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By 77wild_rose (3 McR Points) on Jan 19, 2015

Creator : 77wild_rose
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser

Some updates to this ride.
1. The map shown is not route described. The ferry across the Mississippi is at Modoc-Ste. Genevieve, not Chester-Perryville.
2. Bluff Road in Illinois is an unlined, blacktop road past 'old' Valmeyer. There are usually about 2 weeks during the summer where some portion of it has recently been chipped. Generally, the layer is thin and not loose, but just a warning for inexperienced riders.
3. There is fuel available in Prairie du Rocher. Pay at the pump at the FS mill, or you can pay cash if you fill up during the day when the mill is open. Just go to the office at the scale.
4. There is food available in PdR at Lisa's Market Street Grille. Places to get a drink in Illinois: Lisa's, the Rocher Pub (next door to Lisa's), the American Legion (on Route 155 just before the railroad tracks on the way to Fort de Chartres), the Boondocks in Modoc, and Fountain Inn, in Fountain.
5. Ferry rate is now $7 for motorcycles, and hours vary by season. Also, the ferry will not run when the river level is high. Check online before you go.
This is a beautiful ride in the fall for the foliage along the bluffs. If you do the ride during the heat of the summer, be sure to stop at the quarry to cool off from the cold air emitted from the caves. Ste. Gen has lots of wonderful antique shops, boutiques, restaurants. There are historical sites and bed & breakfasts located on both sides of the river. This area thrives on revenue from the motorcycle community, so you can be sure to be treated well :) See you on Bluff Road!

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