This probably won’t be the last time this happens, but we’ve made a slight adjustment to our route. The new plan has us hitting 9 cities for a month or more in 12 months. We originally had Denver slotted in for early March, but decided we’d rather tag on an extra month in Portland. We also swapped Asheville to January and Savannah to February and March. We figure, it’s going to be cold in January either way, but by swapping, we get Savannah in March, which should be about perfect (highs of 71 degrees).
The change in the total drive is basically null. It moves the Columbus-Asheville leg from 10 hours to about 7.5, and adds another 3 on to the long drive out west, which was going to be long anyway.
Below is the latest draft of our trip from Montreal to Minneapolis. In total, it comes out to 94 hours of driving (though there’s about 12 hours worth of detours for ‘the scenic route’ or better mid-point cities to stop overnight. The map hits the big cities, plus Bangor because it’s the most significant deviation from the direct route. We’ll spend a weekend there for the 2018 Great American Folk Festival (I live for Folk music).
We’re now less than 3 months away from our departure date. Over the next 3 months, we’ll start breaking down why we’ve chosen the cities we did, what we hope to learn and love there, and what each city means.
After the map, see a more detailed breakdown that includes where we’ll stop to stretch our legs in between cities, and where we’ll spend an overnight or two.
|Bangor (American Folk Festival)|
|Canton?? +1 hour|
|Columbia/Augusta (+1 hour)|
|Marion!! or St. Louis!!|
|Salt Lake City (FINALLLY)|
|Baker City (OREGON TRAIL!)|
|Bend (Out of the way, but worth it I think)|