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    Skirting The SW Corner of Chicago to Lima

    If you are coming from the the West / North West (NW of I80 & I39) at or above about Lattitude 41 degrees North, there is a good liesurely way to skirt the race track around the SW corner of the Chicago/ Lake Michigan.

    As soon as I get an old write up cleaned up I will post it. If you can't wait email me at tom42n@kconline.com. Essentially south side of Kankakee river to Kankakee then to IN 14 and US30 strait east to Lima. I live right on the route in Indiana.

    TomEA

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    Getting Around Chicago, on your way to Beemerville

    Getting Around Chicago, on your way to Beemerville (5/7/2005)
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    Are you traveling to Beemerville from North and West of Chicago and dread thinking
    about the mess around the Southwest, South, and Southeast corner of Chicago,
    including Northwest Indiana? Do you lay awake at night thinking about the jammed
    construction stops, the hungry toll stops, the BIG eighteen wheelers riding your tail light,
    all the way around Chicago and well into Indiana. Would you like the peace and Zen of
    following the ÔÇÿlittle black linesÔÇÖ through the open midwestern countryside to Beemerville?
    . . . . Then this route is for you.

    The closest US Route south of I80 is the Lincoln Highway (US30) but it is almost as
    bad, in this area and cluttered with stop lights and malls. Then comes US24, but it is a
    little too far south. So letÔÇÖs go between US30 and US24 and follow the ÔÇÿlittle black linesÔÇÖ.
    I have been this route, from Winamac, IN several times while heading to Minnesota to
    visit my son and his family, as well as heading to the Wisconsin Dells Rally. I have also
    directed others along this route.

    Lets begin at I 80 and Morris IL. This is a good place to start because I 80 takes a slight
    jog to the NE toward the South side of Chicago and continues on into NW Indiana. And
    IL47 crosses I80 at this point. The approximate lat/lon coordinates are: N41?? 23.218',
    W88?? 25.488'. We are heading to Bemmerville, Lima OH, which is at: N40?? 43.578',
    W84?? 03.297. Lima OH is almost straight East of Morris IL. About 4 ?¢ degrees (230
    miles) to the east and slightly, 1/2 degree, south, (45 miles or so). .

    The travel plan below is organized as ÔÇ£The RouteÔÇØ, followed by ÔÇ£Alternatives and Side
    TripsÔÇÖ. This route will take you across wide open spaces with open fields of corn, soy
    beans, pasture and other crops, along rivers, along rolling state highways, through
    several small towns of middle America. The largest city, which is circumvented via
    Interstate, is Ft Wayne (home of BMW Dealer- Woodson Motorsports
    http://www.woodsonbmw.com).


    ÔÇ£The RouteÔÇØ
    The route attempts to optimize the following-, a) minimal route changes, b) reasonable
    shortest & fastest, b) follow the little black lines (State or US, marked Highways,
    minimize county roads). The route with road change intersections and approx. mileage,
    which you should be able to follow on your state maps, follows: (leg number with
    approx. leg mileage is shown in parens to the left of each leg description).

    (Leg # - /cume miles) Direction to, next turn, (nearby)
    (Start) I 80 exit 112 to IL 47 South, Exit 112, left, turn right (south),
    (Morris IL exit)

    (Leg 1- 8/8 miles) go south on IL 47 to IL 113 East - turn left. , (south of Morris IL)

    (Leg 2- 34/42 miles) go easterly and southeasterly on IL113 East to IL 17 North -
    turn right. (in Kankakee IL). Partly along the south bank of the
    Kankakee river.

    (Leg 3- 14/56 miles) go easterly on IL 17 North (joins IL 1 east of Kankakee, IL) to
    IL 114 - turn right (at Momence IL)

    (Leg 4- 8/64 miles) go east on IL 114 East to IN 10 East - go straight (at IL/IN state
    Line)

    (Leg 5- 15/79 miles) go east on IN 10 East to IN 110 East - go straight (south of
    Demotte IN)

    (Leg 6- 3/82 miles) go east on IN 110 East to US 231 South - turn right (southeast
    of Demotte IN)

    (Leg 7- 8/90 miles) go south US 231 South to IN 14 East - turn left (north of
    Rensselaer IN)

    (Leg 8- 106/196 miles) go east on IN 14 East to I 69 North - turn left (West side of Ft
    Wayne IN) bypass around Ft Wayne to US 30 East.

