Motorcycle Route Author
By Guest (0 McR Points) on Dec 31, 2007
Written DirectionsStart in Mt. Carroll Illinois. Head west on IL Route 64 towards Savanna. Follow the road through Savanna and it will turn into IL Route 84W (or north out of Savanna). Follow this through Savanna and you will pass the Palisades State Park, and the Savanna Army Depot (both wonderful places to stop for a rest and take in the nature). Continue on Route 84 until you intersect Route 20, turn NW on Route 20, stick to Route 20 until you get to Galena.
SceneryThe beginning of the route is somewhat bland compared to the section after Savanna. The first section takes the rider through some bluffs, with some good hills and some nice views, but the second part is the best! It is here where the ride follows the Mississippi pretty closely at times and offers very nice scenic views. Keep in mind that after the rider turns onto Rt20, there is an overlook tower that provides some intense scenery viewing opportunities. Overall, plenty of bluffs, curves, trees, hills, and general great views on this trip.
Also, please watch traffic and wildlife, especially wildlife on either of the recommended stops. And, if you go through the abandoned Army Depot, look for the signs warning you of explosive devices. They are kind of funny, but extremely serious. Just stay on the beaten path, and you will be safe.