Ok, my friends. A friend's daughter has been accepted at Penn State and will start in August. I am helping her plan the road trip to get the daughter and the daughter's car there, with my friend flying back home. They would like to go thru Elgin IL as her parents met there, otherwise they would pretty much like to avoid big cities. They will do minimal sightseeing on the way as they need to get there, get daughter settled and my friend needs to be back to Idaho Sat 8/17. I have suggested Devil's Tower, Rushmore and a quick drive thru Badlands.
They will be leaving Thursday afternoon 8/8, so that will also put them going thru the SD area during Sturgis time. They think they can do some long drives without a problem.
Here's what I've got so far:
August 8: Drive to Butte MT for an overnight. They are leaving after work, about 2PM, so Butte is a 6 hr drive from where we are. 350 miles/6 hours
August 9: Butte -> Rapid City SD. I thought they might have a quick diversion to Devil's Tower. 598 miles/8:29
August 10: Rapid City SD -> Albert Lea MN I thought they could drop down off I90 and do the drive thru the Badlands, so I didn't make this day as many miles. I only picked Albert Lea because I know it is a crossroads and there are lots of services there. Any other suggestion would be great. 515 miles/7:27
August 11: Albert Lea MN ->
OK, here is where I'm lost. They just want to stop by Elgin, not spend any real time there, so not sure where they should head for the night and what the best routing from here on should be. I am concerned about rush hour traffic on Monday morning, because basically rush hour in our town is 3 cars and a loaded log truck, lol! Thanks to other RT regulars I have told them not to stop in Gary, IN!
Thanks for your thoughts!