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Old 07-14-2016, 10:19 AM   #1
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Grand Rapids WEST to Washington State?

My wife and I are having our first motorhome argument!

We know NOTHING about the Eastern part of the U.S. We are picking up our MH in Grand Rapids MI and then heading back to Washington. She wants to go North from Grand Rapids and take the ferry across and I want to drive South from Grand Rapids and head west.

Any thoughts on which route is better/faster? She thinks the general Chicago area will be a nightmare and I think the ferry will be a hassle.

Thanks!
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:31 AM   #2
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You have a third option which to me is the best. Go north, cross Big Mac, tour the U. P. for a few days then go west. I'm sure many will agree.
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:01 AM   #3
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You have a third option which to me is the best. Go north, cross Big Mac, tour the U. P. for a few days then go west. I'm sure many will agree.
This time of year? It would have my vote!!!

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Old 07-14-2016, 11:34 AM   #4
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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!
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:35 AM   #5
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You didn't mention whether you had a time frame or not and what you were taking back from Grand Rapids to Washington state. If you're taking a motor home back though, you only have one choice when it comes to a ferry. The SS Badger running out of Ludington, MI. Unfortunately the ferry only runs twice a day, 8:30 AM and 8:30 PM

If you choose the southern route you can bypass Chicago via I-290

The Northern route via the Mackinaw Bridge and Michigan's upper is only 100 miles longer than the southern route, and I can pretty much guarantee a whole lot less stressful.
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:51 AM   #6
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X2 on Mackinaw Bridge and taking US2. It's a great route that is very scenic but you can move along pretty well. We did the trip on 2 and loved it but we were in no hurry.

If you are trying to make good time you could drop down from Grand Forks and catch 94 west at Fargo.
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Well, too bad time is the constraint. Then you have only one choice, to me. That's 196 to 94, then pick up 80W. When you come around the lake you will actually pass through Indiana after leaving Michigan. If I was doing it I would just stay on the 80W till the 29N and then up to 90W. One short stretch of toll road as you pass through the Chicago area.

BTW... we are heading out Saturday bound for Spokane. We will head north on 29 and pretty much follow the route above.

Safe travels to you.
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Well, my computer routing does not agree with me. It pretty much says best route is to pick up the 90/94 when you come through Chicago. Never done that so I can not tell you what to expect. I have come through the Chicago area many times heading west but not northwest. My imperative has always been to get clear of the Chicago traffic ASAP, so that's why I said 80W.

Anyway, please post what you finally end up doing. Especially if you do take the NWly route via the 90/94.

BTW... the ferry option.... very slow and very pricey. But very enjoyable. Done it a few times.
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North to Mackinaw Bridge. US 2 to Duluth,MN (great city to visit) then 210/10 through northern Minnesota to Fargo and get on the interstate.
However, through Chicago is the fastest route due to all 4 lane.
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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
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