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My story is much lower key than Brian's, but here it is:

When it became clear that our identical twin daughters (now nearly 8 8) ) would be born prematurely, and that we should expect that they might be in intensive care for several weeks or more, we were told about a local Ronald McDonald house. The pregnancy/birth wound up being much ado about nothing - they were born and remain completely healthy - so we never did use their services. Nonetheless, the peace of mind we got simply knowing there was one fewer thing we might need to worry about was priceless. To this day, I put change/bills in their coffers whenever I get a Happy Meal. They gave us something wonderful just by being there.

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Donation sent.

Another :thumbup: to Ronald McDonald House. they housed the parents/family of my best friend about 10 years ago when she was getting scoliosis surgery (inserting Titanium rod in her back) and throughout the recovery.

i'm soliciting donations from coworkers/friends/family and will send what i collect. also, i'll send another donation as soon as i get some money transferred to my account that is verified through PP. Thanks again for doing this. :)
 

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Julian, I've got funds coming in via the Metal Masters GB I've got going, but it just started so when is the absolute deadline to get those funds in??
 

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Looks like this will be our schedule for most of this trip. We'll be starting on Monday. If people think that they'd like to meet up on our drive, shoot me a PM and I'll give you my mobile number.

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
Summary: 2844.5 miles (2 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes)
DAY 1
Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.
8:00 AM 0.0 Depart 288 Georgetown Rd, Weston, CT 06883 on SR-57 [Georgetown Rd] (North-West) 0.5 mi
8:01 AM 0.5 Turn LEFT (West) onto Cannondale Rd 0.4 mi
8:02 AM 1.0 Road name changes to Cannon Rd 1.4 mi
8:05 AM 2.4 Turn RIGHT to stay on Cannon Rd 0.2 mi
8:05 AM 2.5 Keep STRAIGHT onto Local road(s) 32 yds
8:06 AM 2.5 Bear LEFT (South-West) onto US-7 [Danbury Rd] 2.8 mi
8:09 AM 5.3 Take Local road(s) (RIGHT) onto US-7 [Danbury Rd] 2.0 mi
8:11 AM 7.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto Main Ave 0.8 mi
8:12 AM 8.1 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto SR-15 [Merritt Pky] 17.7 mi CT-15 / N.Y. City
8:26 AM 25.8 Entering New York
8:26 AM 25.8 Road name changes to Hutchinson River Pky S 2.8 mi
8:28 AM 28.6 At exit 26W, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto CR-62 [Westchester Ave] 0.4 mi I-287 W / White Plains
8:29 AM 29.0 Take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-287 [Cross Westchester Expy] 7.3 mi I-287 / I-684 / White Plains / Tappan Zee Br. / Brewster
8:34 AM 36.3 Turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.3 mi I-287 / I-87 / Albany / Tappan Zee Br
8:34 AM 36.6 *Toll road* Merge onto I-87 [I-287] 18.5 mi
8:48 AM 55.1 At exit 15, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-287 [SR-17] 1.3 mi I-287 / RT-17
8:49 AM 55.8 Entering New Jersey
8:50 AM 56.3 Keep RIGHT to stay on I-287 25.0 mi I-287 / Morristown
9:08 AM 81.3 At exit 41B, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-80 43.8 mi I-80 / Del Water Gap
9:41 AM 125.1 Entering Pennsylvania
9:41 AM 125.1 *Toll road* Stay on I-80 (North) 0.1 mi
9:41 AM 125.2 Stay on I-80 (North) 328.3 mi
Rehabilitation near East Side (WB) (October 1, 2003 - May 28, 2004)
1:37 PM 436.0 Entering Ohio
1:51 PM 453.5 At exit 15, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.5 mi
1:51 PM 454.0 Keep RIGHT to stay on Ramp 0.4 mi
1:52 PM 454.4 *Toll road* Merge onto I-80 [Ohio Tpke] 155.3 mi
3:51 PM 609.7 Stay on I-80 [I-90] (North-West) 142 yds
3:51 PM 609.8 *Toll road* Stay on I-80 [I-90] (North-West) 198.7 mi
4:38 PM 672.7 Entering Indiana
6:22 PM 808.5 At exit 21, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.6 mi
