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Old 05-30-2014, 05:53 PM   #1
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Elkhart to Colorado, northern route?

I'll be picking up my new Nexus next month and driving it back home to Colorado. Since it'll be new to me (going from a B to a 25'C) I want to stay on secondary roads rather than interstates or busy hwys and away from larger towns. I'll dive south to avoid what looks to be busy along the south shore of Lake Michigan but could then come north a bit. I've already driven through central and southern KS and MO so would like to try routes north of there, but having trouble finding some good routes with some decent campgrounds along the way. Any suggestions here would be much appreciated, thanks
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I really can't suggest routes that don't use interstates. Your reasoning that the vehicle is new to you and you want to avoid interstate highways seems wrong to me. You'll have far more issues on 'back' roads with turning vehicles, narrow roads, stop lights, small towns, etc. From Elkhart you could go US 20 west US 31 S to US 30 W to Jolliet, but you will have much traffic near Chicago and eastern suburbs. From Jolliet you could follow US 6.

It would be a much better ride to go to Jolliet then follow I-80 W to I-76 SW into Colorado.
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Because of the speeds and amounts of traffic on the interstates, and the decreased sense of seeing the countryside, I understand what you say about interstates vs backroads but still prefer that slower pace. That said, I do use the interstates sometimes, away from cities. Looks best to drop south from Elkhart to avoid congestion and then find westerly routes from there.
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Where are you trying to get to in Colorado? That would help. We're like you, we try to avoid interstates because you don't see anything but billboards, vehicles and large cities.
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I have never travelled this route ... I used Streets and Trips to make a route that has very little interstate in it ... (just some in Western KS and eastern CO) ...

Elkhart, IN
Lafayette, IN
Peoria, IL
Keokuk, IA
St Joseph, MO
Oberlin, KS,
Colorado Springs, CO
Norwood, CO
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US 30 runs parallel to I-80 for a good bit of the way. A very nice road. Follows the Oregon Trail. Lots of interesting history.
Sure beats the Interstate.
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Norwood is home, SW Colorado between Telluride and Moab Utah. 30 looks good, also looking at the routes that run through the towns skigramp listed, thanks for both those ideas
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