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    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?
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    I would think a lot depends on how much time you have for travel. I have crossed the Mississippi at St. Louis, and at Natchez. Natchez is a lot less hectic. Another option might be to travel through Canada and then head south once you are west of the Mississippi. If you travel in Canada, I would suggest avoiding Hwy 401 as it is a lot like the interstates, but busier. St. Louis wasn't too bad, but anyone I talked to said plan your arrival to avoid rush hour(s). Once you're through St. Louis, the rest is more regular interstate with more options for route and type of riding.
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    Sure. Aim for and cross the river at Cape Girardau, and then take the back roads through southern Missouri doing a weave and bob up to Sedalia.

    Unless this is a nostalgia trip on highway 50 why go there. There are lots of two-lane roads with less traffic, fewer trucks, and better scenery.
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    Travel to Sedalia, MO

    Thanks, guys for your replies.

    As far as travel time, I would like to make the trip to Sedalia in three-four days from Raleigh, NC. I will need to be back in Raleigh on the return trip from Sedalia in just three days.

    I am not totally obligated to Route 50. As I said before, I just looked at the map and that seemed to be a logical route. I will be travelling with three other riders and would prefer not to do a lot of "route adjusting," with potential for missed turns, backtracking, etc.
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    You can always take the ferry across the mighty Mississippi to a little town call Ste Genevieve(have lunch) and backroad it to Sedalia.


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    When the National was in DuQoin I rode over to Chester Illinois to cross the Big Muddy.

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    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.
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    Rt 50 acros Indiana is a great road.Wife has a sister that lives outside Bedford,so i have ridden it a bit.There to rt 65 is very niceHope this helps.Ed
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    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.

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    When you get to Illinois, you could head toward Quincy/Hannibal MO., and pick up US24. I'm pretty sure that US24 will take right to the destination, or very close. If I ride direct, I'll be leaving from Peoria. US24 turns into a more interesting road west of here as you get closer to the Mississippi.

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    Routes to Sedalia

    James,

    Thanks! I am a great fan of Mark Twain and if I can go through Hannibal and see some of what inspired his writings, that would make my day.

    If I enter Illinois on Route 50, I will have to jog a bit northwest to cross into MO at Hannibal, but that would avoid the interstate at St. Louis.

    I'll have to plan it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastdogs2 View Post
    James,

    Thanks! I am a great fan of Mark Twain and if I can go through Hannibal and see some of what inspired his writings, that would make my day...l
    I made a stop in Hannibel last spring and was not disappointed. You can spend anywhere from an hour or two to a half day or more. It's a fun place.
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    Avoiding the Interstate at St.Louis is a very good idea. It would be very easy to get killed right there where you come off the bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodnsteel View Post
    Avoiding the Interstate at St.Louis is a very good idea. It would be very easy to get killed right there where you come off the bridge.
    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.
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    St. Louis Danger

    Quote Originally Posted by woodnsteel View Post
    Avoiding the Interstate at St.Louis is a very good idea. It would be very easy to get killed right there where you come off the bridge.
    Thanks for the warning. I will avoid St. Louis.

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