Oh, man, this is a long trip. It will be a 6 day trip, and I am laid up with the flu. I can’t imagine that I will be getting through this very quickly, but that’s appropriate. We won’t be getting through the road trip very quickly. It’s 2970 miles between the two cities, and we will move at a pace of 64.4mph, which means we will cover 515 miles a day. It’s going to be a long journey, so let’s get on our way.
It seems unlikely, because it’s been so quiet across the country, but an area of low pressure developing over the Pacific will move inland overnight tonight. Expect it to pull in some cold enough air that our drive through the Sierras will be accompanied by snow showers in the mountains. I think it will be just warm enough that the drive through Nevada will be rainy. We will stop at the Victory Highway, exit 373 in Nevada. Not much by way of towns in this part of the world.
Our problems again will be with the mountains, this time those in Utah and western Wyoming. There will be some rain and mountain snow at the higher elevations, but it will taper off after we reach Rock Springs. It will clear out and warm up until we reach the half way point between Elk Mountain and Laramie. Again, not much by way of towns in this part of the world. I hope you don’t mind camping.
The cold front will set itself up east of our route in Nebraska. There will be some remnant cloudiness in the Nebraska prairies, but we won’t have to worry about much rain. Maybe a splash of drizzle between Sidney and North Platte, but not any rain. After North Platte, we will make our way east through Nebraska to Lincoln, where we might actually be able to stay in a hotel.
Hey, the towns we encounter are getting bigger and badder. We will make it as far as Tinley Park, a suburb of Chicago. Unfortunately, the cold front that we have been chasing will stall across Illinois. Post frontal rain will be a problem across much of Iowa and all of Illinois. It will start in in Avoca, Iowa, and heavier rain will pick up in Illinois as we find our way to the front. Expect it to get really rainy east of Joliet. Pull out the umbrella as we get into Tinley Park.
The rain on Monday will be heaviest in the morning, beginning to lose some of it’s organization as we head east through Ohio, on into New York. It will just be generally rainy and cloudy all the way to Evans. New York, which is on the shore of Lake Erie, south of Buffalo.
Finally, the trip is almost at it’s end. And the rain is also at it’s end. We will be able to enjoy some blustery, cool conditions, but it will be dry and *gasp* sunny as we finish the drive into Burlington.