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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Spirits Creek (August 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981895204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981895208
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bob Robinson has been an avid cyclist for over 30 years. During this period he has raced both road and mountain bicycles, organized races for both road and mountain bicycles, built numerous mountain bicycle trails, served as cycling club president, organized bicycle tours, and worked as a committee member for the National Trails Symposium. He strongly believes in actively supporting interests that he participates in. After preparing the original version of the MRT guidebook, researching the second edition, and just touring for the fun of it, Bob has ridden the entire route on one occasion and most sections on several occasions. When asked which section of the route is his favorite his response is always “Whatever section I am currently riding.” Bob currently lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas, within a short distance to the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains. He is an active member of the Ozark Highlands Trail Association and the Friends of the Ouachita Trail organization. Bob looks forward to meeting cyclists, and sharing stories with them around the campfire during future rides along the Mississippi River Trail, as well as while riding on other tours.

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I will know better if I ever get to do the trip.
Ruth Ann Reiner
The author really did his work researching this guide book and provides easy to follow directions and places to stay along the route.
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You have to continue past Exit 2 which is a BUSY truck stop [be careful!], on to Exit 3 which takes you to West Memphis.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By BigDog on August 13, 2009
We used this book as our lifeline for a 5-week bike trip covering over 1750 miles from LaCrosse Wisconsin to New Orleans. No support vehicles, no GPS, just paper maps.

This book has the MRT broken into sections of 75-110 miles with 3 parts in each. Step-by-step direction, map, commentary.

First, the book has excellent step-by-step directions, with a few typos. I remember at least two places where the Right-Left were incorrect. Unfortunately, those same two places did not have MRT signs. I believe one is near the Dorena-Hickman ferry in Tennessee, the other is in Lacrosse Wisconsin. The shoulder info, mileage estimates, and overall quality of these sections is nearly perfect.

Secondly, while the step-by-step directions are generally excellent, the maps are useless. The maps do not show all of the towns (something critical when bike touring) and they don't mention towns that are off route (even if it is only 1/4 mile). When you hit road construction (or any other difficulty), the book leaves you stranded because it shows no cross streets and no parallel roads. The maps simply show a single line with dots showing some of the towns. Sadly, this means you will need to carry other sources.

Finally, each section comes with commentary by Bob. There were a few mistakes in this area too, but it mostly was quite helpful and informative. I actually would have enjoyed these sections more had he listed better traffic/hill commentary, and described a few more unique places. These sections are quite good however.

The book is good, the route isn't great. I would not take this route again, and I wish we had picked a different route. Many sections are barely passable by bike (including most of Missouri and Louisiana).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Mc Kinnon on September 11, 2008
The Mississippi River Trail is really a great cycling route, filled with lots of history and beautiful scenery. This guide book includes everything you will need to make it an enjoyable experience. As the author states during the introduction, this is a guide book not a personal journal of his ride. With this book you are not hauling around several hundred pages of the author talking his friends along the ride and personal issues. But it does provide detailed route description, services for both camping and lodging, and points of interest along the route.
I highly recommend the Mississippi River Trail for any weekend or cross country cyclists, and I would definitely recommend this guide book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Cole on October 17, 2008
When I first heard about the bike route along the Mississippi River I loaded up my bike and headed out for a multi-day tour on part of the trail closest to me. I tried using the directions posted on the MRT website, but got lost. When I saw the link for this guide book on my bike club's website I ordered a copy and attempted to ride the MRT again. I'm happy to report that my first two rides using the guide book have been a total success. I didn't miss a single turn. The author really did his work researching this guide book and provides easy to follow directions and places to stay along the route.
This is really a interesting trail to ride. There is plenty of history and scenery. I look forward to continuing to follow the route all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Heldt on June 7, 2009
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Hey, this is important! The book says turn left on 77 to get to the Dorena ferry. TURN RIGHT! If you turn left there is a whole lot of nothing.

This is a great guide for the Missouri section of the Mississippi River Trail (though understand you will never actually see the river south of St. Louis), but once you get into Tennessee the directions become pretty annoying, as you are led block by block through neighborhoods (some with unmarked streets) and down long stretches of Highway 51, which is not ideal. It is not the book's fault, but there is not a really great way to get through Tennessee by bike. There are better long rides. Also, the trail in Missouri is often on state highways with no shoulders. The drivers are usually friendly enough, but I did encounter a little hostility along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Miller on March 11, 2014
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I wanted to tour this summer on my bike and came across the Mississippi River Trail. Everything I read told me to buy Mr. Robinson's book. Well, I did and have found it very helpful in planning the adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sig on September 23, 2010
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After reading through this book (using it to help plan a fall ride) I think most of the text is fine but the books layout leaves a lot to be desired. The Maps of a section are at the end instead of at the beginning which is awkward. Many times the beginning text of a section faces the map from a previous section which is confusing.

Also, in the mileage charts, the author shows the mileage to turns but doesn't seem to indicate mileage to the campgrounds along the route... so it's impossible to figure out how long your day will be without additional resources.

Being familiar with some of the route this book has you take, yes the roads are crummy but thats what you get when the US has a history of not bothering to invest in roads that are safe for all legitimate road users.
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it is a good book informative and logical in a way it gives good maps you better be able to ride long distances cause not very many places to camp unless you stealth camp
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