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Texas caravan
« on: February 28, 2011, 06:21:27 pm »
If anyone would like to caravan to Dearborn from Texas, please respond to this post.   I would like to see if we can get a group together like we did for the 2005 Reunion in Carlisle.

asedan, elvis... you guys in this time?

Tim

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Re: Texas caravan
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2011, 09:48:04 am »
Tim, I'm in.   A short 1,250 miles from my house. Less than Carlisle though!  Hope diesel behaves in price---may be sleeping in my trailer! I sent you PM.  Later.

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011, 08:15:17 pm »
OK Tim I figured we have waited each other out long enough.  Procrastination at its finest.  ..me and you and a dog named Boo..... ...and Mr Quate? Can we get there in 2days?  About 1250 miles from Dallas to Detroit according to my atlas...another 200+ to Dallas from here for me.  I was thinking Dallas to St. Louis or KC the first day...
Makes me tired talking about it. Called you left message with your wife, hope I didn't freak her out.
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Re: Texas caravan
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2011, 09:03:19 pm »
OK Tim I figured we have waited each other out long enough.  Procrastination at its finest.  ..me and you and a dog named Boo..... ...and Mr Quate? Can we get there in 2days?  About 1250 miles from Dallas to Detroit according to my atlas...another 200+ to Dallas from here for me.  I was thinking Dallas to St. Louis or KC the first day...
Makes me tired talking about it. Called you left message with your wife, hope I didn't freak her out.
Later.

Sorry I missed your call.  I had actually pulled your phone number out of email earlier today intending to call you.  I will give you a call tomorrow evening.

I'm up for doing it in two days.  I've looked at the map a few times.  We could go up through KC / St Louis or a little more eastern route up through Nashville.  I'm flexible either way.

Tim

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Re: Texas caravan
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011, 12:32:31 am »
Depending  on what day you guys are heading out and what route you take I might tag along.  I'll be leaving from Tulsa, OK and was planning on making it a two day drive also.

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Re: Texas caravan
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011, 07:41:06 am »
Elvis and I spoke last night.  We agreed that we didnt want to do any bonzai days driving up to Dearborn.  So last night I spent a bit of time with Google Maps and came up with a couple options for the group to kick around.


Option A:  3 evenly spaced days of driving

     Day 1 (Tues) : Austin TX to Tulsa OK: ~491 miles and 7:53 hrs of drive time

          Since I am starting in Dallas, I would meet up with Elvis somewhere near Fort Worth along I-35

          CrazyHorse, we could meet up with you Wed morning as we depart Tulsa.


     Day 2 (Wed):  Tulsa OK to Springfield IL:  ~494 miles and 7:52 hrs of drive time


     Day 3 (Thurs):  Springfield IL to Dearborn MI:  454 miles and 7:30 hrs of drive time


Option B:  This is a 2.5 day option.  This would provide some extra time on Thursday to visit the Ford Museum or do other things in and around the area.

     Day 1 (Tues) : Austin TX to Tulsa OK: ~491 miles and 7:53 hrs of drive time

     Day 2 (Wed):  Tulsa OK to Joliet IL:  ~657 miles and 10:25 hrs drive time

     Day 3 (Thurs):  Joliet, IL: to Dearborn MI:  ~247 miles and 4:08 hrs drive time  (allowing us to arrive around noon)



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Re: Texas caravan
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011, 08:49:53 am »
None of my business, but if it was me coming from Texas, I would work my way over to Little Rock, Ar or Memphis, Tenn ultimately coming up I-55 and hitting I-57 at Sikeston, Mo. Take I-57 up through south central Illinois hitting I-70 east at Effingham, Illinois going through Indianapolis and then north on I-69? I think,  towards Fort Wayne, Indiana. North of Fort Wayne you can pick I-80 or I-94 east, can't remember which, taking you to Detroit.

Take it from an Illinoisan, who has to go to St. Louis frequently and only to Chicago if someone has a gun to my head. Whatever you do stay as far away from Joliet which is just a suburb of Chicago as you can. I-80 is a mess no matter what time of day I have found and St. Louis has so much construction going on it's almost as bad. Good luck.
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Re: Texas caravan
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2011, 10:24:38 am »
...Pilot is correct, getting around the bottom of Lake Michigan (Chicago) can really stink. If you do decide to come this way.... make it very early in the AM. We'll be heading to Dearborn early Thursday morning from the Chicago area. How many are driving their Boss's ?   
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2011, 01:32:27 pm »
Greatly appreciate the feedback guys.  I was thinking about trying to solicit some feedback from folks who live and travel that corridor and you beat me to it.  Thank you.

We'll adjust our plans!

