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4.2 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.2
5 Reviews

Back roads of Morris

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By Dingo (5 McR Points) on Mar 17, 2013

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rabbott5
2 McR Points
March 24, 2013
Nice combination of roads. Low traffic, nice…
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Guest
August 19, 2013
Very nice ride. As of 8/19/2013, Old Stage Road…
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Written Directions

Start at Route 52 (Jefferson)and River Rd in Shorewood (CVS Pharmacy on the corner). Ends in Seneca. See map.

Scenery

This route will take you west from the southwest suburbs via something other than Route 6 or Route 52. It follows the Illinois River. There are some hills, sweeping curves, old cemeteries, canals, and woods.

Drive Enjoyment

For the most part, the road is in good condition. When first leaving Ridge Rd to Hansel Rd, you will immediately enter a steep (for this area) hill. Be careful in the fall for leaves and all the time for some gravel debris kicked into the road. As you come off the hill, there is Dollinger Farm which is quite popular in the fall, so be careful of crossing pedestrians. Cemetary road does have some patchwork. Once you get thru downtown Morris and onto Old Stage Rd, you will be on well paved roads with little traffic. As you begin to approach Seneca, you will have a beautiful view of the river and then the road will again begin to have patchwork. It is a country road, so always be careful of possible gravel kicked up.

Tourism Opportunities

Plenty of gas along the way in Morris and Seneca. Along Cemetary Rd, there is a park that allows you to walk up to the canal and an old canal home. Morris has several great restaurants - Dave's Dogs, China Buffet, R Place Restaurant, plus your fast food places. In Seneca, there is a biker bar called Fat Daddy's. It's on Route 6 just west of Main St. It is cash only, but the food is excellent and the place does get FULL during riding season.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

This is a great road to take on your way out to the Starved Rock area or for just a short trip.

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rabbott5
March 24, 2013
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Nice combination of roads. Low traffic, nice turns, good scenery.
Jump across theriver at Senica to Dupont road. Be careful for the first few miles. It will link up with Rte. 71 and Starved Rock.
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Guest
August 19, 2013
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Very nice ride. As of 8/19/2013, Old Stage Road is closed about a mile past Nettle Road so you will need to detour north on Nettle to either Bluff Road or Highway 6 then west to Seneca.
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Guest
July 27, 2013
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Enduro
I agree with the other comments. Nice twisty road that follows the I&M canal path into Seneca. Enjoyable scenic ride. I would give caution to watch out for bicyclists, we encountered several of them on our ride. You pass through a couple small towns where you can stop if needed. There are several access points and a campground or two that service the I&M Pathway in the vent you feel like packing a lunch.

In Seneca, we followed Main St South to N 2553rd Road, taking that West to 71. We next traveled South on 71 to Starved Rock. I would recommend the Sunday Brunch.
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