Monday, October 19, 2009

My Trip to BC:

My trip to British Columbia:

Starting from Madison WI., go East on the Beltline to I-39/I-90 and head south. Keep on I-39 when it splits from I-90 and keep going south. Go south for 85 miles till you reach exit 25 and head west on IL-17. At Varna, take a right and head south for 20 miles to Washington. Slight detour to the in-laws house in Washington, then head east on US-24 to El Paso (19.5 miles) and get on I-39 south. Take I-39 south for 14 miles to where you pick up I-55 south which will take you the 164 miles to St. Louis, MO. Once in Missouri, take I-64 W to exit 40/A Stadium/Tucker Blvd. Go .3 miles and take a L at Clark Ave., then a L at S. 16th St., and a L at Spruce St. The St. Louis Greyhound Bus station will be located on the left at 430 S. 15th St.

Here, you board a bus at 6:45 pm that will take you the 747 miles to New Orleans through Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. It will take roughly one day, one hour, and five minutes to arrive in New Orleans, LA. Here, the Audubon Insect Museum is great! From there, rent a car and go 14.5 miles to the Louis Armstrong International Airport in Jefferson, LA. Go SW on Loyola Ave towards Simon Bolivar Ave and take the exit for I-10. Merge onto I-90 BUS E and then onto I-10 W. Go ten miles and then take exit 223B for the N.O. International Airport.

Once here, take a flight from New Orleans to Las Vegas, NV. At Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, rent a car and head towards the Hoover Dam. Coming out of the airport, take a left onto Wayne Newton Blvd. and then take the ramp for I-15/I-25/Las Vegas/Henderson. Merge onto S Airport Con/Paradise Road then merge onto I-215 E towards Henderson/Lake Mead. Go ten miles till you come to exit 1 to merge onto I-515/US-93 S/US-95 S toward Boulder City. Go five miles and then continue onto US-93 S for another 6.5 miles. When you come to NV Hwy/US-93 go left and continue on for 8 miles. This will bring you to the Hoover Dam.

Then, we go to Joshua Tree National Park. Go SW on Hwy-93 to Las Vegas/US-93/I-15 S ramp (.7 miles). Merge onto I-15 S/US-93 S and go fifteen miles to exit 24. Merge onto I-515 S/US-93 S/US-95 S toward Phoenix/Downtown LV and go 20 miles. Continue on US-93 S/US-95 S for three miles till you can exit onto US-95 S and enter CA. Go south for 80 miles to till the road intersects with I-40. Go W on I-40 for 55 miles till you come to the Kelbaker Road exit. Turn L coming off the ramp and go for 11 miles. Turn right at Historic US-66 W and 6.5 miles till you come to N Amboy Rd where you take a L. Drive forty miles and take a L at Godwin Rd. Two miles to 29 Palms Hwy/CA-62 W where you take a R and drive six miles. L at Utah Trail and then continue on National Park Rd. Continue on El Dorado Mine Road and then drive straight for fifteen miles to come to Joshua Tree National Park.

Then, off to Albuquerque, NM. Head S for 3.5 miles on Monument Rd/National Park Blvd toward Quail Springs Spur then continue on Loop Rd. for another 14. Turn R at El Dorado Mine Rd. and drive 31 miles till it becomes Cottonwood Spring Rd. Go five more miles to you come to I-10 E towards Blythe. Go 229 miles and you come into AZ. Take exit 154 to merge onto US-60 E toward Mesa – Globe and drive 80.5 miles east through Tonto National Forest. Continue on E Ash St/US-70 E for another 86 miles. Turn L at US-191 N, go 40 miles, then turn right at Coronado Trail/US-191 N. Take the 1st L to stay on the Coronado Trail, go 11 miles, and then turn R to stay on Coronado Trail/US-191 N. This will take you a hundred miles through the Apache National Forest. Turn R at US-180 W/US-191 N and then make a sharp R at Main St/US-60 E. Continue to follow US-60 E for 48 miles into NM. Turn L at NM-36 N go 21.5 miles, turn R at NM-117 go 56.7 miles. After you pass El Malpais National Monument, you’ll come to I-40 E towards Albuquerque. Take exit 157A for Rio Grande Blvd and take a R at Rio Grande Blvd NW. Turn L at Central Ave SW/Historic US 66-E, turn R at Gold Ave SW, and continue on 1st St SW to the Amtrak Station.

Here, we will board a train at 12:55 PM that will take us to Raton, NM where we will transfer to a bus that will deposit us in Denver, CO at 9:45 that evening.

Next leg of the trip takes us through CO, into UT, and then up into ID. Once in Denver, head W on US-6 until you reach Frisco. There, take a R onto CO-9 S and head down towards Breckenridge. Go fifteen miles on CO-9 till you reach CO-9/US-285 S and drive 35 miles past Bald Mt. and Mt. Lincoln. Slight R at US-24 W and then R at E 9th St. Take the first L at US-24W which you follow up through Leadville. Stop to see Mt. Elbert, the highest point in CO. Get back on US-24 N till you see the turn off for the Mt. of the Holy Cross just before you reach Minturn. At the drive, walk 4.5 miles up an access road to get to the base of the mountain where we camp, ascend and descend the next day, then camp and return to the car. Take US-24 N again for six miles till it meets up with US-6 again. Take US-6 all the way to Fruita where CO-139 N heads off. Take a R and go 73 miles on CO-139 till you reach CO-64. Go west on CO-64 for 19 miles till it meets up with US-40 W a few miles past Dinosaur and heads into UT.

Go 113 miles W on US-40 till it meets up with I-80 N. Get on the beltline going around the city till you reach I-84W which merges with I-15 N. Follow them both up between Cache National Forest and Willard Bay till you reach Twin Falls, ID. Once there, get on ID-75 N and head N for 193 miles till ID-75 meets up with US-93 N. Then follow US-93 next to the Salmon River up through the Bitterroots Range. One hundred and ninety more miles will take you to Missoula, MT. At Missoula, continue N 27 miles on US-93 to Ravall. Take MT-200 115 miles W, back into ID. Thirty-five miles past the ID border you come to Sandpoint. There get on US-2/US-95 and head N 50 miles till where US-1 splits off and takes you 11 more miles up to the border of British Columbia.

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