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Old 02-12-2015, 07:14 AM   #1
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The Northern Route - Plains

The route goes from the west coast to central PA.

It is targeted at Adventure / Dual Sport bikes with optional sections that are harder.
It is on the scale of the Trans America Trail.

This portion of the route goes from Sheridan WY to the eastern edge of Iowa.

The section to the west of here is - The Northern Route - Rockies - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1039394

The section to the east of here is - The Northern Route - Midwest

As far as I know all roads are legal Public roads - Forest Service, county, state,etc. Off pavement as much as possible.



The current version is V1.0

Here is the Garmin .gdb file - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...ins%20V1-0.gdb

Here is a standard GPX file - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...ins%20V1-0.gpx

Here is the documentation file - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...ins%20V1-0.doc

Note - the tracks are raw tracks containing LOTS of track points.
You may well have to filter these tracks down for some units.

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Old 02-12-2015, 07:15 AM   #2
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Pics of the main route

Here are photos of each day on the Main Route.
They are listed by Track Name in order from the west heading east.


NR10WY1 - Sheridan WY to Hulett WY, 186 miles














NR11WY2 – Hulett WY to Custer SD, 164 miles














NR12SD1 – Custer SD to Chadron NE, 192 miles














NR13NE1 – Chadron NE to Valentine NE, 235 miles – Long Day














NR14NE2 – Valentine NE to Spencer NE, 183 miles














NR15NE3 – Spencer NE to Ponca NE, 167 miles












NR16NE4 – Ponca NE to Missouri Valley IA, 164 miles














NR17IA1 – Missouri Valley IA to Bedford IA, 170 miles














NR18IA2 – Bedford IA to Ottumwa IA, 199 miles








NR19IA3 – Ottumwa IA to Muscatine IA, 155 miles










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Pics of alternate main route

Here are some photos of the alternate main route for this section.

This alternate main route starts near Pisgah IA, loops north to Haywarden IA, east to Decorah IA then returns to Muscatine IA to rejoin the main route.

Again, the photos are in order for each day, from the west heading east.


NR61IA1 – near Onawa IA to Haywarden IA, 126 miles












NR62IA2 – Haywarden IA to Forest City IA, 205 miles














NR63IA3 – Forest City IA to Decorah IA, 156 miles














NR64IA4 – Decorah IA to Cascade IA, 169 miles














NR65IA5 – Cascade IA to Muscatine IA, 73 miles










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Pics of selected alternate routes

Here are some photos of selected alternates.


NR11WY2a –








NR12SD1a –








NR12SD1c – Keep in mind this area burned a month before I was there - October 2012





NR12SD1e –














NR13NE1c –










NR14NE2a –














NR16NE4c –






NR64IA4W –









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Old 02-14-2015, 04:26 PM   #5
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Spectacular. Thanks for posting this.
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Old 02-14-2015, 05:45 PM   #6
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Thank you - downloaded your tracks and am going to get started planning the trip
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:52 AM   #7
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Nice looking tracks

Thanks for sharing your work. You have done a great job putting this together. I think the July/ August looks like my best shot at a portion of this if I time it to Bonniville.
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Midwest

When I get the Midwest section cleaned up it will include eastward through Ohio.

Yeah, I'm even looking after you Buckeye's!

Might be a month or two for that to happen, and I'm still working on that section a BUNCH this year.

I have a route done, but not happy with parts of it.

Eastern Illinois isn't good, and eastern Indiana either.

The alt loop around Michigan's Upper Peninsula is lacking a bunch of sections. Got 2/3s of UP done and less that 1/4 of Lower Peninsula.

So... riding to do. Of course, it's supposed to be -20 tonight here.... BRRR!
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Gas at Ponca NE

Based upon feedback from other inmates I've updated the files to reflect gas availability at Ponca NE.

The waypoint has been changed as well as the gas distances in the documentation.
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:56 AM   #10
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This looks great! I can't wait to ride some of it this summer. Thanks for posting!!!
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