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Hello there-


I am traveling alone and a little scared to tell you the truth. It seems there are two routes...north to Joplin, MO or east through arkansas to Memphis.

Thank You! I appreciate your suggestions! I am probably leaving Monday.

Is it better to travel on a weekend?


hf
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Is it better to travel on a weekend?


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What kind of non-thinking brought you to this conclusion?
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What kind of non-thinking brought you to this conclusion?

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I appreciate your response AC of Canada. I think maybe you are not familiar with the road construction going on down here everywhere in the lower 48.
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I am glad that the nasty response from non thinking AC Canada Mfer is bringing me closer to never ever again viewing or posting on this website. Even a year ago people here were friendlier.
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I am glad that the nasty response from non thinking AC Canada Mfer is bringing me closer to never ever again viewing or posting on this website. Even a year ago people here were friendlier.
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funny how im the only one who gave a fuck about your thread
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Also I am older and it is difficult for me to find construction info on AAA or even google maps. I am not as internet savvy as many who can quickly plot a route in real time.
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I am glad that the nasty response from non thinking AC Canada Mfer is bringing me closer to never ever again viewing or posting on this website. Even a year ago people here were friendlier.
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funny how im the only one who gave a fuck about your thread
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Are you looking for an argument?
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Also I am older and it is difficult for me to find construction info on AAA or even google maps. I am not as internet savvy as many who can quickly plot a route in real time.
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What kind of phone do you have?

there's a very useful and cheap ap called TeleNav which you can down load to your smart phone or iphone, and it is better than a GPS

It also gives traffic and congestion alerts and gives alternate routes

My wife recently drove down from Canada to Texas, I'll ask her if she has any suggestion

hang in there OP
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I have an i phone.

Thank you.
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Re: Truck Drivers help...best route from Dallas to Midland, MI?
Hello there-


I am traveling alone and a little scared to tell you the truth. It seems there are two routes...north to Joplin, MO or east through arkansas to Memphis.

Thank You! I appreciate your suggestions! I am probably leaving Monday.

Is it better to travel on a weekend?


hf
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I've made the drive as far as St. Louis. From Dallas take 69 across Oklahoma into Joplin. Then its highway 44 the rest of the way.

Weekends are the worst time to drive because there's lots of traffic.

If you are traveling alone...I would stay out of Arkansas and Tennessee. The rest stops can be creepy. (Been there...done that)

Best of luck to you...and have a safe trip!
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Hello there-


I am traveling alone and a little scared to tell you the truth. It seems there are two routes...north to Joplin, MO or east through arkansas to Memphis.

Thank You! I appreciate your suggestions! I am probably leaving Monday.

Is it better to travel on a weekend?


hf
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I've made the drive as far as St. Louis. From Dallas take 69 across Oklahoma into Joplin. Then its highway 44 the rest of the way.

Weekends are the worst time to drive because there's lots of traffic.

If you are traveling alone...I would stay out of Arkansas and Tennessee. The rest stops can be creepy. (Been there...done that)

Best of luck to you...and have a safe trip!
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Thank You!
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Hello there-


I am traveling alone and a little scared to tell you the truth. It seems there are two routes...north to Joplin, MO or east through arkansas to Memphis.

Thank You! I appreciate your suggestions! I am probably leaving Monday.

Is it better to travel on a weekend?


hf
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I've made the drive as far as St. Louis. From Dallas take 69 across Oklahoma into Joplin. Then its highway 44 the rest of the way.

Weekends are the worst time to drive because there's lots of traffic.

If you are traveling alone...I would stay out of Arkansas and Tennessee. The rest stops can be creepy. (Been there...done that)

Best of luck to you...and have a safe trip!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22133485


Thank You!
hfgrouphug
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No problem...The drive from Dallas to Joplin is pretty easy. I dont know how many miles you plan to drive each day but you might want to stay in Joplin on your first night. There are plenty of hotels and its a nice city. Try to time your trip so you do not hit St. Louis in rush hour (anytime after about 3 pm- 7pm) Make sure you take 270 around the outside of the city. Then you pick up 55. I can't help you much past that point.
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I forgot to mention...If you have any extra money you might want to pick up a Garmin GPS...You can get one pretty cheap now with traffic and lifetime maps. I couldnt get out of my own way if I didn't have a Garmin.

Here is a link to the ones at Walmart.

[link to www.walmart.com]
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Hello there-


I am traveling alone and a little scared to tell you the truth. It seems there are two routes...north to Joplin, MO or east through arkansas to Memphis.

