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MRT to Chicago route anybody????

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1. Route 66 to St. Louis.  GITAP routes along I&M canal to 2. Quad Cities or near WI border to 3. Galesburg or a more northerly route to 4. Minneapolis.  Do you have a preference?

I haven't personally ridden very much of this route, but either leg of this loop should get you there.

 

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/greenwaysandtrails/Documents...

I've done the ride from Chicago to the trail just outside of St. Louis. I can't recall the exact route, but would be happy to look back at old maps and notebooks if you'd like.

American Discovery Trail.

GIT from Moline to Chicago.

Thanks.  Looks like the "American Discovery Trail" got their route in Illinois from the GIT.

Duppie said:

GIT from Moline to Chicago.

I'll get back to you some time.
 
Mike Schwab said:

1. Route 66 to St. Louis.  GITAP routes along I&M canal to 2. Quad Cities or near WI border to 3. Galesburg or a more northerly route to 4. Minneapolis.  Do you have a preference?

Looking for a good route Chicago to Galena... any ideas?

The quickest way without car would be to take the Metra to Harvard, and then ride from Harvard to Galena using Google Maps walking directions (which I believe is as close to "as the crow flies", compared to other possible routes): http://goo.gl/maps/NJQR8.

That would be 98 miles with train vs 160 miles with no train, which is a good chunk of a difference for one day of riding.  I've never ridden it, but I would try that.


Crispien Van Aelst said:

Looking for a good route Chicago to Galena... any ideas?

Did not think about the train great idea thanks!

Grand Illinois Trail from Chicago to Galena:

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/greenwaysandtrails/Documents...

Look for page 7 thru 11 in the PDF

Crispien Van Aelst said:

Looking for a good route Chicago to Galena... any ideas?

You could also take Amtrak to Mendota.  It's about 110 miles from there to Galena, and over half that distance would be in some of the nicest terrain IL has for cycling.

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