Mississippi River Trail Project

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by Jamie Z, May 18, 2009.

  1. Davidprej

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    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).
  2. Jamie Z

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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.

    Jamie
  3. JaiDee

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    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.

    -JD
  4. jcramin

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    I've been looking for just this info to put into my GPS.
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  5. Jamie Z

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    Let me know how your trip goes!
  6. Yaniv Schiff

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    Jamie, first of all thank you so much taking the time to put this together. It's been incredibly helpful. I've taken your GPX files and imported them into RidewithGPS and created rides (with cue sheets). If anyone is interested here's the link to my complete ride (that I hope to do this October) http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10125345

    I used your routes Jamie as the baseline then compared them against the turn-by-turn instructions in Bob Robinsons MRT guide book. I'm curious about the Louisana part of the though. It looks like your route bypasses Baton Rouge altogether while Robinson's route goes through it. Any pros/cons or thoughts? I'm trying to decide which route I want to follow.

    Again, thanks for your hard work and dedication to this project.
  7. Jamie Z

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    Interesting. I wonder if there's an alternate route I don't know about. I created my Louisiana route by riding through Louisiana and following the posted MRT signs. It's been a couple of years so I don't remember the specifics of the Baton Rouge section.

    As for whether to go through Baton Rouge or not... why not? I went through there a few months ago. It's kind of a cool town. I do wish I'd stopped to see the state capitol.

    Jamie
  8. momgodwin

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    Hmmm - Nothing for Iowa yet. I think hubby and I need to work on that. Way too much stuff going on this fall I think, but have a GPS on it's way so will keep this on the back burner now for next spring. We live near Davenport, so can work it both directions.

    Sounds like a plan for me!
  9. Yaniv Schiff

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    Thanks for that Jamie. It's good to know that your route was developed following the MRT signs. Maybe i'll just follow whichever route is shorter.
  10. Jamie Z

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    If it's the shortest route you're looking for, the MRT is not what you're looking for. It goes ridiculously out of the way at times.

    Jamie
  11. Yaniv Schiff

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    I meant just for that portion. Thanks for the tip though.
  12. Jamie Z

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    Gotcha
  13. LABCAB

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    New guy here but I live in Baton Rouge and travel across the river daily for work. Baton Rouge traffic is terrible; especially if you have to cross the I-10 bridge. I would avoid the bridge at all cost between the hours of 5:00 - 9:00 AM & 3:30-6:30PM during week days and ALWAYS check traffic prior to planning your route if have to cross the bridge.. one accident or stalled vehicle will shut it down for hours (same goes for the I -10 west between Baton Rouge & Lafayette, LA due to the Atchafalaya basin).

    Additionally, the Plaquemine ferry is now running 2 ferries scheduled every 15 minutes. Typically, motorcycles will scoot to the front of the line and wait to be loaded last (first off).


    Feel free to PM me if you need any information on BR or the surrounding area.
  14. Daleah

    Daleah Been here awhile

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    I live near Davenport IA also. I'll see what I can find. looks like fun. I know we have seen some of this route up North by Marquette.
  15. zigyphoto

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    This link doesn't work... anybody know where the info is now?

    thanks
    z
  16. Balthazard

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    Hi, I am planning to do the MRT in July.
    I read and downloaded the GPX files from this thread and i sincerely thanks all of you who input so much informations.
    Normand
  17. zigyphoto

    zigyphoto PAY ATTENTION

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    Here is a link to my blog of riding the Great River Road from New Orleans to Lake Itasca, MN last May/June. These things go backwards; if you want to start from the beginning, go to May at bottom of the page.

    I decided not to ride all the way down to the absolute southern end of the road because it was so damned hot and humid for me (got spoiled living in Boulder CO all these years...)

    I used the Tent Space List and stayed with four fine ADV riders who could offer a bed (don't want to hassle with camping any more).

    Also used AirBnB and was delighted with the people I met.

    One ABnB that was glorious was Andrew, in Cape Girardeau, MO; we had such a great time together that I stayed a week! He has shaded off-street parking behind his Civil War era house.

    Don't hesitate to ask any questions...

    z
  18. Balthazard

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    Thanks Z, I will review and take note of ABnB referral.

    Normand