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    tom42n
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    Ft Wayne to Beemerville

    When coming from Ft Wayne to Beemerville, via the 'little black lines' but not real little. Is it 'just OK' to take US30 to OH309 through, what appears to be downtown Lima or is it MUCH much better to take US30 to I75 then south to OH 309? i.e. is going through downtown LIMA a PITA?

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    From Ft Wayne.

    Road Leg Time Dist Dir Near Exit

    Ft Wayne (SE corner)
    US 30 (US 30 E|Lincoln Hwy|Lincoln Hwy E) 11 5:47 222 E
    US 30 27 6:01 232 SE State Border
    Ramp 0.2 6:35 259 E
    SR 66 0.2 6:35 259 N
    Ramp 0.1 6:35 259 SW
    Stop - Ramp
    SR 66 0.1 6:35 259 S
    Ramp 0.3 6:35 259 E
    US 30 3.7 6:36 260 SE
    Ramp 0.4 6:39 263 SE
    Stop - Ramp
    Ramp 0.1 6:40 264 SE
    SR 309 (Baugh Rd) 11 6:40 264 SE
    W Grand Ave 0.5 6:58 274 SE
    SR 309 (N Jameson Ave) 0.9 6:59 275 S
    Stop - W Spring St
    SR 309 (S Jameson Ave) 0.1 7:01 275 SW
    SR 117 (SR 309|S Jameson Ave) 1.0 7:01 276 E
    SR 117 E (SR 117|SR 309|W Elm St) 0.4 7:03 276 E
    SR 65 (SR 117|SR 117 E|SR 309 E|SR 309|E Elm St) 0.3 7:04 277 E
    SR 117 (SR 309|S Jameson Ave) 1.8 7:05 277 E
    SR 309 (Harding Hwy) 1.5 7:09 279 E
    Bowman Rd 0.6 7:11 280 SW
    Finish - Finish1 7:13 281 Allen County Fairgrounds

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    Go Through Town

    I always take 30 to 309 and go through town. Lima is actually very easy to get through.

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    I agree Tom, the last time I ate lima beans they passed very easily, almost too easily.

    Dan

    Did your driveway thaw out yet?

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    Tom, I'd think twice about riding through Lima, Ohio this summer. Our friend Dan is a little out-of-line making light of what could be a very dangerous situation. Based on everything I've been hearing - and I've got reliable intelligence out in the field - Lima is going to be taken over by renegade bikers sometime in mid-summer. Steer clear! One of my operatives just faxed me the attached pic. Looks scary to me!
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    tom42n
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzimbric
    I agree Tom, the last time I ate lima beans they passed very easily, almost too easily.

    Dan

    Did your driveway thaw out yet?
    Yep, little snow on it, but good to go. Been out riding a few times the past week or so. . . the riding season has started. . . . on the other hand it has never ended. . . just a few interruptions....
    Tom42n

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rihn-Manke
    I always take 30 to 309 and go through town. Lima is actually very easy to get through.

    Sue

    thanks dowtown Lima it is.
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    Last edited by tom42n; 03-05-2005 at 02:14 AM. Reason: spello

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    It Is Up To You

    Tom, you can go either way to the rally. Lima is safe, I work there and travel through it each and every day.

    Much of the talk is from those who hear but do not know!

    I would suggest the I 75 method as it will be quicker.

    Lima is a town that has economically suffered as many midwestern indusrtial based communities have. I am from Texas and my problem with Lima is not the town but the fact that it is snowing to night.

    The neat part of it is that Sue, the rally chairmam, has found a real jewel of a location for the rally. You will be very impressed with the fairgrounds, the facilities and what she has put togeather.

    If you have further questions call me at 419 420 7422

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    black lines to Beemerville

    Thanks Fred, I am putting together a 'follow the little black lines' route from Morris IL (I80), to Beemerville, for publication or distribution to those interested. The purpose is 'to enjoy the ride' and bypass all that STUFF on I80 SW, S, SE of Chicago.

    I have rode most of it my self, but have not been through Lima on 309, hence the question.

    Since we are following the 'little black lines' I will use the OH 309 route through Lima as the primary route, with the I75 Route as an alternate.

    see ya there hopefully.

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    That route would be great to have.
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    Thanks for putting this route on "paper." When you get the route nailed down, please pass the map my way. I'll be blowing in from the Quad Cities area Thursday PM sometime. For me, the trip to the rally will be a dash after work, then I'll take a more enjoyable ride home Sunday.

    How late is the beer garden open on

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    How late is the beer garden open on

    I am afraid that some one else will have to answer that question. All I can say is 'probably late enough'. As far as a 'dash from work', these roads although pretty good, IMO, do not lend them selves to 'mad dashes'. But they would be good for the enjoyable return.

    I am working on it. Today I noticed that there is a 'road will be closed beginning April 4' sign on the piece of IN14 between IN39 and US421. It looked like they may be going to replace the small bridge. I will check it out to make sure it is not closed in July. Sometimes you can't tell how long these things will take.

    more later TomEA
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestune
    Thanks for putting this route on "paper." When you get the route nailed down, please pass the map my way. I'll be blowing in from the Quad Cities area Thursday PM sometime. For me, the trip to the rally will be a dash after work, then I'll take a more enjoyable ride home Sunday.

    How late is the beer garden open on

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    How Late is the Beer Garden Open?

    We are working on the Beer Garden license now. The PLAN is to be open until 1 AM.

    If you roll in past 1 AM, I would suspect that you could find a friend somewhere, with a cold one in a cooler.
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    @ the Big Muddy & I-80 bluestune's Avatar
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    Beer garden till 1:00 sounds delicious!

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    @ the Big Muddy & I-80 bluestune's Avatar
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    I'm ridding to the rally from the Quad Cities in IL via I-80 hooking up with US 30 in Indiana. I hope to by-pass Chicago metro traffic Thursday evening. Does anyone know a friendly route from Morris, IL (or somewhere near there) to US 30.

    Or, I could be convinced to drop down to US24 and ride across Indiana to the rally. Opinions and sugestions please. Thanks!

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    Rural route to Beemerville

    Quote Originally Posted by bluestune
    I'm ridding to the rally from the Quad Cities in IL via I-80 hooking up with US 30 in Indiana. I hope to by-pass Chicago metro traffic Thursday evening. Does anyone know a friendly route from Morris, IL (or somewhere near there) to US 30.

    Or, I could be convinced to drop down to US24 and ride across Indiana to the rally. Opinions and sugestions please. Thanks!
    Howdy bluestune,
    If you want to avoid Chicago traffic and you are coming from the Quad Cities area. Pick up south bound I-39 to US 24 at ElPaso IL. US 24 is just a two lane highway thru IL. and IN. until you get to Logansport IN. Then it is 4 lane to Ft Wayne. Good pavement, but straight and boring thru IL and most of IN. Lots of small farm towns so there are some stops along the way.
    I live in Wabash IN and plan on taking IN 124 over to Lima. IN 124 turns into 81 in Ohio and straight into Lima. Once you get into IN. watch for deer if your traveling after dark.
    Cheers!

    Bill

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