Thank You! I appreciate your suggestions! I am probably leaving Monday.

Is it better to travel on a weekend?


hf
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I've made the drive as far as St. Louis. From Dallas take 69 across Oklahoma into Joplin. Then its highway 44 the rest of the way.

Weekends are the worst time to drive because there's lots of traffic.

If you are traveling alone...I would stay out of Arkansas and Tennessee. The rest stops can be creepy. (Been there...done that)

Best of luck to you...and have a safe trip!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22133485


Thank You!
hfgrouphug
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No problem...The drive from Dallas to Joplin is pretty easy. I dont know how many miles you plan to drive each day but you might want to stay in Joplin on your first night. There are plenty of hotels and its a nice city. Try to time your trip so you do not hit St. Louis in rush hour (anytime after about 3 pm- 7pm) Make sure you take 270 around the outside of the city. Then you pick up 55. I can't help you much past that point.
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Thank you so much! I was not sure if Joplin would be about right, but you have helped me confirm this. I'm planning on driving about 7 hours each day (taking an hour off in the middle).

I wonder if I should aim for Chicago on day 2?

Or possibly not quite that far. Maybe Bloomington, IL.
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I've made the drive as far as St. Louis. From Dallas take 69 across Oklahoma into Joplin. Then its highway 44 the rest of the way.

Weekends are the worst time to drive because there's lots of traffic.

If you are traveling alone...I would stay out of Arkansas and Tennessee. The rest stops can be creepy. (Been there...done that)

Best of luck to you...and have a safe trip!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22133485


Thank You!
hfgrouphug
 Quoting: allisaTX



No problem...The drive from Dallas to Joplin is pretty easy. I dont know how many miles you plan to drive each day but you might want to stay in Joplin on your first night. There are plenty of hotels and its a nice city. Try to time your trip so you do not hit St. Louis in rush hour (anytime after about 3 pm- 7pm) Make sure you take 270 around the outside of the city. Then you pick up 55. I can't help you much past that point.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22133485


Thank you so much! I was not sure if Joplin would be about right, but you have helped me confirm this. I'm planning on driving about 7 hours each day (taking an hour off in the middle).

I wonder if I should aim for Chicago on day 2?

Or possibly not quite that far. Maybe Bloomington, IL.
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You could make it to Chicago but I would not push it that hard. Chicago is a big city and a big mess...I would stay south of it and tackle the Chicago area in the morning. I drove from Springfield Missouri to Chicago once and was pretty tired when I got there. (I was much younger then too) But...the farm country between St. Louis and Chicago sure was pretty.
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Do you have AAA coverage? It gives a great sense of safer traveling. I recommend the extended-mileage towing coverage. I had my tranny go out once in Kansas City and got towed all the way back to eastern Iowa, no charge. Would have cost me $500 if I had to pay directly.

It is not that expensive considering what they offer. They will even send out a tow truck to give you five gallons of free gas if you run out of gas. Free flat tire change. They will also come for free and unlock your car if you lock your keys in.

Take it from another senior, AAA is a must have these days if you roam from home. If you are sitting stranded on the side of the highway, it's a REALLY GOOD thing to have someone to call that will come right away and help you.
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I forgot to mention...If you have any extra money you might want to pick up a Garmin GPS...You can get one pretty cheap now with traffic and lifetime maps. I couldnt get out of my own way if I didn't have a Garmin.

Here is a link to the ones at Walmart.

[link to www.walmart.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22133485


Thank you!

Really thanks! I'm kind of old school, because I wanted my kids to know how to navigate by sight and w/ a map, but it is helpful to avoid construction.hf

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Do you have AAA coverage? It gives a great sense of safer traveling. I recommend the extended-mileage towing coverage. I had my tranny go out once in Kansas City and got towed all the way back to eastern Iowa, no charge. Would have cost me $500 if I had to pay directly.

It is not that expensive considering what they offer. They will even send out a tow truck to give you five gallons of free gas if you run out of gas. Free flat tire change. They will also come for free and unlock your car if you lock your keys in.

Take it from another senior, AAA is a must have these days if you roam from home. If you are sitting stranded on the side of the highway, it's a REALLY GOOD thing to have someone to call that will come right away and help you.
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Great idea AC...I forgot to mention that. They will even draw up and send you those trip things that show where every rest stop is and all the roads that are under construction.

I've used them a lot in the past but now I just rely on my Garmin. But the garmin will not help if your are broke down in the middle of nowhere.
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Do you have AAA coverage? It gives a great sense of safer traveling. I recommend the extended-mileage towing coverage. I had my tranny go out once in Kansas City and got towed all the way back to eastern Iowa, no charge. Would have cost me $500 if I had to pay directly.

