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Old 05-31-2015, 01:57 PM   #1
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Route Suggestions

I need to get from Pocatello, Id to Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin fast.

I am looking at routes and I want to take the flattest route as possible also.

I am wondering is anyone has any suggests?

I see from google maps I am go north up 1-15 to 1-90 then I-94 across through North Dakota and Minnesota.

The other route is jogging a little south then heading down through Wyoming, South Dakota and Minnesota.

My main question is the first route past yellow stone through North Dakota and Minnesota are we going to hit any steep mountain grades?


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No mountains to speak of in the Midwest.

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Last time I was out that way, I-90 went straight thru Wyoming (from Devils Tower area), S. Dakota, Minnesota and right thru Wisconsin Dells, WI. No need to go up to I-94. We hit some ups and downs, but nothing I would call steep mountains.
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I queried Google Maps ... it showed three routes ... I-94, I-90, and I-80

I have not travelled the I-94 route extensively.

I have travelled all of the I-90 route from Casper, WY to the Dells. It is mostly four lane road (some two lane between Douglas and the Black Hills but the lanes are wide with nice shoulders) ... from Rapid City this route is as flat as a pancake.

I have travelled the I-80 route from Salt Lake City to the Dells ... there is a good uphill pull just east of Salt Lake City (you will avoid this if you take I-84) and another significant pull just east of Laramie. There are lots of trucks on I-80 between the junction with I-76 in western Nebraska and where you would turn near Iowa City, IA. This route has the lowest elevation to cross the Rockies .... just under 9000 feet.

The difference in distance and travel times is not significant ...
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If you go N. on I-15 you will hit I-90 at Butte and east from Butte there is a long steep grade crossing the continental divide. After that there are no really long or steep grades. Certainly from three forks east it is all relatively flat and good Interstate on I-90 and I-94.
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