I'm thinking of trying to bike to the house of some friends who live about an hour's drive from my house. I think I could bike the distance in about 5 or 6 hours, but I have no idea on what route to take. All of my biking thus far has been local, this would be my first long trip. By car nearly the whole trip is by highway, and I don't think riding along the side of a highway is safe (or legal?). How do you all plan lengthy trips? Do you have to buy detailed local maps and plan your route through local towns? Or is there an equivalent of Map Quest for bikes, that will give you a route along low traffic roads? I found a website with instructions on how to bike across the whole continent, but I'm not planning on going that far. This trip will only be about 50 or 60 miles.