Tim

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Re: Texas caravan
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2011, 05:13:45 pm »
Tryng to avoid mountains, big long hills and the roller coaster up and down effect.  Last trip to Carlisle we had that for a loong wayyy.  Isn't too fun hauling enclosed brick trailers with cars.  Just want a semi direct route with even terrain as possible.  Don't know what Missouri or anything NE of there is like.  We went through Tenn., Ark., Kentucky, etc last time it made it a long drive with the hills, mountains etc. None of us are driving our cars up there......... It would be about 10 hours from where i am before you got out of our 32 days straight of 100+ degree temps, bit toasty with 3.91 gears.
From Ok I was looking at Joplin MO to St. Louis(I70)--to Richmond Ind.-To Cincinnati to Toledo(I75) to Dearborn or in Indianapolis get on I69 North to MI.

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Re: Texas caravan
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2011, 08:09:17 am »
I-44 across Southern Missouri from Joplin to St.Louis is like a roller coaster. Not mountains but big hills, up one side down the other. That stretch of road wears me out NOT pulling a trailer as cruise control is pretty much useless.

I-64 across Southern Indiana, if you plan on going through Cinncinnatti and north, is much the same type terrain all the way to Cincy. If you go that way may make sure you hit Louisville, KY any time other than rush hour as traffic there has gotten terrible. Typical river town, just not enough roads and bridges to service the traffic these days. Cincy no picnic either but I always take the beltline there too. Then going that way you also have Columbus....

I-55 from Memphis all the way to I-57 in Southeast Mo flat as a pool table. I-57 up through central Illinois is pretty flat from Marion, Illinois north all the way to Indianapolis on I-70. Again, depending on the time of day Indy can get pretty jammed up. I always take the beltline around Indy.

Again none of my business, just trying to alert you to the pitfalls. If you go up through central Illinois to Indy all you have is one city to get through, Indy. The other ways you have St. Louis, Louisville, Ciny, Columbus. Just stay away from Chicago!!!! Good luck wish I was following along too.
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Re: Texas caravan
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2011, 12:07:56 pm »
Tryng to avoid mountains, big long hills and the roller coaster up and down effect.  Last trip to Carlisle we had that for a loong wayyy.  Isn't too fun hauling enclosed brick trailers with cars.  Just want a semi direct route with even terrain as possible.  Don't know what Missouri or anything NE of there is like.  We went through Tenn., Ark., Kentucky, etc last time it made it a long drive with the hills, mountains etc. None of us are driving our cars up there......... It would be about 10 hours from where i am before you got out of our 32 days straight of 100+ degree temps, bit toasty with 3.91 gears.
From Ok I was looking at Joplin MO to St. Louis(I70)--to Richmond Ind.-To Cincinnati to Toledo(I75) to Dearborn or in Indianapolis get on I69 North to MI.

I'm flexible.  If you have mapped out a route you want to try, let's go for it.  Let me know where you would like to stop each day so we can map out the hotel options.

Tim

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Re: Texas caravan
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2011, 12:15:35 am »
Tryng to avoid mountains, big long hills and the roller coaster up and down effect.  Last trip to Carlisle we had that for a loong wayyy.  Isn't too fun hauling enclosed brick trailers with cars.  Just want a semi direct route with even terrain as possible.  Don't know what Missouri or anything NE of there is like.  We went through Tenn., Ark., Kentucky, etc last time it made it a long drive with the hills, mountains etc. None of us are driving our cars up there......... It would be about 10 hours from where i am before you got out of our 32 days straight of 100+ degree temps, bit toasty with 3.91 gears.
From Ok I was looking at Joplin MO to St. Louis(I70)--to Richmond Ind.-To Cincinnati to Toledo(I75) to Dearborn or in Indianapolis get on I69 North to MI.

This or something very similar was the route I was looking at taking.  Where were you thinking about staying inbetween Tulsa and Dearborn?  I have relatives in Belleville (near St. Louis) and Indy.  I'll check with them about construction or other concerns. 

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Re: Texas caravan
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2011, 06:23:26 am »
If you all come through Indianapolis and need anything, give me a shout 317-696-5156.  My wife and I aren't heading up until Friday.  There's some construction on I-465 in Indy but nothing to serious as far as slowing you down too much.  Traffic can get heavy from 7:15-8:30 am and from 5:00-6:00 pm (especially on I-69 North, you don't want any of that when work lets out), other than that it should be smooth sailing through Indianapolis.  I too would avoid Chicago at all costs, even when it should be light traffic there it can be aweful.  Again, let me know if you guys need anything.
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Re: Texas caravan
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2011, 06:49:29 pm »
Ok, here's what I've got based on the discussion:

This is a 2.5 day plan.  We could break it into three 8 hr days, if desired.

Day 1:  Austin to Tulsa  492 miles, 8:10 hrs driving time

Day 2:  Tulsa to Indy (through Joplin and St Louis) 644 miles 10:52 hrs driving time

Day 3:  Indy to Dearborn (up I-69 and across I-94) 314 miles 5:02 hrs driving time

As before, I thought we could do 1 long day, on day 2, so that we could get into Dearborn mid day on Thursday.  We could head out of Indy before rush hour traffic heats up.

Elvis, what do you think?

Tim