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Routes / Re: Chicago to Wisconsin loop
« on: February 28, 2024, 04:49:12 pm »
Thanks for your reply!  Since I know nothing of Wisconsin (yet), I'll see how the cities you mention align with areas I might be traveling through.

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Routes / Chicago to Wisconsin loop
« on: December 13, 2023, 05:44:02 pm »
I have heard good things about touring in Wisconsin and I've roughed out a route from Chicago, up to Door County in WI, then return via Madison then to Chicago, probably about 700 miles total.  Seems to be lots of rail trails.  Have you done a similar ride or have local knowledge? Thanks!

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South Atlantic / Destination Raleigh from Surry VA
« on: August 23, 2023, 05:15:10 pm »
I'm riding from Pittsburgh to Raleigh NC and have route laid out pretty much (with help from Adventure Cycling and Warmshowers).

Anyone familiar with the roads/routes from Surry VA to Raleigh NC? This is the remaining section to route. I'll likely be camping if I can find church yards, parks, etc. willing to allow.

Thanks all.

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Routes / Re: GAP & C&O Trails
« on: August 06, 2023, 05:18:02 pm »
Great.  You can contact me via my blog site, gypsearoad.com, should you decide to leave on the 11th.  Love my Orca's also.  Otherwise see you out there and have a great adventure!

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Routes / Surry VA to Raleigh NC
« on: August 06, 2023, 04:12:56 pm »
I'm riding from Pittsburgh to Raleigh NC and have route laid out pretty much (with help from Adventure Cycling and Warmshowers). 

Anyone familiar with the roads/routes from Surry VA to Raleigh NC? This is the remaining section to route. I'll likely be camping if I can find church yards, parks, etc. willing to allow. 

Thanks all.

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Routes / Re: GAP & C&O Trails
« on: August 06, 2023, 03:48:16 pm »
Thanks for the info on the game in Pittsburgh!  I'll be arriving in Pittsburgh on September 8 and departing on September 11 for WA DC.  I'll be booking my accommodations right away! Glad for the reinforcement that I decided on September.  See you on the trail in September!

And thanks for this forum!

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Routes / Richmond VA to near Salisbury NC
« on: March 16, 2023, 05:38:38 pm »
I'll be following ACA Atlantic Route Section 3 from WA DC (after I do the C&O and GAP) to Richmond VA. From there to, say, Wilson NC where I can get Amtrak to Salisbury, I'm looking for local knowledge.  I figure about 170 miles for this leg and Google maps suggests highways 5, 156, 636, 695, 618, and more country roads.  Passing in or near Templeton, Emporia, Roanake Rapids, and Dortches.  I have no knowledge of this area being from West Coast. 

Based on sketchy information I have provided here, any thoughts, ideas, recommendations about routing in this area? 

Thanks, all!

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Routes / Re: Katy Trail (Connections to/from St. Louis/KCMO)
« on: May 30, 2022, 12:18:59 pm »
Good resource is bikekatytrail.org. many businesses may be closed, since COVID.

Have fun!

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Routes / Re: Katy Trail (Connections to/from St. Louis/KCMO)
« on: May 30, 2022, 07:03:37 am »
You will get some tarmac closer to towns but surface is mostly finely crushed rock, dirt, some mud, and white powdery stuff that could be crushed granite.

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Great Lakes / Currently riding chicago to indianapolis
« on: May 16, 2022, 01:17:26 pm »
Hello fellow tourer. I'm on my way from Chicago to Indianapolis. Anyone else out here same route?

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Great Lakes / Indiana Tippicanoe State Park Camping
« on: April 20, 2022, 11:40:28 am »
FYI...I called this SP and was told that to camp, I just have to come to the gate and ask for a hiker/biker site. No reservation needed. I know Indiana statewide has yet to implement hiker/biker no turn away, but seems as if Tippicanoe is doing just that.

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Routes / Re: Katy Trail (Connections to/from St. Louis/KCMO)
« on: April 15, 2022, 03:50:52 pm »
I rode east to west last year.  Keep in mind, if it rains much, the trail surface turns to this cement like stuff that will stick to your drive train.  Bring a brush in case you can't find water. Also, highly recommend staying at the hostel in Tebbets.  For almost-real time updates, check out the webstie, bikekatytrail.com.  Lots of great information including resources and downloadable charts. 

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Routes / Re: Altoona PA to Raleigh NC
« on: March 02, 2022, 02:57:54 pm »
Wish I could help but my 2 cents is be cautious using Google maps.  I've had some disappointing routing from them....

Safe travels.

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Routes / Re: South Bend IN to Dunes NP
« on: February 21, 2022, 06:15:21 pm »
Strava is a pain and I don't want to start their free trial. :)

But thanks for the tips and I'll look to navigate toward the Calumet bike trail and/or Lake Shore Drive. That I94 Emergency road looks pretty bad.  I think I can avoid it.  I will check out the Indiana Traffic Count information.

Half the fun for me is figuring out the logistics and routes. Thanks for the great information, John.

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Routes / South Bend IN to Dunes NP
« on: February 21, 2022, 05:29:57 pm »
Ok, another routing question...It appears to be less than 50 miles from South Bend IN to Dunes National Park. Google has 3 route options US 20, E 150 N, and US20/Chicago Trail. Any recommendations or alternatives?  US 20 looks to be pretty busy.

Thanks again.

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