Good luck with your future dog I think that if it's really ment to be with a specific dog, things will just fall into place. Chances are that a rescue will not meet 1/2 way, but there are plenty of people here at PT who would be more then willing to help with a transport. Me included. Just let us know.
I used to go to school in the U.P. (Michigan Technological University) and I LOVE it there! Absolutely beautiful but cooooooold! I have been itching to get back to the U.P., specifically to the Porcupine Mountains, and in Houghton to check out my old college again. Lots of memories there in the U.P. for me.
Again, best of luck and if you need a hand with a transport, don't hesitate to call on us.