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WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug

GUEST,Midchuck on downstairs computer 10 Jul 02 - 10:55 AM
wysiwyg 10 Jul 02 - 10:59 AM
Hollowfox 10 Jul 02 - 06:02 PM
Big Mick 11 Jul 02 - 11:42 AM
GUEST,Pete Peterson 11 Jul 02 - 12:46 PM
bigchuck 11 Jul 02 - 06:37 PM
John MacKenzie 12 Jul 02 - 03:42 PM
Midchuck 12 Jul 02 - 04:40 PM
Burke 12 Jul 02 - 06:14 PM
Midchuck 14 Jul 02 - 01:18 PM
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Big Mick 17 Jul 02 - 10:13 AM
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bigchuck 20 Jul 02 - 09:11 PM
Midchuck 29 Jul 02 - 08:48 PM
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M.Ted 30 Jul 02 - 11:20 AM
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Big Mick 30 Jul 02 - 06:34 PM
raredance 30 Jul 02 - 10:11 PM
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GUEST,Midchuck in Bozeman 03 Aug 02 - 09:02 AM
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Subject: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: GUEST,Midchuck on downstairs computer
Date: 10 Jul 02 - 10:55 AM

Assuming no unpleasant surprises between now and then, Cady, Cady, and Morse, d/b/a Woodchucks' Revenge, will be playing a set at the Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman, Montana, on Sunday, August 4.

Since we are located in Vermont, this gig will require us to travel to Montana and back. We thought for a few minutes about flying, then decided to take the time and have a Grand Adventure, instead.

We plan to drive out from Tuesday, 7/30, through Friday, 8/2, and back Tuesday, 8/6 through Friday, 8/10. On the trip out, we'll be taking two vehicles, the Woodchuck minivan and Kris's mother's New Beetle, which she is selling to Andrea (her granddaughter), and which we get to do the honors of delivering.

We'd like to see some new country, and to avoid Chicago and environs if at all possible. Tentative route for the trip out is I-90 across New York and the top of PA and Ohio; turning north around Toledo and northwest in Michigan to Lansing for a second visitation to Elderly Instruments, leaving our credit cards locked in the car (fat chance!); then straight north to the Mackinac bridge, and west across the Yoop on US 2; across Wisconsin on, perhaps, US 8, and pick up I-94 across Minnesota, N. Dak., and Montana to I-90. Coming back, with only one vehicle and a lot less stuff for the Customs people to look at, we may retrace our steps as far as the Yoop, but cross into Canada at Sault St. Marie, and follow Canada rt. 17 to the Montreal area, and down into VT from there.

We would love to hear from interested parties along the above routes, with regard to:

- Possibilities for coffeehouse or house concerts on route to help defray expenses. Let me know if you want a demo CD before you decide it that's something you want to risk.

- People who have couch space for three bodies, two of them ugly (and who have no in-house dogs - one of us is allergic). We'll have our own sleeping bags, of course. We can swap an infliction on you of an open practice session; and a CD or two, of course. Even buy the pizza (and beer if desired) for all. It's still cheaper than a motel.

- Advice as to problems we might encounter, or attractions we might want to take time to see, along those routes.

Thanks,

Peter.


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jul 02 - 10:59 AM

Allchucks--

Check your map for our spot, if you have not already. Beds, couches, and so forth. Look for routes 6 & 15 between Elmira NY and Williamsport PA.

We will be away on your return trip but if you stop on the way out and like it enough to want to come back, you can have a key and check the mail for us!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Hollowfox
Date: 10 Jul 02 - 06:02 PM

So, Peter, who are the ugly ones? I thought I'd met the lot of you, and nobody qualified. I'm on I-80 at the Pennsylvania border, a bit south of I-90. Crash space, etc. is available (no more Iron City beer, unless you want it). I'll PM my phone number for emergency use if you're not staying. For gigs, take a look at www.wksu.org. There's a folk section, and "spotlight on local performers" is actually a list of local (for Kent/Cleveland) gig sites. There's also a link to www.folknet.org that has gig sites with the dates available noted. Have a safe journey. ( message from MomFox Are you ure you don't want to start out a day or two earlier so you won't be too fried to perform?)


