Routes to Sedalia, MO BMWMOA Rally
I am doing some preliminary planning on routes to next year's BMWMOA rally at Sedalia, MO and I submit this to folks in the Midwest who are familiar with the roads around St. Louis.
We want to travel on US Route 50 through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. We have a rider in our group who is terrified of Interstates and I can't see a way to get around St. Louis without using the Interstates.
Can anyone suggest an alternative route around St. Louis, if we approach from the east on US Route 50? If it is impossible to avoid the Interstates, is there an optimal time to travel without encountering too much traffic?
To Rally via Great River Road
You could travel north through Michigan, across the Mackinaw Bridge, then west to Northern Minnesota to the source of the Mississippi at Lake Itasca State Park. Generally follow the signs for the "Great River Road" south as it follows the Mississippi River. Somewhere north of St. Louis, follow back roads southwest to the Rally. After the Rally, resume your southerly route along the big river to New Orleans or until you run out of time. Then find your way home by the back roads. I'm thinking of heading southeasterly from Natchez to the Gulf, east to the Atlantic, then northwest though the Carolinas toward home...
I will likely be leaving northwest Michigan sometime the week before the rally. I'm not sure when I'll get home.
Routes to Sedalia from NC
Folks, thanks to everyone for the ride suggestions. I appreciate those of you who are directing me north (Canada, Michigan), but I don't know if we have enough time to do that, since our starting point is Raleigh, NC. We need to arrive in the Sedalia area on Wednesday, July 18.
We will probably travel northwest through southern VA into WV and then turn westward.
I am tentatively considering two routes:
1. Route 50 through southern Ohio, Indiana and Illinois and then either continuing on Route 50 to Sedalia or take alternative routes (yet to be determined) through MO.
2. Route 60 through WV and linking up to Route 62 through Kentucky and 62/412 through Arkansas to 65 north into MO.
Any alternative routes would be appreciated.