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Old 03-27-09, 12:15 AM
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route to milwauke, wis. from nj

anyone have any suggestions? please email jruggini@earthlink.net
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Old 03-27-09, 07:04 AM
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anyone have any suggestions? please email jruggini@earthlink.net

Sorry, I won't. I want to see you participate in the community here.

That said, where in Jersey are you starting? PA has a couple of east-west cross Commonwealth routes.
 
Old 03-30-09, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by The Historian
Sorry, I won't. I want to see you participate in the community here.
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That said, where in Jersey are you starting? PA has a couple of east-west cross Commonwealth routes.
There are similar routes for bicycling in New York. They have published maps that you can get for free by writing to some office at NYSDOT, but I don't know the address.
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Here's the route I used, in the other direction, starting with a Ferry ride across the lake. I kind of was winging it, so it's not necessarily the "best" route, but it was OK. The Jersey part was really nice.

https://tinyurl.com/57c2zm

I found this to be a pretty nice route, the PA section was PA Route S and PA Route A (??) google "PA bike routes" and you'll find a state DOT site with downloadable detailed maps. The only part that was really yuck was right in Pittsburgh and Youngstown.
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Old 03-30-09, 12:38 PM
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I like the idea of taking the ferry across Lake Michigan, rather than fighting through the urban jungle from around Gary IN to Milwaukee via Chicago.
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I did not have another option back in the 70's and 80's, but I toured well over 10,000 miles and the only mapped route I used was Bikecentennial from Oregon to the Grand Tetons. I just kept to minor roads, esp those paralleling state or Interstate routes, and asked locals if in doubt about a road. I had very few problems and some experiences I would have missed taking routes that hundreds had taken before. Nothing wrong with using standardized routes, of course, but touring cyclist make out great before they existed. If you do wing it at least on part of the route try bikeroutetoaster or other sites that allow you to lay out a route and then export it to a Google Earth file if you want to get some idea of how the route might feel.
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biking from nj to milwauke

thanks I was curious about taking the ferry, how long does it take and what is the cost?
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Old 04-06-09, 01:41 PM
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Here is the ferry link.

Cost for one way is $81 for adult plus $12 for a bicycle.
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Interstate 80/90 through Ohio and Indiana is not fit for man, beast, or bicycle, but it takes all the traffic away from several nice parallel state and US Highways, including US 20 and US 6. I haven't biked these, but I've driven them imagining I was on a bicycle and they looked great for a tour. Lots of off-the-Interstate semidepressed towns with character, including old cheap motels. That's how I'd go.
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Old 04-18-09, 06:49 AM
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Once you hit IL and WI, you have the option of their state trail systems. IL's website isn't very good, but they do sell maps. For WI's, you need to have a state trail pass from the DNR, and the website is pretty helpful. The parts of the WI system I've ridden are really pretty nice... they're not trying to keep you walled away from services. There are also some crazyguyonabike journals of short tours in the Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison and Twin Cities area. I'd also check to see if the Chicago bike map and Milwaukee bike map are online. Both cities are supposed to be pretty bike friendly, so it might be worth going through instead of dodging around.

(sorry I can't be more help, but most of the time I'm biking here in Madison...)
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