I90 Seattle to New York

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This summer I’ll be travelling the  I90.   The longest (3,113 miles)  interstate in the USA.    Riding in a  red 1974 Chevrolet truck with AAA coverage.   The major cities we’ll pass through include:

Seattle, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Missoula, Butte, Bozeman, Billings, Sheridan, Buffalo, Gillette, Deadwood, Rapid City, Wall, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Austin, Rochester, Madison, Rockford, Chicago, Gary, South Bend, Toledo, Cleveland, Erie, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Schenectady, Albany

Apparantly it has a dangerous 90 degree bend in downtown Cleveland called ‘Dead mans curve’,   exciting!    

Other than  the tent,   sleeping bag sun block and cell-phone charger,   I have no idea what to pack for a road trip across America.   Suggestions?     This probably calls for a road-trip hat-purchase.   To help me think.

I90 Seattle to New York
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  1. Mik writes:

    We’re going through Deadwood? I’m VERY excited. Have you watched the HBO series by that name? If not, you should. Perhaps with your hat on.

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  2. Andy writes:

    Bring three or four of those cheap plastic butane cigarette lighters you get at convenience stores. That is if you are planning on camping in a tent in some places. They are water proof and they make lighting a fire so much easier than if you were to use matches. Bring a ground pad too as much of the central US has an abundance of really hard rocky ground.

    Bring spare belts for the truck it should only have a few and learn how to change them. Bring a full set of sockets and tools like this (it is what I carry):
    http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?pid=00934117000

    because even if you have AAA it can save you a long wait in the hot sun if it is just a belt swap. Then make sure you carry extras of the essentials like coolant, oil, etc.

    Those were the things that first came to mind. I’m sure I could think of more. Don’t forget to take a kuksa and if you find a place that makes them here in the US let me know because I lost mine 🙂

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  3. Mr. Fancypants writes:

    I find that long roadtrips entail lots of death metal, hardcore electronica, Emo, Ragga, William Burroughs and Patsy Cline.

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  4. Mike writes:

    I’ve travelled this route from Chicago to Massachusetts, and frequently drive from Boston to Syracuse via I-90. I’d recommend stopping off at the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown (it’s about 30 miles off of the highway, but completely worth it). Actually if you are going to NYC, it’s heading you in the right direction anyway (which will be south of I-90).

    The Finger Lakes region of upstate NY is beautiful in the summertime too. Visit some of the vineyards or go camping up there if you can.

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