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The Grand Illinios Trail. (follow up to previous post)(6 posts)

The Grand Illinios Trail. (follow up to previous post)Kristin
May 27, 2003 11:17 AM
That map I posted before of a bike trail that routed from Lake Michigan to the mighty M is to be dubbed "The Grand Illinois Trail," and is being planned. Cooooool. How long would it take me to ride that whole distance? (If I were J, I could do it in 1.5 days.)

http://www.ipp.org/dh-475.html

When will it be complete? Well the last update on the trail was 3/18/2000.
Oops, I lied. It seems to be completed.Kristin
May 27, 2003 11:20 AM
http://www.bikelib.org/trails/git.html <--Que sheets are here.
Oops, I lied. It seems to be completed.riderbob
May 28, 2003 11:19 AM
Do you know if the path is paved all the way from Lake Michigan to Moline?? I heard its mostly crushed limestone.

Riderbob
I'm sure its notKristin
May 28, 2003 11:39 AM
And its not a path, its more like a huge route. I glanced at the que sheets and they take you along lots of streets to connect the paths. On Sunday, I was flying down hill at 22MPH on the Fox River Trail when suddenly the pavement beneath my wheels became loose sand. AAAAACK! But, hey, I didn't go down!! (Takes a bow.) Anyway, that is just one example of how the "path" is not always paved.

Cheers!
I'm sure its notriderbob
May 28, 2003 11:55 AM
Kristin,

Thanks....I am glad you let me know. I was about to take that route on my road bike....I can't afford new rims!!

See yaa

riderbob
Just make sure you use tires and put air in themKristin
May 28, 2003 12:08 PM
Your rims will be fine. Look for the sign that reads, "Steep Hill, bikers walk bikes," and be prepared. Soon after, the pavement disappears and leaves you on a loose sand 5-8% grade. Its kinda sketchy, but only dangerous when you cry out, "Wussies!!!" and blow by the sign at 22MPH.

;-)

(The sign appears 4-5 miles north of Geneva, just after you leave the streets and get back onto the MUT.) Oh yeah, and its twisty downhill back there. Resist the urge to hammer. Lots of dogs and clueless riders and a big river!