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    hello - First visit to USA will be easter 2011 lloking for advice NYC to chicago

    Hello,

    Thanks for looking at my post. I have wanted to ride coast to coast in teh US for a few years now. Have a chance for a small introduction ride as I have business in chicago this coming easter I am presenting a paper at a conferance.

    I want to fly to NYC then grab a bike and cycle to chicago I have looked at some route maps and there may be people on here with better advice and info?

    The 700 odd miles isnt a problem but apart for the excellent views I will see are there any routes I should take or not take - I was even considering a detour to Washington DC. I have set my email to recieve member emails at this point any advice is helpful.

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    John,

    It looks like Easter is late in 2011 (April 24); even still you need to be prepared for relatively cold & rainy weather. Also, NYC to Chicago seems like it is longer than 700 miles (just by my gut reckoning).

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    My main concern at that time of year would be bad weather. Looks like Easter is relatively late this year on April 24th, but I'd still be cautious. Folks in the area can give you some better ideas about weather expectations.

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    Probably more like 850 miles direct, 1100 via DC. Check routing via Google Maps, bicycle option for ideas, but be careful as Google bicycle can do strange things. Verify with state maps. A great source of information on local routes as well as places to overnight and meet people is www.warmshowers.org. Give the members along your route a call for advice on highway conditions and routing options through an area. You do have to sign up as a host.

    Weather could be iffy, so allow yourself enough time to wait out the worse, as well as for savoring attractions along the way.

    Traffic will be heavy in many sections. Make sure you bring brightly colored jerseys so motorist will have no trouble seeing you.
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    Here's a route, 1018 miles, that will bring you along the Great Allegheny Passage:
    NYC-Chicago
    Many have ridden the GAP I gather

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    You should expect cold, rainy, and perhaps even snowy weather in April, particularly in the Midwest (including the Chicago area). The average temperature for April in Chicago is only 48F (9C). Further away from Lake Michigan, you won't get the lake effect, so it will likely be even colder.

    Mid April is not a great time to be doing a trip like this. The weather is too hit and miss. A better approach might be to start your trip in Chicago after your conference, and head to New York City.

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    I agree with the others it may not only be cold, but it may be very rainy.
    In addition to that, the route is East to West, that is against the prevailing winds.
    You hay have to face big headwinds most of the time.

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    I agree that weather is iffy that time of year. I've lived in Chicago, and it can be plenty cold still in April.

    You could ride NYC-DC, then take the C&O/GAP trail to Pittsburgh, then take the train or fly to Chicago. That would be a much more interesting trip, IMO. Although if you have the coast-coast urge, it doesn't satiate it quite like riding to Chicago, I guess.

    Another neat route would be from New Orleans north to Chicago, following the Mississippi River. About 1,000 miles according to Google, and a lot of history there. Still have some weather issues, but as you are starting in the south you hedge your bets a bit more.

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    Hi dobbin,

    It can snow in late April in Chicago, but the norm for that time of year is weather in the 45 to 70f range.

    Consider coming to Chicago and taking a local loop into Madison, Wisconsin, then west towards Prairie Du Chien and return by heading south along the Mississippi river to Galina, Illinois before finishing back in Chicago. That will give you 500 miles of very high quality riding. You will have fewer issues if you just do everything from one location. I live in Chicago and I'll provide any help with route and equipment, just ask.

    Touring from NYC to Chicago will be a longer trip than anticipated. Their also be many days of monotonous flat farmland that will tax your enthusiasm.
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    Check out the NYC Transportation Alternatives site for routes & bridge crossings in the NYC area

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    this new orleans idea is great I hadnt thought of it at all mavelous

    Another neat route would be from New Orleans north to Chicago, following the Mississippi River. About 1,000 miles according to Google, and a lot of history there. Still have some weather issues, but as you are starting in the south you hedge your bets a bit more.[/QUOTE]

    Thank you all for teh suggestions the off the wall try new orleans is brilliant job done now need to decide if I bring my bike or buy one in new orleans#
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    thank you all for your input and I will bring good winter clotthes for when I get near chicago

    john

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