Less than a week away…

8 Dec

I’ve had some questions about just what it takes to get ready to leave for a 2,500 mile drive into the jaws of winter and be away from home for three months.  Well, I don’t really know!   But here’s what we’re doing.

The ride to Jackson Hole is between 2,200-2,500 miles depending upon the route we take.  The best route which is both the shortest and the most scenic, takes us through Chicago and up into South Dakota.  Of course, that’s where we can hit major snow storms.  That’s why today I was at Direct Tire for a fresh set of Nokian Hakkapelitta‘s.  Say that three times fast!

ImageAs you can see, we also added a Thule Ascent cargo box. This will hold our ski boot bags, some of the more fragile items we’ll take and dog food.  It’s interesting that there will be more food for the dogs in the car than for the people.  Priorities.

The trip will take 8 or 9 days and while we’re traveling in the Q5, 6 boxes of stuff will be traveling by freight truck.  We used uship.com to find a high value shipper to move our clothing and stuff we can’t live for three months without.  While we’re on the road, we’ll use intellicast.com for their on the ground snow amounts on a national map to help us plan the next day’s route.

Each afternoon we’ll call the folks at bringfido.com who specializes in pet-friendly hotel reservations.  They’ll make sure we have warm and comfy accommodations for the four of us.  Right now we’re in packing and prep mode.  but like Wille said, “can’t wait to get on the road again.”

You’ll be hearin’ from us!


3 Responses to “Less than a week away…”

  1. Anne-Marie Aigner December 8, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    So exciting — safe travels.

  2. richard cohen December 8, 2011 at 11:41 am #


  3. PhilHolberton December 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Looking forward to updates so we can be traveling vicariously through you.

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