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gopher wes
10-15-2012, 12:48 PM
I once took a zero on a midterm to attend my best friend's funeral.......to say the U profs are not very understanding when arranging alternate test times is putting it mildly.
He's used up a lot of excuses with other teachers lol. It just sucks that the two tests this prof has scheduled so far have been on Fridays that he is trying to get out of town.

Steve_MN
10-15-2012, 04:19 PM
Been looking forward to this trip for a long time now. Always wanted to make it up to Houghton, and finally doing so. I may need to check in with someone on Friday to figure out what the plans are for the pub crawl on Saturday. Last I saw, there was concern about enough drivers?

manurespreader
10-15-2012, 08:19 PM
You don't need drivers, just cab it over to Hancock and have them drop you off, then you walk back stopping at all pubs in between. It's maybe a half hour walk or a little more if you did it non stop.

melmac
10-15-2012, 08:30 PM
You don't need drivers, just cab it over to Hancock and have them drop you off, then you walk back stopping at all pubs in between. It's maybe a half hour walk or a little more if you did it non stop.

I think it's a little more involved than that.

Painted_Bandit
10-15-2012, 09:04 PM
I think it's a little more involved than that.
Yes

bigblue_dl
10-15-2012, 09:44 PM
It's a barhop, not a pub crawl, there will be driving involved. Houghton-Lake Linden-Gay-Copper Harbor-....wherever we stumble into on our way back from Copper Harbor.

bigblue_dl
10-15-2012, 09:46 PM
And the best way to get to Houghton is through Duluth, if you're leaving from the cities. I've done it in between 5 and 5 and a half hours. Keep in mind, that involved averaging >85 on 35, and keeping around 65 from Duluth on.

goldy_331
10-16-2012, 07:56 AM
And the best way to get to Houghton is through Duluth, if you're leaving from the cities. I've done it in between 5 and 5 and a half hours. Keep in mind, that involved averaging >85 on 35, and keeping around 65 from Duluth on.

OK, that is now the 4th assured "best way to go" that I have received from folks who have driven there often. I'm guessing it's all in your preference. Although this time of year, your way probably involves the least risk of providing more "dates" for the sconnys (dead deer).

huskyfan
10-16-2012, 08:07 AM
I agree with Dustin on the drive. The Duluth way is faster.

what bar in Lake Linden and why?

bigblue_dl
10-16-2012, 08:08 AM
OK, that is now the 4th assured "best way to go" that I have received from folks who have driven there often. I'm guessing it's all in your preference. Although this time of year, your way probably involves the least risk of providing more "dates" for the sconnys (dead deer).I know some people that take I94 east to Eau Claire, then take 29 to Wausau and then go north through Rhinelander and Eagle River, I have gone that way, and I am sure that it is the longest time I've taken to get there. Cutting through Wisconsin on some combination of US8 and US63 is probably about the same as taking 35 to Duluth, but you have to slow down for so many small towns and the deer (and there are also elk along 77) are as thick as mosquitos (if you go this way, the fastest way is to take 77 east out of Hayward, and then taking GG in Clam Lake, to Mellen)

geezer
10-16-2012, 08:52 AM
I know some people that take I94 east to Eau Claire, then take 29 to Wausau and then go north through Rhinelander and Eagle River, I have gone that way, and I am sure that it is the longest time I've taken to get there. Cutting through Wisconsin on some combination of US8 and US63 is probably about the same as taking 35 to Duluth, but you have to slow down for so many small towns and the deer (and there are also elk along 77) are as thick as mosquitos (if you go this way, the fastest way is to take 77 east out of Hayward, and then taking GG in Clam Lake, to Mellen)

You'll waste a ton of time going out to Eau Claire and Wausau. The fastest way is up 35 but then across on 70 (not 8) through Siren to Spooner, Hayward, Clam Lake, Mellen (via GG) and Ironwood. This has been extensively researched. Yes, the deer are a hazard but I'm not sure US 2 is better.

goldy_331
10-16-2012, 08:57 AM
You'll waste a ton of time going out to Eau Claire and Wausau. The fastest way is up 35 but then across on 70 (not 8) through Siren to Spooner, Hayward, Clam Lake, Mellen (via GG) and Ironwood. This has been extensively researched. Yes, the deer are a hazard but I'm not sure US 2 is better.

This is the one my client yesterday told me (his daughter is an ME student at Tech). If we go, I don't intend to be driving near dawn or dusk or after dark. I think the deer risk is minimized in that way. We also may take the 8-63 route just because my buddy has a place near Cumberland we may stop at (and yes, I know not to take 8 through Chisago Lakes area).

Flashy Man
10-16-2012, 09:15 AM
This is the one my client yesterday told me (his daughter is an ME student at Tech). If we go, I don't intend to be driving near dawn or dusk or after dark. I think the deer risk is minimized in that way. We also may take the 8-63 route just because my buddy has a place near Cumberland we may stop at (and yes, I know not to take 8 through Chisago Lakes area).

You'd take 94 to the 94/Wis 29 Interchange. Going all the way to Eau Claire would be out of your way since 29 doesn't run through Eau Claire.

Shirtless Guy
10-16-2012, 09:20 AM
You'd take 94 to the 94/Wis 29 Interchange. Going all the way to Eau Claire would be out of your way since 29 doesn't run through Eau Claire.I do think 94 to 29 to 51, etc would be fast if you lived south/southeast metro but since I never have, 35 to 2 has been the most consistent. The way through Mellen/Hayward can be fine but you're far more at the mercy of sunday drivers and traffic than 35 to 2.

geezer
10-16-2012, 09:23 AM
There's only one way to solve this debate. Each of you guys leave at the same time on a different route and may the best driver win. :) Someone else will have to start a riot in Madison to divert attention of the authorities.

Flashy Man
10-16-2012, 09:25 AM
There's only one way to solve this debate. Each of you guys leave at the same time on a different route and may the best driver win. :) Someone else will have to start a riot in Madison to divert attention of the authorities.

I that debate if you were to take 29 across to 51 it is quicker to get to Rhinelander via Hwy 8 instead of Hwy 17.

geezer
10-16-2012, 09:27 AM
I that debate if you were to

started the bar hop already?

bigblue_dl
10-16-2012, 09:30 AM
I do think 94 to 29 to 51, etc would be fast if you lived south/southeast metro but since I never have, 35 to 2 has been the most consistent. The way through Mellen/Hayward can be fine but you're far more at the mercy of sunday drivers and traffic than 35 to 2.I've gone that way from Red Wing (gotten on 94 in Baldwin) and it took longer than just taking 63 all the way north to Hayward. It was longer by about 30 minutes.

bigblue_dl
10-16-2012, 09:31 AM
There's only one way to solve this debate. Each of you guys leave at the same time on a different route and may the best driver win. :) Someone else will have to start a riot in Madison to divert attention of the authorities.In that case, I think the Duluth route wins, because I think there is much more opportunity for speeding going that way.

Biddco
10-16-2012, 09:43 AM
I do think 94 to 29 to 51, etc would be fast if you lived south/southeast metro but since I never have, 35 to 2 has been the most consistent. The way through Mellen/Hayward can be fine but you're far more at the mercy of sunday drivers and traffic than 35 to 2.

I'd say there is some truth to this. I live in the north metro and its much easier to get on 35.