Day 1, August 22nd. 335 miles. We will be leaving from Evergreen Chevrolet in Issaquah, Washington and Sandy, Oregon simultaneously after a breakfast provided by the dealerships. Our drive will take us to Pasco where both caravans will merge and have lunch at McCurley Chevrolet. From there, we'll drive to Spokane for the evening.
Day 2, August 23rd – Spokane to Butte, Montana should be a nice drive of around 314 miles. A lunch is planned at Missoula Chevrolet. Still trying to unwind from your job and relax? It might take a day or two. I find that Sirius Radio channel 16 (The Blend) or channel 17 (The Bridge) is a great way to chill out!
Day 3, August 24th – Butte to Cody, Wyoming. We'll be driving one of the most beautiful highways in the USA according to Charles Kuralt, who had a news series called "On the Road with Charles Kuralt"...some of you may remember. It's called the Beartooth Highway...one of the highlights of our caravan. This will be a spectacular drive that has pull outs for pictures, full of adventure and sights that you will remember forever. Check it out. If you don't want to drive the Beartooth, we have an alternate route planned for you. The Pacific Central Caravan will be joining us that evening!
Day 4, August 25th – Cody to Cheyenne, WY – 394miles. Well...it might be one of those days that we want to get from point A to point B, but still a nice drive? John Elegant, PNW Co-Captain will be giving a tech talk in the evening. John is a walking, talking Corvette tech machine that is full of information for you. You don't want to miss it! We plan to have another breakfast and send off the next morning at the local Chevrolet dealership.
Day 5, August 26th – Cheyenne to Lincoln, NE – 447 miles...what can I say...corn fields! We'll have a wonderful drive across mid America taking in the sights! Why don't you put on the cruise control around 70-75 MPH and tune in to a little country western music! Tune into Sirius Radio channel 68...Prime Country..and enjoy!
Day 6, August 27th – Lincoln to Columbia, MO – 320 miles. We have arranged to have the Museum of American Speed all to ourselves early in the morning for a private tour. The museum will have doubled in size with new exhibits since the 2014 Caravan. If you love cars and speed, you don't want to miss it! It's eye popping and jaw dropping! Our caravan will leave from their parking lot later in the morning. We have decided to avoid Kansas City and will make our way out of Lincoln using Hwy 77 south to Hwy 2. East on Hwy 2 to I-29 south to St. Joseph, MO. Then East on Hwy 36 to Macon and then finally south on Hwy 63 to Columbia.
Day 7, August 28th-Columbia to Bowling Green. 400 miles. Our last day on the road will end in Bowling Green where we'll have several days of fun at the NCM and factory tours if you sign up. There will be approximately 20 caravans arriving Bowling Green on this day...all arriving at predetermined times. Since we have a long day, we'll be arriving late in the afternoon. You can choose to drive to the NCM and cross the imaginary finish line or go directly to your hotel. It's up to you! There really is no need to go to the NCM that late in the day unless you want to because we will have already given you all your registration papers before the PNW caravan starts. You can show up at the NCM the following morning all rested up and enjoy your first day at this wonderful event.
We’ve decided to make this a seven-day trip once again to make it more enjoyable, and relaxed and experience our beautiful country.
Note: The complete mileage is 2,491.
There is a more detailed map with additional points of interest marked out.
There will be many listed stops and sites to see along the way as we get into more detail. We also plan to encourage Chevrolet dealerships to open their doors for meals and service if possible as we travel across the country. Here are a few of the sites/venues along our route. Some of these sites/venues may not be on our exact route, but that doesn't mean that you can't do your own thing and explore interesting places across our nation.
Obviously, you can choose to take side trips and do your own thing during each day or stay with the main group. Any of those options are fun, memorable, and acceptable! Remember, this is your caravan!
It is very early in the planning process to be reserving hotels. Jim and Nancy Garboden, our Oregon State Regional Leaders have graciously volunteered to organize our hotels and hotel blocks. Most hotels will not grant us our requested blocks till about one and half years in advance. After that is accomplished, you will be able to make reservations at the suggested hotels on our route. As we gain knowledge of these hotels and can reserve the blocks, we’ll keep you advised and post the details.
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