As late-blooming ski bums who should probably know better, we're taking our first road trip west.
Leaving Dec 27, we're driving from Toronto, Ontario to Vernon BC by way of the US. The navigation seems reasonably straightforward - keep driving towards the bright thing in the sky then turn right.
We're planning on Interstating it most of the way - through Detroit to Chicago then I-94 through Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota (Sioux Falls) then Billings, Bute, Missoula, Couer D'alene to Spokane.
Then we're planning on going north back across the border through Osooyos (Canada's only desert) up the Okenagan Valley to Vernon.
If this is utterly certifiably mad, would someone be so good as to tell us? I've mapped out the route on Google's Gmap-Pedometer (brilliant tool, good for cycle rides too) and looked at the satellite pics but it's no substitute for hard-won advice. If anyone can tell us where this route gets problematic, we'd be grateful indeed. Equally if anyone can suggest an alternative, that'd be useful too.
We're in no great hurry and we'll probably stop in at Yellowstone. Is it as mad busy in the winter as the summer? Is there a good time to go?
We're driving a Saab 92X (which is really a Subaru) kitted out with snow tires and skibox so I have some confidence in our car. We're also planning on using Super 8 motels wherever we can mostly because they offer free wireless internet connections so we can keep in touch. Again, any alternatives or comments about Super 8's would be great.
Sorry to pull a newbie brain suck, but this seems to be the best place to ask. I have little experience driving in the US (I'm a transplanted Scot) but I've driven across and around France, around Italy in a Fiat 500, Austria in the summer and Australia in March. Used to motorcycle too until the bones got broken. So my wife and I are keen to go and any information you can share will be gratefully accepted.
Thanks and happy trails,
Mike and Freda