Illinois Bike Trails

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  1. Tekbuf

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    Where can I find the best CURRENT bicycle trail maps for Northeast Illinois bike trails? Something
    that includes topography info, points of interest, facalities, etc. I&M and Hennepin are of
    particular interest. p

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  2. Ghof

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  4. Scic

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    >From: [email protected] (TekBuf)

    >...Illinois bike trails? Something that includes topography info, points of interest, facalities,
    >etc. I&M and Hennepin are of particular interest.

    No single map that I know of will show all that. You can Google I&M and Hennepin which have web
    sites from which you can order the local trail maps with info on points of interest and facilities.
    You can order the Illinois Official Bicycle Maps (#'s 1 & 2 of a series of 13, all free) from IDOT
    which are fairly detailed and provide individual trail info such as trail type (limestone, paved
    etc) and length: (217)785-0834 or their website. The DeLorme Illinois Gazeteer offers some topo
    info and plenty of historic and natural points of interest, but the USGS topos for your selected
    area would be much better. Don't know about Hennepin, but I&M is flat. Finally, the IL Tourism
    Bureau and the Chambers of Commerce for the larger towns on the trails will give all the facility
    info you will need.

    Sig Chicago
     
  5. Will S .

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    I rode the I&M path earlier this summer. Pretty much flat as a board. The surface is crushed
    limestone screening (I think) which is not exactly a breeze of a ride, especially when it's
    damp. Don't count on doing much coasting. The trail follows the canal and it serves as sort of a
    narrow nature preserve, with plenty of birds and some nice forest sections. There is usually a
    road within hearing and seeing distance. The geese like to hang out in the middle of the trail
    on week days when traffic is light and they will run at you honking and flapping as you pass,
    but none of them actually attacked me. I got most of my pre-ride info from the Grand Illinois
    Trail homepage http://www.bikelib.org/trails/git/index.html Oh, and the casino in Joliet has no
    Texas Hold'Em poker.
     
  6. Scic

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  7. Mike Kruger

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    "TekBuf" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Where can I find the best CURRENT bicycle trail maps for Northeast Illinois bike trails? Something
    > that includes topography info, points of interest, facalities, etc. I&M and Hennepin are of
    > particular interest. p

    I'm surprised that topographic information is of concern for paths that follow canals in northern
    Illinois. The maximum grade on the I&M is probably .000005%
     
  8. Scic <[email protected]> wrote:
    :>From: [email protected] (TekBuf)
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    : much better. Don't know about Hennepin, but I&M is flat.

    Hennepin is pretty flat as well... between lock 21 and 22 it seems rarely used. There was no dirt
    path worn at all when we did it... After lock 21 going east there is a slight downhill grade, but
    not much and a slightly worn dirt path to ride on. Going west it's primarily grass with a slight
    downward grade (the ground between lock 21 and 22 is the highest and the locks flow downward in both
    directions from there... the feeder canal that supplies the water comes in between those locks).

    I have pictures from both I&M (Illinois and Michigan) and I&M (Illinois and Mississippi... which was
    renamed Hennepin) canals online. Now should be fine but flooding will wipe out the I&M's often so
    make sure you contact the park offices if your going to do a long trip... the Illinois and Michigan
    is so close to the Illinois that it can be washed out if the Illinois is flooded. If the Rock River
    is flooded, it'll pour thru the Hennepin Feeder canal into the Hennepin (which is all dirt and
    washes out easily).

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  9. Todd Kuzma

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    Chicago Paddling-Fishing wrote:

    > Hennepin is pretty flat as well... between lock 21 and 22 it seems rarely used. There was no dirt
    > path worn at all when we did it... After lock 21 going east there is a slight downhill grade, but
    > not much and a slightly worn dirt path to ride on. Going west it's primarily grass with a slight
    > downward grade

    The Hennepin Canal towpath has been renovated and now resembles the better parts of the I&M Canal
    towpath. A very nice ride indeed.

    Todd Kuzma Heron Bicycles Tullio's Big Dog Cyclery LaSalle, Il 815-223-1776
    http://www.heronbicycles.com http://www.tullios.com
     
  10. TekBuf <[email protected]> wrote:
    : Where can I find the best CURRENT bicycle trail maps for Northeast Illinois bike trails? Something
    : that includes topography info, points of interest, facalities, etc. I&M and Hennepin are of
    : particular interest. p

    By the way, if your looking at the I&M trail in Cook County, I read in the paper today that the bike
    bridge in Lemont was closed due to flooding and wouldn't be open until they completed a study to see
    if it was safe (a portion of one the bridge foundation apparently was exposed after flooding washed
    away the ground and ramp on one side).

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  11. Todd Kuzma <[email protected]> wrote:
    : Chicago Paddling-Fishing wrote:

    :> Hennepin is pretty flat as well... between lock 21 and 22 it seems rarely used. There was no dirt
    :> path worn at all when we did it... After lock 21 going east there is a slight downhill grade, but
    :> not much and a slightly worn dirt path to ride on. Going west it's primarily grass with a slight
    :> downward grade

    : The Hennepin Canal towpath has been renovated and now resembles the better parts of the I&M Canal
    : towpath. A very nice ride indeed.

    All 104 miles?

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