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Old 01-29-17, 06:28 AM
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Trail of Tears

I'm planning a tour of The Trail of Tears from Calhoun, GA to Tahlequah, OK and trying to decide if I want to follow the primary northern route across TN, KY, IL, MO, AR, and then into OK; or a more southern route followed by smaller numbers that seems to cross TN, mid-state AR, and then into OK. I have found one journal, a good one, in the crazyguy site and they followed the northern route. Has anyone followed either of these routes? Any suggestions or relevant info from your experiences, or suggestions on trail guides, etc. would be much appreciated.
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I have ridden a piece of the northern route, that being all of Illinois, part of western KY, and then into Missouri. Very scenic, very rural and often long distances between services. Be prepared to fend for yourself and btw, bike shops are almost non-existent along that stretch. Take what you might need to make any repairs that you feel might arise.


Oh, and you can't ferry across the Ohio River where the Trail once did. You'll have to go further north to Cave in Rock, IL and cross there. There is a nice state park there for which to camp and but don't arrive after the last ferry crosses for the evening or you'll end up camping on the bank of the Ohio until the next morning, errr not that moi would ever make such an error.

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thanks robow, this is good info to know, happy trails to you
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