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4 out of 5 Rider Rating 4
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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Jul 31, 2008

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Brett Byers
34 McR Points
January 30, 2021
The best 19 mile stretch of road in Illinois for…
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Sabre21c@yahoo.com
43 McR Points
June 3, 2019
An excellent route to take when headed to Galena…
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Written Directions

Start this route in Savanna, IL. Head north on US 52 and on the north end of town you will see a street marked "Scenic Ridge Route" that goes off to the east (take a right off of US 52). Take Scenic Ridge Route as it climbs up through some city streets to the top of bluffs, then heads north. Later this road will change names to Route 7/Derinda Rd. at the JoDaviess County line but you won't even notice cause you'll be having too much fun. Stay on this north till the route's end point when it runs into US Highway 20 about 2 miles east of Elizabeth, IL.

Scenery

Scenic vistas, rolling hills, farms. Exceptional fall foliage. Starts out at the beautiful Mississippi Palisades State Park.

Drive Enjoyment

Smooth road surface, plenty of sweeping corners and elevation changes.

Tourism Opportunities

Nothing along this route but scenery and turns.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - Video contributed by 'Big Bill' on 4/5/08: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u

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Brett Byers
January 30, 2021
34 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
The best 19 mile stretch of road in Illinois for motorcycle riding.
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Sabre21c@yahoo.com
June 3, 2019
43 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
An excellent route to take when headed to Galena from Savana. Some excellent twisties and rolling hills toward the north end on it.
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August 27, 2017
6 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Rode with my son with the intent of starting up by Scales Mound but storms had other ideas for us. We've been out this way a number of times but whiffed on going down Derinda Road.

This was an awesome ride from Route 20 down to Savanna. Starting down from Route 20 there are perfect views of the rolling farm lands and then you get into a ton of twists and turns. I probably irritated my son going a bit slow on the turns (I'm on a cruiser and he is on a street bike) but most of the tight turns are blind. You can't see what's around the corner and there was a fair amount of sand/gravel.

We'll be taking this route to or back from Savanna for now on. Far better than running 84 down from 20.
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