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4.06 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.06
23 Reviews

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Dec 31, 2006

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Tortured_in_the_815
July 6, 2016
The ride is scenic and travels along river for…
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stauff30
2 McR Points
March 7, 2012
I live in Elgin, IL and this is my favorite ride…
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Written Directions

The route is very easy to find and follow. Just take SR-2 south out of Rockford, IL and stay on SR-2 all the way down to the motorcycle road's end point of Dixon, IL.

Scenery

A wonderful example of "small town Midwest" coupled with beautiful shots of nature as the route hugs the Rock River. Rock River features sections of rock formations and ravines. A statue of Chief Blawkhawk sits high on the bluff overlooking the waterway.

Drive Enjoyment

Mostly a two-lane route with some turns along the way, predominantly where route 2 hugs the banks of the river...WATCH for wildlife on the road!!

Tourism Opportunities

There are many little small towns along the way, I recommend stopping in Oregon and grabbing a sandwich at The Cheese Shop in Conover Square. There is a beautiful camp/conference center run by the Presbyterian Church called Stronghold Center, home of the Walter Strong Castle!!!! Along this route you will also pass by two state parks - Lowden State Park and Castle Rock State Park.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

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Tortured_in_the_815
July 6, 2016
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Motorcycle Type : Sport
The ride is scenic and travels along river for most of the trip. Over the last couple of years the roads have deteriorated a bit so it's not as smooth as it used to be. Some of the best parts of the ride are through Castle Rock State park where the is a few nice twists through the limestone cliffs and a great place to stop and take a walk to the top of one of them and look out over the Rock River. Just a few miles south of that is a small town called Grandetour with a old watering hole to stop and refresh. Also the home of John Deere s first blacksmiths shop.
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stauff30
March 7, 2012
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I live in Elgin, IL and this is my favorite ride of all time in IL. From the burbs, you can take Hwy 72 or 64 out/back. Summer of 2011 Hwy 2 was under construction, but it's still worth it for a day trip. Gorgeous wind down the Rock River with a great over-look at Lowden State Park (from the Blackhawk statue). It's even a fun run at night. The only negative is that it's completely flat, no hills. Gentle, winding road, but all flat. Great ride for beginners.
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Chris & Sayfonh
August 6, 2011
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Other
This ride was beautiful. Streets were smooth and a little curvy. Lined with trees that over hung the road so it was shady at times and nice and sunny sometimes as well. We'll be making this ride again I'm sure!!
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