    (Leg 9- 11/207 miles) go northerly on I 69 North to I 469 South (north side of Ft
    Wayne)

    (Leg 10- 15/222 miles) go southerly on I 469 South to US 30 East (East side of Ft
    Wayne)

    (Leg 11- 42/264 miles) go southeasterly on US 30 East to OH 309 East (east of Lima
    OH)

    (Leg 12- 15/279 miles) go easterly on OH 309 East to Allen County Fairgrounds
    (Beemerville) East of Lima.

    (End) Beemerville

    Total Miles is about 280. My Router (DeLorme) says this route is about the same
    distance as the interstate route and takes 7 1/4 hours, about 1 1/4 hours longer than the
    interstate route (I80/IN49/US30/I75). And of course your YT&DMV.

    ÔÇ£Alternatives and Side TripsÔÇØ,
    Side Trip/Alternative 1
    Instead of the south bank of the Kankakee river follow the north bank via IL102.
    One way to get across the river is to take I80 to I55 south to CR44 south to,
    Kankakee Road, to IL102. There are other ways. Take IL102 to US45 south to
    IL17 in Kankakee, just east of the start of Leg 3. This route goes by the Kankakee
    River State Park (see below).

    Side Trip/Alternative 2
    MartiÔÇÖs Restaurant is a neat place to eat. On the banks of the Kankakee River
    just north of Demotte Indiana. About 9 miles North of the end of Leg 5. See
    http://www.emartisplace.com/ , for more details and directions.

    Side Trip/Alternative 3 (Kerstings Motorcycle Museum)
    See the many restored motorcycles in Jim Kerstings MC Museum south of North
    Judson. For more details see http://www.kerstingscycle.com/muse.html. He is
    located on IN39 between IN14 and IN10. The museum is about 22 miles after the
    start of Leg 8.then 6 miles North of IN14 on IN39.

    Side Trip/Alternative 4 (IN114 may be a little faster)
    West of Ft Wayne IN14 flows through the rolling hills and farmland of Indiana.
    IN114 at Akron parallels IN14 to the south. It is straighter and flatter and a little
    faster. It comes into the start of Leg 9 about 3 miles to the South via US24.

    Side Trip/Alternative 5 (Woodson Motorsports)
    Need to stop at a BMW Dealer. Continue on East on Illinois Rd at the end of Leg
    8 for about 2 miles to Woodards Motorsports. See http://www.woodsonbmw.com
    for more details.

    Side Trip/Alternative 6 (Bypass downtown Lima)
    If you prefer, instead of going through downtown Lima. Stay on US30 at the end
    of Leg 9, then South on I75, then East on OH309 to Bemmerville.

    Side trips/Alternatives 7 (Overnight Camping and Lodging)
    Motels:
    There are motels in the following towns/cities: Morris IL, Kankakee IL, Winamac
    IN, Rochester IN, Ft Wayne IN. There may be some others.

    Campgrounds:
    -Kankakee River State Park, about 13 miles South East of Wilmington IL on 102.
    More details at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt...2/KANKAKEE.HTM
    -Tippecanoe River State Park, about 4 miles north of Winamac IN on US35.
    Winamac is about 30 miles east of the start of Leg 8 .More details at
    http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/prope...anoeriver.html
    -Broken Arrow Campground: Is a nice private campground about 3 miles North of
    Winamac. More details at http://www.hikercentral.com/campgrounds/104771.html

    Private Overnight camping:
    -DanZÔÇÖs- On the shore of beautiful Bass Lake. DanZÔÇÖs]s is bout 10 miles North of
    Winamac just east of US35 on IN10. Contact fellow BMW MC rider
    dzimbric@mchsi.com for details.
    -Tom42nÔÇÖs- In the woods or near the sheep, or the chickens, or the dogs, or the
    cats at Tom42nÔÇÖs little farm acres. Tom42n is located about 3 miles East then
    North of Winamac off of IN14. Contact fellow BMW MC rider
    tom42n@kconline.com for details.

