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4-s-hsky 01-09-2013 07:25 AM

Rock River Ride near Dixon Illinois
 
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Here is a track that starts and ends at the Veterans Memorial Park in Dixon Illinois that takes in many of the State parks and regional treasures that follow the Rock and Leaf Rivers. This route is best suited for a big bike. Lots of sporty pavement but there are short gravel and dirt road sections. When the sign post says “Devils Backbone Road” and “Wilderness Road” that should be a clue as to what lies ahead. The main track is 98 miles in length allowing ample daylight to spend time at waypoints and can be ridden either direction. All the State parks have campgrounds if you wish to make it an overnighter and I highly encourage a drive through all of the parks. Along the way you will see; Dixon’s history of Ronald Reagan, Byron’s nuclear power generating plant, the Indian statue at Lowden Park, bluff views of both sides of the Rock River, historic courthouse in Oregon, a climb above the river at Castle Rock Park Overlook, White Pines Park and Lodge, Lowell Park and numerous homespun services. There are three optional side trip tracks. A 15 mile loop to Polo for gas, food and a view of an old lime kiln, a two mile loop that crosses a wood deck bridge over a rail line and a 3 mile loop to the John Deere historic blacksmith shop in Grand Detour. Enjoy and because there are numerous blind intersections please, I beg of you, ride safely. Please note that version 2 of the .gpx was added May 2014 to include some additions and the closure of one dirt road.

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prince_ruben 01-09-2013 09:45 AM

My wife is from a farm Dixon and I've spent great time exploring it. In fact we were married in Harmon. I love the Blackhawk statue. I'll be out there next month!

Geoff 01-09-2013 09:50 AM

Nice pics. Did you see the Ronald Reagan's boyhood home?

4-s-hsky 01-09-2013 01:04 PM

[QUOTE=Geoff;20436911]Nice pics. Did you see the Ronald Reagan's boyhood home?[/QUOTE

Dixon and the other towns along the way have numerous attractions to offer as well as many services. The waypoint list would be flooded if I included more favorites so I will let the users of this track research and decide what best interests them and their time schedule. Just remember, when you get to the overlook the urge to do so will overcome you but…..
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theBikeman 01-09-2013 01:29 PM

Thanks for posting this. I grew up in Polo near Dixon. It's a great area for backroads.
To anyone doing this track be sure to check out the two Fjord water crossings in White Pines State Park on the route if the water's not too high.
-Bikeman
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prince_ruben 01-09-2013 03:36 PM

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Originally Posted by theBikeman (Post 20438735)
Thanks for posting this. I grew up in Polo near Dixon. It's a great area for backroads.
To anyone doing this track be sure to check out the two Fjord water crossings in White Pines State Park on the route if the water's not too high.
-Bikeman
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Ha! I remember that park. There's some trails to follow (on foot) that lead to a railway.

Cannonshot 01-17-2013 09:06 PM

Thanks for posting tracks Terry! I know you've got some entertaining rides workled out in your area. Much appreciated!

4-s-hsky 01-18-2013 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Cannonshot (Post 20513902)
Thanks for posting tracks Terry! I know you've got some entertaining rides workled out in your area. Much appreciated!

You are most welcome sir and thank you very kindly for checking up on me. I have to think there are others like me who ride some of their favorite nearby places in no particular order and at the end of the day think “You know I should really organize, track and waypoint that ride someday to share” and then life gets in the way preventing said recording. This winter has offered me some time to finally make good on that thought. Plus, there happens to be a certain Colonel who lives far north of me who has been a great teacher and inspiration. Giving back is what it’s all about for me. Hmm, I think I have one more in the hopper I should polish up. Be safe.

kimzx1000r 01-20-2013 05:43 AM

Nice track, thanks. That water crossing can be like riding on ice with slicks!

bomber60015 01-24-2013 01:53 PM

thank you sir! No knwoledge like local knowledge!

Marcin 02-17-2013 03:15 PM

Looks like fun ride. I go fishing Rock river sometimes next time i take my bike and go exproring.
Thank you

Silver dude 03-29-2014 06:59 PM

Thanks for the track planning to make this my first major ride of the season. Lived in Byron the majority of my youth.

There is timber bridge a little north of White pines that is a pretty cool structure to ride across. Columbian road bridge.
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Brick rd in Oregon also has a section of the original Brick highway. The first State paid paved highway the bare brick section is small but cool to roll on history.

tmyhog 05-10-2014 06:09 PM

Thanks for posting this ride.Highlights for me were..interrupting the cattle breakfast at the farm west of Byron,could have practically reached down into the trough.(sure that is a public road?).
The gravel/ dirt road that goes straight up from Rt.2 at Castle Rock.
Devils backbone.
Paved road heading north from Dixon.
I have been riding that area over the last 10 years and most of your route was brand new to me.
Great Job!

4-s-hsky 05-13-2014 07:00 PM

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Originally Posted by tmyhog (Post 24136204)
Thanks for posting this ride.Highlights for me were..interrupting the cattle breakfast at the farm west of Byron,could have practically reached down into the trough.(sure that is a public road?).
The gravel/ dirt road that goes straight up from Rt.2 at Castle Rock.
Devils backbone.
Paved road heading north from Dixon.
I have been riding that area over the last 10 years and most of your route was brand new to me.
Great Job!

Thank you very kindly sir. Glad to hear people are still enjoying this track. Yes I updated the track to Version 2 to include the closure of said cattle infused dirt road. Seems the township gave up on it and the rancher has taken over with gates and signs at both ends of the road.

reveille 05-16-2014 05:59 PM

I will be out riding this route tomorrow with a buddy. We will be on super tenere's. My tires are about kapoot and I am trying to burn them off so I can spoon on some K60's for the GRGR. I hope the dirt sections aren't mud sections but either way should be interesting. Thanks for posting.

Update. We rode this (twice now) and it was a very good time. Devils Backbone was a blast. Part 2 is by far my favorite. Thanks for posting this route.


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