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3.95 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.95
19 Reviews

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Aug 31, 2004

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VulcanDan
124 McR Points
April 26, 2012
Any time I go to Starved Rock, I always take 34 (…
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this guy is nuts
2 McR Points
July 15, 2015
This is the northeast Illinois riders dream route…
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Written Directions

You can start off in Oswego Illinois. Pick up 71 south at Route 34 (Ogden Avenue) and take it all the way south until you enter Starved Rock State Park. 71 turns twice in Ottawa, so make sure to follow the signs.

Scenery

Ride some low-congestion two-lane blacktop and get away from the city congestion. You'll see many farms, an ultralite airfield, a competition go-cart track and a beautiful state park.

Drive Enjoyment

This route is mostly flat, straight 2-lane road from Oswego until Ottawa. After Ottawa, the road turns twisty for a few miles before entering beautiful Starved Rock State Park.Be careful in the twisties if you've never ridden them before. In IL they are rare and newer riders should take it easy!

Tourism Opportunities

You pass a few gas stations along the way as well as some good small town restaurants. The restaurant next to the Amoco has some good inexpensive food.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

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VulcanDan
April 26, 2012
124 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Any time I go to Starved Rock, I always take 34 (Ogden) to 71 straight to the park, whether in the car or on the bike. I am one for local highways over the interstates. It's a relaxing ride. Great road to clear your head. Plenty of scenery in the form of farms. Not very twisty and slightly hilly the farther South you go. You'll get plenty of motorcycle waves when traveling this road as a lot of motorcyclists use it. Some days there will be more traffic than others, but never congested. Plenty of places to stop for gas with stations not being more than a dozen miles apart. Stop at the downed airplane monument. It's always worth a photo. As soon as I submit this, I'm going to jump on the bike and ride it again.
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this guy is nuts
July 15, 2015
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
This is the northeast Illinois riders dream route! Paved two lane from Oswego to Starved Rock, little to no traffic- never congestion, smooth pavement, a mere handful of lights, everything the city and suburbs don't offer. If your bike is your baby and riding her is your r&r- cruise this route. Awesome little stops along the way, REALLY decent eats (try grumpee's pork chop or chili dog), just watch for wildlife (lots of deer, coyote, wolves, turkeys, raccoons, opossums, squirrels...standard Illinois target practice). Ride free and stay safe! See you in the road!!!
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dholtz99
May 22, 2012
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Really nice ride. Gorgeous scenery and not a lot of traffic. Awesome for a day trip! Make sure to visit Stonehead Leather in Utica after the Park. Awesome people and great prices!
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