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Old 07-27-2009, 12:31 PM   #16
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Mississippi is complete. Finding the route the Vicksburg was a several-hour maze.



Version 3 is now official. Mississippi gets an A+ from me. All the MRT signs have been replaced as of a few months ago, and the route was altered slightly, namely a little jog before Greenville, and an extra block in Vicksburg. I've added those corrections here and tried to fix the weird issue I have with disappearing via points I have with a couple of my GPS units.

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Old 08-09-2009, 08:15 AM   #17
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I just imported them into Google Earth.. Looks really cool! Thank you for your generosity! I'm not sure when I'll be able to go into Mississippi... but I still appreciate your efforts!
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:55 AM   #18
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I drove part of it yesterday. South Central Mississippi coming down Highway 1 south of Greenville Ms. I seen the MRT signs and thought your thread Jamie.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:09 AM   #19
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There is a guidebook available written by a bicyclist that actually traveled the trail. Here is a link. http://www.spiritscreek.com/
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:18 PM   #20
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I'm planning a trip from St.Louis to Texas via the MRT and I found this book, Bicycling Guide to the Mississippi River Trail, just last night and I e-mailed Bob Robinson the author and got a helpful reply this AM.

I've been a lurker turned inmate and I'm happy to say this is the best motorcycling forum I've encountered. This thread about the MRT is great, keep it coming!

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Old 12-06-2009, 06:01 PM   #21
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WI Section MRT

I completed a GPX of the WI segment of the MRT.

In the area ranging from Trempeleau through LaCrosse, the MRT takes to rails to trails bicycle only trails in some spots. Since motorcycles are not allowed on these segments, I routed the trail nearby - usually on a suggested alternate route.

In Wisconsin the trail mostly follows the Great River Road. Frankly, there are some more entertaining segments that could be added to this track if someone is planning to ride it. I am also willing to share those files from this trip: Locks, Dams, Bridges, Barges and Bluffs - CannonTour Wisconsin's West Coast

CannonTracks - Upper Mississippi River Ride

I wasn't able to get the attachment to upload so I'll send it to the OP to post.
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:37 PM   #22
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I completed a GPX of the WI segment of the MRT.
Cannonshot has made a very detailed track of the WI portion of the MRT. I converted it to a route (to stay consistent with the other states) and here it is. I've edited the first post in this thread to reflect the new data.



That's four states down! Six to go.

Thanks Cannonshot!

[Update 29 October 2011: Unhappy with the format of the track-to-route conversion went, I've recreated the Wisconsin route. It is all in one route now (rather than separate north and south sections) and the via points have pretty names, opposed to numerical names.]

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Old 12-23-2009, 06:29 AM   #23
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Northern portion of Illinois MRT

I have WI/IL state line to Rock Island as gpx.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:29 PM   #24
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I have some tracks of the trail through Calhoun co to Alton and I have a route planned from Quincy south to there...but with my heated grips on the fritz I won't be riding anytime soon. I'll post once it's complete.
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Old 06-21-2010, 03:08 AM   #25
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During a ride last week I got a track for the Missouri portion of the MRT south of Cape Girardeau. The MRT runs from Cape to the Hickman Ferry.

Does anyone have the ambition to document the part of the MRT north of Cape?

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Old 06-24-2010, 10:21 PM   #26
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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.

The route comes up on Google Earth just fine.

http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/display...75.64.9.73.kmz

I also have the gpx file but i cannot upload it here for some reason...

Here's the link to the Google Maps version

http://www.everytrail.com/save_gv_tr...77443091-08017
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:29 PM   #27
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With all the problems related to uploading gpx files here I hosted the file at RapidShare instead.

It's available there and will be deleted if no one downloads it in 30 days

http://rapidshare.com/files/405220246/MemphisMRT.gpx
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Old 07-06-2010, 02:32 PM   #28
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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.

The route comes up on Google Earth just fine.

http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/display...75.64.9.73.kmz

I also have the gpx file but i cannot upload it here for some reason...

Here's the link to the Google Maps version

http://www.everytrail.com/save_gv_tr...77443091-08017

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With all the problems related to uploading gpx files here I hosted the file at RapidShare instead.

It's available there and will be deleted if no one downloads it in 30 days

http://rapidshare.com/files/405220246/MemphisMRT.gpx
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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Old 07-06-2010, 02:33 PM   #29
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Tennessee

Notarat has mapped out the Tennessee portion of the MRT.

That makes five completed states out of ten. Thanks for all the help.



[edit October 26, 2011: I rode the southern portion of the posted route and found some inconsistencies with the signs. I'm going to update the file and re-upload soon.]

edit April 15, 2012: Well, it took far more work than I anticipated, but I'm almost certain I have the correct route for Tennessee. The maps posted on Vertices have a couple places where it doesn't match up with the route in real life, and then after quite a bit of investigation, I determined that one sign in Tennessee was posted backwards, advising a left turn when the route actually turns right. I fixed the sign. Version two is now ready to go.

A note: Tennessee, as far as I know, is the only state on the MRT in which the "official" route doesn't go border to border. In Tennessee, the MRT "begins" and "ends" at welcome centers near the state line. Here is the "beginning" in Memphis:



The GPX routes reflect the signed beginning and ending points.

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Old 07-06-2010, 02:36 PM   #30
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With great thanks to Ragbrian for his help routing through St. Louis and his assistance riding most of the distance, I've finally (after quite a long time) compiled the data into the complete route for Missouri.



Be aware of a couple of anomalies in the route. Part of the MRT follows a bike-only path through St. Louis. At one point in the route (if you're riding south) you'll approach a T intersection where the MRT clearly points left, but the route says to turn right. This is correct. On a motorcycle, you'll follow the road, rather than the MRT which turns into a bike path.

South of Cape Girardeau, there are some discrepancies between what the online maps say and the signs on the road, moreover, the signs on the road do not follow a logical route. So, I made my best guess. The route ends at the Hickman Ferry, which occasionally closes due to weather or water levels.

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