 mi
93. Turn right at US-191 S/W Main St Continue to follow US-191 S 6.9 mi
94. Turn left at US-191 S/Gallatin Rd 5.6 mi
95. Turn right at Gateway South Rd/Mill St Continue to follow Gateway South Rd 0.8 mi
96. Turn right toward Axtell Gateway Rd 56 ft
97. Turn right at Axtell Gateway Rd 0.7 mi
98. Head south on Axtell Gateway Rd 0.7 mi
99. Turn left toward Gateway South Rd 56 ft
100. Turn left at Gateway South Rd 0.8 mi
101. Turn right at US-191 S/Gallatin Rd Continue to follow US-191 S Passing through Wyoming Entering Montana 76.4 mi
102. Turn left at US-191 S/US-20 E/US-287 S/Yellowstone Ave Continue to follow US-191 S/US-20 E/US-287 S Partial toll road This road may be seasonally closed Entering Wyoming 14.0 mi
103. Turn right at US-191 S/US-20 E/US-287 S/US-89 S Toll road This road may be seasonally closed 13.9 mi
104. Turn left 2.1 mi
105. Head west toward US-191 S/US-20 E/US-287 S/US-89 S 2.1 mi
106. Turn right at US-191 N/US-20 W/US-287 N/US-89 N Toll road This road may be seasonally closed 13.9 mi
107. Turn left at US-191 N/US-20 W/US-287 N/W Entrance Rd Continue to follow US-191 N/US-20 W/US-287 N Partial toll road This road may be seasonally closed Entering Montana 14.0 mi
108. Turn right at N Canyon St 0.2 mi
109. Turn left at US-20 W/Firehole Ave Continue to follow US-20 W Entering Idaho 107 mi
110. Slight right to merge onto I-15 S/US-20 W toward Arco/Pocatello Continue to follow I-15 S Entering Utah 247 mi
111. Take exit 273 for 1600 N/UT-241 toward Lindon 0.3 mi
112. Turn left at UT-241 W/W 1600 N St Continue to follow W 1600 N St 0.5 mi
113. Turn right at N 1200 W St 0.5 mi
114. Turn left at W 1200 N 0.4 mi
115. Head west on W 1200 N toward N 900 W St 0.4 mi
116. Turn left at N 1200 W St 0.5 mi
117. Take the 2nd right onto W 800 N 0.2 mi
118. Turn left to merge onto I-15 S toward Las Vegas 13.5 mi
119. Take exit 258 to merge onto US-6 E toward Price/Manti/US-89 E 5.3 mi
120. Continue straight onto US-6 E/US-89 S Continue to follow US-6 E 123 mi
121. Take the ramp onto I-70 E Entering Colorado 335 mi
122. Take exit 261 to merge onto US-6 E toward 6th Avenue 8.8 mi
123. Continue onto 6th Ave Fwy 1.0 mi
124. Continue onto W 6th Ave 0.7 mi
125. Turn left at Lincoln St 0.9 mi
126. Turn right at E 14th Ave 358 ft
127. Head east on E 14th Ave toward Grant St 0.9 mi
128. Turn left at Gilpin St 0.1 mi
129. Take the 1st right onto E Colfax Ave 12.2 mi
130. Take the ramp onto I-70 E Partial toll road Entering Kansas 581 mi
131. Slight left at I-670 E Entering Missouri 4.1 mi
132. Merge onto I-70 E 244 mi
133. Take exit 247 toward Grand Blvd 0.1 mi
134. Turn right at E Grand Ave 0.2 mi
135. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on E Grand Ave 1.9 mi
136. Turn left at Cozens Ave 446 ft
137. Head southeast on Cozens Ave toward Francis St 115 ft
138. Take the 1st right onto Francis St 0.1 mi
139. Turn left at Dr Martin Luther King Dr 164 ft
140. Sharp right at Page Blvd 0.1 mi
141. Take the 1st left onto N Grand Blvd 1.0 mi
142. Turn left onto the ramp to I-64 E/US-40 E 0.3 mi
143. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-64/US-40 E and merge onto I-64 E/US-40 E 2.5 mi
144. Continue onto I-70 E Entering Illinois 2.7 mi
145. Slight right at I-64 E/IL-3 N (signs for Louisville/St Clair Ave) Continue to follow I-64 E Passing through Indiana Entering Kentucky 255 mi
146. Take exit 4 toward 9th St 0.2 mi
147. Slight right at S 9th St/Roy Wilkins Ave 0.2 mi
148. Turn left at W Liberty St 0.6 mi
149. Turn right at S 3rd St 0.1 mi
150. Turn right at W Muhammad Ali Blvd 0.2 mi
151. Turn right at S 5th St 0.1 mi
152. Head north on S 5th St toward W Liberty St 197 ft
153. Take the 1st right onto W Liberty St 0.7 mi
154. Slight right to merge onto I-65 N toward I-64/I-71/Jeffersonville/Indianapolis 0.6 mi
155. Take exit 137 to merge onto I-71 N toward I-64 E/Cincinnati/Lexington 78.6 mi
156. Merge onto I-75 N Entering Ohio 28.4 mi
157. Take exit 10A to merge onto OH-126 E 6.1 mi
158. Merge onto I-71 N via the ramp to Columbus 92.4 mi
159. Merge onto I-70 E 1.4 mi
160. Slight left at I-71 N (signs for Cleveland) 101 mi
161. Take exit 209A-209B to merge onto I-76 E/US-224 E toward Akron 18.4 mi
162. Take the exit onto I-76 E toward Akron 41.8 mi
163. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-80 E/Youngstown/New York City and merge onto I-80 E Entering Pennsylvania 310 mi
164. Take the exit on the left onto I-380 N 7.6 mi
165. Take exit 8 for PA-423 toward Tobyhanna 0.2 mi
166. Turn right at PA-423 N 0.5 mi
167. Turn left at PA-423 N/Main St 440 ft
168. Take the 2nd right onto PA-423 N/Church St Continue to follow PA-423 N 7.0 mi
169. Continue onto PA-191 N/S Sterling Rd Continue to follow PA-191 N 4.6 mi
170. Continue onto PA-507 N/Lake Wallenpaupack Rd 2.3 mi
171. Take the ramp onto I-84 E Partial toll road Passing through New York Entering Connecticut 145 mi
172. Take exit 27 to merge onto I-691 E toward Meriden 8.6 mi
173. Take exit 11 on the left to merge onto I-91 N toward Hartford/Springfield 16.7 mi
174. Take exit 29 to merge onto CT-15 N/US-5 N toward I-84 E/E Hartford/Boston 0.5 mi
175. Continue onto CT-15 N 1.5 mi
176. Merge onto I-84 E Partial toll road Entering Massachusetts 40.8 mi
177. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-90 E/N.H. – Maine/Boston and merge onto I-90 E Toll road 44.4 mi
178. Take exit 14 for I-95 N toward N.H – Maine Partial toll road 1.2 mi
179. Follow signs for I-95 N/Waltham/Portsmouth NH and merge onto I-95 N

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