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Old 05-18-2009, 04:45 PM
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Hi, it's long over due that folks in a certain part of out country be informed that they have been lied to all their lives about the region they inhabit. I have been in most parts of this country and dont want to be ignorant about any of it but all you have to do is love looking at maps to realize that places like Illinois and Indiana and Wisconsin or Minnesota are not the midwest....... they are the mid east region. You got the eastern seaboard and then there is the mideast, Then there is middle America, places that people would much rather fly over than drive thru like KC, OkC ,Dallas, and them Dakotas. moving to the left we come to the midwest--where the country starts looking pretty. If you are from Denver or Saltlake City, Anaconda or Gallup ---You probably didn't know but i'm here to set it straight, You're from the mid west! Then we get to the left side--if you have never seen it you owe it to yourself to plan that road trip-fire up the ole benz and spread some tourist $$$s around the left side-its Soo choice, I highly recomend it.

Now about a shortcut an old gent in Evansville In told me about, if you are traveling to or from the Texas area to the northeast, Dont go thru Memphis-Clarksville-Nashville-Louisville-Cincinatti- Rather , cut north at Little Rock to Popular Bluff Mo > 60 to Cairo Mo on the banks of the mississippi then interstate 57 up to 70 east. This bypasses major urban traffic head aches between Columbus Oh and Texas. Then it's either east thru the Pennsylvania Turnpike- I have never experienced it- or you can head up thru Cleveland-Lake Erie to the Ny Thru-way. I'm panZZer and geography is one of my hobbies!

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Old 05-18-2009, 05:20 PM
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Another shortcut: If you're traveling Indianapolis to Denver, take Rt. 36, not I-70. Just as quick and way more interesting than the interstate. Stop in Hannibal to say hi to Huck and Tom.
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I imagine this is a corner somewhere in Maine . . .
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I made it up to Portland Maine and on the way some nice Plastow Vt girl mentioned Skikes- Stikes Maine-deep in the woods, couldn't find it on the map.
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Another shortcut. from Dallas Ft worth to Los angeles interstate 20-at Big spring Tx cut north thru Hobbs NM to Clowdcroft---
it is SOO much better to spend the nite on that mt -alpine 10,000 ft instead of the dirtiest air in the country-El Paso-not to mention border hassle/Danger-checkpoints- cuts off 65 miles to Las Cruces. Then after Lordesburg NM cut north off 10 and go thry Globe AZ instead of Tuscon and Casa Grande-cuts off another 75 approx and bypasses traffic headaches up thru east side of Phoenix.

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When traveling from Winchester to Charlottesville in Virginia, take Route 522 South through Sperryville. From Sperryville, take Route 231 to Madison where you will pick up Route 29 for the rest of the trip. The stretch of road from Sperryville to Madison is one of the prettiest drives you will see in this part of the country, especially in the Spring and Fall. It goes just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nice, gentle Virginia countryside. While in Charlottesville, visit Thomas Jefferson's masterpiece - the University of Virginia - the prettiest college ever. That visit needs to be done right about now. May is the best month in C'ville.
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And Folks---if your ole Deezl has ove 225000, please change out your axles for the new improved design before you start out!
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I have been in most parts of this country and dont want to be ignorant about any of it but all you have to do is love looking at maps to realize that places like Illinois and Indiana and Wisconsin or Minnesota are not the midwest....... they are the mid east region.
Actually we are north...not east. So if you are changing our classification you should say we (MN) are mid-north. If I look at a map I see MN naturally being associated with the Dakotas, definitely not Indiana and Illinois. I would put Wisconsin in with that group and Minnesota with the Dakotas.

I would have to travel 13-1400 miles to make it to the east coast and about 1700 miles to make it to the west coast. But I'm in the Twin Cities on the east side of MN. So if I was on the west side of MN (where I grew up) I would be about even (1500 miles) to Boston and Seattle. I'm no math major, but that seems about the middle to me.

I don't think I've ever labelled myself as being from the Midwest, nor do I recall any others from MN labelling themselves as being Midwesterners. It seems to me that those labels come from people who live on the coasts.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:42 PM
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Interstate travel is looking at the back end of 18-wheelers, that ain't America.
It depends on the interstate.

The first 70 miles or so of I-64 heading west from Lexington, Virginia, is a beautiful drive. That's as far west as I've been on that road, but I hear the West Virginia stretch of I-64 is nice.

On the other hand, you can have the Connecticut part of I-95. That is one nasty interstate.

The nicest drive I've had in Connecticut was in the northwest part of the state when the leaves were changing. That's some beautiful New England scenery.
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It depends on the interstate.

The first 70 miles or so of I-64 heading west from Lexington, Virginia, is a beautiful drive. That's as far west as I've been on that road, but I hear the West Virginia stretch of I-64 is nice.

On the other hand, you can have the Connecticut part of I-95. That is one nasty interstate.

The nicest drive I've had in Connecticut was in the northwest part of the state when the leaves were changing. That's some beautiful New England scenery.
After you cross the George Washington bridge to Newark---Thats one nasty interstate, Well- it's one nasty place the 95 be crusin thru!

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