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Old 06-25-08, 10:29 PM
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i need help

i am currently a resident of grand rapids, mi, and i am relocating to florida (by bicycle). my major snafu, as i type, is knowing, with absolute certainty, which roads i can travel and those i cannot. i am desparately trying to map from grand rapids to milford(or cincinnati) ohio, where i will pick up a part of the adventure cycling assn.'s mapped route of the 'underground railroad' which will take me into florida. i have tried mapquest, google maps, etc., but still i am not very confident/sure which roads i can travel. i know i can't ride on interstate highways. any advice would be greatly appreciated. lastly, this is my first tour, as i am sure you have surmised , and thanks in advance for any input.
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Old 06-26-08, 07:14 AM
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You will be allowed on almost all roads other than interstates. A few thoughts or suggestions:

1) Try maps.google.com to select a route, and then check the box that says "Avoid Highways". It gives a default choice of ~309 miles that may not be optimal but is a start to look at when augmented with state highway maps.
2) State departments of transportation frequently publish bike related info and maps. For example:
a. Michigan Department of Transportation bike maps: https://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,...6053--,00.html
b. Ohio Department of Transportation: https://www.dot.state.oh.us/bike/

I would augment the two sources above with an occasional state map, particularly in getting through or around a city like Fort Wayne, IN or into Cincinnati metro area.
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Old 06-26-08, 07:44 AM
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thank you very much Mev, the two web sites are a great help. i had visited the mdot site a few times, but i was only able to find bike paths. your suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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In Florida, bikes are allowed on virtually all roads that aren't 'limited access'. Limited access are interstates, toll roads, and expressways. There are a few areas/routes, e.g., Kennedy Space Center, where bikes are limited or prohibited. That being said, choose your route carefully as traffic/drivers here can be challenging. FWIW: Here is a link to FDOT's traffic volume data, cryptic though it may be: https://www.dot.state.fl.us/planning/...ps/default.htm

Georgia has a useful map of traffic volumes but be aware the data is from 2005: https://www.dot.state.ga.us/maps/Docu...ficflow_05.pdf
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