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    I would suggest avoiding Chicago at all costs. Not only because of the tolls and traffic, but because there are a number of huge construction projects that will be going on.

    If you don't want to take the Canadian route (I would add my recommendation to taking it), I would suggest jumping off 90 on 69 and then picking up US 24 the rest of the way across Indiana and Eastern Illinios to I-39.

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    Definition of fun?

    Quote Originally Posted by tpr3cats3 View Post
    So, how much fun will I have if I decide to ride I-90 from Buffalo, NY to Chicago, then up thru Milwaukee to West Bend?

    Tim
    Personally, I would cut across the southern tip of Ontario and across Michigan to Muskegon or Ludington and take the ferry across lake Michigan. Or if Canada is a problem go around the south end of lake Erie then cut north to Kalamazoo and on to the ferry at Muskegon. Call ahead to work out the timing at the ferry or it may cost you an extra 1/2 day.
    Way more "fun" than "working" your way through crowded freeways.
    But then that's just my opinion and I have spoiled myself by choosing less populous crusing trips.

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    Hey Bulldog, where do you pick up I-69 off I-90? Thanks.

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    Bulldog:

    OK, I just looked at the Atlas. I saw where I-90 meets up with I-69 in N.E. Indiana. What about taking I-69 down to Ft. Wayne then taking Rt. 30 W. into Illinois to I-80 to I-39? What is Rt. 30 like? Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpr3cats3 View Post
    Bulldog:

    OK, I just looked at the Atlas. I saw where I-90 meets up with I-69 in N.E. Indiana. What about taking I-69 down to Ft. Wayne then taking Rt. 30 W. into Illinois to I-80 to I-39? What is Rt. 30 like? Thanks again.

    Tim
    Tim,

    Unfortunatesly Rt 30 is as bad if not worse than the interstate. It has as much traffic and tons of stoplights. Rt 30 takes you through an area of south suburban Chicago that grew far faster than the roads could keep pace with. I-80 isn't much better.

    Sorry for the bad news.

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    ditto on rte 30. it's a pita. If you have time and can enjoy Illinois farm country, small towns etc, you might come in on 17 from the E and follow the river to Kankakee. then pick up 102 and head NW up toward the Illinois river. Then I think it's 44 that follows the river on the S side and takes you to Ottawa where you can pick up 71, take that thru Starved Rock State Park ( a nice little stop and some turns in the road) and catch 39N at LaSalle Peru. Might be two- two and a half hours @ 40 mph from the Indiana line, but at least a little bit of nice scenery and a couple turns other than the 90 degree variety.

    Convoluted i know, But any E/W routes north of rte 6 are suburban Chicago. If you pick up I80 west of about Joliet you should be good to go. And from there maybe an hour fifteen to I-39.
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    Question when are you leaving???

    [QUOTE=woodnsteel)That I-39 is a great piece of work. Although, from Rockford to Wisconsin it is not unlike Chicago. I will probably use it until I get to Beloit and then either bear towards Milwaukee or go on toward Madison and exit shortly thereafter...


    So...what day are you going up???

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    Hey there Mac, I have the entire week scheduled for vacation. I could leave any time. I ought to get on a set-up crew and go a few days early. Totally flexible on this question. Wanna ride together?

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