It is not that expensive considering what they offer. They will even send out a tow truck to give you five gallons of free gas if you run out of gas. Free flat tire change. They will also come for free and unlock your car if you lock your keys in.

Take it from another senior, AAA is a must have these days if you roam from home. If you are sitting stranded on the side of the highway, it's a REALLY GOOD thing to have someone to call that will come right away and help you.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 858876


Yes, I have it, but the trip tic does not "divide" your trip like it should. The segment division is very confusing.

I'll just buy a damn atlas and the Garmin, that is a good idea.
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I can't help, I use Mapquest just to get out of my driveway...God gave me many gifts, but not the sense of direction...
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I can't help, I use Mapquest just to get out of my driveway...God gave me many gifts, but not the sense of direction...
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You sound like my son, he has a mind that can absorb the most advanced literature and concepts, but driving was difficult for him and he can not really tell where he is in "space" or how to get to where he wants to go and his IQ was clocked at 140.
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I am glad that the nasty response from non thinking AC Canada Mfer is bringing me closer to never ever again viewing or posting on this website. Even a year ago people here were friendlier.
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Yeah its a hell hole, seems infested with prepubescent 15 year olds
There are little slivers of hope every now and again though... :P


edit: sorry I am not familiar with the areas mentioned

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Re: Truck Drivers help...best route from Dallas to Midland, MI?
It is strange how they needed so much prompting .....i.e. "the sun rises in the east and sets in the west" and "Where is the sun at noon?

I think partly this is because they played inside so much of their lives in Dallas.
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Re: Truck Drivers help...best route from Dallas to Midland, MI?
Hello there-


I am traveling alone and a little scared to tell you the truth. It seems there are two routes...north to Joplin, MO or east through arkansas to Memphis.

Thank You! I appreciate your suggestions! I am probably leaving Monday.

Is it better to travel on a weekend?


hf
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i'm not a truck driver, but i occasionally drive from
houston to little rock. i try to make the trip on sunday
because of less traffic.

there are less big trucks on the road at that time.

hf
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Midland Michigan.... sounds like Dow Chemical & not much else...)))

You'll probably take I-55 to I-80 to I-94 & stay south of Chicago.

I-80 can be a real nightmare due to construction...
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Also I am older and it is difficult for me to find construction info on AAA or even google maps. I am not as internet savvy as many who can quickly plot a route in real time.
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Dude, that's why you drive a truck. Mk?
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No problem...The drive from Dallas to Joplin is pretty easy. I dont know how many miles you plan to drive each day but you might want to stay in Joplin on your first night. There are plenty of hotels and its a nice city. Try to time your trip so you do not hit St. Louis in rush hour (anytime after about 3 pm- 7pm) Make sure you take 270 around the outside of the city. Then you pick up 55. I can't help you much past that point.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22133485


Thank you so much! I was not sure if Joplin would be about right, but you have helped me confirm this. I'm planning on driving about 7 hours each day (taking an hour off in the middle).

I wonder if I should aim for Chicago on day 2?

Or possibly not quite that far. Maybe Bloomington, IL.
 Quoting: allisaTX


You could make it to Chicago but I would not push it that hard. Chicago is a big city and a big mess...I would stay south of it and tackle the Chicago area in the morning. I drove from Springfield Missouri to Chicago once and was pretty tired when I got there. (I was much younger then too) But...the farm country between St. Louis and Chicago sure was pretty.
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OK so I will not try to make it to Chicago from Joplin, MO where I will stay the first night.

Any suggestions for a place to stop between Joplin and Chicago?
hf
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Midland Michigan.... sounds like Dow Chemical & not much else...)))

You'll probably take I-55 to I-80 to I-94 & stay south of Chicago.

I-80 can be a real nightmare due to construction...
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thanks...will check 1-80.

Well Midland is where my remaining family is, but I do love the fall and winter. It is a nice little town, a little provincial and somewhat narrow minded and prejudiced I have noticed, but no crime to speak of.

It is a company town. Sugar Land, Tx has a similar history probably, but with less ground and water contamination.

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Also I am older and it is difficult for me to find construction info on AAA or even google maps. I am not as internet savvy as many who can quickly plot a route in real time.
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Dude, that's why you drive a truck. Mk?
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What do you mean by this? I don't drive a truck...I'm asking for infor from those who drive the roads.

And what does "Mk" mean?

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