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Old 08-11-2012, 02:11 PM   #91
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Well this has been a Great read for the Noob! Between Dothan Al and Tupelo MS. I figured out that I was pretty green and thought the MRT was only for bicycle dudes! Yes I'm a dirt track Guy moving to the other side! I am curious how you load that data down and put it out to usable form in GPS and paper maps? Yes I'm green and stupid in this area but i'm not afraid to look dumb! I do it often!

Big Dog your last day of work and your trip you took was a outstanding read! Still scratching my head on how you take your klr everywhere and you Inspired me to make my first small trip on my 450.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:32 PM   #92
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How did the ride go? I was supposed to ride the MN side from Iowa to the TC this weekend but got hung up.

Are you collecting all of this data in one place to share? I was thinking of taking all the data posted here so far and creating a public google map with all segments documented, but I don't want to replicate someone elses work.
Oops! Completely missed this post.

I was able to ride most of the northern MN portion down to about St. Cloud. I learned that MN doesn't have an MRT signs at all. None that I saw, at least. What I confirmed is that the MRT maps were all good. I didn't get a chance to ride through the Twin Cities where the MRT follows bicycle paths for a distance. My plan had been to route around the bicycle paths, but I never got the chance.

Am I collecting this data in one place to share? Um, sure. This thread. Look at the first post.

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Old 06-19-2013, 09:52 PM   #93
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Mississippi Alternate Route

Between Memphis TN and Helena, AR, the MRT jogs over to the west side of the Mississippi River and goes down through Arkansas, and then back on the east side:

It's possible to completely skip Arkansas and stay on the east side of the river. See below:



The Arkansas MRT is shown in red. The Mississippi Alternate MRT is shown in green.

Both routes are roughly the same as far as scenery They're both very rural and agricultural. The Mississippi side is closer to the river both geographically and culturally. The Arkansas side has a few more curves. And by a few I mean it takes two hands to count the curves instead of one. Both routes are very flat and straight most of the way.

In Mississippi, you'll go through a few very tiny towns and one larger town, Tunica. In Arkansas you'll pass through some small communities, plus West Memphis, Marianna, and Helena, the latter two historic communities of interest.

The Mississippi side tends to be a little impoverished. The Arkansas side goes through a couple of resort areas with boats and nicer homes. The Mississippi side is the Delta. Home of the Blues.

If you like casinos, the Mississippi side with take you through Tunica County, home to nine large casinos. If you go through Arkansas, you'll go by Southland Park which is a dog track/casino kinda place. And then down by Helena you'll go past the Isle of Capri as you cross back into Mississippi.

It's about 35 miles longer to go through Arkansas.

So, flip a coin.

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Old 06-20-2013, 01:48 PM   #94
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I've added a map to each state page so you can see where the route goes. As usual, the GPX is available for download on each state page too.

Gregg and I are still planning to ride the Louisiana section sometime, hopefully soon before it gets too hot.

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Old 07-06-2013, 01:50 AM   #95
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The route has been slightly altered in Mississippi, and they installed all new signs throughout the state. The GPX for the state of Mississippi has been updated and uploaded. Look for version 3.

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Old 07-07-2013, 02:43 PM   #96
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Louisiana

Louisiana is complete!

Thank god... I've been picking away at Louisiana for several years now, and finally got a chance to map out the whole thing. Much of the route follows bicycle paths along the levee, but there is always a nearby road. MRT signs are sporadic, at best. I saw none once I got to New Orleans and south.



Through New Orleans and Plaquemine, there are some one-way streets, but the route should accommodate for those in both directions. Downtown New Orleans was a little messy, but the appropriate corners should be marked.

Also, this is the most winding, crazy portion of the MRT (though very few twisty roads). I did my best to place via points along the roads to maintain the curves, though in some places you'll notice that the point-to-point lines go very far from the actual roads... just keep on trucking, all the turns are marked.

And finally, the Edgard-Reserve Ferry does not run on weekends.

The Plaquemine Ferry runs every half hour, leaving each shoreline once per hour. Plan ahead.

http://www.dotd.la.gov/ferry/

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Old 07-09-2013, 06:24 AM   #97
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Yay Jamie! Glad to see this project is progressing very well.

Update on that section of Missouri Hwy 79 closed for repairs when you and I rode it for the MRT: It is open again. I drove back in the car from the North last May, and I saw the new stretch of pavement the highway department installed. No more detour in the area.

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Old 07-09-2013, 10:25 AM   #98
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Brian, I kinda always wondered about that section.

Unfortunately, the MRT route seems to be prone to this. In southern MS, there's a section of levee that's missing, forcing a several mile detour. According to a short article I found on Google, they're improving the levee. The road atop it will be replaced with gravel.

And just outside New Orleans, there was a several mile section that was closed (although people seemed to be using the road anyway) and I had to route myself around it.

And then there's a ferry the MRT crosses that was a single day from being permanently shut down earlier this year. The ferry was "saved" but now runs a limited schedule.

Anyway, I'm about ready to start the second phase of the project like we talked about. We should discuss the implementation.

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Old 08-07-2013, 06:49 AM   #99
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Hi Jamie,

I am planning to do the route you have been mapping in September and have a few questions:

What places you and your friends along the route would you recommend me stopping to visit.

Has the route been completed? I cannot tell by looking at your latest "Complete route" on the first page of the thread. It appears that the GPX files are missing for Iowa and Minnesota?

Thanks for your help!

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:What places you and your friends along the route would you recommend me stopping to visit.

Has the route been completed? I cannot tell by looking at your latest "Complete route" on the first page of the thread. It appears that the GPX files are missing for Iowa and Minnesota?
At this time, I can't recommend any places along the route. In the future, phase two of this project will add points of interest to the GPX files.

The route is as complete as shown in the first post. I don't have Iowa or Minnesota, as shown on the map.

I do have a preliminary GPX of Minnesota, part of which I've ridden, but the MRT through MSP follows bicycle paths, so I can't be sure my routing is correct. I'll send you the GPX if you'd like.

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Old 05-08-2014, 04:11 AM   #101
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Snap to Road Routes

I'm planning on following part of the MRT, from Davenport to Louisiana. I've loaded them into Basecamp, but notice that they are straight lines between points, not snapped to the roads. Is this the way they are supposed to be or am I missing something?

I'm new to Basecamp (and extremely confused).
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Hey David. Yes, the GPX files are routes. In GPS terms, that means only the turns are shown. This is intentional. Some GPS units don't handle tracks very well, but as far as I know just about every GPS will load a route.

I'm not very familiar with Basecamp, and you haven't said what type of GPS you're using.

Basically, you should have the option to follow the route, at which point the GPS will show the line following the roads like you want.

Someone with more knowledge about Basecamp and what kind of GPS you have may be able to he more specific.

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Old 08-28-2014, 03:23 PM   #103
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Hi Jamie,

I am planning to do the route you have been mapping in September and have a few questions:

What places you and your friends along the route would you recommend me stopping to visit.

Has the route been completed? I cannot tell by looking at your latest "Complete route" on the first page of the thread. It appears that the GPX files are missing for Iowa and Minnesota?

Thanks for your help!

Malcolm
A friend and I just got through with a ride primarily along the Great River Road from central Missouri up to the border of Minnesota, then back south on the Wisconsin and Illinois side. Most of our route followed both the GRR and the MRT on the same road. Signage was pretty complete and easy to follow along the actual route. We had planned on going further north and south but the weather changed our plans. The ride report at http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=999930 might give you some ideas for some places to stop.

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