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28   in Illinois Illinois65 Miles

By Anonymous
on July 1, 2006

3.3out of 5

2 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Mt. Vernon, IL is located in southern Illinois. Just start in Mt. Vernon, IL and head north on State Rt. 37 (which runs parallel and just east of Interstate 57). Simply head north on Rt. 37 for Salem and on to the end point at Effingham. If you liked this route you can do a similar route by starting in Mt. Vernon and go south and take it to Rend Lake area. Either direction are small towns and little adventures.

Scenery

Fields, open road, light traffic, small towns is what you'll see if you decide to exit I 57 and take IL state route 37. We enjoy the short jaunt from Mt. Vernon to Effingham.

Road Quality

This route has some curves but is level for the most part. South of Mt. Vernon, you cross Rend Lake where you can observe at times, various water fowl.

Roadside Amenities

If you want to take in the small town atmosphere, most have quaint city parks and a variety of stores. If you want a GREAT restaurant, we suggest you take East Main St. off of Rt. 37 in Salem, IL and stop in at The Depot Supper Club. We didn't look our best after a day of riding (helmet hair, etc) and weren't certain if they would appreciate our attire but we were warmly welcomed. The atmosphere is upscale and inviting with the staff friendly and very efficient. Their entrees were absolutely wonderful! They also have a separate dining area in the bar. The owners even took time to stop and visit with everyone. Nice place - worth checking out. We know we'll be repeat customers! If you're heading south of Mt. Vernon, there's Burton's cafe in Whittington where you can have the best "white pie" around. A nice winery is just south of the cafe. If you decide to explore Rt 37 south of Mount Vernon, the Rend Lake area offers camping, cabins, motel, boating, golfing, and various recreational activities, as well as a restaurant.

Additional Info

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

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By ncfpd1
on July 26, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Don't stop at Mt. Vernon. Keep traveling south to Cairo, then cross thru Missouri to Sikeston and eat at Lambert's.
The ride south of Marion has several sweeping curves and the road is in great shape.

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By Guest
on March 13, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

2.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

The Depot Supper Club is CLOSED ! Has been for two years now..

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