Farmington, New Mexico to Lewiston, Maine

Now here is a well travelled route. Has anyone anywhere ever visited both of these towns? There has to be someone, right? They are 2477.77 miles and 5 days apart. We will cover ground between these cosmopolitan boroughs at a pace of 62.1mph, and 497 miles a day. This trip will align almost perfectly with that 5, 8 hour day criteria, so that’s awesome. All right, ¡Ándele!

The system that moved through Farmington this morning is going to explode over the Plains. Parts of southern Wisconsin are looking at well over a foot. This system, like I said, just moved through Farmington and will bring snow to the Rockies and Front Range and Colorado Plains. Our route takes us right through the Rockies and into Denver. Denver and I-76 will be clear, but the state highways between Farmington and Denver? Maybe not so much. Good luck. We will be able to make it to Sterling, Colorado by the end of the day, which is essentially in the middle of nowhere.

We will be two days behind the snow when we drive through Nebraska, which should be more than enough time to have the roads cleared by the time we make our way through the Cornhusker state. We will see a lot of prairie covered in white. The end of the day will involve driving through Omaha and the western Iowa hill country. Avoca, Iowa is the pit stop for Friday night.

High pressure, including, perhaps, a little bit of melt, will move into the Upper Midwest behind the low which will barrel towards the coast over the weekend. The roads in Iowa and Illinois, especially since we will be on interstates, should be clear and quite drivable. We’ll make it to South Bend, Indiana, which may be a little further behind on snow clean up because lake effect snow might be a little more persistent, given the northwest flow off of Lake Michigan.

As has been our theme, we will be chasing a system out of town as we skirt the southern Great Lakes. The brunt of the system will have moved into New England by the time we get going, but northwesterly flow will slow us down from South Bend to the Rochester, New York area because cold air moving over the still open Great Lakes will lead to lake effect snow. Watch out particularly south of Buffalo, where we may get dumped upon. The band of snow will be heavy but narrow. We should be snow free by the time we reach Henrietta, New York, which is south of Rochester.

Another wave will be moving into the Great Lakes on Monday, but so long as we get on the road in time, we should be able to get out ahead of it. There might be some clouds and fog joining us for the ride through Utica, but I think we should be fine on the way up towards Lewiston. It’s a stretch of road that we don’t get to see on these trips very often, so enjoy it.