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Old 10-29-06, 07:32 PM   #1
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Boston to Chicago route tips?

Hi. I'm trying to plan out a summer bike tour from Boston to Chicago. Has anyone done this ride? Do you know of any good routes/maps? I'm hoping to primarily camp along the way and travel around 60 miles a day.

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Old 10-30-06, 05:43 AM   #2
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Do you know of this site, they have maps and all.

http://www.adv-cycling.org/
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Here's another site that might be some help to ya, lot's of good reading here

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/
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Hi,

Did you end up choosing a route for your Boston to Chicago bike tour? I'm about to embark on a Chicago to Boston tour and would love to see the route you took and learn any other interesting tidbits you took away from the trip.

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If you go due west paralleling I-90, you'll be in a busy corridor. It's not so bad coming across Mass though the terrain is washboard and you'll be going across the grain. You'll have some more serious hills as you come to the Mass/NYS state line, and have some choices.

You may stay slightly to the south, passing through Amherst and Lenox, though I prefer being a bit more to the north and going through Williamstown.

Likewise in NYS, you can stay north of 90, drop a bit south paralleling US20 along the tops of the finger lakes, or work more south, nearer to the NYS/PA line.

My info about Ohio and Indiana is limited, but like in NYS, if you stay north and follow the lake shore, it'll be busier than if you stay south, in the middle of noplace.

BTW- keep an open mind, and if time allows, consider working north, and entering Canada at 1,000 islands (you can cross the bridge with a bike), riding west to nter Michigan north of Detroit then across to the lake and followingn the shore to Chicago.

There's a similar, though smaller detour to be had by riding across NYS to Niagara Falls to enter Canada, then west to Michigan.

So, there are plenty of options, depending on the amount of time you have, and also to an extent your own tolerance for hills. It also depends on your style, like whether getting there is more important than poking around and exploring smaller roads, kind of drifting to the goal.
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Hi. I'm trying to plan out a summer bike tour from Boston to Chicago. Has anyone done this ride? Do you know of any good routes/maps? I'm hoping to primarily camp along the way and travel around 60 miles a day.

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Welcome to the Forum.

My wife and I have ridden from Chicago to Boston as part our cross country trip. We were essentially following US Highway 20, the longest contiguous coast to coast highway in the US, from Newport, OR to Boston.

Camping was a challenge in that stretch without getting too far off our route.

It was a good route, and there were no major issues. Hwy 20 was the primary route before I 90 was built, and generally follows the Interstate's route. It is pretty easy to pick our way through the western part of Indiana, and pick up the Lake Front Trail from Gary into Chicago.

FBinNY is correct, there are some serious hills in NY, but nothing to get alarmed about if you have some low gears.

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Hi,

Did you end up choosing a route for your Boston to Chicago bike tour? I'm about to embark on a Chicago to Boston tour and would love to see the route you took and learn any other interesting tidbits you took away from the trip.

Thanks!
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This is the route I did last year. You can zoom in and see where I stayed each night. The route zigzags a lot because i had commitments and was visiting family in Upstate NY in the Adirondacks but it may help you get a general idea.

https://secure.travellerspoint.com/m...&tripid=893835

Instead of riding Hwy 20 like @Doug64 mentioned I went north into Michigan and rode Hwy 12 before taking 223 through Adrian and into Toledo where I took Hwy 2 & 6 to Cleveland before my route took some crazy zigzags going south and north before getting into Boston via Providence.
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