Southern Illinois to southern Missouri route

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  1. 1wheelwonder

    1wheelwonder Adventurer

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    Looking for a good scenic route from Alton area to southern Illinois and cross the river somewhere between St. Gen and Cape and meander westward towards Ironton/potosi/ bixby or wherever. Does the ferry still run at St. Gen or is chester the next place to cross? Does anyone have any good tracks or routes or ideas and places to stop and see?
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  2. rustynut2

    rustynut2 Been here awhile

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    The ferry runs as long as the river isn't up. If its flooded Chester is your next crossing. PM me an email address and I'll send you a couple of tracks. Looks like you did the SBR, its nice to have ready and jump on any part of it for a while. 2 local rides are Chester to Pocahontas for beer/lunch and levy rd to Crown Valley Brewery. If you don't drink piss off, lol

    Sieg puts out lots of tracks for the MO side https://advrider.com/f/members/sieg.97943/
    Loosenut has a nice ride in Southern IL, part or all of Bigdogs ride. https://advrider.com/f/threads/loose-nut-dual-sport-2014-so-illinois-nov-1-2-2014.934710/
    and
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/loose-nut-dual-sport-ride-2017-mo-nov-4th-5th-2017.1262006/

    then there is cannontracks rides..........
    lots can be found https://advrider.com/f/forums/gps-tracks-central-texas-gulf-states.39/
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  3. Cow Boy Brad

    Cow Boy Brad brad1098

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    Familiar with the river road from Columbia to Prairie du Rocher? It is your best route from Alton to the ferry and Chester bridge.

    Not a fan of Crown Valley beer and no food there but different strokes. The Bayou in Pocahontas has good food/atmosphere as does The Dew Drop Inn in Bloomsdale, Mary Jane in Perryville, Al’s in McBride.
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  4. Grafspee

    Grafspee one bike is never enough

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    I agree with Cow Boy Brad but I have always known it as the Bluff Road. Some interesting points along the way thru Southern French Illinois; Maestown is an interesting town to detour thru with a neat small old stone arch bridge in it - there were a number of those stone arch bridges between Maestown and Waterloo but only a few left and hard to find. If it is a warm or hot day stop at the quarry to cool off before you get to Prairie du Rocher. Fort du Chartres near Prairie du Rocher (one of the oldest towns in Illinois) it worth a stop if you have never been. Good little cafe downtown in Prairie du Rocher attached to the old main bar there. As you continue south you will end up in Ellis Grove, skip Route 3 and take W First St. it will turn into Riley Lake Rd, then Kaskakia Rd.- this is nice hilly road that goes back down the bluff (its a killer on a bicycle to climb) and along the river. You will pass the historic Pierre Menard home make a right after it and climb the bluff into Ft. Kaskaskia St. Park - worth it for the view of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi rivers and a great little campground. Cross at Chester into Missouri the first road on the right heading north to St. Mary's and St. Gen is Hwy H. There are lots of good ways to the area around Potosi from there. If you didn't eat in Prairie' stop at Al's in McBride as suggested even if just for Pie and coffee, you can always backtrack the mile or so back to Hwy H. If they have lemon poppyseed cake at Al's get it - trust me!
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  5. rustynut2

    rustynut2 Been here awhile

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    Crown has a food truck now on Saturdays, pizza ,chicken bites, buffalo sandwich any other day. But the beer can be a bit rich, try the big bison
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