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Old 12-17-14, 08:09 PM   #1
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What's best route Cincinnati to St. Louis (Erie to Ohio to Katy Trail connection)?

I'm planning a tour from Boston to Colorado Springs (visit granddaughters is the excuse) and wanted to use trails as much as possible (Erie Canal, Erie to Ohio, and Katy Trail). The piece I can't find resources on is how to get from Cincinnati (end of the Erie to Ohio trail) to St. Louis to pick up the Katy Trail.

Can't find good resources on good roads for cycling between the two. Any help out there?

Thanks much
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Old 12-17-14, 08:12 PM   #2
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My wife and I rode cross country this year. Here is a link to our journal

We worked out a the route you are interested in.
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can't help. have no experience bike riding between st. louis and cincinnatti. but there are plenty of online map routing sites.

southern indiana, from personal experience motorcyling across it a number of times, should be a piece of cake to find a few lonely, out of the way roads, and same for illinois. you might want to start with how and where you plan on crossing the mississippi. i usually try to find a ferry, if i can. they still run them across the mississippi in places.
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Old 12-18-14, 10:45 PM   #4
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Looks like you are new here.
Not sure what you are looking for in terms of riding and accommodations.
I have ridden this section a couple of time in the past 25 years.

There is an absolutely delightful stretch from Mount Carmel to Centralia in Illinois.
Paved county roads with very light traffic - much better than US 50.
From Centralia there are a couple of options with only moderate traffic.
I would urge you to cross the Mississippi on the historic Eads Bridge.
The first bridge at St. Louis, the Eads has been recently restored -
Arches are underneath, so you have a 180-degree panorama of the city and the Arch.

As for Indiana, it's a little tougher.
Southern Indiana is a region called "The Knobs" - dozens of north-south limestone ridges.
Which ain't exactly wonderful for cyclists going east or west.
I have followed the Ohio River west of Cincinnati - thru Rising Sun to Madison.
Then there you can take fairly minor state and county roads west.

Be glad to share more details if you wish.
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