1,700 Miles Crossing 3 State (X2) in 2 Days

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

Here is something I learned about myself over the last couple of days... I can still drive all day like an 18 year old BUT I don't want to!

Friday, 3AM my daughter and I headed off to Milwaukee expecting to get there by 4:PM that afternoon.

Minot to Milwaukee

850 miles one way. HOWEVER after the 1st 100 miles we linked up with a fast moving, sever weather front headed East. For approximately 600 miles we were in a constant downpour with a quarter to a sixteenth mile of visibility. What should have taken 12 hours was a 17 hour drive. I was pulling a camper and Tina was driving a car she was not familiar with. It was HELL! And then of course we are in the downtown of a big city totally unaware of where our destination was. Once we found it I was informed there was no where I could park the camper so I ended up driving about 50 miles back out of town to a rest area to sleep.

Sally, David, and BobIn the end it was all worth it for Dad to see his daughter off to college. For breakfast Tina drove back out towards me and we met about halfway from the rest area at a Perkins in Delafield. Sally K. & David L. Hanson met us there and even bought us breatfast. They were so helpful!!! Sally and David had great advice for Tina and assured her that they were there for her should she need anything while she at Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design.

This is the 1st time I've met active fellow Active Rainers in the 10 plus years I've been part of Active Rain. WHAT A BLESSING!

After breakfast I headed home and it was a fairly uneventful drive home. This time I could see where I was going and I did actually make the trip in under 13 hours. 1700 miles in two days... I'm pretty sure I don't want to do that again.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
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Wow, Bob "RealMan" Timm that's quite the trip. My limit is about 750mi in 12 hrs in good weather! Glad you all made it OK and had a chance to spend time with the Hansons.
Bruce.

 

Aug 27, 2018 09:24 PM #28
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Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
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I finished a similar journey myself: California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi in four days. Plenty of time to think, reminisce, goal-set, etc.

Aug 27, 2018 10:28 PM #29
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Kat Palmiotti
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I would definitely NOT want to do the drive. Car rides and I are not friends. That being said, I would have loved to have met Sally and David!

Aug 28, 2018 03:57 AM #30
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Thanks Bruce Kunz it certainly tested my limits. The trip back in good weather was a lot less stress.

Aug 28, 2018 06:00 AM #31
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I've always enjoyed "windshield time" Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me but this was crazy with the short time constraints and the bad weather. I'm glad your trip was less stressful but WOW did you ever cover some ground!

Aug 28, 2018 06:03 AM #32
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Meeting Sally K. & David L. Hanson was great and it was so nice to introduce them to Tina. Leaving Tina in an unfamiliar city so many miles away is very stressful BUT knowing Sally and David are there makes me much more comfortable Kat Palmiotti .

Aug 28, 2018 06:06 AM #33
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Proving that man was meant to journey & adventure for it is rewarding to do so

Aug 28, 2018 06:27 AM #34
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Yes Richie Alan Naggar but as Dorothy said "There is no place like home".

Aug 28, 2018 07:25 AM #35
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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That's a great story - except for the downpour part.  Glad you got to meet some fellow Rainers who can be of help if needed.

Aug 28, 2018 06:12 PM #36
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Michael Eisenberg
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What a trip, Glad you got to meet somre rainers

Aug 28, 2018 07:14 PM #37
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

After 10 years I finally met someone in person Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 . That rain was the worst driving I've encountered including driving in many blizzards.

Aug 28, 2018 07:18 PM #38
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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I'm sure I will be making the trip to Milwaukee many times in the future put I sure hope it's not in that kind of weather again Michael Eisenberg .

Aug 28, 2018 07:22 PM #39
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John Henry
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Bob, that sounds harrowing.  I think that kind of driving (in the weather front) would sour any great family experience.  Glad you made it in one piece and all went well.

I have driven from Orlando to Austin back and forth several times over the years.  About 19 hours total.  Have to stop to sleep!

Aug 29, 2018 04:48 AM #40
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Being able to take a nap was at the front of my mind when I made the decision to pull the camper John Henry BUT the plan was to use it on the way back home not on the way down as we were really under the gun to get Tina to school on time.

Aug 29, 2018 05:51 AM #41
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Definitely memorable send off for college. Glad everyone made their destinations safe and sound. 

Aug 29, 2018 09:44 AM #42
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Thank you Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- it was the longest "white knuckle" drive I've ever made.

Aug 29, 2018 11:38 AM #43
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Kevin Mackessy
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Not sure I have a lengthy road trip in me anymore.  So much more convenient to fly and just get where you are going.  The exhaustion of travel is a lot. 

Aug 30, 2018 01:21 PM #44
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I totally agree Kevin Mackessy but you know those trips to college require a lot of hauling. This is Tina's 1st year in college so we took a lot of stuff with us including her bicycle.

Aug 30, 2018 06:08 PM #45
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Anne Corbin
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I have driven from the east coast (VA) to the west coast twice. The first time was bringing my daughter home from her externship at Pebble Beach Resort. It was a long trip but we did stop at a few tourist attractions like the Grand Canyon and the Oklahoma City memorial.

 

The second trip was for my aging parents who wanted to do a cross country trip. I made it to Seattle and then flew home, while my parents continued down the west coast and then Shipshewana IN (neat Amish town), Baraboo WI to see the Circus Museum, a rodeo in Cody WY, and Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore & Yellowstone National Park in SD.

 

On September 9, I am once again going to make a trip across the US with my parents taking the southern route with a final destination for me to San Francisco. Destinations included AL, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ and CA! Just another fun experience!

Aug 31, 2018 07:06 AM #46
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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I like trips like that when one can go at a leisurely pace Anne Corbin . I wish Tina and I would have had time to pull over and let the storm pass but we were under a very tight deadline. With my upcoming semi-retirement (tomorrow actually) I may get a chance to do some leisurely driving.

Aug 31, 2018 07:26 AM #47
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