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Old 05-18-2009, 04:10 AM   #1
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Mississippi River Trail Project

If you're not familiar, the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) is a bicycle route which follows the Mississippi River from "its headwaters in Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico." Almost all of it is public roads.

Here's what we have mapped so far. For GPX routes, see below.



http://www.mississippirivertrail.org/index.html


(photo from http://www.rideforalzheimers.com/journals04/aug30.html )

As a bicycle route, it is by design, kept on low-traffic roads, goes through some beautiful scenery, and visits some fascinating small towns. This makes is a perfect motorcycle route as well.

In contrast to the Great River Road, which often takes highways and bypasses the small and economically weak towns. The MRT has its focus on safety of the cyclist, rather than revenue dollars to the tourism sights along its path.

My goal has been to map the MRT. Unfortunately, much of it is unsigned, and even when it is signed, many of the signs are missing or hard to see. Having the GPS route helps greatly when trying to navigate this mostly-rural route.

This thread will be an ongoing project to route the entire route. A thorough Google search turned up no existing projects like this, and in one case, I even found a route file for the MRT which didn't follow the posted signs.

Minnesota:
Wisconsin: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...1&postcount=23
Iowa:
Illinois: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=71
Missouri: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...4&postcount=31
Kentucky: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...20&postcount=3
Tennessee: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...7&postcount=30
Arkansas: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=15
Mississippi Alternate: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...3&postcount=94
Mississippi: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=17
Louisiana:http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...6&postcount=97

I'm looking for volunteers to help me! If you live in a Mississippi River state, you can help me map out the route. Reply here or PM me.

Jamie
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