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Old 01-04-14, 09:53 PM
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Touring from Lincoln Nebraska to Columbus Ohio

Hello all -- Happy New Year -- so glad to be planning the last leg of my cross country trip -- I am a solo female touring cyclist of the "older" variety (just got my medicare card -- heh, heh) and I will be doing the completion ride for my solo trans america ride (this will be year 3) this summer. I am planning to start in Lincoln, NE -- where I left off last summer -- and end in Columbus Ohio -- where my nephew lives. I am thinking of riding Highway 2 in Iowa -- crossing the Missouri near Nebraska City -- then angling up to Muscatine so that I can follow the ACA maps through Illinois and Indiana -- I know that's out of the way, and if anyone has a better idea, great, I am open. The piece that will get me to Columbus is where suggestions are most needed. I don't mind riding alone -- I tried to find companions -- nothing seemed to work out -- and I found the experience of touring alone quite nice. I like to travel self contained and camp. Usually I cook for myself, but I do like my daily ice cream! Okay, all for now. Thanks in advance for all the 411.
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Old 01-05-14, 06:55 PM
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You might post this in the Touring Forum. Also check into Crazy Guy on a Bike.com You might find some helpful info there.
Have a great trip!!
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The Ohio portion is simple. I googled the bike route from Lincoln to Columbus. Once you are near Dayton, you can pick up dedicated bike trails and take them practically the whole way into Columbus. Dayton has a very good trial system to get through Dayton. I have ridden from Columbus to Dayton several times on the Ohio to Erie bike route. Coming east from Dayton you pick it up in Xenia and you can ride bike trail all the way to Galloway, Ohio which is several miles west of Columbus. You'll need to Google the road and street system from there. There is no great way to ride into Columbus to avoid traffic altogether but there are some ways that are better than others. If you mention where in Columbus you want to end up I can describe a good route for you.
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Google maps, bicycle option, looks pretty reasonable. Even puts you on the Dayton-Columbus trail mentioned above. I'd start with that and modify on the fly using state maps and the advice of strangers, verified x3. Easy way to engage folks.
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Just heads up, carry a couple extra tubes when crossing Iowa on HWY 2............lots of goathead thorns in the southern part of Iowa.
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Hi and thank you so much! Great news -- and, if you are willing --I am riding to Worthington.So, any beta you can forward on that piece would be frosting on the cake! Have a great day -- happy riding and thanks so much -- well, maybe not riding -- you are probably in the deep freeze right now. Stay warm!
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Thanks ! We have goatheads here too -- in fact the MTB club uses that moniker!
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Thanks -- great advice love the verify 3 times -- did that in Africa -- good advice!
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Hi and thank you so much! Great news -- and, if you are willing --I am riding to Worthington.So, any beta you can forward on that piece would be frosting on the cake! Have a great day -- happy riding and thanks so much -- well, maybe not riding -- you are probably in the deep freeze right now. Stay warm!
Google the bike route from London, Ohio to Worthington. The route it takes you looks to be pretty decent with bike trails most of the way. On the Google route you leave the bike path once you get to Georgesville- Batelle Darby Creek metro park. Once you get to Galloway, you'll have about a 10 mile stretch that you'll be on roadways and traffic will begin to increase as you get into the metro area of Columbus. Hall road can be a little busy with narrow shoulders but should not be an issue for an experience cyclist. Clime Rd. has a dedicated bike lane which is convenient. Eventually, you'll get to a large bike trail bridge over the Scioto River. At this point, you can ride bike trail all the way to Worthington. It is a little circuitous, but if you follow the signs and Google map you should have little problem navigating the trail. Do you have GPS? That would be helpful but paper maps, etc. should suffice. Let me know if I can be of further help.
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Hello again and thank you so much -- your route finding gives me confidence! Thanks again!
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If you're going to be crossing Illinois to the north, then google "Grand Illinois Trail" and consider the southern crossing leg of the circuit using the Hennepin Canal trail, I &M canal trail and the Old Plank trail. You don't have to stay on these the whole 250 miles but you can get off at points and use the smaller parallel highways. If you decide to cross the Mississippi River further south at Quincy, IL let me know and I can give you step by step directions across the state mid way down using safe state and county roads.
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If you want to venture off of Hwy 2 for the Iowa portion, look at RAGBRAI routes. They take a new route every year across over secondary paved roads. And every county has a couple parks for camping.

Hwy 2 would probably be a decent route, but I'm saying there are resources if you want to wander off that route. If you want more specific info on Central, Eastern, and Northeastern Iowa, then PM me. I've only biked western IA on RAGBRAI.
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Hello again and thank you so much -- your route finding gives me confidence! Thanks again!
Have a great trip.
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If you want to do a bit more research on the Iowa part check out the Iowa Bicycle map which shows the paved roads and their traffic loads. Highway 2 doesn't look bad.
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