The Pedalshift Project 272: Route Scouting Dayton to St. Louis

Looking ahead to the spring and some new-to-me routes that can check some 2022 goal boxes! This episode, we take a look at filling in an important part of a segment-by-segment ride across country between Dayton, OH and St. Louis, MO. Will this be the one?

The Pedalshift Project 272: Route Scouting Dayton to St. Louis

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Route Scouting Dayton to St. Louis

This goes back to the before times… piecing together a cross-country ride in segments.
2019: DC to Cincinnati (passed through Xenia, OH near Dayton)
2018: Kansas City – St. Louis via the Katy Trail
The gap in between… Dayton to St. Louis will get me contiguous ride from DC to KC, which leaves a really interesting segment or two to get to the west coast. So why not make that happen?
The route
Pro’s – it’s scouted, has great cue sheets
Con’s – not the most exciting route – focuses on flat and low traffic
Another route? Google maps?
I might do this to supplement an alternate route
Direct flights from DCA to Dayton
Tag the OTET, then turn west
Emphasis on camping (perhaps stealth)
EE route goes through some towns with roofed lodging, but not many
Definitely would use the full sized bike
Fully loaded
I’d rely a lot on the excellent work done by Frank Moritz (Pedalshift Project 079)
When I’ve gone through the cue sheets before, I’ve found some of the camping to be only so-so
I’d almost assuredly mix in some stealth camping – I’ve had good luck in parks with wooded fringes, but there’s a lot of options
Would probably try to find my way to a St Louis hotel with a shuttle to the airport to allow for a more casual pack up
Time of year
Spring seems like a better bet
Summer = muggy/hot/exposed
What this gets me
The next ride would be KC to Ft. Collins, CO
The ride after that would be Ft. Collins to Boise
The segment after that is Boise to Portland?

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