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    Bill, my thoughts based on closely reading your posts: Your going to see a lot of traffic & intersections/turns based on your route choices, and Ky Rt60 is slow, long & confusing in many places. Remember those two digit routes were laid out pre interstate & pass THROUGH every town/city the creek/valley allows. That said, there are nice segements to many of them. My idea for you: Rt 60 throuth WV to Huntington. Very nice & Charleston - Huntington not to difficult. Then Rt52 along Ohio Rive through Cincinnati, connecting onto Rt50 through IN and most of IL.
    The 2.1 million people in Cincy are not much of a factor along that slower route through the city. Think suburbs & beltways, but avoid rush hours. I like the Hannibal approach to the Rally site. Peel off 50 onto 127 & 16 toward the big muddy to join 100 & 96 to Hannibal. That leaves a short day in; allways good to arrive earily in the day & week! Going home I would seek a southern route which has the availability of shorter distance. Happy Trails, John

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    John,

    Thanks very much for your suggestions! I am old enough to know about roads before the interstates. I grew up in eastern OH, on the Ohio River, near US Rt 40 (the National Road). It was pure agony to travel from the River to Columbus on Rt 40 going through all of those little towns with red lights on every corner and 20 mph speed limits, and the stereotypical "Barney Fife" type LEO's lurking down side streets, seeking to enhance revenue.

    I have ridden on 60 from Charleston to Huntington and it was easy, as you describe. By the way, Rt 10 south from Huntington to Princeton, WV is an excellent motorcycle road, but you probably know that.

    I like your suggestion about US 52. I will look at 127 & 16 toward Hannibal.

    I am leaning toward a southern route through Arkansas, perhaps down Rt 7 to Hot Springs and maybe on to Natchez, MS and ride the Natchez Trace north to Tupelo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancogan View Post
    From what I saw at rush hour, you might have a real good chance of dying of boredom while you creep along in stop and go traffic.

    p.s. Hi Jim. Haven't seen you in a while.
    Same back at ya, Dan.

    You are correct on that rush hour-death by boredom. I was thinking more along the lines of mid-morning on a saturday on the way to the MOA open house, which would be about the same as any time other than rush hour.

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    Just ride the alphebet numbered backrounds that will end up in Sedalia.

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    If you must go through a big city, I'd recommend late afternoon on Saturday or Sunday. If you take Rt 50 through West Va, it's been a while for me, but lots and lots of switchbacks, challenging & entertaining on the bike, but very fatiguing on a long ride.

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    Well the south trails are fine. There is an old covered bridge (just to the side on the old road) about 4 miles East of Chester ILL.
    Little Mary's River Covered Bridge. (Well I usually take breaks often.)
    I think that the statue of Popeye is town-center in Chester. Lots of food/gas stops near Ste Gen. You are in the area of
    Elephant Rocks, Johnson Shut-Ins, Bonne Terre Mines, etc. DO get FUEL before going in to Mark Twain Forrest.

    OR,

    If you just want to just dodge the main St Louis traffic: Go north via Illinois Rt 100 north side of the Mississippi, I enjoy the drive.

    Take 50 to route 4 north (east of STL) thru Lebanon, Take 17 miles of 70 and 270 to Rt 3 north. At mid-town Alton take Rt 100 west.
    There are lots of Antique shops and the like here. Bicycle path on the river edge.
    Take the Brussels Ferry (free) thru Golden Eagel Il, to the Golden Eagle ferry (cost $5.00),
    this area is good for fresh peaches when in season.

    Unfortunately it is GRAVEL for about a mile south of the ferry to the next blacktop. Rt B and Rt C to Mid-Rivers Mall area.
    Then I-70 west to Warrenton and Rt 47 south.

    (Might be good Highway Z south from Wentzville to New Melle then Rt D and RT T to Rt 47 thru Washington MO and then down to 50.)
    (Haven't driven it but probably good.)




    Alton cable-stayed bridge. US-67 just east of the casino.
    Last edited by ol-Levi; 02-11-2012 at 04:49 AM.

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    The gravel at Golden Eagle is at least packed down, not all that bad.

