Cross Country Trip

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by JStory, Mar 13, 2021.

  1. JStory

    JStory Long timer Supporter

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    Hello, Folks,
    I need some route advice. My brother and I are embarking on a cross-country ride in June. We're traveling from the Sacramento, CA area to Flint, MI.
    I need some suggestions for good routes west to east across Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois. I have a solid, scenic route from Sacto to Steamboat Springs, CO. What can you all recommend to get us from Steamboat to southern MI? Four to five days to make that distance.
    Thanks,
    Jeff
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  2. Midnightventure

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    You will get better scenery going through western OK, NW Arkansas Southern Mo and Southern IL. Then head north. Of course that isn't a very direct route. By the time you get through California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado you might want the straight non scenic route.
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  3. steiny

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    In 2019 I rode Rt 50 coast to coast , its a nice ride.
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  4. TomInCA

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    Point a little farther north and you will be able to grab Colorado 14 to Walden. Heading north on 125 and 230 into Wyoming you could arrive at Hwy 130 that goes East through the Snowy Range (closed in winter, so watch your weather). This is some of the best high elevation riding with great alpine scenery you can find anywhere. 130 will take you to I-80 and 287 in Laramie, WY. Continue north and you can end up in the Black Hills which is damn sight more fun than Nebraska. Tour around Wind Cave, Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Spearfish Canyon, and exit out the the East towards the Badlands. If you're not in a hurry use U.S. 14 or US212 or US10 East to get to Minnesota and if you keep going, you can maybe take the ferry from Manitowoc WI to Ludington, MI, or go farther north to U.S. 2 to go through the U.P. of Michigan from Escanaba to Ssult Ste Marie or Mackinac, then travel south to your destination. The daylight in the U.P. in June lasts until 10:30-11:00 at night. Nice places and breweries in Marquette Manistique and St Ignace.
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    just google map it avoid highways pick one of the suggested routes and you'll have fun.
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  6. JStory

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    Thanks for the tips. We're planning on taking the ferry across Lake Michigan, to avoid having to go through the Chicago mess at the bottom of the lake. The trip is a one way for my brother. His bike is at my place and he lives in Flint. I'm going through the UP on my return leg.

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  7. TomInCA

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    I used to live in Sacramento and had family in Pittsburgh, so I have done this trip many times. The northern routes have always been best, especially if you get into July or August. The main interstates, 40, 70, and 80 are to be avoided and there are good U.S. highways west of the Mississippi that are efficient if not scenic. US 36 is very good out of Colorado through Nebraska and Missouri if you want a more direct shot through fly-over land. What I outlined above is manageable in the 4 to 5 days you have and you would not regret any of it. Returning through the U.P. will be very nice, and gives you a shot at enjoying US 2 with some side-trips all the way home.

    Get an intercom to communicate with your buddy. You can thank me later.
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  8. ajayhawkfan

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    This is not fast but is would be a pleasant ride.

    From Steamboat ride NE to Laramie, WY. At Laramie pick up the old Lincoln Highway. https://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/ across Nebraska and most of the way to across Iowa. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa take US Highway 151 to Dubuque, Iowa. From Dubuque, work your way across the state of Wisconsin depending on the ferry you have decided to take.
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    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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