|North 71 to Itasca State Park|
|Cycle Tour Route Overview - Mississippi River Trail|
Illinois Bike Maps by County
Wisconsin County Bike Maps
Signage was often poor and we quickly learned that a change in road condition usually meant we had crossed a county line. Road names and road numbers also changed by county and often the same road would have more than one name and/or number. Additionally, often the back country roads weren't signed at all - so it was difficult to verify turns and keeping accurate mileage readings became crucial.
|MRT sign and a Bike route sign....pure joy!|
Planning is important. Having said that, we found being flexible, adaptable and willing to change our route based on our own interests and road/weather conditions brought us many of our thrills and most memorable experiences.