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Wilmington-Kankakee River Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE


29   in Illinois Illinois42 round trip Miles

By BlueDrewid
on August 16, 2011

2.8out of 5

6 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start in downtown Wilmington, IL on Water St. Water street goes south & turns into Route 102. Take 102 into Kankakee which meets Routes 45/52. continue south to Court St (Route 17). Turn right across the Kankakee River bridge. Turn right at the stop light onto N.Wall St. This is also Route 113. Take 113 back north up to Wilmington (Route 53). Turn right and cross the Kankakee River again. You've just completed the loop. You can go up/down either side of the Kankakee River it's a sweet ride either way.

Scenery

Both Route 102 & 113 are rolling curving roads with dense tree lines on either side. Along Route 102 is the Kankakee State Park with plenty of camping & picnic areas to stop at.

Road Quality

Both Routes 102 & 113 have been recently paved. No potholes. But due to the State Park & dense tree lines, Watch for Deer on early morning & evening "dusk" rides!

Roadside Amenities

Their are several decent road side pubs to stop at. In Wilmington there is a famous "Rt.66" greasy spoon called "the Launching Pad" complete with a Giant Green Man holding a rocket. Also, in town is the Rustic Inn biker bar. Farther south on Rt.102 (past the State Parks) is the Parkway Inn (not the best but OK). Back up North on Rt.113 in the little village of Custer is the "Custer's Keg" another little biker bar that a fun stop.

Additional Info

This is a fun loop to ride if you're near the area. It's a sweet ride on a cool day because you pick up the moisture from the river. In the fall it's a little cooler so wear your leathers

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By Guest
on April 30, 2012 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

1.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Triumph Rocket III

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Don't waste your time. You don't really ride next to the river. I think I saw it once, other than when I crossed the bridge. The scenery is nothing out of the ordinary. It is not curvy, or hilly.

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By MichelleG
on August 19, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson Sportster custom

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Nice, scenic, tree-lined route through Wilmington, Bourbonnais, and Kankakee. This will be a wonderful view to see the fall colors.

There aren't too many road stops along the way, but we did stop at Brickstone Brewery just off of 102 on William Latham Drive. It's a nice place that has great food and good beers!

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By Patrick O'Brien
on July 29, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley Roadking

Motorcycle Type Touring

Nice ride. Almost no lights.

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By chriss947
on August 27, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

2.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1983

Motorcycle Make Goldwing GL1100i

Motorcycle Type Touring

Took this trip on a whim. Scenery is really nothing special. You do pass the Kankakee State Park which is a nice stop. Saw a lot of bikes cruising this route but not to many paces to stop and grab a bite to eat on a Sunday before noon.

All in all...good roads, fairly straight and mostly 50 MPH. Nice ride but not great.

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By Guest
on July 18, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Harley Fat Boy

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I rode this last weekend. Nice and scenic. Take some time to ride through the Kankakee State Park. One warning though. There are 4 or so bumps on 102 near the park that are a little rough at 55 mph. Almost like speed bumps.

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By hondo lady 69
on December 3, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make honda silverwing

Motorcycle Type Other

I rode this 3 years ago. I was on 113 and found the wauponsee glacial trail, park right off 113 you can park and walk out on the bridge. The bridge would be on the left if your heading towards Kankakee.

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