Blackjack Road (Galena to Savanna) + ADD NEW ROUTE
23 in Illinois Illinois14 Miles
By Trike Gypsy
on July 1, 2009
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In Galena, from the Main St/Rt 20 intersection, head east on Rt. 20. As you cross the river, and head up the hill, Blackjack Rd will be a right turn. From Savanna, go north on Rt. 84 (Great River Rd.) Go through the town of Hanover, and Blackjack Road will turn off to the left. .
Rural road that twists and undulates for almost 15 miles. A couple of great views of the Mississippi River if you're headed south.
Update contributed by Freebird3767: This route takes you through dozens and dozens of twisties and sweepers along the best that northern Illinois has to offer. Many scenic views of the Misssissippi River Valley, many pulloffs for pictures. The elevation is roughly 1000 ft.and you'll be travelling up and down 500-600' constantly. Summer is great, but fall colors in northern Illinois are amazing. A very fun ride but not for the newbies.
Lots of hills and turns. Very enjoyable ride, even on a trike. Offers the closet thing to "The Dragon" that Illinois offers.
Update contributed by Freebird3767: Roads are all good asphalt and well maintained. Lots of blind twisties so watch for deer.
Nothing commercial on the road itself. Galena is a unique historical town with museums, shopping, vineyards, and a great shopping area. Savanna has Mississippi Palisades State Park, offering incredible views of the river, as well as small town shopping and restaurants. Check out Poopy's, which is a bar/restaurant/biker gear/tattoo parlor all rolled into one location. 1030 Viaduct Rd. Savanna.
Update contributed by Freebird3767: The Ironhorse Saloon in Savanna is a great place to meet for a beer. Historic Galena has many restaurants and pubs and was home to General Grant. Mississippi Palisades State Park has many observation decks for pictures also.
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