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?”
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