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Ryan and Megan's Minnesota Itinerary
Saturday, September 24, 2011 - Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Howdy, folks! We're off to Minnesota don't-cha-know! The reason? We've never really seen much of this state. We took a trip to Chicago a few years ago and drove up to Minneapolis, but we only stayed for a couple hours. This time, we found a flight straight into MSP, so we'll be able to drive as far west as Fargo, ND! I've wanted to go there for so long! And there's no real reason for that... Anyway, I'm really late with posting this itinerary, so this may end up getting updated as we go, but what else is new. I'll just blame Alex.
~ Ryan

All times are local to the particular city. All of this trip will take place in the Mountain Time Zone (2 hours behind the east coast).

Emergency Contact Information:
Phone (Ryan's Cell): 410-259-4180
Phone (Megan's Cell): 443-564-1301
E-mail: (will be checked as often as possible)

Mobile Road Cam   Mobile Inside Cam
We'll be pumping images to this site whenever we can, but if the camera appears frozed for a while, it's likely that we just ran out of cell reception. There be mountains out there!

*** OUTBOUND ***
  Nonstop Flight #1: Saturday, September 24, 2011 -   TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 1953 (Baltimore to Chicago)
  DEPART Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 8:35 AM
  ARRIVE Chicago, IL (MDW) at 9:40 AM [10:40 AM EDT]

  Nonstop Flight #2: Saturday, September 24, 2011 -   TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 2557 (Chicago to Minneapolis)
  DEPART Chicago, IL (MDW) at 10:35 AM [11:35 AM EDT]
  ARRIVE Minneapolis, MN (MSP) at 12:00 PM [1:00 PM EDT]

*** INBOUND ***
  Nonstop Flight #1: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 -   TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 60 (Minneapolis to St. Louis)
  DEPART Minneapolis, MN (MSP) at 4:30 PM 5:30 PM EDT
  ARRIVE St. Louis, MO (STL) at 5:55 PM 6:55 PM EDT

  Nonstop Flight #2: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 -   TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 2134 (St. Louis to Baltimore)
  DEPART St. Louis, MO (STL) at 6:25 PM 7:25 PM EDT
  ARRIVE Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 9:35 PM

Hotel: Night 1, September 24, 2011
La Quinta Inn & Suites Fargo
2355 46th St South
Fargo, ND 58104
Phone: 1-701-499-2000
Room Type: 2 Queen Beds, Microwave/Fridge, Internet, Free Breakfast

Hotel: Night 2, September 25, 2011
Budget Host - Motel Ely
1047 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731
Phone: 1-218-365-3237
Room Type: 2 Queen Beds, Microwave/Fridge, Internet, Free Breakfast

Hotel: Night 3, September 26, 2011
Residence Inn Duluth
517 West Central Entrance
Duluth, MN 55811
Phone: 1-218-279-2885
Room Type: 1 King Bed, Sofabed, Internet

Car Rental: September 24 (12:30pm) - September 27 (3:30pm)
Dollar Rent A Car
7150 Humphrey Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55450
Phone: 1-612-725-0322
Car Type: Standard (Ford Fusion or similar)

You can check out a turn-by-turn itinerary with estimated times by clicking here.

Note: The numbers in the itinerary correspond to the map at the bottom. Italicized items are from the book 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die. For context, this section was written by Ryan.

Please note that times are ESTIMATES only to give you an idea of what our original plans were. We get distracted and detoured easily, so just check the webcam and/or GPS tracker to get an idea of where we really are.

Saturday, September 24
Click for Detroit Metro Wayne County, Michigan Forecast

And we're off [1]! And check it out - on our flight out to Chicago, we got to fly on a Shamu-painted plane! The first time that's happened in all our travels!
  • 01:15pm-01:32pm - DRIVING
  • 01:32pm-02:32pm - STOP [2] - A Prairie Home Companion - This might be a bit too boring, so we didn't get tickets. Instead, we'll stop by around 2 to see if we can score some last-minute sale tickets. If so, we might check out the show (and then go to our hotel), but if not, we'll move on to the next stop.
  • 02:32pm-02:46pm - DRIVING
  • 02:46pm-04:46pm - STOP [3] - Walker Art Center
  • 04:46pm-04:56pm - DRIVING
  • 04:56pm-05:26pm - STOP [4] - Hubert Humphrey's Grave Site (because we can't do trips without visiting dead people anymore)
  • 05:26pm-09:47pm - DRIVING
  • 09:47pm-end of day - STOP [5] - La Quinta Inn

Sunday, September 25
Click for Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan Forecast

Keeping our fingers crossed because this is going to be a long day of driving... we'll start off the day seeing whatever there is to see in Fargo, hopefully departing earlier than planned.
  • 08:00am-08:14am - DRIVING
  • 08:14am-08:44am - STOP [6] - Another grave site - this time for baseball legend, Roger Maris
  • 08:44am-11:40am - DRIVING
  • 11:40am-12:40pm - STOP [7] - Brainerd
  • 12:40pm-02:35pm - DRIVING
  • 02:35pm-03:35pm - STOP [8] - Judy Garland Museum... maybe, depending on our mood
  • 03:35pm-04:23pm - DRIVING
  • 04:23pm-05:23pm - STOP [9] - Ironworld Discovery Center
  • 05:23pm-07:13pm - DRIVING
  • 07:13pm-08:13pm - STOP [10] - Voyageurs National Park, up by the Canadian border.
  • 08:13pm-10:28pm - DRIVING
  • 10:28pm-end of day - STOP [11] - Budget Host Motel; kinda nervous about this dig...

Monday, September 26
Click for Baltimore-Washington International, Maryland Forecast

Tuesday, September 27
Click for Baltimore-Washington International, Maryland Forecast

Where you at?? We are never 100% on time to our destinations, so we've taken all the guesswork out of figuring out where we are by broadcasting our GPS location, courtesy of Per their rules, you'll need to manually refresh this page to see our latest movements, but so long as we get cell phone signal, you'll be able to see where we are!

And if that's not good enough, we've still got our guesimated route highlighted below...

Just as before, these are some links where you might be able to track our flight. With all of these sites, be sure to hit refresh (F5) and click 'Retry' as applicable to view the latest information.

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