Yes - finally the road construction between Yorkville, IL and Plano, IL has been completed - along with a new walking - hiking - cycling path that will get any pilgrim safely between the two towns. This pilgrimage - El Camino de los Santos - The Journey of the Saints - is an easy 5 to 6 hour round trip walking pilgrimage. Distance one way is approximately 6½ miles or 10.5 Km and complete round trip is 13 miles or 21 Km. Cycling takes about 45 minutes one way or 1½ to 2 hours with no breaks. The new route runs alongside US Rt. 34 and boasts such amenities such as food, drink and restrooms. There are no extreme up or downhills except for one slight hill on the edge of Plano.
Staring from the Saint Gianna Shrine at St. Patrick Church in Yorkville in the parking lot you will be on sidewalks or the new path all the way into Plano. Once in Plano you will use either sidewalks or neighborhood streets to get to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The recommended path is: Saint Gianna Shrine to the sidewalk on Walnut Street and walk to the left - right turn on Freemont to a left turn on Landmark to Rt. 47. Cross at the light and follow the bike path to US Rt. 34 and turn left. Follow the bike path until you get to Cannonball Trail. Cross at the light to the opposite side of the road and continue left on Rt. 34 on the path until you get to Wabounsee Drive at Waubonsee College. At the light cross to the opposite side of the road and continue on Rt. 34 on the bike path into Plano. At Hale Street turn right and cross at the light and take either the sidewalk or neighborhood street to Church Street. Take a left at Church Street and cotinine to Center Street. Cross the street at the Stop sign and turn right past St. Mary School and continue past St. Mary Church. Turn left into the church parking lot and continue to your left to the shrine. If walking you can cross the grass off Center Street to the Shrine.