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4.05 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.05
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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Dec 31, 2006

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Johnwing
2 McR Points
May 27, 2019
I just did this ride last weekend. It is a…
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Guest
January 3, 2011
When we would ride though the rock river valley…
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Written Directions

The route is very easy to find and follow. Just take SR-2 south out of Rockford, IL and stay on SR-2 all the way down to the motorcycle road's end point of Dixon, IL.

Scenery

A wonderful example of "small town Midwest" coupled with beautiful shots of nature as the route hugs the Rock River. Rock River features sections of rock formations and ravines. A statue of Chief Blawkhawk sits high on the bluff overlooking the waterway.

Drive Enjoyment

Mostly a two-lane route with some turns along the way, predominantly where route 2 hugs the banks of the river...WATCH for wildlife on the road!!

Tourism Opportunities

There are many little small towns along the way, I recommend stopping in Oregon and grabbing a sandwich at The Cheese Shop in Conover Square. There is a beautiful camp/conference center run by the Presbyterian Church called Stronghold Center, home of the Walter Strong Castle!!!! Along this route you will also pass by two state parks - Lowden State Park and Castle Rock State Park.

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Johnwing
May 27, 2019
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
I just did this ride last weekend. It is a pretty ride and the Rock River at this time higher than normal. The heavy spring rains have caused it to increase in size. There are some nice twist and turns but heading south you are in the shade a little more. This is not a changing ride. If you are looking for a nice ride along the water this is a good one to pick.
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Guest
January 3, 2011
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Motorcycle Type : Other
When we would ride though the rock river valley we would always stop at Messies bar and grill the only and best biker bar in oregon. They have great food and great service then we would go see the indian statue.
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Guest
January 10, 2008
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I also did this run in the summer of 2007. We did it opposite however as we started in Dixon and went to Rockford. GREAT RIDE!!! Lots of wooded areas, wide open roads, great sceanery and some good spots to stop and eat. And Tom is correct, the Blackhawks statue is deffinatly something to check out!
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