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Old 07-15-08, 01:00 PM
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southern Illinois to Indianapolis route?

I'm probably a few years away from being able to actually ride from my new home in Oregon to my hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana but as long as I'm daydreaming I might as well do some actual research!

Anyone have info on a route to get from southern Illinois to Indianapolis? A stop in Bloomington, IN isn't mandatory but would be great.

Looking at the TransAmerica route I can get as far as Elizabethtown, IL before I'd really need to start heading north. Although I would not be opposed to a good route that meanders north through eastern Illinois before turning more directly east to Indy.
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make sure you get a deep dish pie at Quatro's in Carbondale when you pass thru

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Illinois has a set of maps you can order for free of cyclin g routes and road ratings for cycling.

https://www.dot.state.il.us/bikemap/STATE.HTML
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Specifically you should consider the Tunnel Hill trail from extreme southern Illinois to Harrisburg (crushed limestone but good riding on an old rail to trail conversion) and or the Route 66 trail (official cue sheet available0 which diagonals the state of Illinois (parts of one or the other should help you, but paralleling the Ohio river up the eastern edge of Illinois should be good too and parts of it have been charted for cyclists (check the web sources). Illinois is good riding because they have a myriad of great paved roads with low traffic (farm roads that parallel main highways). Ride safely, tom
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Originally Posted by Section128drunk
make sure you get a deep dish pie at Quatro's in Carbondale when you pass thru

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Although, when I was there (mid 90s), they had the restaurant with burritos as big as your head. (PS: I worked at Wise Guys Pizza).

Southern Illinois is beautiful by bike. Nice rolling hills and the Shawnee National Forest. Although I would recommend spring or fall instead of summer.
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