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Old 01-09-2013, 07:25 AM   #1
4-s-hsky OP
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Location: Sterling Illinois
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Rock River Ride near Dixon Illinois

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 106 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, Rita Crundwell and the site where Mumford and Sons held their 2012 concert, 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 two optional side trip tracks. A 15 mile loop to Polo for gas, food and a view of an old lime kiln and a 3 mile loop to the John Deere historic blacksmith shop in Grand Detour. Please note two very important waypoints. Although my sources tell me it is still a public road once you are on it you would think otherwise so “Be Stealthy” where the waypoints tell you. You are on your own so be kind. Enjoy and because there are numerous blind intersections please, I beg of you, ride safely. I have attached the .gpx file but I know how well that works sometimes so a Sugar Sync link is supplied also.
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