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Old 07-07-2010, 12:44 AM   #31
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I've got the southern portion of the Missouri MRT. Can anyone take care of the north?

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I can help out on the portions around St. Louis starting this week. Funny, I rode on part of it on Monday, 7/5! Wish I had the GPS on the bike! I can get some coordinates starting on 7/8, since I need to be at a meeting downtown and the office is adjacent to the North Riverfront Trail (bike/ped only - I can map out an alternate route for moto's. I can start in a southerly direction and have it mapped down to Cape in a bit. Then start on the northerly part out of St. Charles - Hannibal - Alexandria at the Illinois crossing.

Will pour over the Vertices map and start the process. This should be fun and give me a definite place to ride. May take along some biking buddies who also moto as well for the ride.
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:55 AM   #32
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I can help out on the portions around St. Louis starting this week. Funny, I rode on part of it on Monday, 7/5! Wish I had the GPS on the bike! I can get some coordinates starting on 7/8, since I need to be at a meeting downtown and the office is adjacent to the North Riverfront Trail (bike/ped only - I can map out an alternate route for moto's. I can start in a southerly direction and have it mapped down to Cape in a bit. Then start on the northerly part out of St. Charles - Hannibal - Alexandria at the Illinois crossing.

Will pour over the Vertices map and start the process. This should be fun and give me a definite place to ride. May take along some biking buddies who also moto as well for the ride.
Cool, looks like you're a cyclist too.

There are two good ways to plot the MRT on your motorcycle. First, you can save a waypoint at every significant point. For example at each corner mark a waypoint. Or every time you pass an MRT sign mark a waypoint. On most GPSs, you can mark a waypoint and leave the default name with just a couple button clicks--easy to do while moving.

Another option is to save your track for the MRT. Just make sure it doesn't also include parts which aren't on the route.

As for parts of the MRT which are on bike paths, so far I haven't encountered it, but I suppose the best workaround is to simply follow the road closest to the bike path. I think especially for the MRT, the bike path would necessarily follow a parallel road.

If we could do Missouri, that'd be great. I have in mind maybe doing Illinois (at least the southern portion) this upcoming weekend, depending on how circumstances work out.

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Old 07-07-2010, 09:14 AM   #33
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Cool, looks like you're a cyclist too.
Yep, I am. So I can look at this in two ways: I get to check out the MRT on a moto with a view as a cyclist. Plus, I can do it quicker!

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There are two good ways to plot the MRT on your motorcycle. First, you can save a waypoint at every significant point. For example at each corner mark a waypoint. Or every time you pass an MRT sign mark a waypoint. On most GPSs, you can mark a waypoint and leave the default name with just a couple button clicks--easy to do while moving.

Another option is to save your track for the MRT. Just make sure it doesn't also include parts which aren't on the route.
I was thinking the same thing. I have an eTrex that I can use for tracks, and can set a waypoint in memory that I can rename with EasyGPS. I will bring the camera along and can take a pic or two on the waypoints that need a pic to describe

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As for parts of the MRT which are on bike paths, so far I haven't encountered it, but I suppose the best workaround is to simply follow the road closest to the bike path. I think especially for the MRT, the bike path would necessarily follow a parallel road.
We are on the same wavelength here, and I believe the only part of the MRT that is on a trail in the St. Louis Metro area is on the North Riverfront Trail. There is a major road that parallels it, so that can be the alt route. North of that, it is back on driveable roads.

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If we could do Missouri, that'd be great. I have in mind maybe doing Illinois (at least the southern portion) this upcoming weekend, depending on how circumstances work out.

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I re-checked the Vertices map for Illinois, and it also looks to be all driveable (not a bike path AFAIK). Let me know what you need for the Central Illinois sections as well, since it can be a round trip research ride. I think in a previous post you said you had a fair amount of Illinois in a file.
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:51 PM   #34
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Let me know what you need for the Central Illinois sections as well, since it can be a round trip research ride. I think in a previous post you said you had a fair amount of Illinois in a file.
Actually, I don't have anything for Illinois in a file. There were several useful links posted for Illinois maps and route descriptions, but so far no GPS data.

