Mattoon to Arthur
(27 miles one-way)

You can choose to stop in Arcola (see the Walldog murals!) Another choice is to divert north a short way and stop in Chesterville (the Korner Cafe at the intersection of N 425E and Route 133 has good cinnamon rolls.) Click here to download a 3-page map in PDF format.

Dining options in the Arthur/Tuscola region


Mattoon to Tuscola
(28 miles one-way)

Flesor's Candy Kitchen in Tuscola is always a good destination. Click here to download a 4-page map in PDF format.


Mattoon to Neoga
(20 miles one-way)

This route goes around the west side of Lake Paradise. Click here to download a 3-page map in PDF format. Patty's Cakes is a good place for a mid-ride snack.


Mattoon to Greenup
(29 miles one-way)

You'll travel through Lerna (stop at the world's fastest pop machine!) and Toledo. Stop at the Casey's General Store in Toledo for refreshment or save yourself for lunch in Greenup (options include Candy Kitchen, Dairy Queen, Subway.) Use caution on the Burma Road (CR 1200E), where you may encounter more car/truck traffic. The route currently (July 2012) has a short stretch of gravel near the intersection of Lincoln Log Cabin Rd. and CR 700N (just north of Route 121), but you can walk those few yards if you need to. Click here to download a 3-page map.


Mattoon to Urbana
(55 miles one-way)

This route uses the newly constructed surface of CR 1000N in Coles County (be sure you are visible and use caution.) You'll need a minimum of three water bottles for this trip, but the kind folks at Walnut Grove Church have allowed us to fill bottles from a hydrant on their property. (An alternative is to divert west for one mile at Tuscola and go to the 24-hour gas station, but it requires riding on the shoulder of a sometimes very busy Highway 36, and I'd recommend avoiding that.)

Once in Urbana, you can take a route across town to the Amtrak station and take the train back home. Click here to download a 7-page PDF map which illustrates the route to Urbana. This map shows how to get to the Amtrak station from the south side of town (via Race, Pennsylvania, 4th Street, Gregory, 1st Street, Logan, and finally Market, where the station is located.) Or you can choose your own route by consulting this detailed bike map of Champaign-Urbana.


See some suggested rides from Charleston

County Bicycle Maps
(PDF format)

Champaign Coles Douglas
Link to IDOT site to download maps from other counties
National Bike to Work Week

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This page last modified: 11/15/2012