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    Bozeman's grass strip has been on again off again as they build a parallel runway. Livingston moves a bunch of infield due to the wind and they have gas. Three Forks, 9S5 has grass landing between the runway and taxiway, and fuel, Townsend 8U8 has a parallel gravel strip and cheap fuel and a great shagging wagon airport limo/van, Helena HLN has a numbered grass runway, friendliest tower in the west, a bunk house under the town with the self serve fuel, and my hangar if you need a wrench, or gas cans to go get autogas. So far you can follow I-90 west of Helena and avoid the TFR's, but not the smoke, cough cough.

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    Urbana-Grimes, OH (I74) has a nice grass runway, fuel, a decent diner, and two good museums.

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    You need to turn north a bit earlier after you pass Chicago. Lots of great grass strips in Wisconsin to explore. And don't forget to do some low and slow between the airports. Following the Wisconsin river west from Madison is a very scenic flight. Here is a map of almost 50 grass strips in the Madison area. Swing through Wisconsin and you won't be dissappointed.

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    Don't ignore the northern route through Canada.
    So long as you have a passport and not on a pink, temporary registration going through Canada is a bit of a PIA but worth it.
    The scenery when flying low and slow on the shores of the Great Lakes is spectacular.
    Flying over the White and Green Mountains on the way to the St Lawrance Seaway is not bad either.
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    This past week I flew part of that route as I brought my plane from Alaska back to Tennessee. I encountered 5 to 10 miles visibility in smoke just south of Grande Prairie, Alberta and didn't get out of it until about 200 miles east of Rapid City, SD. That was about 1000 miles of marginal VFR in smoke. I spent a day on the ground in Great Falls as the visibility varied from 6 to 2. It was so bad even some of the firefighting planes weren't flying. A lot of the great plains are relatively featureless and without a distinct horizon it turned into work instead of pleasure flying. A more northern route through Canada might be a good idea.
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    I see you're flying in on the 14th what day and time are you departing Twitchell's? Is this 18 a new purchase? I'm about 35 minutes north and could meet up with you also give Jim C another reason to check on the spuds. Douten

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    Let us know your plans when you get to Maine. I suspect we could get a group together and cook some lobster drink a beer. My strip would be 1/2 hr northeast of twitchells. Douten strip is the prettiest in Maine and even closer
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    Thanks for all the great information. I can see that once I get retired this bi-coastal thing just might require two airplanes!. I grew up in Presque Isle so I know how wonderful Maine is for flying, especially on floats. I am currently living in Seattle with family in Camden so I know I will be spending time on both sides of the country. Commuting with the Super Cub will be quite an adventure!

    I will certainly check into the fire situation. I previously spend a long day flying in smoke in the Northwest Territories returning to Maine from Alaska. It certainly takes the fun out of flying low and slow.

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    With enough fuel anything is possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by btracy View Post
    With enough fuel anything is possible
    Yea but you know you'd be seen in armadillo country before you got there...
    Remember, These are the Good old Days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLDCROWE View Post
    Yea but you know you'd be seen in armadillo country before you got there...
    and there sure isn't any grass around there

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    If you land at Paullina IA (1Y9) you can land on the grass either side of the 30 wide asphalt runway and if you land on the east side, you can avoid taxiing across any hard surface getting to the gas pump. State park with cabins right next also.
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    Maine to Seattle - Completed

    Thanks to all who contributed to this thread. 5 Days and close to 40 hours in the SuperCub completed a successful coast to coast. I can not thank CubCruiser enough for helping make this such a fantastic trip. Starting with the encouragement to land on the farm field road where my Dad and Uncle grew up for a final visit with my Uncle (I have a memory of being about 3 years old landing on the same spot back in the late 1950's in a 170) to staying low enough for accurate navigation by reading the town names on the water towers. While we did not stay on grass for the whole trip - I realized that with only a week to complete the trip and a bit of weather to work around that was a little ambitious planning - we did, however, find a number of charted and uncharted lovely grass strips along the way. Lucky a little snow fell in the mountains that helped with the possible smoke.

    I hope to do the trip again at a more leisurely pace with shorter flying days and much more visiting.

    A couple photos to share. Thanks again

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    Very cool, thanks for sharing!! Where is the end of the trip-track? Ellensburg or close? No wait, somewhere north of Seattle? Paine??
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    Harvey Field S43 with a lovely grass strip for most of the year. I am told it it closes during the wettest part of the year.

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    Glenn,
    I didn’t know you were based there. Just visited Cooperstown last week with my wife. We thought it was a great field, and Rick seems to be a very involved owner. Met Dave/TwitchellCub and checked out his Cub plus new Ford Galaxy - quite the beast!
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    Tim I see your first stop is Cooperstown. If you need any help I'm only a couple miles over the hill. Text me and I'll meet you over there. Three 15 Two 19 Three 944

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    don't know if you are still going, but 1S3 has three grass strips and gas, just aren't on the chart. SE Montana.
    I may be wrong but that probably won't stop me from arguing about it.

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