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Old 03-22-08, 10:08 PM
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St Louis to Louisville

I am looking for a route from St Louis, Mo to Louisville, Ky. Does anyone have any experience with this?
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Old 03-23-08, 07:00 AM
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Sure, I've got an easy route for you. Adventure Cycling's famous TransAmerican trail passes just south of both St Louis and Louisville. I live in Louisville so I can help you get from the Transam to where ever in Louisville. So now you just need to get yourself from St Louis south to the route, it goes through Eminence, Ellington, and Farmington on the Missouri side and Chester, Murphysboro and Carbondale on the Illinois side. You will need map sections 9&10 (and if you can route yourself to Murphysboro or Carbondale, you only need map section 10).

http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/transamerica.cfm

If you need anything else, just let me know.
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Old 03-23-08, 08:24 AM
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Yeah, I was looking at that. I wasn't sure if there was something a little more direct. I will look into those maps. I appreciate your advice. Thanks.
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Old 03-23-08, 10:11 AM
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Actually -

I've ridden a more direct route a number of times.
Straight from Alton, IL to Louisville, KY.

Find IL 161 on a map and Centralia, IL.
IL 161 turns into county roads east of I-57.
It goes thru Cisne and West Salem before ending at Mount Carmel.
In Indiana, IN 64 is somewhat busy crossing the Wabash River -
Then cut south on IN 65 to IN 68 at Cynthiana. In 68 connects to IN 62 at Dale.
Since most traffic is on I-64, this route has low traffic.
(IN 64 across the state has much more traffic than IN 68/62.)
Traffic picks up considerably east of Corydon - esp. during rush hour.
Here it the IDOT website for traffic volumes.
http://www.in.gov/indot/3238.htm

Warning - the Indiana Knobs involve some steep climbing.

Now back to St. Louis -
I'm not sure where you are starting.
There are a number of excellent bike trails in Madison County.
You can ride from Chain of Rocks bridge thru Edwardsville to Marine -
Then on moderately busy roads thru Highland, St Rose, Carlyle and Huey to IL 161.
Here's the website.
http://www.mcttrails.org/viewer.htm
Here's a website for Illinois county bike maps -
(I think they are overly cautious in what is green - liability, I guess.)
http://www.dot.state.il.us/bikemap/state3.html

Best - J

PS - Crossing into Louisville is tough.
The only available bridge is the 2nd Street Bridge from Jeffersonville.
The ride from New Albany to Jeffersonville involves some very busy streets.
2nd Street Bridge (George Rogers Clark Bridge) has four narrow lanes and impatient drivers.
There is often construction on the I-65 bridge and people use the 2nd St Bridge as a detour.
I would consider, very strongly, ending the ride in historic New Albany at the river.
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There is a book titled "Bed, Breakfast & Bike Mississippi Valley" by Dale Lally that mostly follows the Adventure Cycling route, but he gives an alternative spur that he calls the "Marquardt Trail" that gives a flat route between St Louis and Cape Girardeau, MO. I picked up my copy of the book at Big Shark Bicycles on Delmar Ave. about two blocks east of Skinker. I'm sure it can be ordered online at Amazon.com also.

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OK jamawani, what I want to know is, what part of the the country do you NOT know like the back of your hand??
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