6:23 PM 809.1 At exit I-94, keep RIGHT to stay on Ramp 0.1 mi
6:23 PM 809.2 At exit SR-51, take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-80 [I-94] 18.0 mi
6:35 PM 824.6 Entering Illinois
6:36 PM 827.1 *Toll road* Keep LEFT onto I-294 [I-80] 5.1 mi
6:40 PM 832.2 Turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.9 mi I-80 / Iowa
6:41 PM 833.1 Merge onto I-80 144.5 mi
Reconstruction near La Salle (WB) (July 14, 2003 - June 28, 2004)
8:30 PM 977.6 At exit 10, take Ramp onto I-80 77.9 mi
8:37 PM 987.9 Entering Iowa
9:28 PM 1055.6 At exit 239B, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-380 [US-218] 0.3 mi
9:28 PM 1055.9 Road name changes to US-218 10 yds
9:28 PM 1055.9 At exit I-80, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-80 0.3 mi
9:29 PM 1056.3 At exit 239B, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto US-218 0.5 mi
9:29 PM 1056.7 Road name changes to I-380 [US-218] 43 yds
Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.
9:29 PM 1056.8 At I-80, turn off onto Ramp 0.2 mi
** Arrival earlier than specified 9:30 PM arrival time **
9:30 PM 1057.0 End of day
DAY 2
Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.
6:30 AM 1057.0 Stay on Ramp (West) 87 yds
6:30 AM 1057.1 Merge onto I-80 101.1 mi
7:46 AM 1158.2 At exit 137A, take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-235 14.3 mi
7:57 AM 1172.5 Road name changes to I-80 118.9 mi
9:27 AM 1291.4 Merge onto I-29 [I-80] 2.8 mi
9:29 AM 1294.2 At exit 1A, road name changes to I-80 353.4 mi
9:30 AM 1295.1 Entering Nebraska
Resurfacing near Omaha (May 3, 2002 - July 30, 2004)
1:58 PM 1647.6 At exit 102, take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-76 183.4 mi
2:00 PM 1650.1 Entering Colorado
Construction between Hudson and Roggen (SB) (August 18, 2003 - July 30, 2004)
4:15 PM 1830.9 At exit 3, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.2 mi US-287 / Federal Blvd
4:16 PM 1831.2 Keep LEFT to stay on Ramp 109 yds US-287 / Federal Blvd / Regis University
4:16 PM 1831.2 Turn LEFT (South) onto US-287 [Federal Blvd] 1.3 mi
4:18 PM 1832.6 Turn LEFT (East) onto W 47th Ave, then immediately turn LEFT (North) onto Eliot St 0.2 mi
4:20 PM 1832.7 Turn RIGHT (East) onto W 48th Ave South Dr 0.2 mi
Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.
4:20 PM 1832.9 Arrive I-70
End of day
DAY 3
6:30 AM 1832.9 Depart I-70 on W 48th Ave South Dr (West) 0.2 mi
Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.
6:31 AM 1833.1 Turn LEFT (South) onto Eliot St 0.1 mi
6:31 AM 1833.3 Turn RIGHT (West) onto W 47th Ave, then immediately turn RIGHT (North) onto US-287 [SR-88] 0.2 mi
6:32 AM 1833.5 Turn LEFT (West) onto Local road(s) 10 yds
6:32 AM 1833.5 Take Ramp onto I-70 505.0 mi I-70
Construction in Vail (NB) (October 20, 2003 - May 14, 2004)
9:58 AM 2106.9 Entering Utah
12:51 PM 2338.5 Take Ramp onto I-15 456.6 mi
2:32 PM 2471.4 Entering Arizona
2:54 PM 2500.6 Entering Nevada
4:28 PM 2624.5 Entering California
Road widening between Victorville and Barstow (SB) (June 3, 2002 - November 30, 2004)
6:37 PM 2795.1 At exit I-215, keep RIGHT to stay on I-15 8.0 mi
6:43 PM 2803.1 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto SR-210 [SR-30] 17.3 mi CA-210
6:56 PM 2820.5 Road name changes to SR-30 2.8 mi
6:58 PM 2823.3 Merge onto I-210 [Foothill Fwy] 7.1 mi
7:04 PM 2830.4 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-605 [San Gabriel River Fwy] 5.5 mi I-605
7:09 PM 2835.9 Turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.2 mi I-10 / San Bernardino / Los Angeles
7:10 PM 2836.1 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-10 [San Bernardino Fwy] 7.1 mi I-10 / San Bernardino Fwy West / Los Angeles
7:17 PM 2843.2 Turn RIGHT onto Ramp 142 yds Garfield Ave / Alhambra
7:17 PM 2843.2 Keep LEFT to stay on Ramp 109 yds Garfield Ave / Monterey Park
7:17 PM 2843.3 Keep RIGHT to stay on Ramp 0.1 mi Garfield Ave / Monterey Park
7:17 PM 2843.4 Bear RIGHT (South) onto (S) Garfield Ave 0.9 mi
Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.
7:19 PM 2844.3 Turn RIGHT (West) onto W Newmark Ave 0.2 mi
7:20 PM 2844.5 Arrive Monterey Park

