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Transportation Service To Carbondale and Cairo Before the Start of the Tour

Chicago Transportation Staging PointsTransportation of PeopleMid-Route Pick Ups


We are pleased to offer transportation service to Cairo on the Saturday before the start of the tour.

Chicago Transportation Staging Points

Main Transportation Staging Point
All participants must arrive at the Chicago parking garage staging point when it opens at 5:00 am (unless you are staying at the Chicago hotel the previous night).

The parking garage will be the main transportation staging point in Chicago before the start of the tour. This location was chosen because there is very limited loading and unloading space around the Chicago Amtrak train station and the parking garage is typically very empty early on Saturday mornings, giving us plenty of room to operate. In addition, participants who need to park their car in Chicago won't need to leave their car or baggage or bicycle unattended or carry their items very far. Please be aware that there are no bathrooms at or near the Chicago parking garage so you will need to use the bathrooms at the Amtrak Union Station.

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Second Transportation Staging Point

Chicago Hotel
Staging Point

Northeast corner of
E. Harrison St. and
S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
The supported hotel will be the second transportation staging point in Chicago before the start of the tour. We will come over there immediately after we have completed loading at the main staging point.

The transportation service staging point for the Chicago hotel will be directly behind our supported hotel at the northeast corner of E. Harrison St. and S. Wabash Ave. There is a very wide marked off area on the street to load and unload bicycles and typically has little or no traffic or parked cars and avoids the hustle and bustle of the main hotel entrance on Michigan Ave.

Please do not check your bags and/or bicycle at the supported hotel in the morning. In the past we have had a very difficult time retrieving them from the supported hotel due to security concerns from the supported hotel because they, like you, want to be positive that no one takes your belongings who shouldn't. This is a situation that is best avoided since it can be quite difficult to convince the supported hotel that we actually should be taking your belongings!
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Transportation of People

Chicago to Carbondale
Participants will initially travel to Carbondale aboard the Amtrak train that departs from Union Station in Chicago at 8:15 am.

Registration for this transportation service DOES NOT include your individual Amtrak train ticket – you will need to purchase it on your own. You must purchase a ticket for the 391 Saluki Amtrak train scheduled to arrive in Carbondale at 1:45 pm because we cannot provide transportation services for any other train schedule. We strongly recommend purchasing your Amtrak train ticket NOW to avoid any potential availability issues.

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After your bicycle and baggage is loaded, you will need to go over to the Amtrak Train station yourself. Directions and a map will be provided. If you don't want to walk, a cab ride there will be relatively quick and inexpensive, especially if you want to split the ride with your fellow participants.

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The train arrives at the Carbondale Amtrak train station at 1:45 pm according to schedule, approximately a 5 1/2 hour ride.

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Carbondale to Cairo
Because Carbondale is the last stop on the Amtrak train line and the train does not continue all the way to Cairo, you will transfer to a bus directly at the Carbondale Amtrak train station that will transport you the rest of the way from Carbondale to Cairo after the Amtrak train arrives there. This continuing transportation service is included for all participants taking the transportation service to Carbondale and Cairo before the start of the tour - there is no additional charge and you will not need to purchase any type of separate ticket for your individual transportation on your own.

If you brought any carry-on baggage with you on the train you will need to carry it with you on the bus. We will not be able to place any carry-on baggage into our vehicles in Carbondale.

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Mid-Route Pick Ups

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