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Big Mick
Date: 11 Jul 02 - 11:42 AM

Peter, I am about an hour due west of Elderly and I will try and meet you there, at the very least. If you want a crash place that night, that is fine. Our house is a work in progress, but we can sure as hell put you up the night, and would love to do so. Let me know your itinerary by sending me an email at mlane@accn.org. From our home you would have several options for the Mackinac Bridge route.

Mick


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 11 Jul 02 - 12:46 PM

sounds like great fun! sorry I'm so far off your track, would love to see you guys again & hope it's before next NEFFA! have a safe trip


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: bigchuck
Date: 11 Jul 02 - 06:37 PM

Lets freshen this right up, shall we. Pete, are you going to NOMAD?
Sandy


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Jul 02 - 03:42 PM

Apropos of nothing in particular, my son is at present living in Quechee VT, and working in medical research at Hanover.
Have a nice trip....Giok


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Midchuck
Date: 12 Jul 02 - 04:40 PM

If you talk to him, and he has any interest whatever in folky music, tell him we're playing Thursday evening, the 25th of this month, at the Quechee Green. It's put on by the Town rec. dept., so is free for nothing.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Burke
Date: 12 Jul 02 - 06:14 PM

I'm in Utica, mid-way between Albany & Syracuse, & very close to 90. I suspect you need to get farther than that on day 1, but consider it.

For your return, have you looked at going north of Lake Superior? Fargo-Duluth-Thunder Bay. The North Shore is beautiful, I have no idea how much farther.


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Midchuck
Date: 14 Jul 02 - 01:18 PM

Git on back up there!

Burke, thanks very much, but I think you're right - we ought to get well into Ohio on the first day, to make our timetable.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: bigchuck
Date: 15 Jul 02 - 09:15 AM

Refresh.


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: bigchuck
Date: 16 Jul 02 - 04:51 PM

Back to the top, you. Mick, we'd love to hook up with you, but probably can't crash. I suspect we'll hit Lansing around late morning on Wed.
Sandy


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Big Mick
Date: 16 Jul 02 - 05:58 PM

I understand. I will meet you there, and perhaps a bite to eat after at The International Travelers Club and Tuba Museum? Loads of character and a great menu.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: bigchuck
Date: 17 Jul 02 - 07:32 AM

That sounds great, Mick. I'll look to see you then.
Sandy


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Big Mick
Date: 17 Jul 02 - 10:13 AM

Sandy, email me at mlane@accn.org and I will return an email with my cell phone number.

Regards,

Mick


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: bigchuck
Date: 18 Jul 02 - 08:58 AM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Big Mick
Date: 18 Jul 02 - 09:47 AM

C'mon folks. The various and sundry chucks haven't heard nary a word from anyone north of Lansing, Michigan and west of the State of Michigan. Any northern Michigan folks can lend a hand? Minnesota? Dakota's?

Mick


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: beadie
Date: 18 Jul 02 - 12:29 PM

Woodchucks . . . .

Instead of dropping down to US 8 in Wisconsin, you might consider staying on 2 acroos to Duluth/Superior and then takin I35 to the Twin Cities to rejoin 94.

Along the way, you'll go through Ashland, Wi which is just a few miles south of Bayfield, home of the Apostle Islands National Shoreline and (almost as importantly) the Great Lakes Big Top Chautauqua (the Carnegie Hall of Tent Shows). Check it out at Bigtop.org.


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: bigchuck
Date: 20 Jul 02 - 09:11 PM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Midchuck
Date: 29 Jul 02 - 08:48 PM

Well, we're outa here in the morning.

Gig in Bozeman on Sunday at noon. Alice, can you make it?

Will check in on Andrea's computer when we get there.

Be good mudcats.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Big Mick
Date: 29 Jul 02 - 09:46 PM

Call me when you get to Lansing, my friends. We will do Elderly and then lunch at the International Travelers Club and Tuba Museum.

Mick


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: M.Ted
Date: 30 Jul 02 - 11:20 AM

Mick--When these good people get to you, have a heart-to-heart talk with them about their plans to head North and across the Yoop--it is a long haul, and will add considerably time to their trip out--there is not really much to see for a lot of the way, and, once they cross into the Big Mac, no interstate highways(in fact, as I remember, mostly 2-lane roads, and very little in the way of hospitality(if they decide to make the trek, tell them to stock up on pasties, water, and hot coffee in St. Ignace)--Of course, for all I know, they know what their doing--


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: beadie
Date: 30 Jul 02 - 11:47 AM

From Lansing, its a question of whether or not you want to drive around Chicago (spell that; c-o-n-s-t-r-u-c-t-i-o-n) and pay the tolls in order to stay on a multi-lane washboard, not to mention adding a substantial number of miles to the trip between Michigan and Minnestota.

