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Old 08-23-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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Suggestions on route: Central Ohio to Wisconsin

We will likely take I-70 East out of the Columbus area and through Indianapolis. From there it looks like we can head north (I-65) which takes us right into, or close to, Chicago which I'm not sure about (coach and toad 58 feet) and would rather avoid. That route looks like I-70 to I-65 to I-90.

Considering our destination is the Dells, I am looking at I-70 to Bloomington IL then I-39 North to I-90.

Any experience, thoughts, cautions, or suggestions welcome.

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Take I-70 all the way to I-39. Its only about 20 minutes longer and would avoid Chicago.
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I'd take I-74 to Bloomington Illinois then 39 North
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:52 PM   #4
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I would drive an extra 100 miles to avoid Chicago. Tolls are expensive and toll booths seem to be every 5 miles. Some are very confusing - I ended up off the interstate because I got in the wrong lane. Stay far away from Chicago!
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i would go 74 to Bloomington - i39 north - to rockford i39 i90 north.
i live in Rockford and like that way a lot better than through Indiana.
bottom end of i39 you can run pretty fast 70-75 mph most of the time.
get around 80 mile marker to 115 be closer to 70mph. its 65 mph in Illinois. you have a short part of i39-90 that is tollway. 1 toll only.
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I'd take I-74 to Bloomington Illinois then 39 North
Ditto. We were in Wisc Dells this past wknd (car not RV trip). 70W/465S around Indy/74W/39N/90-94. It was 100 mi/1hr longer, but there was no way we were going anywhere near Chicago. Google originally wanted us to do 23N/30W/90W....right through downtown Chi.

Construction this side of Richmond has lanes narrowed & split. Short toll-road section near Rockford.

You'll be seeing a lot of these on 74W:

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I have to agree. STAY FAR FAR FAR AWAY FROM CHICAGO!!!

If you happen to get off at the wrong exit you can expect to get a bullet right between your eyes and then you and your rig will be picked "clean" by the savages. Believe me, Chicago is my home town. I lived there for 40 years. The south side is an area where tourist suckers lives are measured in seconds.
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Take I-70 all the way to I-39. Its only about 20 minutes longer and would avoid Chicago.
70 dips SW to St.Louis & doesn't cross 39 (which ends in Bloomington). 74W gets you to 39N.

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Thank you all for the advice. Since every post says the same thing, avoid Chicago at all costs, I think we will avoid Chicago. We do plan to make this an easy drive and so will spend one night out each way. Probably the same campground unless we just don't like it.

Can you suggest a decent place to stop for a nights sleep somewhere in the ILL area say the general area including or between Bloomington and Peru perhaps?

Again, thank you all,

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We will likely take I-70 East out of the Columbus area and through Indianapolis.
Um.... if you can take 70E out of Columbus and get to Indianapolis you're doing some magical driving! I think you mean 70W out of Columbus don't you?
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also i 90 from randall road to rockford is down to 1 lane. about 40 miles @ 45mph.
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Um.... if you can take 70E out of Columbus and get to Indianapolis you're doing some magical driving! I think you mean 70W out of Columbus don't you?
LOL yep, that would be magical and I am not magical.

From Columbus it is I-70 West to Indianapolis. We did recently take I-70 East into PA, (Gettysburg and Harrisburg) . Perhaps I was having a retro brain fart. :-)
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70 dips SW to St.Louis & doesn't cross 39 (which ends in Bloomington). 74W gets you to 39N.

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You are correct, I meant I-74.
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LOL yep, that would be magical and I am not magical.

From Columbus it is I-70 West to Indianapolis. We did recently take I-70 East into PA, (Gettysburg and Harrisburg) . Perhaps I was having a retro brain fart. :-)
Just thinking. If you go East far enough from Columbus Ohio you will get to Indianapolis Just thinking??
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