Are you quite ready for this outrageously long road trip? It’s going to cover 6 days and 3204 miles while stretching coast to coast. Our pace will be 65.9mph, slowed by the busy roads of New England. We will still manage 527.3 miles a day. For 6 days. We are in for a trek.
It’s no secret that the weather out east has been a little unpleasant lately. There has been rain and clouds just hung up along the coast thanks to an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Maine. The rain will abate somewhat Tuesday morning, though it won’t necessarily go away. There will be some light rain as we head south for Worcester, Massachusetts, but the heavier rain won’t begin until after midday. The westbound turn towards Albany will be greeted by some more consistent chances for rain, likely moving in isolated bands. This type of scattered rainshower activity will be with us until we reach Henrietta, New York, which is a southern suburb of Rochester.
The rain will be steadier overnight in western New York, but thunderstorms are not in the forecast for the Rochester area. We will be dodging a few showers as we head east through Buffalo and the little appendage of Pennsylvania that includes Erie, but rain will become less likely by the time we hit Cleveland. The threat for an isolated thunderstorms will creep back into northern Ohio and Indiana with a little bit more sunlight, but it will likely only be mostly cloudy with very spotty drizzle as we head west to La Porte, Indiana, which is juuuuust east of Gary.
Finally, by the time we leave La Porte, we will be in for some good weather. Expect some steamy conditions and sunny skies as we pass through the south side of Chicago, the Quad Cities and Des Moines. There is some suggestion that there may be an isolated thunderstorm over eastern Iowa, but I’m not buying it at this point. In fact, I say it will be hot and dry (though humid) all the way to Omaha, where we will spend Thursday night in the suburbs. Chalco, Nebraska is the official destination.
Right now, the forecast for Friday in Nebraska is for showers and thunderstorms to remain along the South Dakota border and away from I-80. I am not quite confident that that is how it will play out, but if there will be thunderstorms further south, I think they will be over central and eastern Nebraska, after we have driven through that area. It will remain fairly sunny and warm as we head off to Laramie, Wyoming to spend out weekend.
Our drive through Wyoming and Utah should be uneventful (truer words ever spoken?) An area of low pressure moving through the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies might add a little bit of cloudiness to the sky around Salt Lake City, but we can all be inspired by the vast emptiness of The Knolls, our destination on Saturday night. It’s at the fringe of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
After such a excruciating set of days in the car, I am sure you will be happy to discover that we have… an extra hour to finish this thing off. Driving through Nevada shouldn’t prove to be a challenge, but when we hit California…. traffic might be a problem in San Francisco and in the North Bay. It’s 6 days from now, but it looks mighty nice for our arrival in Vallejo.