    Don't know if the Grafton ferry is running or not. Haven't been that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ol-Levi View Post
    Well the south trails are fine. There is an old covered bridge (just to the side on the old road) about 4 miles East of Chester ILL.
    Little Mary's River Covered Bridge. (Well I usually take breaks often.)
    I think that the statue of Popeye is town-center in Chester. Lots of food/gas stops near Ste Gen. You are in the area of
    Elephant Rocks, Johnson Shut-Ins, Bonne Terre Mines, etc. DO get FUEL before going in to Mark Twain Forrest.

    OR,

    If you just want to just dodge the main St Louis traffic: Go north via Illinois Rt 100 north side of the Mississippi, I enjoy the drive.

    Take 50 to route 4 north (east of STL) thru Lebanon, Take 17 miles of 70 and 270 to Rt 3 north. At mid-town Alton take Rt 100 west.
    There are lots of Antique shops and the like here. Bicycle path on the river edge.
    Take the Brussels Ferry (free) thru Golden Eagel Il, to the Golden Eagle ferry (cost $5.00),
    this area is good for fresh peaches when in season.

    Unfortunately it is GRAVEL for about a mile south of the ferry to the next blacktop. Rt B and Rt C to Mid-Rivers Mall area.
    Then I-70 west to Warrenton and Rt 47 south.

    (Might be good Highway Z south from Wentzville to New Melle then Rt D and RT T to Rt 47 thru Washington MO and then down to 50.)
    (Haven't driven it but probably good.)





    Alton cable-stayed bridge. US-67 just east of the casino.
    Actually the Popeye Statue is right at the Mississippi River Bridge on the Illinois side on the south side of the road with a very nice and air conditioned Visitor Center. High bluff over the Mississippi with good camera vista.

    If you cross at Cape Girardeau take a right off the bridge and go down to the downtown of Cape and stop in at Grass Roots BMW.
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    Stay south in MO

    From my experience, the further south you stay in Missouri the better the roads are for biking. Don't be afraid of the state routes...may be a little slower, but you go through more interesting small towns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeK1200RS View Post
    From my experience, the further south you stay in Missouri the better the roads are for biking. Don't be afraid of the state routes...may be a little slower, but you go through more interesting small towns.
    I'll be passing thru Land Between the Lakes as I exit Kentucky westbound, and am torn between angling up a bit to take in the roads in the Mark Twain Forest area and Lake of the Ozarks beyond...or to angle south a bit and catch the Oachitas in Arkansas before turning north and coming into Sedalia via Lake of the Ozarks.

    Which would you recommend?

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    South in, then the other way Home?
    May even be able to join the Mo Rally (@ Crane) the weekend before MOA, or at least Mon-Wed that cheap camping is also allowed.

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    So who all is attending?

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    If you stop in Hannibal and have some extra travel time take Hwy 79 south from Hannibal to Louisiana, MO. In Louisiana you can take Hwy 54 west and make your way to Sedalia. Hwy 79 runs along the Miss. River and has several overlooks and some nice sweepers. This road was closed for a couple of years but re-opened last fall.

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    If you stay on US 50 until you reach Lebanon, IL, you can turn right onto IL 4 and follow it to IL 16. Turn left on IL 16 and go to IL 100. Follow IL 100 across the IL River to Hardin and turn right and stay on IL 100 to Kampsville. Turn left on IL 96 and follow it until it becomes the Mississippi River Road. Turn right staying on IL 96 to US 54 in Atlas, IL. Turn left crossing the Mississippi at Louisiana, MO. Turn right and follow MO 79 to Hannibal. From there go as you will. No St. Louis, and no interstates involved. It is a nice ride. that I have done a number of times. For what its worth, I am listed in the anonymous book as having camping space and a spare room in Edwardsville, IL. Pretty much right on that route. Or, as noted above, you can stay on US 54 and follow it west until it crosses US 50 and follow 50 to the rally.

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    cliff chappell #157371

    my home town is sedalia, i will be there this year my sister still lives there. I70 is only 30mi north of sedalia, 65 hiway or marshall junction don't know exit # as far as getting around st louis try hannibal mark twains home. state roads are good.

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