I'll be in southern Indiana in a couple of days, so I though I would cross over to Illinois and see if I could map part of the southern portion of the MRT.

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Old 07-07-2010, 03:51 PM   #35
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I re-checked the Vertices map for Illinois, and it also looks to be all driveable (not a bike path AFAIK).
Interesting. I hadn't seen the Vertices map before today. It must be fairly new. Curiously, I scanned over a section of the MRT I have just ridden, namely south of Cape Girardeau, and there is a discrepancy between the Vertices map and the signs I saw on the roads. I suppose it's not a big deal, but I like to go with the signs when there's a difference.

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Old 07-08-2010, 07:08 AM   #36
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I re-checked the Vertices map for Illinois, and it also looks to be all driveable (not a bike path AFAIK). Let me know what you need for the Central Illinois sections as well, since it can be a round trip research ride. I think in a previous post you said you had a fair amount of Illinois in a file.
There is a short section of bike path only that parallels the "Great River Road" from the Alton area to around Pere Marquette St Park. I don't know about other sections though.
I have pieces and parts of the trail from Alton to about Quincy. I just can't seem to finish the darn thing. I'll try to get on the ball and post when it's complete.
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:05 PM   #37
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This past weekend, I rode the Illinois section south of the Lewis and Clark Confluence tower just north of East St. Louis. I used the Vertices site to create a route, then rode the route as closely as I could. In several places, I was unable to follow the route because either the MRT is on bike-only paths, or in one place there was a gate.

Curiously, I never saw a single MRT sign anywhere in Illinois.

That said, it is a really great ride, except for a few sketchy sections through East St. Louis. the ride along the river to the south is absolutely gorgeous, and on a hot day if the conditions are right, one can get a few blasts of really cold air past the limestone quarries.

Anyone want to work on the Central and Northern sections of the Illinois MRT?

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Old 07-12-2010, 12:08 PM   #38
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I mapped the MRT from the KY/TN border to across the river into Arkansas using 4 routes because there were some sections where City Navigator doesn't show roads as existing.
I rode your Tennessee route this past weekend. Good work. Oddly, there was one section north of Covington where your route differs from the MRT route I'd been working on, and it may be due to an incorrect sign.

Specifically, I'd previously been having trouble routing the right path. When I followed your route, I encountered a turn where the MRT sign said to turn left, but your route went right. That said, there were more MRT signs as I followed your route, even though I'd apparently gone the "wrong" way. Perhaps that's why I was having trouble finding the correct way in the past.

Since I'm not too far from there, I'm going to look into this discrepancy further when I have a free day.

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Old 07-15-2010, 04:50 PM   #39
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This past weekend, I rode the Illinois section south of the Lewis and Clark Confluence tower just north of East St. Louis. I used the Vertices site to create a route, then rode the route as closely as I could. In several places, I was unable to follow the route because either the MRT is on bike-only paths, or in one place there was a gate.

Curiously, I never saw a single MRT sign anywhere in Illinois.

That said, it is a really great ride, except for a few sketchy sections through East St. Louis. the ride along the river to the south is absolutely gorgeous, and on a hot day if the conditions are right, one can get a few blasts of really cold air past the limestone quarries.

Anyone want to work on the Central and Northern sections of the Illinois MRT?

Jamie
Dang, didn't know you were coming up the river this far! Looks like you had a great ride. +1 on the sketchy sections, although I haven't been in E. St. Louis for some time.

I did get out last week and rode part of the MO side of the trail from the city limit sign for Arnold, MO to the St. Louis riverfront. Got stopped by the flood gates put up for the river being over flood stage.

I have some waypoints for the signs and a track noted for the approx. 17 miles of the route. Need to figure out how to put comments in the waypoints so that the ballons pop up for Google Earth (BigDogAdventure's .gpx files do that, so I will use one of those as a guide).

Also, I have an issue with my stator, and found out that after riding about 100 miles that day, my battery was toast. The CX has a high voltage windings to run the ignition system, so the bike runs fine, but with no battery, there is no lights, horn or such! Got a pair of stators in the mail Monday, and am looking at getting one rewound and installed post haste.

