Reroute

by Sarah

Chicago, IL

Jun 28

About a week ago, I was looking at the map of our route, and realizing how crazy it was to think we were going to get to Quebec City. Which lead me to reconsider the viability of going to Montreal. And Burlington. And the Adirondacks. It was just too much.

I considered bringing this up with Sandy and then decided not to. Sandy requires a high standard of proof before he’s inclined to change direction and I wasn’t so excited about spending hours dissecting the minutiae of the route and doing a mile-by-mile analysis of the with-Montreal trip vs. the without-Montreal trip. We’d already spent so much time poring over the map. I just couldn’t face it.

I know one more thing about Sandy, though. He’s really, really rational. Given the facts and some time to consider, he almost always ends up coming to the same conclusions that I get to with my more impressionistic style.

So, I waited him out — a strategy I have used before with great success — figuring that if worse came to worse we could redo the route mid-trip.

Then, three nights ago, Sandy said, with some trepidation, “I was…um…thinking that maybe…maybe…maybe the whole northeastern part of the trip is just…too much. Maybe we should skip Montreal and the Adirondacks?”

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So, here’s the new and improved and much more sane route. A route that allows us to occasionally spend more than one night in a location and gives us much more time for mini-golf:

Chicago → Iowa City → Trempealeau, WI → Minneapolis → Apostle Islands/Lake Superior → Upper Peninsula → Sault Ste Marie → Bruce Peninsula → Toronto → Niagara Falls → Finger Lakes → Pittsburgh → Cedar Point → Ypsilanti, Michigan → Chicago

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The Numbers

3260
miles driven
30
miles ridden by ferry
~ 105
gallons of petrol purchased
$3.92
cheapest price per gallon (Roseville, MN)
$5.40
priciest price per gallon (Rural Ontario)
3
nights spent at friends' homes
8
nights spent at hotels/motels
2
nights spent at B&Bs
5
nights spent camping
2625
photos taken
4
unsolicited questions about the Fit and its gas mileage
7
unsolicited admirations about our awesome Travel Scrabble kit
3
lottery tickets purchased
$0
money won
24
Sandy's license plate game score
24
Sarah's license plate game score
2-1
Head's up Trival Pursuit record, Sandy v. Sarah
1-1
Mini-golf record, Sandy v. Sarah
69-68
First game
51-58
Second game
1
speeding warnings received
1
speeding citations received
22
mph over limit we were driving
10
mph over limit nice Michigan state officer cited on ticket

The Plan

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