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Old 01-13-14, 08:05 AM   #1
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DC to St. Louis Route?

We are planning our cross country trip that starts in Delaware and was wondering if someone might have a suggestion for a possible alternate route? We plan to ride from Delaware to DC then use the C&O & GAP to get up toward Pittsburgh before swinging west. The only concern is we are planning to leave about the first week of April and I know that Big Savage Tunnel is planning to open about then so by the time we get there we should be good. I am more concerned about the C&O trail condition that early. I have ridden it a number of times with the most recent being last November so I know what it might be like.
So wondering about some road routes that you might be familar with.
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Look at US 40 highway. It has bike lanes in many areas. I am familiar with the section from Cambridge, OH to Brownsville, OH.
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The combination of your thread title and post created some confusuon in my mind. Are you seeking an alternative to the C&O between DC and the start of the GAP in Cumberland, or something else/more?
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Sorry I should have made that clearer.
I was wondering about an alternate from DC to St. Louis not using the C&O or the GAP.
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Sorry I should have made that clearer.
I was wondering about an alternate from DC to St. Louis not using the C&O or the GAP.
You could just go west through the Shenandoah Valley to the Ohio. Then just follow the Ohio River to St. Louis.
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If you want to keep to mapped, meandering bicycle routes follow the ACA Atlantic Coast Route from DC to Ashland VA. At Ashland turn right on the ACA Trans America route and follow it to Chester IL. At Chester turn right and pick your own route 60 miles or so north to St. Louis.

This old thread has lots of suggestions for getting from Chester to St. Louis and on to the Katy Trail with bridge suggestions also.........

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-to-Katy-Trail

robow posted a good map link at the old thread..........

http://www.bikelib.org/wp-content/up...ideBooklet.pdf

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If you think the GAP will be o.k., why not simply take a road/alternative trail route from DC to Cumberland? If you use Google car directions with the avoid highway options, it will suggest a few route. (Don't use the bike directions option or you will end up with the C&O.) Or you could break it up into smaller sections and use the bike directions function and/or the car with avoid highways for alternate routes to the C&O. For example, if you ask for bike directions from DC to Leesburg, VA, you get routed over the W&OD Trail. Then do car directions with avoid highways. From there to Winchester, VA and then Winchester to Cumberland, VA.
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