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« on: June 28, 2004, 03:36:28 pm »
I'm looking for a route from Pilot Point, TX (60m north of Dallas) to Indy using low traffic paved roads and hopefully avoiding the Ozarks.

The two options I am currently considering are

1)  through Tulsa, OK to Sprinfield, MO to St. Louis to Indy.

or more likely

2)  through Texarkana to Little Rock to Memphis to Cairo, IL to Indy.

Any suggestions for where I could look for good routes.  I am aware of the Mississiippi River Trail and the excellent Illinois DOT bike maps, and the suggested routes in the Indiana gazetteer.  Beyond that, I need help.


General Discussion / Pilot Point, TX (Dallas) to Indianapolis routes
« on: June 23, 2004, 01:33:01 pm »

I am brand new to touring, and I have special interest in cycling from Pilot Point, TX to Indy next summer.  

Would any experienced cyclists have any suggestions as to route?

Is the Katy Trail in MO compatible with road bikes?  I've been on the I&M Canal trail in IL when its wet, and it was rough going even on a mountain bike.

I will have a support vehicle, so I won't need to be fully loaded.  With this in mind, should I try to avoid the Ozarks or head straight through?

I'm trying to make the trip in 12-13 days.

Thank you for any help you can offer!

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