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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    they say they provide tie-downs for motorcycles.

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    Let me clarify. Yes they do provide tie-downs. I used many ferrys on these trips and had my own along. In the case of the express ferry I let them know when I purchased my spot. In one case it may have taken away a reason not to sell me space.
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    I'm in agreement with Lee. Looping up and crossing the border at the 1000-Islands gives you a route above the Chicago and Toronto congestion. Re-enter the US at Soo and enjoy the ride thru the UP and Iron Range. If it was me, I would stay on US2 until Glacier, then head south.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beckgr View Post
    Be aware, there has been a lot of construction on I-80 between Chi and South Bend with stop and go traffic.
    Good heads-up. Poking around, I have confirmed this from these sites:
    https://roadnow.com/i80/traffic-road...ions-indiana-7
    http://pws.trafficwise.org/
    https://roadnow.com/i80/traffic-road...ons-illinois-6
    https://www.gettingaroundillinois.co...nfo/index.html

    What's really tricky is when you are on I-80 WB, which is also I-90 W.B. and wish to stay on I-80. You need to take an exit ramp...which the above sites show as closed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Another option is to take 36 from Indianapolis to Denver.
    We have been on parts of this route but not all of it.
    US 36 is my preferred route going or coming from the west. I usually take the interstate from Indianapolis to Decatur and get on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k12lts View Post
    US 36 is my preferred route going or coming from the west. I usually take the interstate from Indianapolis to Decatur and get on there.
    Thanks! I'm looking at that route, too.

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