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Old 07-07-17, 08:59 AM
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Mississippi River Trail

Has anyone had any experience riding this trail?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_River_Trail

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Last month I cycled from St. Louis, MO to Minneapolis, MN following the MRT route. First things first, this is not a complete "trail" separated from vehicular roads. The route includes various types of infrastructure from grade separated bike paths to low traffic local and county roads to (sometimes non-existent) shoulders on highways with truck traffic. MRT signage and facilities vary by state. Minnesota's section, for example, is completely signed and has decent shoulders in the part that I rode. Iowa is a mixed bag in terms of signage and infrastructure--some parts were glorious and others pretty uncomfortable. Resources about the route are largely state-by-state, too.

All that said, WOW is this a beautiful, wonderful bicycle touring route. The natural beauty of the river and the bluffs juxtaposed with the river towns (some quaint, some industrial; some thriving, some struggling) is something special. Many friendly folks along the way, too.
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Thanks for the reply! The info on the Wiki was difficult to decipher and it's always good to get an opinion from someone who has actually ridden a route.
You mention highways with trucks, were there times you were uncomfortable with the situation?
In MN much of the route is the Paul Bunyan trail correct? How was that?
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Originally Posted by mckee120
Thanks for the reply! The info on the Wiki was difficult to decipher and it's always good to get an opinion from someone who has actually ridden a route.
You mention highways with trucks, were there times you were uncomfortable with the situation?
In MN much of the route is the Paul Bunyan trail correct? How was that?
Paul Bunyan trail is great. Done the whole thing 4 times. Completely paved.





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awdunn, did you by chance follow this route.

https://rideillinois.org/wp-content/u...etsupdated.pdf
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Originally Posted by robow
awdunn, did you by chance follow this route.

rideillinois.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/MRTGuide_Sheetsupdated.pdf
I rode on the Illinois side from Atlas up to Warsaw, and then I took the Iowa side from there. Between Atlas and Quincy it was mostly highway (IL-96 I believe) with little to no shoulder and moderate traffic. I did feel uncomfortable at times, made worse by steady rains that day.

North of Quincy was really great riding--low traffic county roads through the bottomlands.

If I remember correctly, Illinois has not signed any of the MRT route.
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I just rode the section from Winona Mn. to the Quad Cities. It's a particularly beautiful area with magnificent views from the many bluffs between Prairie Du Chien and Savanna, but with those bluffs and view come some very serious climbs.

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Marc, nice blog, narrative and photos. I'm planning on tour heading up the WI side and down the MN side and yours has a lot of useful info.
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