The Northern Route - Plains

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by NorthernTraveler, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    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. Ride at your own risk.

    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 - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1066579

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

    NR Plains Release.jpg

    Here is the Garmin .gdb file - https://www.dropbox.com/s/gx3pxw9tccr621b/NR Plains Release.gdb?dl=0

    Here is a standard GPX file - https://www.dropbox.com/s/v43r26zifkiourg/NR Plains Release.gpx?dl=0

    Here is the documentation file - https://www.dropbox.com/s/qyvquqd5txrh4kl/NR Plains Release.doc?dl=0

    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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  2. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    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

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    Hulett WY to Custer SD, 164 miles

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    NR12SD1 Custer SD to Chadron NE, 192 miles

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    NR13NE1 Chadron NE to Valentine NE, 235 miles Long Day

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    NR14NE2 Valentine NE to Spencer NE, 183 miles

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    NR15NE3 Spencer NE to Ponca NE, 167 miles

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    NR16NE4 Ponca NE to Missouri Valley IA, 164 miles

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    NR17IA1 Missouri Valley IA to Bedford IA, 170 miles

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    NR18IA2 Bedford IA to Ottumwa IA, 199 miles

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    NR19IA3 Ottumwa IA to Muscatine IA, 155 miles

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  3. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    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.

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    NR61IA1 near Onawa IA to Haywarden IA, 126 miles

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    NR62IA2 Haywarden IA to Forest City IA, 205 miles

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    NR63IA3 Forest City IA to Decorah IA, 156 miles

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    NR64IA4 Decorah IA to Cascade IA, 169 miles

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    NR65IA5 Cascade IA to Muscatine IA, 73 miles

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  4. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    Here are some photos of selected alternates.


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

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  5. d.c.

    d.c. Been here awhile

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    :clap :clap

    Spectacular. Thanks for posting this.
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  6. justlookin

    justlookin Been here awhile

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    Thank you - downloaded your tracks and am going to get started planning the trip :clap
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  7. Jdubb

    Jdubb DL1000, WR250R

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    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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  8. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    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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  9. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    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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  10. FBR

    FBR Been here awhile

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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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  11. toolguy1

    toolguy1 Been here awhile

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    :wingsVery nice! We will be riding the DAKal loop in Sept 2015 and will add some of your section over to Devil's Tower to our adventure. Thanks for sharing the GPS info!
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  12. Yedmod

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    NorthernTraveler - Thanks for all the work and effort you have put into this:clap. I know how involved it is to make short, 150 mile or so, tracks. I can't imagine what it took to tackle something of this scale.


    I did get an opportunity to ride some of this this weekend. I've lived in this area 4 years now and you've found some treasures that I didn't know about. I did the Burlington spur (NR19IA3z) out to the main route (NR19IA3) then the Ft. Madison spur (ZT0 Iowa).


    Some feedback for you: IA3 and IA3z were both spot on. Lots of entertaining gravel and some interesting scenery, or at least as good as can be expected for traveling through farmland. There are a few opportunities to add some level B dirt roads with at least one creek crossing. If you'd like, I can go back out and get the tracks to add as alternative routes.


    My main goal was to proof ride ZT0 Iowa for you. I did find 3 issues with that. The first issue is on Eagle Drive between Bethel Rock Av and Hwy 98 there is a small bridge/culvert being replaced. From the looks of how the work is progressing, I would expect this to not be a problem in another month or two. It is easy to route around. The next two issues go hand in hand. There are two bridges, one just after the alternate (ZT0a) begins and the other just before they join back together, that are no longer open to vehicular traffic. I am guessing that you suspected as much and thus the fortuitously placed alternate route:lol3.


    All in all, a terrific job! Thanks again. If there is anything I can help with on this, let me know.
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  13. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    Yeah, I originally was going to use a bunch of 'B' roads, but then after trying to ride some of them in the rain I decided that was NOT a good idea.

    B roads for alts? Yep. The main route? Nope.

    I actually originally did a whole different route across southern Iowa, but based upon recommendations from locals I mapped a whole more southerly route on the fly that I ended up using. I didn't include the original route in the release as it would be just too busy. I really liked the Loess hills, so I extended the route both north and south along them as far as I could.

    My original route across Iowa is the stuff across northern Iowa. The Driftless area in the NE part of the state is really nice and I wanted to use it. The northwest part of the state is not real exciting, hence the route across the southern part.

    I'm about to release the next segment to the east - Midwest - and for now it continues eastward from Muscatine. In a month or two I'll release Midwest V2 which will have release V1 PLUS a loop up and around the Upper Peninsula starting near Decora IA and ending in western Ohio.

    The preferred route then will be across southern Iowa, up the eastern edge, across SE MN, across WI, across MI UP, down MI LP, down eastern OH. Great stuff most of the way.

    BTW - glad you enjoyed the route.
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  14. Sleddog

    Sleddog Ridin, again:)

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    NorthernTraveler,

    Just wanted to thank you again for all the work you've put into the Northern Route.

    I'm leaving June 1st to "Wiggle My Way North" to Inuvik, NWT. I'll be riding mostly non pavement all the way to Quesnel, BC. Of course I'll be using a lot of your tracks through WY, MT & ID.

    But, before I leave for the North country, my wife & I are doing a lap across MN, The Upper Peninsula & down the west coast of MI next week. We'll wave as we cross the Upper Peninsula :wave

    Cheers
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  15. BCB1080

    BCB1080 Know what you don't Know

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    You rule!
    Living near Devil's tower I can't wait to try the section to Sheridan!
    Thanks.
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  16. Harry Potter

    Harry Potter Been here awhile

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    As of yet I have none of this Garmin GPS training. Can you post the road names or numbers for the path between Devils Tower and Sheridan? Thanks
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  17. trailrider71us

    trailrider71us I can't b fired,only sold

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    WOWOW! Good stuff NT. Looking forward to riding some of this. Would make a nice circle tour w/ the TAT.
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  18. sledrydr

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    Just what I've been looking for! Been thinking of a trip to my old sledding grounds and here it is. Perfect! Thanks
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  19. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    we're heading to the ktm rally in deadwood via custer in 2 weeks. glad to see a glimpse of the area.

    thank you.
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  20. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    Minor update to the GDB and GPX files.
    I've added waypoints for the hot springs near the route based upon USGS information.
    The waypoints are of the form HSxxxx xxxF - meaning (Hot Spring) (arbitrary number from 1 to 1702) (water temp in Fahrenheit).
    Don't know if any individual hot spring is public or private, please observe posted signs and watch out for water temperature.
    Use at your own risk.
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