Originally Posted by wagathon
My biggest recollections are flatest, flatness of Wis. corn fields, old-time-looking A&Ws, nothing for miles but bars with sandwiches and pickled pigs feet to eat, and the headsplitting drone of cicadas in Illinois upon our return as we pedalled home late into the night.
Sure you can't drive to Vermont or something?
Iíld love a trip to Vermont some day Ö meanwhile, I am here, and learning to love flat lands, cows, and corn
Actually, the ride will cover some pretty diverse terrain.
Originally Posted by jcwitte
You must be talking about the Grand Illinois Trail.
Yes, we are riding the Grand Illinois Trail
, with a number of side trips.
Illinois has a bunch of different agencies that provide bicycle maps. Unfortunately, they donít all agree on what constitutes a good bike route. It curls my hair just thinking about some of the routes recommended by both the City of Chicago and IDOT. But then again, I, too, am really new to this cycling thing.
I imagine some of your concern about Chicagoís south suburbs has to do with busy streets from the end of the Chicago Lakefront Path to Lansing.
Both The League of Illinois Bicyclists
and The Openlands Project
provide GIT maps. Where their routes differ slightly, Openlands parallels the LIB route, but on roads with kinder, gentler traffic, especially south of Chicago.
Believe me, I am not in the least enthusiastic about riding in fast, heavy car traffic. But so far, there are only a few places of the GIT route south out of Chicago where Iím not comfortable. (6 miles from the end of the Chicago Lakefront Path at 71st ST to 104th and Ewing. Also, from 106th St to 170th St youíre on bike path, except for 1.5 miles on Burnham from 135th St to Sibley Blvd.)
I just put the first 20 miles of our GIT shakedown trip (Frankfort to Lansing) on a web site ... havenít decided if itís going to go on CGOAB yet. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if youíld like the URL.
It looks like there are about 130 miles of limestone screenings along the canal tow paths. Screenings are pretty solid. It's not like riding on loose gravel. We are going to hit the I&M Canal section in a couple of weeks. Let me know if you want a report.
Good luck on your trip to St Louis. but ...
watch the Cardinals sweep the Cubs
Give it up ... It ain't gonna happen. This is the year the north siders have been waiting for