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Old 07-14-2016, 01:20 PM   #11
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Everything I have read says to avoid Interstate 90 in Montana. It's the roughest ride in the United States.
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Is the area through the Chicago area a nightmare? My wife is concerned we'll be in bumper to bumper traffic and possibly lost in a maze of lanes and exits?

As for coming this way to Spokane = welcome to Washington! We are 180 miles from Spokane, but we really like that area.

Safe travels.
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I've been on 90 thru Montana and I didn't notice it being that bad (in a p/u though) however, Montana was a bit of a nightmare when it came to the amount of deer in the road = early in the morning and towards evening I wouldn't want to be on the road.
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Old 07-14-2016, 01:41 PM   #14
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Best way or fun way

Certainly the best way if you just want to get back home is the 196 out of Grand Rapids to I-80. But, you are going to have all of that urban traffic very much like going through Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle. Not much fun and few places that you can enjoy Indiana and Illinois. Having been raised in Michigan, my way would be north to the upper peninsula of Michigan, then on down to Escanaba, MI. Beautiful country! We have both taken ferry rides and that is not too interesting and slow. I would not do it. From Escanaba to Green Bay is a trip along Lake Michigan shoreline. That's about 50 miles of shoreline. If you get bored, you can go west on the smaller highways to I-90, or I-94.

Since it may be a once in a lifetime trip, I would take I-94 through Eau Clare to Billings where you join up with I-90, which will take you downtown Seattle. I-94 is much more interesting than i-90.
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Old 07-14-2016, 01:55 PM   #15
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The timing can never be right for everything and this trip back to pick up our MH is a classic example of that = we are on a time crunch! In fact, there is only one week my wife can make the short trip back with me (then she'd still have to be back at work) Ultimately, the perfect situation would have been to BOTH be retired when we picked it up, and they we'd actually continue on east and see the New England area, but we don't have that luxury this time - within a year, but not now...

If we can't pick it up on that specific week, she'll fly back with me, we'll spend 2 days there and then she'll fly home and I'll drive it back. And LOL, I better not do any sightseeing/RV'ing w/o her!!


Thanks for the suggestion though!
If this is a New MH and you are on a Time Issue,HOPE and PRAY that Everything works and Nothing needs Fixed/Replaced during your PDI! A Hickup at Pickup could throw timing "Out the Door"! The Ferry "SS Badger" is a nice way to travel across but you should make Reservations to be safe,and IF you don't make it because of ??,Oh Well! Youroo!!
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I've been on 90 thru Montana and I didn't notice it being that bad (in a p/u though) however, Montana was a bit of a nightmare when it came to the amount of deer in the road = early in the morning and towards evening I wouldn't want to be on the road.
My experiences, Billings to Coeur d'Alene the road is only rough when you run over the roadkill, and there can be a lot of that.

However, I am usually in a PU truck with or without a popup on my rear end.

And agree with BBogey, try not to be traveling at sunrise or sunset (or an hour before or after) a lot of big animals out there running around.
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Thanks for all the info everyone! We are bring a motorhome back. IF we get it the day we're hoping and IF we leave to come home the day we hope to, we would be able to absorb that that extra 100 mile route to the north.

It's really a bummer having a time constraint, but that's just life right now - it will be different soon
If you do take the northern route Depending on what time you leave Grand Rapids, Burt lake State Park is about 3 1/2 hours. If you call them directly and let them know you are just over-nighting. they should fit you in. Same goes for other Michigan state parks. Then another 45 minutes north and just over the bridge is Straights State Park. If you still feel like driving, Another hour west on US-2 you will start seeing private RV parks as well as small mom and pop motels.

Its been such a long time since I have been past M-77 that I can't help you with that part of the journey but I am sure others will.

Hope this helps.
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I've been on 90 thru Montana and I didn't notice it being that bad (in a p/u though) however, Montana was a bit of a nightmare when it came to the amount of deer in the road = early in the morning and towards evening I wouldn't want to be on the road.
And bear. Went through the mountain once and it was bear not deer that was the road hazard.
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Thanks! As for the tight time schedule, IF there is an issue while picking it up (we will spend the day/night there using everything on the coach as many times over and over as possible) my wife will just fly back home and I'll head home whenever it's fixed.
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I came east from Richland wa. to Ann Arbor. I drove I-90 until I hit I-35 then went South to I-80 to I=94. I did this to avoid Chicago, avoid Chicago at all costs with a motorhome.
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