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Raible Road Trip #10

Raible Road Trip #9 was to the cabin last year for the 4th of July. This year, we're taking it a whole new level. Going to the cabin for the 4th is a good time, but the huckleberries aren't ripe yet. This year, we've decided to go the first week in August instead.

OSCON is at the end of July and visiting Portland in late July is awesome. My parents have agreed to watch the kids during OSCON, and July doesn't want to travel to Oregon (she's rather enjoy some "down time"). Because of all this, I've come up with quite the travel plan for Raible Road Trip #10.

On Saturday, July 22nd, James Goodwill and I leave from Denver and drive to Salem, Oregon - where my parents live.

Denver to Salem

According to Google Maps, this trip should take about 21 hours. We expect to arrive in Salem sometime Sunday night. We'll hang out in Oregon until Tuesday morning. Then I'm flying back to Denver to pick up the kids and return to Portland the same day. On Wednesday and Thursday, I'll hit up OSCON and its festivities. Thursday's Geronimo Live event followed by the Oregon Brewers Festival on Friday should be a lot of fun.

On Sunday, my parents, the kids and I will be heading to The Cabin.

Salem to Montana

Julie's flying into Spokane, WA that Sunday, so we'll pick her up on our way and hopefully arrive at the cabin sometime Sunday afternoon. From there, we'll all enjoy a week of relaxing, huckleberry picking and good family fun. We'll head back to Denver late that week, spending a night in Yellowstone Park along the way.

Montana to Denver

Julie thinks I'm nuts for all the driving I'll be doing on this trip. She calculated it up tonight and it's something like 46 hours. I'm pumped about the whole idea and can't wait for it to begin. I love road trips, especially when doing them with family and friends.

Update: As Sanjiv mentions in the comments, Yahoo Maps has a much better representation of this trip.

Raible Road Trip #10

Total Distance: 2920.6 miles, Total Travel Time: 48 hours 8 mins

Posted in General at Jun 21 2006, 10:51:55 PM MDT 5 Comments

Sorry for being a bore, but that blue line representing your trip doesn't go through Yellowstone. BTW, have you driven the "Alpine Trail" across the rockies in Colorado? It was the blast on my trip around the Rockies three years ago. Mats

Posted by Mats Henricson on June 22, 2006 at 12:27 AM MDT #

Yeah, Google Maps doesn't seem to support plotting multiple destinations on a single map. If it's possible, I'd love to know how. I haven't driven the Alpine Trail (is that link right?)

Posted by Matt Raible on June 22, 2006 at 01:06 AM MDT #

Hey Matt, You'll be driving right through Coeur d' Alene, Idaho (where I'm based) on Sunday afternoon. You should have lunch at Hudson's Hamburgers. It's a 100-plus-year old hamburger joint unlike any other. Unfortunately, I can't share the locations of my secret Huckleberry patches around Coeur d' Alene, but my wife has a recipe for excellent Huckleberry crisp.

Posted by Aaron Longwell on June 22, 2006 at 10:38 AM MDT #

Yahoo Maps Beta ( allows multi-destinaiton routes. I really like this feature which neither Google Maps nor MS Virtual Earth( seems to have.

Posted by Sanjiv Jivan on June 22, 2006 at 12:31 PM MDT #

Yes, that is the "Alpine loop" I rode (must have gotten the name wrong). I did it in a 4Runner, and that was just barely adequate. Two times I had to stop the car, jump out and have a close look at the road to figure out how to pass! Mats

Posted by Mats Henricson on July 29, 2006 at 01:06 PM MDT #

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