Fort Collins CO to Champaign-Urbana Illinois- is there a fun way?

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by sky44, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. sky44

    sky44 Been here awhile

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    I've got about 2 days to make the trip. I'd love if there were some corners between here and there. Google wants me to run 70 or 80 the entire way. Looks pretty miserable.

    on an old R100GS with shinko 705's. I'm up for a little gravel, but nothing crazy on this trip.

    thanks yall.
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  2. awarren

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    Stop before you get into Illinois....
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  3. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    I would take 36 across KS and MO because I hate I 70 and 80.
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  4. Tiger993

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    There's not much in the way of curves between CO and IL. I'd plot a two lane route and just sit back and experience the scenery and small towns of middle America.
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  5. sky44

    sky44 Been here awhile

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    alrighty. I figured I was in for a long flat ride. sometimes that's what you gotta do.
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    Make it a search for great Midwestern home cooking trip.
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  7. 32dgrz

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    34 is good across Iowa to Lincoln Nebraska and on Loveland If you wanted to detour up to through the sand hill you might like the lack of humanity. The sand hill is one of my favorite places
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  8. Themastermike

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    Would be a great trip if you stay off the interstate.

    How much time you got? If you have two days your options are limited. If you have seven days it would be great.
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  9. Farmer1

    Farmer1 Long timer Super Supporter

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    I second the route 36 across Colorado Kansas and Missouri suggestion. Much better than the interstates.

    I did Illinois, just west of Terre Haute, In. To Grand Junction, Colorado. In two days on the 950. Even had some bike trouble. Stayed the first nite about 40 miles west of the geographical center of the country. Popped up into SW Nebraska and then went around the north side of RMNP on 14, I think. Then dropped back down to I 70 to make a little time on in to GJ. Had a supper date!!

    You will do fine on time.
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  10. sky44

    sky44 Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking i might try to make an iron butt out of it. At least one way.

    But i got 2 days max each way.
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  11. Critic

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    Ok, looking at map and thinking about past trips; there are some good rides across. But, you are on a time restraint. I would take US 34 from Ft. Collins to US 6 in Nebraska on to US 136. This will take you pretty much right to Champaign. There are options; like taking NB 89 and or NB 8. They hit a little more of real America and maybe less traffic. Always think rivers, as roads that follow them tend to have the most interest. But not always. Keep it moving with breaks. 60 mph x 10 hrs = 600 miles, there is a lot of day light in July; say 7 am to 8 ish pm or 13 hrs minus time change = 12 hours to make 600 miles. But you only need 500 miles with about 350 miles the next day! Enjoy it and be safe......
    Gravel would mean droping down from US routes to state highways to county roads to township level roads. They are there, but require time mapping them on a GPS before the trip.
    All the guys above have good points.
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  12. bbrz

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    Not sure if you want to take the North, or South route. But from KC you can take 24 to Hannibal MO, or the North route on 36 entering MO at Saint Joseph.
    Once you leave Hannibal the best choice is to ride I 72 to Springfield. Go north on I55 to the RT54 exit to your right toward Clinton. Follow 54 to Rt10 junction in Clinton. That will take you onto Springfield (one of the Champaign main drags). Many other ways to get there that are more fun, but???
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    Edited the above.
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  14. Tmaximusv

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    Going to add another + to the US 36 route. Especially since I do know the MO river crossing is open as opposed to NE 2, US 34. US 36 east of St. Joseph is in great shape.

    One major issue this year with township roads is that you don't have any idea how many have been damaged by flooding (ongoing) and the jurisdictions are so far behind in maintenance compounded by shortages of materials to repair the damage.

    NE 89 is OK, but at the moment, ongoing flooding is potentially troublesome.
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    Last time I checked 24 hiway is closed due to flooding east of Carrolton. FYI
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    36 is very boring the whole way. Dip down to u.s. 54. It’s a bit better.
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  17. Themastermike

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    I've never been bored for even a quarter mile on a bike.

    Bored of a bike maybe.....
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  18. MizzouRider

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    I just came back to the St Louis area from Ft Collins. I took CO 34 pretty far east. I dropped down to 36 on 161 at Bird City.
    Way better than 70 or 80. I still made decent time. Left pretty early, and was in Hannibal Mo for dinner.
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