Besides, either the planned route across northern Wisconsin once they leave the Yoop, or my earlier suggested holding to US 2 to the Duluth/Superior area would provide some very nice scenery, indeed, . . . forests, lake vistas, pastoral settings, just the sort of muse that set Woody Guthrie and Dylan to writing some of their best works.


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Big Mick
Date: 30 Jul 02 - 06:34 PM

M. Ted, I already had planned to ask them about that. It depends on their goals. That UP Trek is one of the most beautiful treks (provided you go the right route) of any I have seen in all my travels on 3 continents. Go the wrong way and it is boooorrrrrrrinnnngg. And it is all predicated on time. If time is the key, then Chicago up to Wisconsin is still the faster route, provided you travel at the right time of day.

But I think The Travelling Chuckberries have pretty well figured out their times and know exactly what the plan is. But there is one variable................Elderly Instruments. We are meeting there and they may not have enough gas money by the time they leave the joint...........LOL

Mick


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: raredance
Date: 30 Jul 02 - 10:11 PM

Big Mick,

Some info to pass along. If they are travelling across the Yoop to Duluth, the shortest path across Minnesota is from Duluth to Brainerd (The one in the "Fargo" movie) and then to the real Fargo to catch the interstate. Teddy Roosevelt National Park at Medora is worth a look and there is a nice stop right on the I-road. Fargo to Bozeman is typically 13-14 hours with minimal stops.

rich r


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Big Mick
Date: 31 Jul 02 - 10:37 AM

I just talked to Sandy, and they are doing well. They made about 600 miles the first day. We are meeting for lunch and I will fill you in later.

Mick


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: Big Mick
Date: 31 Jul 02 - 08:34 PM

Well, the Woodchucks have been to Elderly and escaped relatively unscathed. Well..................two out of three ain't bad. Peter and Kristina got out with some picks, and managed to play a ton of instruments. I thought for a minute there that Peter was going to fall prey to a guit in the high end room, but he got out alive. But dear aul Sandy couldn't resist this A style mando. He ended up trading in a Kentucky mando and leaving an old (early 1900's) vintage Vega cylinder back lute style mando on consignment.

We spent too much time at Elderly so they didn't get the delightful lunch that I was going to treat them to at The International Travelers Club and Tuba Museum. Banjo Bonnie needs to let folks know what they are missing.

I sent them on their way and when last seen they were headed north on US27 headed for the Mackinac Bridge. Fair winds, my friends.

Mick


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: GUEST,Midchuck in Bozeman
Date: 03 Aug 02 - 09:02 AM

We got to my daughter's at 8:30 last night (10:30 by our metabolisms).

Got as far as Macinac City after seeing Mick (and the beautiful Huss & Dalton 00 slothead), but decided not to do the bridge at night as it was raining and high winds.

On Thursday, All the way across the Yoop, all of Wisconsin on US 8, and Minnesota on M 95 to St. Cloud, and picked up I-94 & got as far as Fergus Falls. About 650 miles, mostly on two-lanes.

Yesterday, the last 50 miles of Minnesota, 350 miles of N. Dakota, and 400 miles of Montana. Not nearly as bad as it sounds when you have a nearly empty, mostly dead straight, interstate; a western-style speed limit, cruise control, and a bunch of good music.

Today we shall recover, get our eyes back to focusing closer than 5 miles away (I have to, because I'll be expected to restring my daughter's guitars. 31 year old physicians can still yell "DA-DEE..."), and await Ian's arrival from Portland.

Festival gig on Sunday. One 1-hour set. Seems kind of silly, but it's more fun than rationality.

I hope you are all practicing sobriety and morality. Let me know if anyone gets it right.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: WOODCHUCK ALERT: I-90 & I-94 July & Aug
From: M.Ted
Date: 03 Aug 02 - 03:22 PM

Glad you all made it--having trouble with sobriety and morality though, as there are about 10 different versions in the DT, and more than 300 others on the net--


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