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http://www.wbez.org/story/feds-announces-plans-create-lake-michigan...

 

This could be pretty cool! Chicago to New Buffalo is the first planned section. Once completed, the Lake Michigan Water trail will ring the entirety of Lake Michigan with shoreline recreational trails. 

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YAY!
Now aren't you glad they finally evicted the squatters in Beverly Shores who had overstayed their leases?

The link mentions that it will be completed "soon". Define soon, please.

 

A while back Chicago's very first protected bike lane was announced. Great news you think, until you realize that this 8 block track takes about 4 years from announcement to realization. Now multiple that distance by 60, and multiple the number of municipalities by manifold and you get a realistic completion date...

According to the story on the Department of the Interior website, the "trail" was probably completed about 3500-4000 years ago, though the glacial retreat occurred something like 20,000 years ago (for the creationists among you, not more than 6000 years ago). 

 

From the DOI website:

Lake Michigan National Water Trail – Chicago to New Buffalo Segment

Running through three States, the 75-mile Chicago to New Buffalo Segment of the Lake Michigan Water Trail is part of a larger vision for a nationally designated water trail around the entirety of Lake Michigan. This segment covers Chicago’s lakefront in Illinois and the entire coast of Indiana to New Buffalo in Michigan, easily accessible to the more than six million people who live in the five counties adjacent to the trail and the more than nine million people in the region. The trail takes paddlers on a journey past urban shorelines, natural and remote lakeshore landscapes, industry, and beach communities. The environmentally friendly and healthy use of human powered watercraft allows paddlers to explore the lakeshore intimately.



Duppie said:

The link mentions that it will be completed "soon". Define soon, please.

 

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Dang!, that's what I thought I read, but then that made no sense on Chainlink. It must be about a bike trail, right?

Oh, well...

 

Kevin Conway said:

According to the story on the Department of the Interior website, the "trail" was probably completed about 3500-4000 years ago, though the glacial retreat occurred something like 20,000 years ago (for the creationists among you, not more than 6000 years ago). 

 

From the DOI website:

Lake Michigan National Water Trail – Chicago to New Buffalo Segment

Running through three States, the 75-mile Chicago to New Buffalo Segment of the Lake Michigan Water Trail is part of a larger vision for a nationally designated water trail around the entirety of Lake Michigan. This segment covers Chicago’s lakefront in Illinois and the entire coast of Indiana to New Buffalo in Michigan, easily accessible to the more than six million people who live in the five counties adjacent to the trail and the more than nine million people in the region. The trail takes paddlers on a journey past urban shorelines, natural and remote lakeshore landscapes, industry, and beach communities. The environmentally friendly and healthy use of human powered watercraft allows paddlers to explore the lakeshore intimately.



Duppie said:

The link mentions that it will be completed "soon". Define soon, please.

 

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Sorry about that! I was fed bad information. That's what I get for trying to work and play at the same time. Bummer.
since when is a trail in water?
Agreed. And I think both articles that I read are poorly written. :-(

Julie Hochstadter said:
since when is a trail in water?
When the national debt reaches $14.3 trillion, spending on public infrastructure becomes constrained.

Julie Hochstadter said:
since when is a trail in water?
They have since added the phrase "water trail" to that article. I'm pretty sure that wasn't there before. Sorry if I got anyone excited for nothing!

JR Clark said:
Agreed. And I think both articles that I read are poorly written. :-(

Julie Hochstadter said:
since when is a trail in water?
When is the Lake Michigan Water Trail coming north from Chicago?  Or would it be too rough?

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