Author Topic: Route from Badlands National Park, SD to Michigan  (Read 1362 times)

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Offline karmelj

Route from Badlands National Park, SD to Michigan
« on: December 05, 2011, 07:39:23 pm »
I am going on a cross country ride west to east with 3 friends.  We have planed a route up until about the badlands of South Dakota and need to figure out how we'll get to NYC.  I found this guys route online which we would take from the Badlands to Manitowoc, WI where we would pick up the ferry and link up with the Eerie connector.  Has anyone ridden this route? How are the traffic/road conditions and the scenery? Is there a better alternative?
Here's the link

I want to know more about week 5 and 6 not the rest of his route.  Click "view larger map" at bottom of picture to see a detailed version.
Thanks for the help!

Offline windrath

Re: Route from Badlands National Park, SD to Michigan
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2011, 09:19:42 pm »
Hi -

The route that is outlined on the link is the route that Cycle America uses for their cross country ride.  I staffed for Cycle America a few summers back and both rode and routed that section.  It is a pretty good route - much of the route is set up to avoid major traffic.  It is a little tough to do on some roads.  Unfortunately, there are either wide shoulders or not a huge amount of traffic.

The trafiic is highest as you get closer to the eastern side of Wisconsin.  The traffic after the ferry across lake Michigan is pretty heavy as well.  The scenery across South Dakota is flat with strong cross winds.  Minnesota and Wisconsin are quite nice - lots of bugs though.  The section from Northfield (MN) to Red Wing (MN) is a fun section because there a 20 mile section of paved railroad bed - most of it shaded and no more than 3% grade.  The ride along the Mississippi River after Red Wing is some of the prettiest you will find.

Good Luck and enjoy.


Offline CMajernik

Re: Route from Badlands National Park, SD to Michigan
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2011, 10:47:18 am »
Be sure to check out the ferry schedule and prices if you plan to use it.
Carla Majernik
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