SUMMARY
Driving distance: 2844.5 miles
Trip duration: 2 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes
Driving time: 36 hours, 10 minutes
Cost: $291.05
 

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That's quite teh itinerary. I drove through that construction to barstow last summer and it SUCKED. Was so so so so so slow. It was like driving in rush hour, I don't think I ever went faster than maybe 45.

Hope to meet up with you when you roll into Colorado. Of course I have to stay here, but hey.
 

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That construction does suck - I got to do it 3 time last summer. Hopefully it will be better this summer. I do not want to sit in it again :mad:
 

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I drove through Barstow/Victorville in January and IIRC construction was finished in the South/Westbound lanes - it was all in the North/Eastbound lanes. Hope for the same on this trip...

:( Bummer that we're not even to $3K - but thankful for what we do have...
 

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Good News - :)

I just spoke to my Father, who drove through Barstow last weekend, and he said the construction is almost complete and the delays were minimal to non-existant.

:thumbup: Should be smooth sailing for us...
 

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Wow, that itinerary has you driving pretty fast :lol:
In order to average 79 mph, including all that city driving, you'll probably need to sustain 100+ thru the plains and deserts. Put that supercharger to work!

Seriously, though, have a SAFE and ticketless drive!
 

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Damn freak rainstorms in Ohio. We're a bit behind schedule, about to enter Toledo, OH. Still hopin' to hit Iowa City, IA by the end of the night.

People having crappy weather, update us. So we know to plan ahead. :p
 

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Damn freak rainstorms in Ohio. We're a bit behind schedule, about to enter Toledo, OH. Still hopin' to hit Iowa City, IA by the end of the night.

People having crappy weather, update us. So we know to plan ahead. :p
Hey Julian

This past weekend was quiet warm here in So Cal, but today there is a marine layer! I think it should be very nice for the rest of the week, nuttin but sun here in So Cal, but hey the weather can chacge so quickly!

Drive safely though that rain, and make sure to get to So Cal in once piece!

Hope to see you at ND bro!
 

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Hey Julian you planning ot get to California in two days?

If so that is nuts, but hey rock on! Its a LOOOooonnnngggggg drive!

Its sunny now here is So Cal!! Hope you brought your shorts and sun screen! Be prepared to get a tan! :thumbup: :wink:
 

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Julian -

Weather here in Denver is good. A bit overcast, but no rain. Should be smooth sailing for you into town Tuesday PM.

I too pray for good weather to LA from Denver. No rain I hope. :bow:

See you tommrrow :thumbup:
 
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