4 1/2 days is what it will take to get from Corvallis to Mansfield, from western Oregon to northeastern Ohio. I wonder how many O – State to O – State trips we’ve done before? Anyway, the mileage is 2437, which means an average speed of about 67.7 mph. Solid. Days 1-4 will be through after about 541.6 miles. Another success of the Google Maps light speed system.
DAY ONE (Thursday)
Great news for everyone traveling out west: It’s going to be very quiet out west with a vast upper level ridge covering the region. All the monsoonal thunderstorm activity will continue to lie over the southern Rockies, for the beginning of the trip, mostly across Oregon but finishing off in Warren, Idaho (near Twin Falls), Thursday evening. Enjoy the scenery, because this drive should be pretty easy, but fairly gorgeous.
DAY TWO (Friday)
High pressure will move east with us. The only trough, and therefore the only threat for inclement weather between the coasts is a weak lee trough. We won’t travel far enough to reach that feature, which will only be an analytical curiosity anyway, and won’t be producing any tangible weather. The day will end in Arlington, Wyoming, which is west of Laramie.
DAY THREE (Saturday)
High pressure is developing strongly over the region and will squelch any threat of a trough emerging in the lee. If you have some sweet tunes, driving through Nebraska when the weather is good is a great time to listen to them. We will just past Lincoln and end up in Waverly, Nebraska.
DAY FOUR (Sunday)
A cold front swinging down out of the Upper Midwest, associated with a strong area of low pressure moving through Canada. A wave near the Bahamas will nip any moisture in the bud, though. We may feel a brisk northwest wind by the end of our day, which will finish in Valparaiso, Indiana, as we get off the interstates and prepare to finish the drive on US Highways.
DAY FIVE (Monday)
There may be a little bit of pooling moisture through the morning and early afternoon across most of the remainder of our route as the cold front slows down. Not a lot of rain or anything, and much of it may manifest as fog instead of rain. There will be a few spits of drizzle, but not a lot, as I said, with the best chances around Fort Wayne. We should reach Mansfield in the early afternoon.