Also enlisting a buddy of mine who thinks he has tracks of the MRT on the Missouri side as well - that may save some work.

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Old 07-27-2010, 11:04 AM   #40
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Great work!

I'm familiar with a couple of places where the roads aren't shown on City Navigator. I took your data and condensed it into a single route consisting of just Tennessee.

Curious, since I live in Tennessee, I've mapped most of the Tennessee MRT, but it took lots of work to sort out a couple of sections, primarily around Covington. Did you have trouble locating the signs and finding the route, or was it just a straight ride?

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Sorry I didn't see this post earlier...

I went to the MRT website where they had the whole trail (including the Tennessee section) mapped out.

http://www.mississippirivertrail.org/

Then I created my gpx file straight from their route through Tennessee by displaying their map (zoomed in to see the road/streets on 2 of my screens) while using Mapsource to create the route on my third screen so it matched their route exactly.

Didn't take very long since Mapsource seems pretty easy to use and their source map loads pretty quick with my internet connection.
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Sorry I didn't see this post earlier...

I went to the MRT website where they had the whole trail (including the Tennessee section) mapped out.

Then I created my gpx file straight from their route through Tennessee by displaying their map (zoomed in to see the road/streets on 2 of my screens) while using Mapsource to create the route on my third screen so it matched their route exactly.

Didn't take very long since Mapsource seems pretty easy to use and their source map loads pretty quick with my internet connection.
Gotcha. I've used that method. I think it's a good way to get the general route, but in my experience, there have been small differences between the route posted online, and the route encountered in the field. The online map is a very good approximation, but I'd prefer to have the route verified by riding it.

As an example, I rode the route you posted, and at one point the route said to turn right, but the sign at the intersection said to turn left. In this case, I have reason to believe that maybe the sign is backwards and I can fix that, but I didn't have time to confirm that. It's not far from here so I'll go back and check it out sometime soon.

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Old 08-20-2010, 08:05 PM   #42
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Hey, great thread here.

Sept 1st, my wife, my dad, and I are leaving Atl and riding to Seneca WI (just north of PDC). My wife and I did this ride 2 years ago and she mapped out the Great River Rd, but like you mentioned, a lot of that takes highways and stuff.

I'm thinking the MRT sounds like the perfect route to follow this time. However I noticed IL & Iowa aren't finished. For a bunch of IL, we could just jump over to the MO side and ride up that side. Are there parts of IL or IA mapped out yet?
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BlueLightning,

I was planning to go out and map out the route through Missouri with more information. I got a bit of it, south of St. Louis, then had an electrical issue with my CX (I ended up replacing the stator). Now that the bike is running again, I planned to go out, but this week I pulled a hamstring muscle at work and I am on limited activity, per Dr.'s orders! Waiting for my leg to heal up before I take out the bike again.

If you need details for IL/MO I can help you out. PM me and I can get you through the state. May be able to meet up for a stretch of riding if it works out.
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BlueLightning,

I was planning to go out and map out the route through Missouri with more information. I got a bit of it, south of St. Louis, then had an electrical issue with my CX (I ended up replacing the stator). Now that the bike is running again, I planned to go out, but this week I pulled a hamstring muscle at work and I am on limited activity, per Dr.'s orders! Waiting for my leg to heal up before I take out the bike again.

If you need details for IL/MO I can help you out. PM me and I can get you through the state. May be able to meet up for a stretch of riding if it works out.
That would be awesome. Even if people have just parts of those states mapped, I could take what isn't mapped and just find back roads to ride. I have a knack for that myself. I just figured the MRT might be a good reference to use and getting from GA to WI.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:14 PM   #45
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I am in the Minnesota region of the 'Miss., it's a couple miles from me is all. If anyone wants us to run a section of it that is foggy, sketchy, needs verification, lemme know, we can get some people together, take a ride, flip you the tracks from Spot after if you like.

I would prefer to map or ride the northern bits north of the Twin Cities towards the headwaters or areas 'tween them..

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