Under construction: The BMW Rally will be held in Springfield MO. Depending on Covid rates in that area we may or may not attend.
If we go, this will be our route.
Leg 1 (June 1-4): We cross Lake Champlain by ferry to Upstate NY, across the Adirondacks to visit friends on our way to Watkins Glen SP. We’ll camp there two days before moving on.
Leg 2 (June 4-6): Leaving the Finger Lakes Region we drop down to Corning NY, then west on secondary roads before dropping into Pennsylvania at Smethport. We are going to attempt to ride PA-666 (five previous attempts have been thwarted by storm damage or road repairs), pass through Oil City and Franklin before stopping at a family-owned hotel in Greenville for a hot shower and soft bed. From there, more back roads to Coshocton OH and another independent hotel. I tend to use hotels during transits as it saves me the time and hassle of setting up and breaking camp each day.
Leg 3 (June 6-10): Leaving Coshocton we meander through Amish Country on back roads, some dirt, where tourists are rarely seen. At McConnelsville OH we head south on secondary roads to the Muskingum River, then back up to Chesterhill to ride the southern portion of OH-555. From there, OH-78 to Glouster OH, then a string of backroads to Hocking Hills State Park where we’ll camp for two days.
From Hocking Hills we pass through Laurelville and Chillicothe OH, swing west to pick up OH-41 and follow it all the way south past West Union to Aberdeen OH. From there we cross into Kentucky, continue south to Paris then jog over to Georgetown for another hot shower and soft bed. Then to Midway and Versailles KY where we pick up US-62 all the way to Elizabethtown KY (a route that lets us avoid the traffic of the Lexington and Louisville urban centers) before angling back up and crossing into southern Indiana. We’ll spend the night at a campground in or near Garden of the Gods in southern Illinois.
Leg 4 (June 11-18): Leaving Illinois we’ll stop briefly in Cape Girardeau MO to visit friends at Grassroots BMW. Then we’re off to explore and camp in the Mark Twain National Forest before dropping into Arkansas and exploring the northern part of that state for a few days, mostly camping. From there we cross back into Missouri at the Peel Ferry and join our friends at the BMW Rally in Springfield MO>
The ride home will be a bit more direct, as the wedding of a young physician we’ve known since she was a child takes place a week after the rally. Leaving Springfield MO we’ll head east on state and county roads seeing some of the scenic places we missed on the ride out, then back through Amish Country to weave our way through the Alleghenies, Finger Lakes, and Adirondacks to our home in northern Vermont