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    fhauler
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    Question alternative around Chicago

    I am going to the MotoGP at Indianapolis next month and want to continue on to the
    Milwaukee area after the race. Have driven around and through Chicago before in both car and RV and would rather avoid the traffic and frequent toll stops. On my last trip to Milwaukee via Indianapolis, I went west to Normal then up the interstate to Rockford (long and somewhat boring). Would anyone care to suggest a blue highway alternative for a one day drive from Indianapolis to Milwaukee (Pewaukee, WI actually)?

    Thanks,
    Doug
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    I-355 - much closer in than going all the way to Normal and back in. On the south end connects directly from I-80, lightly traveled, connects on the North to I-290 Rockford - take I-290 up to Beloit and cut back over to Milwuakee via I-15.
    That is if you insist on Interstates.

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    How about going north over the 'Big Mac' then on to Milwaukee via the UP.
    Motor On '/,

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    You could go to Ludington,Mi and take the car ferry across the lake. It's about a 3hour boat ride. Take US 31 north all the way from Indy. The ferry goes to Manitowoc,Wi which is north of Millwakee. There are alot of neat little towns all the way up the Mi coast. In Ludington we like to eat at Jamesport Brewing Co. It's just down the street from the Ferry.

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    Lake Express

    You can also check out the Lake Express hi speed ferry from Muskegon Michigan directly to Milwaukee. I took it back from the Vermont rally several years ago and it beats all the Chicago traffic. The lake was a little choppy and the boat earned the nickname "Vomit Comet", but, after landing everyone felt better and I saved several horrible hours fighting traffic. Another consideration is the expressways around Chicago are under construction again causing even more delays.
    Have fun which ever way you go.
    Al From Chgo Burbs
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    fhauler
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    Thanks for the ideas! Lake Express from Muskegon sounds interesting.

    I crossed the Big Mac after circumnavigating Lake Superior in my RV last Summer. Nice trip but maybe not enough time on this journey.

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    If you really want to avoid, depending on where you live in the MIL area, head out towards Beloit, down to rockford, IL. There is a US highway I've used to avoid the toll just south of the IL/WI. I tried to avoid it last year and ended up in downtown CHI town b/c I had a repair that was needed. Have a great trip

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