Blackjack Road (Galena to Savanna)

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 5 visitors


State: Illinois
Date Submitted: July 1, 2009
Submitted by: Trike Gypsy
Motorcycle Road Length: 14 Miles

Written Directions

In Galena, from the Main St/Rt 20 intersection, head east on Rt. 20. As you cross the river, and head up the hill, Blackjack Rd will be a right turn. From Savanna, go north on Rt. 84 (Great River Rd.) Go through the town of Hanover, and Blackjack Road will turn off to the left. .

Scenery  

Rural road that twists and undulates for almost 15 miles. A couple of great views of the Mississippi River if you're headed south.

Update contributed by Freebird3767: This route takes you through dozens and dozens of twisties and sweepers along the best that northern Illinois has to offer. Many scenic views of the Misssissippi River Valley, many pulloffs for pictures. The elevation is roughly 1000 ft.and you'll be travelling up and down 500-600' constantly. Summer is great, but fall colors in northern Illinois are amazing. A very fun ride but not for the newbies.

Road Quality  

Lots of hills and turns. Very enjoyable ride, even on a trike. Offers the closet thing to "The Dragon" that Illinois offers.

Update contributed by Freebird3767: Roads are all good asphalt and well maintained. Lots of blind twisties so watch for deer.

Roadside Amenities  

Nothing commercial on the road itself. Galena is a unique historical town with museums, shopping, vineyards, and a great shopping area. Savanna has Mississippi Palisades State Park, offering incredible views of the river, as well as small town shopping and restaurants. Check out Poopy's, which is a bar/restaurant/biker gear/tattoo parlor all rolled into one location. 1030 Viaduct Rd. Savanna.

Update contributed by Freebird3767: The Ironhorse Saloon in Savanna is a great place to meet for a beer. Historic Galena has many restaurants and pubs and was home to General Grant. Mississippi Palisades State Park has many observation decks for pictures also.

Additional Info

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Ratings/Reviews

 

Reviewed by Guest on December 12, 2012
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Creator: Deb E
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: honda
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: I was very excited when I saw this posting, in Oct I went. Savannah is a beautiful town and 84 is a nice ride, however once I made the turn at Hanover onto Blackjack rd. I didn't get very far, the road was out and rough. But it was very scenic.
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Reviewed by Guest on October 8, 2010
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Creator: Garrett
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: Good road, it can be taken at around 75mph if you're comfortable because most of the turns are long and sweeping. There are a few times you really need to slow down for sharp curves, though.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 29, 2010
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Creator: Troy
Comment: Rode this route on 9/28/10. I was very smooth and fun. No debris today...
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Reviewed by Guest on February 15, 2010
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Creator: Rusty
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: very scenic road but not a great road for riding. you got to wach all the corners for debris amd it has random patches of gravel. plenty of hill and twists. gave it a 6 due to the road condition.
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Reviewed by Guest on February 13, 2010
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Creator: abfpat
motorcycle_year: 2002
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Nice scenic ride through the countryside with occasional views of the Mississippi River. Lots of hills and curves. Most of the road is not lined. Nice shortcut to Galena.
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