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Ontario -> Michigan -> North Indiana -> North Illinois -> Iowa. Caravan?

I'm wondering if there's any possibility of snagging any followers on my journey, so I'll lay out my current plan, and see if anyone wants to grab hold.


Day One (Thursday, June 5th)
-I'll be leaving Ottawa in the morning (Leave at 8-ish?).

-401 to London, then switch to the 402 to cross at Sarnia. That would mean I'd be crossing the border (assuming all goes to plan) around 5:30 PM.

-Take I-69 until I-94, then head to Kalamazoo, MI to stop for the night around 9.


Day Two (Friday, June 6th)
- Leave Kalamazoo around 8 in the morning, take I-94 West.
- Keep following I-94 as it morphs into I-80, then I-274, then back to I-80. (Maybe dodging around the toll section, maybe not)
- Keep on truckin' along I-80 until just past Iowa City, where you have to turn off to head to Amana. ETA would be around 4-ish.


These numbers are all based on the time estimations from Google maps, plus half an hour per day for food, fuel, etc. Maybe more realistic would be a full hour for those a day, so add a half hour to any of my ETAs. Obviously I've got some wiggle room.
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Drat...I won't be hitting I-80 until the Iowa border.

I'll be going along I-88.
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Well, Google maps suggests it would be about a 10 minute detour for me to go North up to I-88, so it certainly wouldn't be impossible to join up with you.
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I think I'm the only person following that route.

Seems like a good chunk is following I-74.

Caravan from/through Illinois
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Yeah, I saw that convoy. It would add an extra 2 or so hours the first day, and an extra hour the second. It would make for a pretty miserable Thursday (I try to limit myself to 10 hour driving days), and a relatively not nice Friday either. By not making that detour, I get a not great, but tolerable Thursday, and a not too bad Friday.

I guess the question is if there's anyone from Michigan, or if any of the other Ontarions want to join me on my journey (Although they probably wouldn't want to meet me that late in the day, and stop the night. Makes more sense to just go all in one day).

EDIT: And then cut north to I-88 around Chicago and maybe catch up with you.
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There we go, a Michigan/Northern Illinois convoy!
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Sorry Flossy, We are heading out Thursday morning and hoping to be in Amana Thursday night. See you there Friday
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Yeah, that's pretty much what I thought. You're close enough for a comfortable one day drive.
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I'm planning on leaving the Detroit/Ann Arbor area Friday morning. Probably hit Chicago area about noon, give or take.
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Google maps would suggest that you are probably going to be leaving around 7:30/8:00-ish, eh? I'm staying at the Days Inn right by the Kalamazoo airport, just off I-94, which looks to be about 1.5 hours from Ann Arbor. Maybe you could swing off for a few minute, join up with me and we could continue on to Chicago area to pick up Neon for the final leg?
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