Hi everyone! Found this website earlier today while doing research for my upcoming road trip and loved what I have read so far. I gained bits and pieces from various threads, but it left a few unanswered questions that I was hoping I could get some help on!
I will be driving back to Chicago from Portland, OR later this month and plan on taking it slow, approximately 4 driving days (3 nights). I've done both the I-90/94 and I-90 routes, but neither during the winter months. Which one would you recommend? I've heard it both ways.
I recently put all-season tires on my '14 Mazda 6 (less than 5k miles) however I do not currently own tire chains. Various places have suggested whether or not it is required. Being strictly a work-driven trip, I don't plan on deterring from the interstate system.
Assuming that I am driving solo (am trying to get a friend to fly out and drive back with me), I planned accordingly to assure that I don't over-drive in possible bad conditions. Ideally it would be a Wed-Sat trip... Sunday can be used as a floater if needed. What places do you suggest staying in? This is somewhat driven by which route is the most preferred. Just looking ahead, seeing as how there isn't much after Billings for quite awhile, has anyone done a similar trip? The two times I've done this drive it has been with someone else in the summer so this is a bit of a different mind-set. Weather withstanding, I thought a PDX-Rapid City-Rochester-Chicago trip would be pretty evenly split up.
Questions are welcome.