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I figure there are enough of us here from IL that someone has the best route to Cass. Last year we took 90 to 94 to 15 to 371. When I used to go up to Leech with my grandparents I remember going through Duluth. Which way is fastest???? Let me know we are leaving around 2 am on Saturday morning. Thanks........

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Same topic from about a yr ago. Look for the thread "Driving from Illinois...the great debate".

We ALWAYS go thru WI to Duluth and over on Rt 2.

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Gene is right. Go through Eau Claire, up 53. Just went up that way, the bypass is half the way done through E.C. Just get off on the 53 exit and follow the signs carefully for the bypass, it will save you a few minutes.

By the way fishing was great today, from 9am to noon. If you would like to see some photos, send me your direct email address to ... [email protected]

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Got to agree with my Cubbie-Lovin' Brother Geno.

I have tried taking 94 all the way thru the twin cities but getting that close to the baggie dome gives me the "heebie jeebies" (just kidding). Actually we went thru the twin cities up I35 and peeled off at Moose Lake to 71 that brings you out on Rt. 2 at Floodwood. Depending on times, you can get caught in some traffic tie-ups more that route than taking 53 all the way to Lake Superior and cutting over the bridge to Rt.2. Everyone in our family takes this route now, also gives you a reason to stop at Culvers in Eau Claire for lunch! T-Minus 24 days and counting for me to Cass Lake 2005! Can't wait.

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And if you get to Deer River for breakfast, stop into Sportsman's Cafe....the biggest pancakees for the buck.

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So, I would take 94 to 53N to 2 all the way to Cass???

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Gene,

We always eat at Sportman's Cafe on the way up and back.

As far as the drive, gone both ways and like 53 to rt 2 the best.

Am looking forward to a huge bash up there Aug 20-27 over at the 'Shoe' as usual. Clark and Elaine will have to check into a rest home when we leave!!!!

Take care,

Gowdy

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Our stop in Deer River used to be to eat at Bill's Cafe, but that closed a few years ago. Sportsman has been our spot since then, usually on the way home.

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I have driven to the Cass lake area from Chicago area for 25yrs using many routes.

The one I like best is 90 out of Chicago thru Rockford to 90/94 then take 94 towards Minneapolis take the bypass (694)around the twin cities,then exit at mile marker 78 which is the Clearwater exit(there is a very nice big gas station/resturant/bakery/very clean 5 star bathrooms.Then take 5 up to Hwy 10 to 371 North right into Cass Lake.

What I like about this way is that it is 450 miles of interstate which is good roadway and 65/70 mph speed limits

There is also a bypass that takes you around the heart of downtown Brainerd that has been finished in the last 7 years so you can avoid any traffic

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