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Old 06-11-2007, 07:46 AM   #1
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Great Roads in Illinois Tour

I was talking to Sammy yesterday and I was telling him about some great roads in Illinois that I would like to check out ( I think we are both having Tail of the Dragon withdrawals ) and I thought I would throw it out to the forum to try and organize a group outing.

I was thinking either take a Saturday or Sunday and ride out to either SR71 in Starved Rock or Blackjack Road in Galena :

http://www.motorcycleroads.us/il.html

Blackjack Road is about 2 ˝ hours ( 129 miles ) and SR71 is about 2 hours ( 82 miles ) from the Crystal Lake area.

I took a look at my calendar and Sept 29th and 30th are wide open.

Anyone interested ?

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Old 06-11-2007, 08:57 AM   #2
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If you get some people, I would be up for that...if you allow Iowan's. Galena is about a 3-4 hour drive for me from Des Moines. I love the Galena area, if there are any golfers, we could play a round at Eagle Ridge Resort......
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:03 AM   #3
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Hey Nick count me in!

Advance notice rocks.
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:30 AM   #4
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I am having TOD withdraw too. Count me in.

I did a great 375 mile drive this past Saturday in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

I went out west on Rt. 20 (Rockford) towards Stockton, and then took 78 north into Wisconsin. There I picked up Highway K and then snaked up other small farm roads like G, D and W until I connected with 18/51 into Madison. From there I took the main interstate home (90).

It was about a 7 hour run with a few stops for bathroom, fuel and beverages. I was home by 1:00 PM
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there are some GREAT roads by Galena, not to mention the european look to the place and all the victorian houses and wine tasting
i would like to go as well if everything works out as well w schedule
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Im in! but if we are doing great roads in Illinois.....how about that awesome strectch on I90, say from 59 to Congress...do it like at noon on a saturday before a cubs game...we won't move an inch
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Im in! but if we are doing great roads in Illinois.....how about that awesome strectch on I90, say from 59 to Congress...do it like at noon on a saturday before a cubs game...we won't move an inch

lol... we could have a competetition to see who's Box overheats first.
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Im in! but if we are doing great roads in Illinois.....how about that awesome strectch on I90, say from 59 to Congress...do it like at noon on a saturday before a cubs game...we won't move an inch
ill walk thank you
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Sweet ! Looks like so far the following are in :

IowaS
Chills
Bmussatti
Djomlas
Super66
Sammy

Mark your calendars and we can discuss the details as the date gets closer.

Look forward to seeing / meeting ya’ll…

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lol... we could have a competetition to see who's Box overheats first.
I think ChicagoLatin has us all beat by a long shot on this one....poor guy....anyone hear what caused his fire? was it the performance mods?
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Old 06-12-2007, 07:51 AM   #12
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Sweet ! Looks like so far the following are in :

IowaS
Chills
Bmussatti
Djomlas
Super66
Sammy

Mark your calendars and we can discuss the details as the date gets closer.

Look forward to seeing / meeting ya’ll…

Nick

Look forward to it as well...
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Alright, guys, I was looking at the schedule and we are about a month away.

So, couple of questions :

Which would work better, Saturday the 29th or Sunday the 30th ?

Which would you prefer, a ride out to Galena or Starved Rock ?

Thanks,

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I think I'm in Indy the 29th.....so not sure I would be able to hang out to long if at all.....the 30th should be good as long as we get somewhere at noon to watch the cowboys!
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I could do either day, just need some notice. Also either location will work, but I would prefer Galena...
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i can do either one of the days, and location doesn't matter, but my GF loves Galena, so that would maybe be a better location, although i haven't been to starved rock.
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Starved Rock will be busy on the weekend, and the roads full of soccer moms and minivans.

I saw we go on Saturday to Galena. I'm acutally up for a 2 day trip out that direction and we could hit some WI roads, too.
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Old 08-28-2007, 03:38 PM   #18
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Galena sounds good to me! If I had to pick I would prefer the Saturday run so we can get home at whatever time we want and not have to think about work the next day.
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You guys are going to be in my back yard! I wish I had free time to meet.
You should check out Rte 2 between Rockford and Byron... there's a couple good golf courses down that way too. If you have never driven that road you should. It's curvy and scenic.
There's a bunch of other roads between northern Il and Wisconsin as well. It's fun to get lost out there with the Boxster once in a while.
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Well, it looks like everyone except super66 is in for Saturday ( bmussatti - where are you ? ) and the unanimous choice is Galena...

So here's what I'm thinking - meet at the gas station at the corner of 47 and 20 at 9:00 am Saturday morning.

Take 20W to W Galena Rd ( 6N ) and take Stagecoach Trail all the way to Galena. Stop in Galena for lunch and then head towards 20 - turn right on 4th street and take Blackjack Road to 84N ( Great River Road ) and catch 20 East in Elizabeth back to civilization.

It is about 130 miles ( 2.5 hrs ) each way from the starting point, so if we leave at 9:00 am that should put us in Galena around noon, eat / relax and head out about 1:30 pm - back at the meeting point around 4:30 pm.

Definitely a full day ! I have done both Stagecoach Trail and Blackjack Road on the Harley before, but not in the Boxster.

So, what do you guys think ?

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