Route suggestions appreciated

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by PETDOC, May 27, 2004.

  1. PETDOC

    PETDOC Long timer

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    In 10 days I'm leaving Knoxville, TN for Minneapolis, MN. Plan to take 3 days to make trip. I would apprecate any suggestions on scenic roads that I should try to take in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin along the way. Thanks for any input.
    Dave
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  2. chain

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    Petdoc thats a great trip, If you come into Illinois at cave in rock. that would be a good starting point. Kentucky state park system is great for lodging they have alot of nice lodges built by the ccc. Illinois has a few as well.
    Enter Illinois at cave In Rock just North if Marion KY
    rt 146 West to 37 south to 3 North to Chester cross the Missippi into Missouri.
    take US 61 N to Festus MO
    then find a two lane to go West over to MO 21 Go North to I270 To I70 West
    To Exit 222 route C North to Route B go East to Golden Eagle Ferry
    Cross Missippi River into Illinois Follow the great river road all the wat to Hamilton. Cross Into Iowa then follow US 61 North to Burlington then Just stay tight to the Mississippi all the way to Minneapolis

    That is a great trip. Enjoy. Lots of nice river towns along the way

    Im about 2 hour East of the Missippi at Hamilton (rt 136) If I know when youre comming through I may be able to ride the Hamilton to Muscatine leg with you
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  3. jdiaz

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    Chain, are you SURE you live West of the Mississippi? :rofl

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  4. Queen

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    Listen to Chain (except for the west of the Mississippi part :rofl ), he can direct you AWAY from the painfully boring part of IL I live in...whatever you do, don't waste a moment of riding time in East Central IL if you can help it! DAMHIK :cry
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  5. chain

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    Im not SURE of anything jd except that i logged another big day of dualsport adventure in central Illinois today against all weather odds.
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  6. McD

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    We sure did. An outstanding day of roads and non roads thrills and spills. I raced that monster storm all the way home and in the end, I beat it to my front door by ten minutes.

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  7. PETDOC

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    Chain, Thanks for the great suggestion. I will try and run the route you outlined going up. I can't really give an estimated time of arriving in your neck of the woods as I'm going to take everything as it comes (ie, rain, tornadoes, etc, I'll hunker down til it clears and may use interstate to make up lost time). On way back I may try other side of river down to Dubuque then retrace your route south to Quincy then shoot across Ill on interstate to Indianapolis as there are a couple of roads (routes 46 out of Bloominton to 135 south to KY) that I've read about. I plan on leaving Sunday so if you read about any serious weather forecast for your area on Mon-Tues please drop me a line (DFEDWARDS@UTK.EDU)
    Thanks
    Dave
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  8. chain

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    Iowa side is a little nicer ride. Bad weather just means fewer people on the road
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  9. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    Have you thought about going north through Mich over the Mackinaw Bridge then across the UP. The Mackinaw Bridge is a must do on a bike :nod
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  10. McD

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    The Mackinaw bridge is great, its usually really windy though, so be prepared. Fun to get up over the bars and look through the grating down to the water hundreds? of feet below
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  11. PETDOC

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    Alas time is of the essence and I've got to get back to work immediately after meeting in Minniapolis so Mich will have to wait. Back in '73 I spent year in NYC and had a '69 650 Triumph Bonneville which, time permitting, allowed me to see upstate NY and most of NYC. On more than one occassion I would run over the Verrazazano Narrows bridge, which at the time was longest suspension bridge in world and if memory serves me correctly was about 260 ft above the water. It was a real rush. Chain I enjoyed your comment on the rain, but having riden in the rain and on a sunny day I must say I prefer the latter.
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  12. elektron

    elektron effin ef

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    yea i took the gs500 around lake michigan in a weekend last year.. beautiful ride, the UP is a great place to camp too, tons of national forest campgrounds that are pretty cheap too.
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  13. McD

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    Think I'm gonna take the lake circle tour again sometime in the next two weeks.
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