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Hello all, I'm planning to ride from NE Florida to Little Rock, AR. I'll stay there for a couple of weeks for work, then ride back home. I certainly don't want to ride all interstates, but I also don't want to hit every trafiic light tween here and there. So my question is... when you have an opportunity like this, how do you go about selecting the best route?
 

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Go to Google Maps. Type in your destinations, then click on "directions" and put in your start point. Click "get directions". It will give you the most direct route and maybe an option or two. Then click on "options" under the destination point. Click on either "avoid tolls" or "avoid highways" (or both). After that you can play with dragging the route on the map or putting in other points along the way.
 

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Foti,

Whenever I plan a trip that I'm not familiar with the area I start with this website & then try to incorporate my findings to the itinerary. Hope this helps.

http://www.motorcycleroads.us/
 

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Try going up to US 84 or Alabama Hwy 10 (up US 231 from Dothan) into Mississippi. Both are good roads and I really like 10 but it take you to the interstate for a little bit as there is not a lot of options from Meridian to the west side of Jackson. Then up US 49 (84 will hit it at Collins, AL 10 goes to Meridian and you will hit I-20 then to Jackson) toward Yazoo City. Here you are aiming to cross the Mississippi river at US 84 near Greenville. You can either cut across Miss. Hwy 12 to Hwy 1 or for a better motorcycle road look for Hwy 433 at Bentonia. Take a left and you will find a good curvy road through the hills next to the delta. At the stop sign for Hwy 3, go straight across, this is the Satartia road and it is a country road through the delta. When you come to the next stop sign you are in Holly Bluff, take a left which will be Hwy 16 into Rolling Fork. At US 61 take a left then a right on Hwy 14 which will take you to Hwy 1. A right on this will go toward Greenville. Just before it look for Hwy 454, look for the casino sign as the highway is poorly marked, take a left and it will take you to US 84 just east of the River. Cross the river on the new bridge into Arkansas. This will merge into US 65, watch out for the transition from old pavement to new. There is a very hard bump there that is hard to see until you hit it. That will take you into Little Rock.
Have fun, stay safe.
 

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Go to Google Maps. Type in your destinations, then click on "directions" and put in your start point. Click "get directions". It will give you the most direct route and maybe an option or two. Then click on "options" under the destination point. Click on either "avoid tolls" or "avoid highways" (or both). After that you can play with dragging the route on the map or putting in other points along the way.
I should have added that sometimes the old-fashioned way is best - get a decent map, draw a straight line between where you are and where you want to go, and just start looking for route options. By seeing the whole picture in front of you you'll get some ideas for places along the way you might want to see, or detours you might want to take...
 
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