    (if you would like an MSWorks formatted copy of this document, contact me at tom42n@kconline.com)

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    BUBBAZANETTI
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    RT 30, through Chicago Heights, not fun...................


    wish i'd had these directions last fall, hahah

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    Very cool. Iron Mike and I were on some of these roads today. Something about going to the Sturgis Rally by way of lots of other ways...
    -=Brad

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    Sturgis

    I was planning on hitting Stugis myself. But too many things on my list to get ready to leave on a 'visit my kids' trip to Juneau AK and Portland OR- flying on Tuesday morn. Besides the wx was too nice for a Sturgis Rally. . . . no cold, blowing, rain. /Tom42n

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    thanks for the info

    Tom- thanks for the badly needed info regarding an alternative to Chicago traffic; on the way out I am already set up for the Lake Michigan Ferry; I do plan on your route on the return to "God's County"; hope to run into you at Lima or any year at Sturgis....

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    Smile miss sw chicago

    no problem lawman. need any more info let me know. tom42n@kconline.com

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    Talking Can we have tom's route posted as a sticky?

    Please?
    I have been looking at the lake ferry option from Milwaukee;also driving the Youper and crossing the Mackinac Bridge.

    Anything to avoid Rounding the Horn!!!ah the horror!!
    Sometimes,nothing is a real cool hand.

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    Well someone owes me a beer now, cause I just made this a sticky
    -=Brad

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    See the many restored motorcycles in Jim Kerstings MC Museum south of North
    Judson. For more details see http://www.kerstingscycle.com/muse.html. He is
    located on IN39 between IN14 and IN10. The museum is about 22 miles after the
    start of Leg 8.then 6 miles North of IN14 on IN39.


    This is well worth a stop to see. My dad and I took a ride up there a few years ago and there were some very interesting things to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YB in IN
    See the many restored motorcycles in Jim Kerstings MC Museum south of North
    Judson. For more details see http://www.kerstingscycle.com/muse.html. He is
    located on IN39 between IN14 and IN10. The museum is about 22 miles after the
    start of Leg 8.then 6 miles North of IN14 on IN39.


    This is well worth a stop to see. My dad and I took a ride up there a few years ago and there were some very interesting things to see.
    See side trip No.3 in Tom's post and yes there are some beemers in the museum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradfordBenn
    Well someone owes me a beer now, cause I just made this a sticky
    Your beer is in the refridgerator in the shop. Come by and drink it before I do.

    We just put the pontoon in the lake today. Bring momma and the kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selil
    This is why you might consider alternative routes http://pws.indot.org/pws/nw

    Since I live in the middle of all that I might ride on around the construction and get some pictures of the holes with no bottom.... Hmmm the GS riders might like that though... How about four hour delays for construction. Never ending traffic jams.. Semi Trucks two deep nose to tail and giggling drivers talking about putting motorcycles into the dirt.... Aww the glory of a commute on the north shore of Indiana
    These are the reasons I never visit Sam in Indiana, always have to go someplace else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzimbric
    Your beer is in the refridgerator in the shop. Come by and drink it before I do.

    We just put the pontoon in the lake today. Bring momma and the kids.
    Hmmm I am gone for the next few weeks. Something about work getting in the way of riding.
    -=Brad

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    Lightbulb Another Side Trip

    Here's something else to consider, especially if you use the IN114 alternate. Stop at Mr. Dave's in North Manchester for a pork tenderloin sandwich. I was with a group from Cincinnati on our way to the Mini Rally this year, when we stopped here for lunch.

    Bobhttp://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=652

    Ooh, hope I get the link right!

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