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Old 03-29-09, 09:56 AM
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Kansas City Missouri to South Bend Indiana

Hey all,

I'm in a masters program at the University of Notre Dame during the summer. I was thinking of riding my long haul trucker there this summer. Can anyone recommend a route? Or, how would I go about finding one?
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If you're interested in crossing Illinois from Quincy due east over to Indiana 63 and then north, I can help with that 300 + miles.
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If you head a little north, you can catch the Grand Illinois Trail, from Moline to almost the Indiana border.

https://bikelib.org/git/index.htm
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ACA Lewis & Clark route to St. Charles (which is mostly Katy Trail) or MoBikeFed route. Cross at Alton. Illinois has online bike maps (they don't seem to work with Firefox). I found some Indiana maps that will get you close. Biggest concerns would be the time available and any waypoints you have.

https://mobikefed.org/momaps.php
https://www.dot.state.il.us/bikemap/STATE.HTML
https://www.nirpc.org/transportation/nonmotorized.htm

It has been a while but I seem to remember a route that paralleled the Illinois River. So if you could get to Lasalle/Peru that ties into the GIT which would get close to Indiana.

https://www.bikelib.org/git/

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Yeah, I'd take the Katy Trail for what you can - many miles of traffic free, shaded, relatively flat riding.
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Katy Trail. Once you get to St. Charles, get over to the Chain of Rocks bridge to IL. From there you can follow the Route 66 Bike Route north towards Chicago. At some point it will cross over the GIT trail. Follow East. At the Indiana line there are a series of bike paths if you are so inclined that get you to Michigan City, at which point, as you know, you are nearly there. You can county road it at that point.

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Originally Posted by MichiganMike
Katy Trail. Once you get to St. Charles, get over to the Chain of Rocks bridge to IL. From there you can follow the Route 66 Bike Route north towards Chicago. At some point it will cross over the GIT trail. Follow East. At the Indiana line there are a series of bike paths if you are so inclined that get you to Michigan City, at which point, as you know, you are nearly there. You can county road it at that point.
And if you need help with getting from KAty Trail to Chain of Rocks bridge, let me know. There are definitely areas/roads to avoid.
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