A Ride Along the Rock River in Illinois

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  1. Britt

    Britt New Member

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    Not a real big trip, but for a Midwesterner the scenery was really nice...

    It was about 40 degrees out when I stopped by this field for a picture.
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    Rode through Lowden/Miller State Park.
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    A nice newly paved road with a hint of fall color in the trees.
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    I stopped by the river in Dixon, IL.
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    Stop at Castle Rock State Park.
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    White Pines Forest.
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    Lowden State Park.
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    I'm noticing more wind power here in Illinois.
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    Some weird "humps" in Cherry, IL where everything else is flat.
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    It was a nice 350 mile ride, and with winter coming soon I really enjoyed the fall colors.
     
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    looks like a very nice ride, i should give a try sometime.
    do you know if SR71 b/w Starved Rock and Ottawa is open yet? just wondering. thanks.
     
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    I actually rode down there and through the park on 71 and yes it is finally open! It was really nice - not a single car the whole ride through, and the bridge work they did looks great.
     
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    Nice ride, nice pics.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    sweet! thx for the road report. I need to get up there before it gets too cold...
     
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    reminds me of home. nice ride. thanks for the pics. I'll try and post up some from around here before too long. I haven't been riding as much as usual. I think I have done less than 1000 miles this month.
     
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    Those humps outside of Cherry, Illinois are remnants of the coal mines that were there.

    You rode thru some really nice scenery.
     
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    if you make this run again, need to go thru the Pallisades Park, in IL just south of Dubuque IA & Galena IL. Nice views, and the road down to Moline\East Moline is a decent ride.
     
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