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The Oswego to Starved Rock Run + ADD NEW ROUTE


10   in Illinois Illinois45 Miles

By Mad Mag
on September 1, 2004

4.2out of 5

5 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

You can start off in Oswego Illinois. Pick up 71 south at Route 34 (Ogden Avenue) and take it all the way south until you enter Starved Rock State Park. 71 turns twice in Ottawa, so make sure to follow the signs.

Scenery

Ride some low-congestion two-lane blacktop and get away from the city congestion. You'll see many farms, an ultralite airfield, a competition go-cart track and a beautiful state park.

Road Quality

This route is mostly flat, straight 2-lane road from Oswego until Ottawa. After Ottawa, the road turns twisty for a few miles before entering beautiful Starved Rock State Park.Be careful in the twisties if you've never ridden them before. In IL they are rare and newer riders should take it easy!

Roadside Amenities

You pass a few gas stations along the way as well as some good small town restaurants. The restaurant next to the Amoco has some good inexpensive food.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By TroubleMaker
on April 16, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Triumph Rocket III

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Nice Run. Hilly, with lots of turns close to the park. Saw some kid lay his racing bike down on one of the turns, and take out a mailbox. He was ok (thankfully)... so just a reminder, take it slow on those turns! Lots of construction and congestion in Oswego (start of the trip), might be better to avoid 34/71 interchange... maybe come north down Orchard. But after Oswego, it's a beautiful ride! Enjoy!

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By this guy is nuts
on July 15, 2015 0 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is the northeast Illinois riders dream route! Paved two lane from Oswego to Starved Rock, little to no traffic- never congestion, smooth pavement, a mere handful of lights, everything the city and suburbs don't offer. If your bike is your baby and riding her is your r&r- cruise this route. Awesome little stops along the way, REALLY decent eats (try grumpee's pork chop or chili dog), just watch for wildlife (lots of deer, coyote, wolves, turkeys, raccoons, opossums, squirrels...standard Illinois target practice). Ride free and stay safe! See you in the road!!!

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By dholtz99
on May 22, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Really nice ride. Gorgeous scenery and not a lot of traffic. Awesome for a day trip! Make sure to visit Stonehead Leather in Utica after the Park. Awesome people and great prices!

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By ViragoDan
on April 26, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Any time I go to Starved Rock, I always take 34 (Ogden) to 71 straight to the park, whether in the car or on the bike. I am one for local highways over the interstates. It's a relaxing ride. Great road to clear your head. Plenty of scenery in the form of farms. Not very twisty and slightly hilly the farther South you go. You'll get plenty of motorcycle waves when traveling this road as a lot of motorcyclists use it. Some days there will be more traffic than others, but never congested. Plenty of places to stop for gas with stations not being more than a dozen miles apart. Stop at the downed airplane monument. It's always worth a photo. As soon as I submit this, I'm going to jump on the bike and ride it again.

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By Dxterlab
on July 26, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

It was a great alternative to the highway. Some really nice sweeping bends and some good space to ride.

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