The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

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Re: The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Postby Big Roy » Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:46 am

Here's my main issues I hope you can help me with. We were trying to replicate the trip and besides for the problem of being able to procure the decals for our windows, as many of the places have shut down, we were very bothered that there is n way to enter the state and be within 50 miles of the twine ball "well we crossed the state line... twine ball exit 50 miles" and there is nowhere in the USA that is a 3 day trip to the twine ball. Did the man live in mexico??? or canada???
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Re: The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Postby joseyklein » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:15 am

3 Day trip from Washington (state). Thats going from my house, as per mapquest.
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Re: The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Postby Mystik Tomato » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:30 am

There were obviously kids on the trip, requiring many more stops than just a single person driving or even a two-person tag-team effort. Other factors that may make the trip even longer or shorter include:
    How often one stops for petrol
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
    Toilet breaks
    Traffic problems
    Other sightseeing stopovers on the way
    Stopping for hitchhikers
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Re: The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Postby Orthography Enthusiast » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:33 am

Mystik Tomato wrote:There were obviously kids on the trip, requiring many more stops than just a single person driving or even a two-person tag-team effort. Other factors that may make the trip even longer or shorter include:
    How often one stops for petrol
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
    Toilet breaks
    Traffic problems
    Other sightseeing stopovers on the way
    Stopping for hitchhikers


This is just what I like to see... some serious over-analysis of a lyric.
My current theory is that they started from Bennington, Vermont. and took the shorter, but slower, I-94 route, which according to Google Maps, is a trip of 1,224 miles (unless, say, the family lives 3 miles on the far side of town, giving them a total trip length of... well.) and will take 23 hours. But that's driving straight through. As you so rightly mention, travel with kids takes longer, especially this family, which really seems to like to stop along the way-- and do we really think that a 1953 DeSoto is going to be able to maintain top interstate freeway speeds? Even at Google speeds, the trip will take 3 days if they stop at night and drive between 7 and 8 hours a day, which is probably all that's feasible. As for the 50 miles problem, it doesn't say they saw the sign IMMEDIATELY, does it? I think they crossed the state line and then saw the sign sometime shortly after passing through Minneapolis.
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Re: The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Postby joseyklein » Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:53 am

LOL!! Petrol.....
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Re: The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Postby Mystik Tomato » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:28 pm

Yeah, I forgot that, as an American, I should use the word 'gas'.
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Re: The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Postby AlejandraDD » Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:13 pm

Even though it is not gaseous
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Re: The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Postby Orthography Enthusiast » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:09 am

Fine. Call it gasoline then. But what does anybody think of my proposed itinerary?
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Re: The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Postby TMBJon » Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:33 am

I love that you found a real Roy's Plumbing & Heating.
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Re: The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

Postby Big Roy » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:44 am

The issues with all the suggestions, as I see it, is that they drove "straight through for 3 whole days and nights" "of course they stopped for more pickled weiners now and then" but only driving 1/3 of the time??? And as for the 50 miles, it says at 6:39 we passed the state line, and 7:37 they were at the twine ball, which means it was atmost just over 50 miles, and that also proves they were going about 60, presumably the whole way. Thanks for the help though.
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