The Murphysboro to Anna to Carbondale Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE
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You start this trip at Murphysboro on Il 127 which heads south out of town off Il 13. This road will come out at Il 146 make a left turn onto 146 towards Anna. Follow 146 into Anna and after crossing RR tracks you come to a stop sign where 146 turns right, you turn left on to old US 51. Follow this road thru Cobden and it will come out to new 51 which is four lane where you turn left and follow it up to Carbondale.
Out of Murphysboro you pass through the Shawnee National Forest. Tree lined, rolling hills down 127 to 146 leads to Anna and up old 51 opens up to nice panoramic views across the countryside.
127 looks to have been resurfaced recently and it is all good up and down to 146. 127 is very hilly with slight curves. 146 curves around a bit to Anna. Old 51 is the star portion to me, it starts out next to the tracks and veers off by Cobden, with its rolling terrain, sweeping curves some very sharp it gives the feel of how the old roads went with what was there instead of blasting through it.
After leaving Murphysboro you can look for Pomona rd, turn right til stop sign turn right and road "y" veer right onto natural bridge follow to end. Stretch your legs on trail back the bridge. Anna offers several restuarants and I recommend the Farm Fresh store which offers cream horns from Herrin which are exclusively sold there. Apple orchards line a section of old 51 and are open in the fall.
Rode this sept 2012. If you would like to travel a little faster watch for blind drives. Old 51 is quite curvy for more experienced riders should have little problems. Glad to share this, so please Enjoy!
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