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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Jul 31, 2009
January 19, 2015
Some updates to this ride. 1. The map shown is…
December 6, 2009
This is a great route, popular and well-traveled…
Written DirectionsCross the Poplar Street Bridge from St. Louis to Illinois and take the first exit on the right to Route 3. In Dupo, cut off to a parallel rouad through town and continue South to Columbia. Pick up the Bluff Road to Prairie du Rocher and Modoc just past the Route 3 overpass. The Modoc Ferry to Ste. Genevieve, MO costs $6 for motorcycle/trike and riders. Follow the signs in Ste. Genevieve to Missouri Rt. 61 but then cut off on Route 32 West when you get near I-55. Take Route 32 West to Route 21 North. Route 21 becomes Tesson Ferry Road in St. Louis County.
SceneryAfter riding through about 10 miles of industrial wasteland in East St. Louis, Cahokia and Dupo, the route follows the Mississippi River flood plain below the river bluffs from Columbia, IL to Prairie du Rocher, IL. Nice flat road in Illinois with good views of the fertile bottom land. Stop at Ft. Chartres State Park (colonial era restored French/British fort). Great place for a picnic lunch. Continue along the Bluff Road to the Modoc Ferry to Ste. Genevieve, MO. Beautiful rolling hills and gentle curves along Missouri routes 32 and 21, passing through the lead mining region, before returning to St. Louis.
Pack a picnic lunch if you plan to do this trip in one day. Its an all day affair, at least 6 hours.